There was fast and furious action at the Barrel races on Tuesday night. John O'Grady was the first paddler to go under 10 minutes for at least 9 years recording an impressive 9m 52s. The archives are being searched to provide further information. David Hatton set a personal best of 10m 23s to win the juniors and Ray Stamp with 14m 6s came within one second of his personal best.

In the ladies Timea Harris was first in a very tight race with 13m 19s, all four ladies finishing within 15s of each other. Elsewhere Ian Tordoff and his young son Mac paddled K2 finishing in a creditable 13m 27s in their first outing and James Roberts generated his own excitement by getting it all wrong and taking a swim just in front of the drinkers in the Boathouse. I'm sure they appreciated it James even if you didn't!

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John O'Grady did not let the windy conditions stop him from setting an all time record for the time trial on Tuesday night. He powered round the course making light of the wind and the mud to record a best ever 38m 47s. Over the div 4 to 6 course James Roberts continued his sequence of improving his time every time out this season coming in first with 49m 37s.

Overall after five events Melvin Swallow leads Richard Rogers by 4 points in the div 1 to 3 category, James is comfortably ahead of Jean Ashley in the div 4 to 6s while Ray stamp has no competition to date over the short course.

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Thanks very much to all the paddled in Hare 'n Hounds Race 4, not a huge turnout, the weather was a bit windy but at least the rain cleared up! 9 paddlers in total, with James Roberts and Adele doing their first Hare 'n Hounds of the Year. James was in great form and has been getting faster since the start of the year, so he soon moved up the field paddling very well to secure the TT1 win. David and Jake came storming through but could only hold onto 2nd and 3rd. Jean paddling well came 4th with John in 5th. Just behind Ray in 6th and Bob 7th. It was good to see Adele out again coming 8th with Graham in 9th.

Only 6 of us carried on to do TT2 ... with David Hatton pulling away to take the win, Jake overtook James to come 2nd, James held onto 3rd, Jean in 4th with Bob 5th and Ray 6th. Everyone finished and all had worked really hard it was certainly a great training session.

Ray still remains in the lead of TT1 after 4 races, Jake and Jean 2nd and 3rd (3 races), whilst Jake is winning TT2, Ray 2nd and David 3rd. Jess and Jelly are in the lead for the K2 trophy ... but its still early days with lots of points to be collected yet!

Big Thanks to David Madeley and Carol Hatton for timing ... and Congratulations to James Roberts for not letting us Hounds catch him!!!

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Eleven paddlers were out for the barrel races on a cool evening, nearly half of them ladies. New member Georgia Hunt had a steady first outing learning the best lines to take and James Roberts continued to take chunks out of his best time. John O'Grady was fastest paddler of the evening in a personal best time of 10m 2s tantalizingly close to the magic 10 minute mark. Jenny Illidge led the ladies home in 12m 33s while David Hatton was fastest junior (10m 33s).

Overall after five races Jenny and David lead the points tables for ladies and juniors respectively, Jess Crozier heads up the junior ladies and astonishingly Bob Scholey leads the senior men.

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Slightly breezy with a head wind down stream and for those that portaged it was a battle with the mud! Both Bob Scholey and Graham Bulmer lost footwear in the ooze and had to stop to dig them out, but otherwise it was a pleasant evening with some good times. Richard Rogers seemed able to ignore the mud and recorded a personal best of 40m 20s to win the div 1 to 3 category while James Roberts continued to improve his times and won the div 4 to 6 group with 51m 15s.

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