Nine paddlers from Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club hit the water for the third instalment of the marathon series Waterside.
Waterside C is a 23 mile race with a massive 35 portages which require competitors to get out of their kayaks, run round an obstacle, normally a lock, and get back in their boats.
Altogether 93 single K1’s boats and 178 double K2’s took to the start line to race from Pewsey Wharf in Wiltshire along the Kennet and Avon to Newbury.
Juniors Eloise Hall and Mat Callow were the only Leighton K2 entry this year.
This was the longest distance either of them have ever paddled. The pair made good time and showed great determination to cover the distance in 4 hours 13 mins and 22 seconds.
Leighton’s biggest entry was in the Veteran Men K1.
This too was the furthest distance ever paddled for newcomers James Callow and Paul Stenning.
Both were very pleased with their performances finishing in 29th and 21st with times of 4:32:12 and 4:00:04 respectively.
Just ahead was Paul Plummer in 17th place with a time of 3:53:59. It was a pleasing 5th place for Coach Mike Martin who completed the 23 miles in 3:18:30.
Beth Goodlad had another good race this week finishing 3rd in the Ladies K1 in a time of 4:21:49.
Beth has raced each of the series to date in preparation for her 125 mile challenge, the Devises to Westminster Marathon held over the Easter weekend.
In the Senior K1 race Sam Plummer resumed his Waterside rivalry with
Mark Wilkes from Chelmsford, while Leightons Bob Poole raced it out against two others. Sam dominated the race from early on following two strong portages leaving Mark with an impossible task.
Bob however had a more of a fight on his hands with tactics coming into play.
On the line it was 5th for Bob in 3:06:26 and 1st for Sam with 2:55:31, which was just one minute outside the mens K1 course record.