What a weekend of sunshine and racing! What a weekend of results! Team Reading was on top form.
It was great to see our lightning paddlers increase from zero to three – first appearances from Ruth Shephard, Jenna Topham and Jensen MacNab. Awesome racing from all three with the K4 crews gaining a 1st and a 3rd.
Also new to sprints this regatta was James Nelson and Miklos Jnr, progressing to finals in many races. New to the team, but not to sprints was Edgar Boehm in Masters C, who managed a first in every race! Wow! Great points, Edgar.
Bethan D was also on top form, gaining a podium position for every race. Terrific results, Bethan. Georgia Boonham was also on fire, which was lucky as she was in so many races! Particularly impressive was 2nd in her 1000m K1, 1st in her K2 200m and 2nd in K2 500.
Dan A also excelled – 1st in Men’s A K1 200m was impressive stuff; making a course record as a junior was even more amazing. Many congratulations, Dan. Brother Matt, despite rarely being seen in a kayak, scored a trio of 1sts and a 3rd.
There are so many to mention – Evan took 3rd place in every race he was in, Jo Jo and Hannah were delighted to take 2nd in their K2 1000m, Stefan had two 1st places , a 2nd in his K1 500 and 3rd in his K1 1000m. Kat was up for a sprint too, with podium places in all her K2s. Tant was taking no prisoners in K1, scoring a 3rd and a 1st in Masters K4 along with Nigel, Stefan and Edgar.
Sam Glover, back from the Worlds, was 1st in his Mixed K2. The Mixed K2 was a new event. We just want it open to Masters too. Our only canoeist this regatta was Max Kimberley. He gained two thirds and, along with Alex Tonkin, has been selected to Olympic Hopes as a result of this regatta. Many congratulations to the boys.
Many thanks to every member of the racing team, for all those who looked after the babies and toddlers at the event, and to all the support crews and those who volunteered at the regatta. What’s more, there were zero trips to the top of the tower. Amazing. Even more amazing was our 4th place, a mere 4 points behind 3rd place. Well done to all.