Once again the weekend saw fantastic results for Fowey River Canoe Club, at the fourth and final race of the 2016 Waterside series. The Club entered eight paddlers into the 34 mile race from Devizes to Newbury, and many more of our club members got involved to help support.
The club entered two junior boats into the event, the first of which was Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who were placed 2nd in the junior men’s K2 event last weekend with a time of 5:00:58 breaking the junior mixed record by 20 minutes. This led to them having a fantastic victory of winning the junior men’s K2 series event, 2 hours ahead of the next crew. This was also the first time this series class has been won by a mixed crew, and also saw Dan Palmer being the 1st ever junior to win the Waterside series 3 years in a row. The second junior crew entered into the race was Alice Bray and Thomas Steer who have shown great improvement throughout the series and at the weekend came 4th in the senior mixed doubles event with a time of 6:11:53. This achievement meant that they were placed 5th overall in the series. Fantastic results from all our junior paddlers.
Our senior boats also achieved great results over the weekend. Firstly two of our senior paddlers Ryan Pearce and Harry Gilbert paddled for their first ever race together, and came 5th in the senior men’s K2 category with a time of 5:28:51. Unfortunately due to the tough conditions of the race and an injury, Steve Riley was unable to finish the race. Michael Southey another senior paddler at the club placed 5th last Sunday in the senior K1 event with a time of 5:01:54. This success enabled Michael to achieve 3rd place overall for the entire series, an amazing achievement.
I would like to say a big thank you to Brian Greenaway for his fantastic coaching and guidance, and to all of the club members who helped with supporting the paddlers over the event, without whom these achievements would not be possible. Also a final well done to all of our paddlers for their hard work throughout the past few months and good luck in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster race at Easter.