Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen Race 31 October 2017

31 October 2017 race start by April Nelson

The first race for the 2017/18 Paddle ‘n’ Ski Hadspen race series got underway on Tuesday night with some great racing on a crisp night. After a quick race briefing and welcoming of new paddlers; Rodney, Phil and Beth, we were all keen to get on the water and get going. After a quick breakaway at the start from the close side of the river I managed to get the jump on the field and lead the race for at least 100m (very unlike me) however it wasn’t long before the natural pecking order returned and a strong lead group of Mark, Tim, Phil and Terry formed slowly breaking away from the remaining paddlers. Phil and Beth took the line honours over the shorter course.

In the long course race the lead group stuck together for most of the race before some surges in the home stretch bringing Mark and Tim to the front with Mark narrowly getting the win. Everyone put in some solid times to get the season off to a good start with some good room for improvement. The start of what should be a good rivalry further back in the field with a quick battle between James and Pete with James just sneaking over the line in front.

Overall a great night on the water. Thanks to April and Phil for timing the race this week. The results are below.

Paddler Time New Handicap
Phil Wadley 9:52* 50:11*
Beth Wadley 10:23* 49:40*
Mark Rathmell 35:05 25:06
Tim Chilcott 35:05 25:06
Phil Barratt 35:20 24:51
Terry Poole 35:25 24:46
Ken Mclean 36:15 23:56
Geoff MacQueen 37:25 22:46
James Down 37:29 22:42
Paul Walker 38:43 21:29
Richard Pearson 38:47 21:25
Adam Rolls 38:50 21:22
Claye Mace 40:17 19:55
James Caspar 43:07 17:06
Pete Sebbage 43:07 17:06
Rodney Youd 44:26 15:47


Guntime for next week will be at 6:30pm, (for those new to handicap racing your start time is you handicap after 6:30pm, ie 15:47 handicap starts at 6:45,47) to be safe be ready to race at 6:40pm. If you miss your start time you can still race, have your time recorded and score points. New paddlers will be able to set their handicap time.

Check the main Hadspen page for more details.

See you all on Tuesday.

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