Plummer portages with the best on the Avon Kennet canal

Ashley and Charlotte
Ashley and Charlotte

Sam Plummer led a small but competitive Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club at the Waterside A on Sunday.

The 13.5mile course on the Avon Kennet canal started in Great Bedwyn and finishing in Newbury. The race had 21 portages, or locks to run around while carrying the boat, but cold weather and a head wind on the course added an extra challenge and meant that no course records were set

This is a popular and well attended event which sees paddlers who are building up the miles towards the ‘Devizes to Westminster Canoe marathon’ taking place over Easter weekend or who are looking for the personal challenge of this race itself.

While Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club had a small team taking part there were some fantastic individual results that stood out with our members.

In the senior men’s race Plummer came first with his smooth and fast portaging setting him well ahead of the other boats in this class.

Meanwhile in the junior men’s race Charlie Smith also came in first narrowly winning the race by two seconds.

In the veterans men’s race Mike Martin came eighth.

In the canoe singles class Paul Stenning won the race over 15 minutes ahead of his nearest rival in this class.

In the doubles classes Charlotte Creamer and Ashley Townend competed in the mixed doubles and came in 11th out of a field of 32 boats while in the ladies’ doubles Charlotte Ellis partnered with Stacey Terry from Norwich canoe club.

Despite taking a swim part way down the course Charlotte and Stacey managed to finish the race and come ninth in this class.

This is the first in a series of four races that will see the distances increase over the coming weeks.