We had a smaller team at June Interclubs regatta this year, just 26 paddlers in all, but some great results. Reading CC finished 5th out of 55 clubs and only 27 points behind the winner, Richmond. Below are some highlights of the weekend.
First off, great performance from the weather – bright and sunny with increasing winds, but not a dreadful gale … like the very wet and gusty following two days.
Here are some highlights of the results:
Among the juniors:
- Boys D K4 500m, with Finlay stroking it, took a clear 1st
- Boys D K1 500m Rory Tietema was 1st in Final 1 and Sam Betts was 1st in Final 2
- Boys D K2 1000m, 500m and 200m Alex Tonkins and Sam Betts were each time 2nd and every time so close to first
- Rory and Conor MacNab (borrowed from Pangbourne for the weekend) were 1st in Boys C K2 500m and 2nd in their K2 200m
- Lilli was 2nd in Final 1 of her K1 500m race and 1st in her K2 Women’s C 1000m and 500m with Kat
- Fred’s K2 200m race was his best this regatta – a convincing 3rd in Boys A/B
- Dan Atkins was racing in Boys A for the first time and got into the final for all 3 of his K1s
Great to see Annabel and Phoebe both back on the water racing.
Among the Seniors/Masters:
- Kat was first in every one of her races. Small field or not, she was determined to win them all
- Nigel took three 2nds and a 3rd in his K1, K2 and K4 races. Indeed, Nigel and Brian’s K2 500m time was 2:15:31, while 1st place was 2:15:09. A hair’s breadth difference.
- Masters C/D K4 with Nigel, Brian, Nik and Lee, in those lovely blue & white Mohicans, were 2nd and so close to 1st
- All our Women’s D/Womens Masters B K2s 500m got into the final – that’s Silke and Miriam, Rachel and Rachel, Vicki and Vicky
- Nik Topham was 1st in his K1 500m, easily – promotion for you, Nik?
- Nik & Lee were 2nd in their K2 200m final
Rachel Spanton, Silke, Nathan Betts and Jim Towell were all new to Nottingham sprints and took to it with gusto. Silke used to sprint for the National German team, so she seemed to feel very much at home.
Well done to you all – a great team and finishing 5th out of 55 clubs with just 26 paddlers is a great achievement.