This Easter weekend 8 intrepid Hamptoneers will be competing in the Devizes to Westminster canoe and kayak race (DW).
Barnet, Jenny, Peter and late entrant Mike will be racing K1’s in the 4 day race, together with Dan and John in a K2.
Tony and Richard are racing in the non-stop event in a C2.
See below for details on their boat numbers to track them online.
Singles and Endeavour (starts Friday 14th and finishes Monday 17th)
Peter Loy – Viper 51, race number 736
Mike (Peter) Channon – Viper 51, race number 774
Jenny John Chuan – Viper 55, race number 737
Dan / John – Rorqual, race number 611
Barnet – own boat, race number 754
Non-stop Doubles (starts on Saturday 15th and finishes Sunday 16th)
Tony and Richard – own canoe, race number 332
All crews will have trackers which can be followed on the DW website (tracking pages now live) http://www.dwrace.org.uk/ . There are separate links for mobile devices.
Below are provisional timings we are using for the support crew when the first K1’s (Peter/Mike) will be coming through.
The non-stop paddlers will pass by Hampton early on Sunday morning (approx 8:30am but check progress on the tracker) to make the high tide at Teddington.
|Devizes to Newbury
|Crofton Pumping Station
|Newbury Leisure Centre
|Newbury to Marlow
|Marsports (Dreadnought Reach)
Sunday 16th April
|Marlow to Thames Young Mariners
|Bell Weir / Runneymede
|Thames Young Mariners
Monday 17th April
|Thames Young Mariners to Westminster
| Mass Start
Congratulations to Barnet, Jenny and Peter Loy for completing Waterside ‘C’ and also to Peter for completing Waterside ‘D’, the final race in the run-up to the Devizes Westminster International Canoe Marathon which is happening next weekend over Easter. See next article for details on how to follow the HCC competitors.
Jenny at Waterside ‘C’
Barnet at Waterside ‘C’
Peter at Waterside ‘D’
Congratulations to Barnet, Jenny and Peter who competed at the 17 mile and 19 portage Waterside ‘B’ race yesterday Sunday 5th March. It was by all accounts very windy and wet with a number of capsizes due to the conditions. The race is an out and back from Newbury to Aldermarston along the Kennet and Avon canal, and is one of the classic warm up races before the DW.
Waterside race series
Jenny and Barnet waiting to start
Jenny powers to the finish
Barnet approaches the finish
DW Training update: Well done Daniel Bownds in completing his first Waterside D (34.5 miles, 23 portages) in a respectable 8 hours 40 mins. Good conditions but tough going as Dan had a head cold and his C2 partner was using his new paddle the wrong way round. Fortunately a top C2 team pointed this out at 15 miles!
A ‘big’ thankyou to our support team of Andrew Wallace, Anne-Lise Christmas and Jenny John Chuan. Who ferried us to and from the course. Provided us with warm smiles, encouragement, food and drink.
Only 13 days to the start of DW!
(Pictures – Jenny)
DW Training Update:
Well done Tony and Adam in completing Thameside ‘2’ on Sunday.
19 miles in 3 h 38 mins which included a long stop to repair a faulty rudder!!
Well done Adam and Tony in completing Waterside ‘C’ from Pewsey to Newbury, 23 miles and 35 portages in 5 hours and 8 mins. Great effort.
DW competitors past and present (Andrew & Barnet, Emily & Aidan, Will & Sam) congregated at the club last Wednesday to exchange tales of the gruelling 125 mile canoe race from Devizes to Westminster.
A goodly number of club members joined them for the BBQ and were obviously sufficiently inspired (or was it the beer) to announce their intentions to race in the 2015 race which starts on 3rd April. I will leave it to those people to formally announce that they are entering the race! To follow the burgers and steaks Babs had cooked a delicious rhubarb crumble or there was also cheese cake for desert.
Its a terrible cliche but I will use it anyway, ‘A good time was had by all’!
Andrew and Barnet arrived at Bell Hill soon after 5pm to be met by a large group of well wishers and their support crew(s). They were fed and watered and with a quick change of clothes and lights fitted bow and stern they were once more on their way towards Teddington and the finish at Westminster.
Emily and Aidan completed the 125 miles from Devizes to Westminster this afternoon at 14:03 in a Wenonah canoe. They paddled non-stop for 30 hours and 44 minutes. An incredible and inspiring feat of endurance and bloody minded determination. Many Congratulations!
Facing torrential rain and battling the increasing flood tide Emily and Aidan have Westminster bridge in their sights as they pass the MI5 building.
Update 2:06pm – the SPOT tracker shows them arriving at Westminster : huge congratulations to you both on paddling the C2 the 125 miles in just under 31 hours!
Andrew and Barnet meanwhile are pushing on into the wind and rain with Windsor castle in their sights.
Sam Adams and Will Pope completed the gruelling 125 miles Devizes-Westminster race in a time of 24 hours and 21 minutes. A herculean effort guys, well done.
Sam and Will are doing the race in aid of the Royal British Legion, a truly fantastic charity supporting current and former servicemen and women and their families in a huge variety of ways. You can sponsor them by clicking this link 2TallMenInASmallBoat
Racing on through the wind and rain overnight Emily and Aidan made it to Hampton about 08:45 and Teddington by 10:15 to catch the ebb tide, they are now passing Twickenham. They have been paddling non-stop for an incredible 27 hours!
Will and Sam have kept up a good speed through the night passing Hampton about 07:00 and reaching Teddington at 08:09 in a fantastic time of 21hrs 38 mins. (38 in a field of 83 civilian crews) They should be at Westminster in the next 30 minutes!
Andrew and Barnet have set off again this morning and passed Marlow at 10:13. See you both at the club this afternoon!
Despite the brisk easterly breeze all three crews have made tremendous progress and are all on the Thames now.
Andrew and Barnet (398) reached Reading at 20:49 after 12 hrs 47 mins of paddling and will now be taking a break, while Aidan and Emily (364) in the canoe reached Reading at 21:09 after 13 hrs 49 mins solid paddling and continue on past Sonning.
Sam and Will in the K2 (414) took just 11hrs and 2 mins to reach Reading at 21: 33 and continue into the night towards Henley and points downstream.
The lead overnight boats have meanwhile reached as far down river as Marlow with the tail enders still in Newbury, a spread of some 35 miles.