A personal best of 40m 26s by David Hatton saw him over a minute ahead of Richie Rogers (41m 36s) in the div 1-3 category of Tuesday's time trial. In the div 4-6 group Jean Ashley (52m 05s} comfortably beat Bob Scholey (52m 48s) who got his rudder stuck in the mud at the second portage and had to get out again to get afloat while Ray Stamp (27m 22s) was unopposed over the one lap course.
Overall, Ray leads Rona Fishburn in category 1, Roger Williams is just two points ahead of Bob in category 2 and Melvin Swallow heads up category 3 from David.
See 'Results' for full details.
The first decent weather on a Tuesday night for over a month saw 14 boats contesting the barrel races. Two junior ladies made the most of it with Rona Fishburn (13m 34s) and Jess Crozier (14m 4s) both recording personal bests - well done girls. At times the racing got a bit crowded with a number of clashes of paddles (words were said!) and Richie Rogers even took a swim.
John O'Grady (10m 16s), visiting from Runcorn, was the fastest individual of the night, beaten only by the K2 of David Hatton and Jake Oldfield (9m 54s). Jenny Illidge (Worcester) was the fastest lady (11m 46s) and Rona the quickest junior lady.
After five events Melvin Swallow leads the seniors by two points from Mark Tidman and Jenny Illidge is three points ahead of Jean Ashley in the ladies. In the juniors David is four points in front of Jake and Rona is comfortably ahead of Jess in the junior ladies.
See 'Results' for full details.
A Huge Thank-you to everyone that turned out for the Chester Hasler and GB Assessment Race on Sunday 31st May. Thanks to all the paddlers that battled the strong winds and choppy conditions .. a tough day, but lots of great racing and good to see plenty of competitors new and old. Some great results from Chester paddlers and we topped the points table ‘just’ by 1 point for the first time in a while! See Chester Results listed below… Well Done Everyone!
A very tough GB assessment race, all paddlers showing true grit and determination, great to have the top class paddlers from the South visiting us up North, congratulations to Kieth Moule and Lizzie Broughton on winning the overall Senior Event . We had 3 Chester paddlers racing, Jenny Swallow came 4th in the Senior Womens and David Hatton 6th in the Junior Boys, his best Assessment Race Result so far. Jake struggled to keep in a group and the wild weather forced him to retire.
This Race couldnt of been run without a Superb Team of Helpers ... thank-you to everyone that stood out in the wind - on the portage and the turns, to the rescue boat and to the starters. Plus the Bacon Buttie makers in the kitchen, and the race co-ordinators at the start, finish and in the Race HQ All your time is much appreciated, extra special thanks to members of other clubs that helped us out too, Simon and Mags Nixon who did a great job for us on the portage.....(setting out bringing in) plus supervising and helping Melvin on with the start....also Andrew Hastwell, and Andrew Millest, and once again not forgetting our very own club members - A Superb Effort THANKS!
A message from Melvin Swallow (Race Organiser) Results are attached. Please note these are PROVISIONAL, as far as promotions are concerned. The results have gone off to the rankings officer to confirm the promotions. They will then appear on the marathon web site as final version. The reason some people did not score club points in the Hasler race was that they got a double division promotion.
That was a new rule last year. We have had some good feedback about the event, both the way it was run and the course....so far the best assessment race course this year! Big Congratulations to our Chester Paddlers and good too see for once we topped the points table! Chester Results Assessment Race Senior Womens 4th Jenny Swallow 2.11.00 Junior Men 6th David Hatton 1.59.26 - Jake Oldfield Coner Retired Hasler Race Div 3 3rd Mark Tidman 1.44.40 Div 4 2nd Andy Bie 1.10.21 Div 5 2nd Eryk Marcinkowski 1.15.04 Div 6 1st Roger Williams 1.17.37 - 2nd Bob Scholey 1.10.06 (both promoted to Div 5) Div 7 4th Jess Proctor Crozier 35.09 (promoted to 6) Div 8 1st James Roberts 34.08 (promoted top 6) Div 9 4th Lewis Rimmer 39.40 - 8th Joe Corr 41.34 Jessica Snowden Retired, she capsized and made a great effort to get back to the club, with a badly twisted knee....well done Jelly!! Lightnings U12 Boys 1st Teifion Rogers 13.45 U12 Girls 2nd Eleanor Colston 15.34 U10 Boys 3rd Iggy Rogers 18.08
Chester's Assessment Race - Athletes bid for K1 places on Euros team
Cold and windy conditions greeted competitors at the Chester K1 assessment race yesterday, but this did not prevent some exciting racing, especially in the senior mens class. The course consisted of 5.5km laps, with a long, grassy portage after each which really broke the field up. The feedback about both the course and portage from the competitors was very positive.
The mens race transpired to be the most hotly contested of the day, with both senior and U23 K1 spots still up in the air and many athletes on a mission to prove themselves after Elmbridge. The turnout of 20 was less than Elmbridge but still pretty good for a race this far North. The first lap saw a large group contest the straight up to the first turn, with the U23 Elmbridge winner, Dan Johnson, taking an unfortunate swim after a clash of paddles. As the leads changed around with repeated burns, the group eventually split down to a lead group of six or seven. The first portage broke the groups down further, with Keith Moule putting in a strong run to put in first, followed by Jon Simmonds, Mike Goodall and Sam Plummer, who again put his exceptional running skills to good use over the long portage. The pace proved too high for Sam who dropped off 1km later to be replaced by Tom Sharpe, who had run slower than the others.
Behind the lead four a second group of Sam Plummer, Ross McMullen, Nick Romain (all U23) and Billy Butler had formed. The second and third portages followed a similar pattern to the first and at the third portage this proved decisive, and strong leads by Jon and Keith allowed themselves and Mike to paddle clear. Their lead grew over the next lap, and at the fourth portage Keith and Jon were able to drop a tiring Mike. They paddled the last big lap together, increasing their lead the whole time. At the final portage leading into the small finish lap Keith showed his strength and broke clear, to finish 30 seconds ahead. Jon took an excellent second, a big improvement on 5th at Elmbridge. Tom overtook Mike in the last lap to finish 3rd. Less than a minute behind were the second main group, with Billy winning the race for 5th, and Sam taking 6th and first U23 ahead of Nick in 7th.
In the junior boys race the Longridge duo (1st and 3rd at Elmbridge) were missing, making Zyggy Chmiel the clear favourite to win. The field broke down into a lead four relatively early on, and after sitting in the lead pack for a couple of laps, Zyggy broke away at a portage and went onto take out an impressive 3 minutes on the rest of the field. Fighting for 2nd and 3rd were Luke Bowyer and James Russell, who were together the whole way and could only be separated on the final sprint in, where James was able to overpower Luke to take 2nd. This leaves Luke with a 3rd and 4th from the two races, and James with 2nd and 7th.
The women’s race was almost a carbon copy of last month’s Elmbridge assessment, with the same 5 ladies on the start line and the same finishing order. As at Elmbridge the start until the first portage was contested at a slow pace by a group of four. At the first portage, Fay Lamph and Lizzie Broughton were able to break away and went onto paddle the remaining three laps together. Lizzie took the initiative going around the final turn and finished ahead on the final sprint. Jenny Illidge followed less than two minutes behind. Unfortunately only two junior girls were present, and they started with the senior ladies. The Chelmsford pair of Melissa Johnson and Emma Russell paddled the first two laps with one of the senior athletes before Melissa broke away at a portage and went onto finish two minutes ahead, adding a 1st place to her 2nd at Elmbridge.