A great turnout for the Hare 'n Hounds Race 3, 15 paddlers, it was a cold morning but we soon warmed up, as it was quite a tough paddle up to the start with lots of flow to contend with! Lots of waves, chop, sailors and rowers to contend with in TT2 ... which was (sort of) exciting ...but we all enjoyed excellent racing and their were some great performances!
Paddling well Jelly/Jess in K2 took the win in TT1, and have been promoted to Category 8! Struan came in 2nd with Jean just hanging onto his wash in 3rd. Colin and Jake came just seconds apart but Jake took 4th place, as Colin paddled a category down (so 60 seconds were added to his times) but still they had a good battle together and worked well! Bob came 5th, with Ray just 2 seconds behind. Eryk paddled very well in his C1 considering the chop and waves, he came 7th, Colin 8th. Milan came 9th having had a good first half but couldn't hang onto Jake and Colin. Graham Bulmer struggled and was demoted to Cat 10, I'm sure he will bounce back next race! Young Oli paddled with Carol and enjoyed there K2 race, it was also good to see Graham Wells in a K1, having paddled a sea trip on Anglesey the day before! Plus Joe Corr for kicking off the junior race, paddling back from the road bridge .. well done Joe!
Jake paddled constantly to take a win in TT2, with Colin just 4 seconds behind. Jelly/Jess continued to push on well and came 3rd, whilst Milan caught Jean to take 4th, Jean 5th. Bob 6th, Eryk 7th and Ray 8th. TT2 was getting a bit wild towards the end, so well done to everyone that battled the waves, avoided the sailors and the rowers!
A BIG THANKS to Ian Crozier and Stephanie Doubt for doing a great job timing ... (which ment I could race too, much appreciated!) and to Carol for organizing the soup kitchen! Great Team effort from everyone, a great morning's exercise session! Thanks Chester ... and we did look good in our New Kit too!!
See 'Results' for Points and Placings.
It was cold and breezy for the first of the club barrel races of the season and perhaps this coupled with the fact that it was Easter week resulted in only six paddlers turning out. Richie Rogers was fastest man of the night with a quick time of (10m 34s) bearing in mind the conditions and David Hatton was second in 10m 53s. Let me give a shout-out for more club paddlers to make the effort and participate in the first time time trial next Tuesday, start 6.30pm.
See 'Results' for full details.
Club members had to choose between the Burrs and Hare 'n Hounds today ... fantastic to see our youngsters and Graham Bulmer (Young at Heart!!) having a great day at the Burrs, but back in Chester we had 7 racing, so a Big thank-you to those that came along to chase that Hare .... and WOW what a chase!!
It was such a close call, with 3 small groups all working really well together ... except Ray who was out in the front for everyone to chase, he was paddling very well and came home first in TT1, with Steve Chorley 2nd with Roger on his wash. Colin Cartwright and Mark Tidman just pulled ahead of Eryk and Bob Scholey, but they all finished with barely half a second between them all!
Colin Cartwright just getting back into it after the birth of Coralie, was in fine form winning TT2, with Roger in 2nd, breaking away from Steve at the Barrel Turn. Steve held onto 3rd with Ray in 4th. Mark Tidman had been pushed hard by Colin in the first half of the race, and was happy to get back in 5th. Eryk and Bob were still together having a great close paddle, but in the last 5 meters Eryk showed his sprinting skills to come just ahead in 6th, and Bob 7th. Everyone enjoyed their own competitive battles along the way, good solid training and some great racing skills put into practice ... which is what the Hare 'n Hounds is all about ... practice makes perfect when it really matters!
The Results are under Results (Tool Bar above) I must say I did miss my helpers today, but everyone got off the river with a smile and enjoyed the soup .... so it was certainly worth the effort! Well Done Everyone a Great Training Session!!
Hare 'n Hounds Race 3 Sunday April 10th
Chester Canoe Club Open Day, we are having a 'Come and Try it Day' on Saturday 16th April, there will be 2 sessions 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm.
We want as many members down as possible to give us a hand, we hope to get lots of different kayaks and canoes on the water, we'd even like to give the K4 an outing! Lunch/Refreshments will be provided in the Club House.
Please come along and support us and be available to paddle with potential new members ... lets show people why we just love to be out on the river!
Please let Ian Crozier or Jean Ashley if you can spare some time am, pm or both ..... THANKS! Together is Better!
Great to be back out on the Dee for the first Hare 'n Hounds of the year! Windy, Choppy, but we all were very pleased to be out paddling back in our K1's ..... feeling motivated! A good Turnout with 14 paddlers across the board, from Category 1 down to Scratch, it was really good seeing all paddlers in 'one race' enjoying the challenge and finishing within a close window of each other!
Last Seasons Winner Ray Stamp was on winning form again, first home in TT1 and has now been promoted to Cat 7. David Jake and Milan were all on paddling well, but Jake held on to 2nd, with Milan 3rd and David not quite catching them in 4th place. Jess and Jelly came 5th with Roger 6th and John H. going well in his WWR in 7th. Jean 8th just about passed Graham 9th and held off Steve in 10th. The 'Middle Core' of paddlers were all steady and solid (and we all said ...we'd certainly got more work to do ... so something to build on over the next few months)
Excellent paddling from our youngsters, with Carol teaming with Olli doing K2 and Jess joining up with Jelly for another K2 ... both crews going well and showing great timing together! Also good to see Graham Wells (new to K1 paddling) joining in and having a good first race in the Tempest!
In TT2 David went on to take 1st, Milan overtook Jake whilst the rest of us maintained our positions Roger 4th, Ray 5th Jean 6th Graham 7th and Steve 8th.... so plenty of points allocated to everyone!
A Very Big Thank-You to Jelly/Ollis mum 'Steph' for doing all the timing, she did a great job, its wonderful to have support from parents, we really appreciate it ... thanks! As ever great homemade soup from Jean and Carol ... lots of banter in the Club House after as we all kick start our 2016 training and challenges! Good to be Back and looking forward to the lighter nights and Club Training Sessions to kick start the season!