All of the training and hard work from club members definitely paid of this weekend with fantastic results being seen at the first race of the Waterside series; 13 miles long with 21 portages on the Kennet and Avon Canal. With eleven of our paddlers taking part in the Waterside A race and many club members getting involved with the support crews it was a thoroughly enjoyed day by all.
Fowey River Canoe Club entered three junior K2’s into the race. The first of which being Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who had a historic race being the first ever mixed team to win the junior men K2 event with a time of 1:53:41 , getting the new junior mixed record by 10 minutes. They also won the senior mixed doubles event as well so an amazing achievement by both. Caity Irwin and Chloe Dobbs completed their first ever waterside race, hitting their target time of 2:40:57 and coming 13th in the junior ladies K2 event. The new pairing of Alice Bray and Thomas Steer entered their first Waterside race, and despite the broken rudder and dramatic fall still achieved a good time of 2:25:06 coming in 21st in the senior mixed K2 event.
We also entered four senior K1 boats into the race, all who did extremely well in their categories. James Asser with a time of 2:16:36 coming 18th in the Veteran men K1 event. Steve Riley also completed the race with a time of 2:13:58 coming 19th in the senior men K1 event, along with Harry Gilbert who completed his 1st K1 waterside race in a time of 2:12:15 coming 18th in the senior men K1 event, which is over half an hour faster than his K2 time from last year. The last K1 senior men entry was Michael Southey who with a personal best K1 time of 1:55:35 came 9th in the event. Finally Ryan Pearce paired up with Richmond paddler Poppy Taylor and entered into the mixed K2 event, with a time of 2:01:30 they came in 4th in their category.
Thank you to all club members and paddlers for their hard work and participation in the race and to their support crews, and an especially big thank you to Brian Greenaway for all the training and motivational help and encouragement he provides. Good luck everyone for Waterside B in two weeks time.