Congratulations to all our Reading Canoe Club paddlers who competed at this year’s DW. The race boasted some of the best conditions seen for many years, but, whatever, it’s a grueling 125 mile race.
We had two star performers among the K1s – Ro Battison taking 1st Place in the Senior Ladies, with time 19:33:15. Radek, just back from cycling halfway round Australia, got into his boat and came an amazing 2nd in 16:17:02.
Special mention, too, to Conor Macnab (strictly speaking Pangbourne Club, but who also trains at RCC). At 17, he was the youngest K1 on the course and, competing against the Seniors, came a tremendous 27th (out of 75) in 20:21:25.
Out of 119 K2 Senior crews, Des Hayes with partner Ollie Shaw came an excellent 47th in time 24:05:39. Rachel Spanton and RAF’s Sarah Richter weren’t far behind in 57th completing the race in 24:40:15.
Brian Hammond, paddling with former RCC paddler Alison Galloway, was forced to retire after 17:12:40 because of his shoulder injury. That’s a hard call.
Gail Battison gives you the lowdown of Ro’s race and the grueling task of being the support crew. If you are thinking of participating as crew or competitor, it’s a must read. Thanks Gail.
When Rohan first suggested she may do the DW race I thought she was a bit over optimistic. She last did any real long distance paddling more than 15 years previous, and had spent the previous year recovering from a bad leg break after a skiing accident. I didn’t really give it much more thought until she went out and bought a K1 and entered the Waterside Series.
Her motivation was strong, she was paddling for a cause close to her heart, ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ She started putting the miles in over the winter months, paddling from Gailey Canoe Club, with the occasional weekend down at Reading.
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.
This Easter weekend, eight crews from Reading Canoe Club will tackle the tough Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, paddling 125 miles and running over 77 portages, starting from Devizes and finishing at Westminster.
The Self Assessment form gauges your likely ability to complete the race in the conditions forecasted.
Final Course inspection is taking place on Friday, at which point the course score will also be published. Using the course score and your self assessment score should give you a good guide on whether you are able to take part.
Waterside A marks the start of the build up races to the Devizes to Westminster race (DW), now just a little over a week away. Start sheets and start window charts have been published. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to stick to the time table. These measures are required to manage the impact on the local community, which is key to ensure the future of this event.
Clubs and groups with large entries should car share as much as possible, every car counts!
The organisers are still looking for volunteers, so if you can spare a couple of hours drop an email to Waterside Team
Thameside Series – Entries still Open T1: 15-Feb & T2: 1-Mar
The Thameside races cover possibly some of the trickiest parts of the DW course. Usually the point where the light is starting to fail for many crews during DW and there are number of slightly different portages (cross islands, lock gates and under bridges, in weir streams), plus some low bridges – so well worth practising. The Thameside series cover Aldermaston to Reading (T1) and Reading to Marlow (T2)