A lovely day, a beautiful site and a very well organised event.
.. even though the results didn’t reach us till Wednesday morning.

Pangbourne Canoe Club were testing a new site on the Thames at Mapledurham for next year’s National Marathon Championships, and in spite of having to operate completely out of tents (and use portable toilets) everything went very well indeed .This event is not in our region but as with several other races in the Southern Region, it is very accessible and a good racing course.

The club fielded a good entry which included a surprise appearance in Div 1 by Ed.Rutherford. Welcome back Ed ! (He has been rather monopolized by the Performance Dept for some time) Ed was always a good marathon paddler and obviously enjoyed his sociable race .. not too much pressure and time to stop and discuss whose turn it was to take the lead ! He knew just when to lead and win.

Kayne finished a very creditable fourth in Div 2 with Dwayne pacing himself carefully further down the field getting in his training over the distance. Stef ! Another good performance. Placed 6th in Div 4 only 1.1/2 mins behind the winner ; Jenny 16th in div 5. We had 2 K2 in Div 3, Amy ward partnered with Sam Rees Clarke, from Basingstoke CC, just missed out on 1st place and our other K2, Ross McMullen and Eliot Solway, unfortunately went for a swim, a nice day for it!

We entered a whole fleet of competitors in Div 6. Roberta and Becky placed 5th and 9th both finished roughly within a minute of the winner; Nicole, Steve and Adarsh followed on in order.

In the 4 mile divisions : Div 7, Amy and Sean both made very good starts but rather suffered in the 28 boat crowd .. Amy capsized at the turn, Sean finished 14th.

Our representative in Div 8 was Nicky Hadland, who has returned to the club after an initial (false) start four years ago. With a firm resolve to do well, in 4 weeks he has achieved handicap 31, entered this race in Div 8, been placed 7th and promoted to Div 7. Well done Nicky .. a green shirt for you next week !

Last but by no means least, a reluctant Aisling, not feeling very well, completed the Div 9 race.

Only one more chance to race before Hasler Final.. Sign up on Wednesday for Henley Marathon !