Team Moodie – up a creek with a paddle

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

1566_lux_oakley_moodie_campaign_500The Moodie Report team has pledged a unique collective assault on the Great Travel Retail Educathlon – the 2013 follow-up to the hugely successful Moodie Multi-National Marathons of the past two years.

To be held between 28-30 June, the event encourages participants from the travel retail industry to complete 7k on any of the chosen days in any location in the world in support of a range of charities. But in a new twist, they can complete the distance by any means at all – including walking, running, cycling, swimming, flying, ballooning, surfing, triathloning – the more creative the better.

London-based members of the Moodie team have opted to complete the 7k on the water. Starting from Brentford lock just by our offices, and with a professional coach assisting, ‘Team Moodie’ will be using kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to head up-stream from Brentford towards Hanwell, 3.5km and (hopefully) back.


The Moodie marine team is hoping for an improvement on the recent bitterly cold weather in London for as the old adage goes, you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

Team members include the aptly named Ed Lake, Gavin Lipsith, Genevieve Knevitt, Helen Pawson, Joanna Puckett, Mandy Sime, Matt Willey, Mike Sawicki, Rahul Odedra, Rebecca Earley, Rebecca Mann, Richard Jell, Victoria Bowskill, Ying Wei and Adam Collier.

Elsewhere in the world, the Moodie diaspora will be completing the task in various ways:

–  Deputy Chairman Dermot Davitt will be climbing a mountain; 7km up and back, he informs us.  Galway Mountain Rescue ( is understood to have drafted in extra resources for the occasion.


–  Melody Ng, based in Singapore, will be braving the local heat to run the 7km in typically determined style.

–   And finally our non-London UK team, Claire Wates, Sarah Genest and Mary Jane Pittilla, will be joined by family and pets to complete 7 loops of their local lake – walking (not on water, although it’s rumoured all of them can), jogging and cycling.

The fundraising site for ‘Team Moodie’ is up and running – visit to donate or sign up yourselves at

The Moodie Educathlon – Helping support education worldwide. Please support us.

Note: Charities to benefit from the Educathlon are:

SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGES , Brazil – nominated by Dufry

ALIA PRIMARY SCHOOL, Bahrain – nominated by Aer Rianta International-Middle East

LOTUS FLOWER TRUST, India – nominated by World Duty Free Group and Women in Travel


KARATAS VILLAGE SCHOOL, Turkey – nominated by The Nuance Group

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