An ex-Coleg Llandrillo Outdoor Education student withstood the wrath of recent Storm Callum to complete a marathon 400-mile kayak around Wales in memory of his best friend who passed away earlier this year.

18-year-old Finn Burnham from Betws-y-Coed, who completed his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport - Outdoor Education qualification this summer at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, took on the challenge in tribute to his best friend and international-level skier Callum Wylie.

The former Eirias High School pupil began and ended his six-week journey at Llandudno lifeboat station. The gruelling adventure is all the more impressive after Finn admitted that he suffers from seasickness.

Finn frequently paddled between 30-50 miles a day, encountering a range of obstacles from hostile birds to plain boredom, so had to use his mental and physical resolve to complete the challenge.

Finn set himself a target of £1,000, but the present total stands at over £3,000, which will all go to the Callum Wylie Foundation.

Finn's tutor whilst at college, Mike Hendry, said:

What an outstanding achievement; hats off to Finn Burnham. After finishing the BTEC in Outdoor Education at Coleg llandrillo, Finn went to the National Centre in Scotland to do his Mountain Leader training. After completing that, he then set off on 1st September to kayak around all of Wales, at just 18! After 25 days alone in storms and big seas, Finn completed the journey, where he received a medal from the Mayor of Llandudno, and a Freddo from me.

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