2– 1sts 3– 2nds 2– 3rds and 2 promotions .. well done !
This was the first Hasler Marathon of the 2013-14 season.
and also the one of the last chances to practice before the Final of the 2012-13 season.(Oct. 6th at Reading)
The southern region paddlers were certainly out in force and joined by many clubs from other regions .. including us. It was a very busy event with huge start lines which, in some classes, even this beautiful wide stretch of the Thames struggled to accommodate.
We fielded a team of 20 paddlers and achieved some vey good results. It was good to see Ed. Rutherford leading Div.1 in at the finish .. he has now left for Copenhagen with the GB marathon team to try for a World Championship medal in the Mens K1 event. Philip came 7th which was not surprising, given that the GB team and the Australian team were out practising.
Five of our paddlers started in Div 2. Glenn came 2nd .. Kayne came 3rd .. Ross Tom and Richard retired ! Stefano did an excellent race in Div 3 managing to hang on to the lead group for most of the way and finishing 5th… Elliot following in 10th place. Jenny was our sole representative in Div 4.. she raced a determined race and finished first lady and 6th place overall.
Nicky Hadland in 5 was on a good day .. 2nd and promoted!
Becky finished 9th .. which is a much better result than it sounds. Seven paddlers in front of her were promoted (and were therefore too fast for that division) so, putting her performance into perspective, she was one of the best Div 5 paddlers.
Sean and Steve W in Div 6 were 9th and 15th respectively.
In Div 7 Leo Green was 3rd and Promoted to Div 6. James in 21st place ? .. was he protecting his place in the 4 mile race ???
Our K2s were a great success but we have no information as yet about K2 promotion. Beata and Liz were 2nd in Div.7 : Georgina and Georgia won Div 8 finishing 30 seconds in front of the second boat. Well done girls .. keep it up for the Hasler Final.
If you feel you need more training there are just two more races before Hasler Final. Next Sunday : Henley Sept 29th: Elmbridge
Provisional results click