Sunday April 7th saw our club off to a good start at Longridge Marathon. Although not in our region this venue is less than an hour away and provided good competition.
Phil. continued his winning streak from last year in Div.1 with Glenn in 3rd place: Luke 3rd in Div.3, Stefano 3rd in 4.
There were three Elmbridge girls racing in Div.5; Jenny took an excellent 2nd place, Becky 6th and Rebecca W. 10th (a brave finish after a very cold capsize). Nicky Hadland in his first 8 mile race was 3rd.
As a spectator I was very impressed by the focus and determination of our paddlers. They were certainly giving their best effort. This is reflected in the fact that there were several promotions. Stef to Div 3, Jenny to Div 4 and Nick to Div 5.
In the assessment races (run for the Marathon Racing committee to help them choose British teams to race abroad) we also fared quite well.
Tom Deacon managed to stay in the front group of the senior race for all but the last lap, a good performance for him finishing 5th. Our junior men, Bruce, Kayne and Harry had tough opposition and a big field to contend with, but Bruce was in the top two or three throughout and finished 4th. Kayne also put up an incredible performance by staying in the front group along with the best of them. On the last lap when the pace was pushed up by the strongest paddlers, the group split up and the first three places were taken by Ed Haws, Nick Romaine and Jack Childerstone. Bruce & Kayne, taking 4th and 6th respectively with Harry 9th.
Amy was the only Elmbridge girl in the Junior event, but she and Sam Rees-Clark (BAS) kept each other company at the front of the race, well ahead of the rest of the field. Amy however, on the last lap took off and romped home with a very convincing three minute lead over everyone.
Our next Hasler race is in our own region at Wey Kayak club (April 28th). We will be trying to maintain our points lead at this one and expect you all to turn out and race.
ALWAYS WEAR YOUR GREEN CLUB VEST WHEN YOU RACE.. It’s a club rule.