What a year for Reading in the Devizes to Westminster race. Two podium spots in Senior Doubles and Vet-Junior. 50% of those crews being female. Go girls! Reading truly dominated the Senior Singles with 3 top ten places. We hold on to the Senior Singles team trophy 51:09:07 beating last year’s aggregate time by 7 hours 21 mins!
Results to be proud of. Brilliant achievement by paddlers and support crews. Certainly sets us up for a superb 2015 of racing – no pressure!
Senior Doubles: Alex Lane / Radek Zielski 18:00:36 3rd
3rd place overall in K2 class, 24 seconds behind 3 times winner James King and new partner Thomas Diaper. Any other year Alex and Radek would have had the mixed race easy but this year battled with Lizzie Broughton and Keith Moule (2nd and 7th @ World Marathon Championships 2014)
Senior Doubles: Nigel Frankland / Sam Watson – rtd
Unfortunately SanMigel Kayak and Crutches did not make it to Westminster. Fantastic crew, fantastic effort. Unfinished business….
Vet-Junior: Amber Owen / James Treadgold 17:30:35 1st
Almost an hour and half in front of second vet Junior crew. Who knows how far in front they would have been if they didn’t stop for a picnic at Marsh
Senior Singles: Dan Seaford 16:27:55 4th
Well if it was a 6 day race, Dan could have won, his performance improved as the days went on. Given that this time last year Dan was waiting for surgery on his arms so he could paddle again, K1 4th, second vet was an excellent result
Senior Singles: Brian Greenham 17:06:20 7th
7th overall, 4th Vet and first Over 50, 2 hours 41 mins in front of 2nd Over 50. If have read records database correctly Brian now holds the Over 50 record k1, Vet -Junior and Senior k2 – a true legend
Senior Singles: Stefan Senk 17:34:52 8th
Outstanding performance for Stefan who has been marathon paddling less than a year. Watch out for him, he is still getting quicker!
Senior Singles: John Drummond 18:21:18 11th
First DW K1 performance for John, great effort and hats off to Cath for supporting with a toddler and 2nd baby in tow!
Senior Singles: Kat Burbeck 18:51:58 15th
OK, so Kat was paddling for Nottingham this year but we are pleased to have adopted her at Reading this winter and look forward to her being part of our team properly next year! 15th overall but first lady by nearly 4 hours!
Senior Singles: Simon Gallop rtd
Sadly DW beat Simon this year but I am sure he will be back to take his revenge next year and smash his 2014 time.