One or two early season mishaps at the portages on Tuesdays time trial but at least the mud wasn't too bad. Rona Fishburn confirmed how much she has improved over the winter by winning the div 7-9 category from Ray Stamp. In the div 4-6 group Bob Scholey beat Roger Williams by 3 seconds despite messing up at the second portage get-in, but his was a minor problem compared to Steve Chorley taking a bath at the get-out. David Hatton again took the honours in the div 1-3 category with Melvin Swallow in second place.

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The Next Hare 'n Hounds Race will be Thursday 14th May, register at 6.00pm paddle up at 6.30pm and Starts PROMPT at 7.00pm

Tuesday Night Barrel Races

Excellent turnout for the first barrel races of the year. On a cool evening with a stiffish breeze blowing up the river seventeen paddlers kept Helen and Carol very busy doing the time keeping. Fastest man on the night was Richie Rogers in 10m 48s with David Hatton seven seconds behind and first junior. Jenny Illidge (Worcester CC) with 11m 32s was nine seconds ahead of Jenny Swallow in the Ladies. New member Jonty Palfry (formerly with Banbury CC) put in a solid performance to finish in the middle of the field and Rona Fishburn in the junior ladies made her first appearance in the barrel races since 2013 (where have you been Rona?).

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Eryk Wins at Runcorn.

The other paddlers were no match for Eryk Marcinkowski who raced away from the rest of the field to win the division 5 race at the Runcorn Hasler marathon in convincing style on Sunday. Eryk was the only competitor paddling a canadian but he had no problems with the awkward water conditions on the first half-mile of the course or with the head wind over the last 4 miles.

Jake Oldfield finished 2nd in a combined division 2 and 3 race, just being pipped at the post in a sprint finish. Mark Tidman finished 5th in the same race. Another second place was achieved by Roger Williams in division 6 who out-sprinted Bob Scholey over the last 100m, leaving Bob to come in 3rd a few seconds behind.

Despite these good results Chester could only finish joint 4th in the table of North West clubs. To do better we need more paddlers out at these regional Hasler races, then we might be in with a chance of qualifying for the Hasler Final in September. Remember only two clubs from the North West qualify to compete at the final

Tuesday Night Time Trial

The Tuesday night time trials got underway last night in mild but somewhat blustery conditions. No great surprises in the results with David Hatton just 9 seconds faster than Richard Rogers in the div 1-3 group and Roger Williams comfortably ahead of Bob Scholey over the div 4-6 course. No div 7-9 paddlers - where were you? Easy points going begging.

See 'Results' for full details.