Reading paddlers take top awards at the 
Devizes to Westminster 2019 Awards

We were a very proud club to have three teams of paddlers collect awards at this year’s DW ceremony of winners.

The race back in April had been unseasonably warm with low water flow – quite the opposite from the previous year, when the whole event had to be halted at Dreadnought due to the dangerous water levels and flow. The greatest hazard to paddlers this year was heat stroke!

We had five crews and two singles attempting the race this year:

  • Dan Seaford and Alex Lane
  • Sam MacDonald and Rai Ranveer – Junior
  • Nick King and Lisa Munga
  • Vicky Elson Smith and Miriam Mimms Graham – retired due to heat stroke
  • David Mills and Peter David – retired
  • Marc Gutteridge
  • Bethan Davies

Senior Doubles
Dan Seaford and Alex Lane magnificently won Senior Doubles with a time of 18:01:58, over 13 minutes in front of second place.
They were awarded three trophies – for fastest civilian crew, fastest mixed crew and fastest overall K2.

Support Crew of the fastest senior crew went to:
Anita Seaford, Alana Peake, Owen Peake, Peter Stuart, Peter Burbridge, Magnus Gregory – for supporting Dan and Alex.

First Senior Lady
Fastest K1 lady and fastest veteran female Trophies went to Bethan Davies with a time of 19:26:35 over the four days. She was awarded the Black Swan Salver and Longridge Trophy.

Within the Endeavour group (non-competitive), we had Nick King and Lisa Munga racing. This was their first DW and they were delighted to finish the four-day marathon.

Reading CC was very pleased that their paddlers also were awarded the Trans Class Team Trophy for Senior Double, Junior Double and Senior Single teams with the aggregate time of 59:34:15 from Dan and Alex, Sam and Ranveer (time 22:05:42) and Bethan’s times.

In addition, Sam and Ranveer received a Special Commendation award for assistance rendered to a K1 that capsized on the Tideway.

Well done to all crews, singles and doubles. It’s a formidable achievement – just the training is a monumental achievement in itself.