Paddleboarders complete River Thames marathon for charity

A group of friends decided to take on a challenge to stand-up paddleboard 26 miles on the River Thames at the weekend.

Dressed as colourful unicorns, they set off at dawn from Benson lock in Oxfordshire and their journey took them through Wallingford, Pangbourne, Reading and Sonning.

The group dressed as unicorns for charity

The team travelled 26 miles, with one lunch break, clambering in and out of the water through nine locks, paddling all the way.

After more than 13 hours they arrived at Henley Bridge where they passed the finish line.

A colourful paddleboarder takes on the challenge

The paddleboarders were raising money for a project called Hope for Hollie and set themselves the watery challenge.

The group finish the marathon in Henley-on-Thames

One of the organisers, Suzie Stubbs, said it was an amazing experience.

You can read more about the challenge and Hollie's story here.

The paddleboarding team