Kayak Krazy 10km Race - Mana

Author -  Karen Simpson

The Mana 10km race was held in challenging conditions on Sunday but did not spoil some great racing.

Kayak Krazy 10km Race - Mana

The Mana 10km race was held in challenging conditions on Sunday but did not spoil some great racing.

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The Mana 10km race was held in challenging conditions on Sunday but did not spoil some great racing. The 33 paddlers taking part had to battle both the competition and the elements with a blustery wind blowing along the course.  Most competitors hailed from the host club Mana with a large group travelling down from Wanganui and a few other local paddlers from around Wellington.

The day started with the younger athletes competing over 2km or 5km courses. Ethan Moore from Mana led the 5km race from start to finish, winning in a handy time of 24.45s ahead of Wanganui’s Campbell Tanner. James Rowe had a rudder cable break ending his 5km race but stepped up and finished 2nd in the U18 10km race later in the morning. In the U14 men’s race Jack Clifford from Wanganui was the winner with local Alan McVicar finishing close behind.

In the women’s 5km section MacKenzie Jones won the U16 race from Sapere Simon and 3rd placed Sarah Warren. Brooklyn Saunders had a great battle with Neve Sissons to win the U14 women’s race by less than 15 seconds.

The 2km event was the first ever kayak race for a dozen young athletes who in the main part handled the blustery condition very well but there were a few that were overcome by the choppy conditions.  Taimana Van Beek paddled to win the Tyros women's race and Damian Doyle won the men's Tyros ahead of Ben Warren. In the Novice/Rec race Cassie Lundie performed very well in her first race beating Ally Jones.

In the 10km race masters competitor Brian Scott from Wanganui was the overall winner with locals David Jones and David McKnight finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Mana paddler Mereana Hodges battled the elements over the six lap course to win the masters women race. Open men’s winner Matt Flannery was part of a small lead group for the first three laps with U18 men’s winner Lachie Cromar and Brian Scott.

The under 18 women’s race was won by Wanganui’s Erica Tanner who was chased all the was by Gemma Woolcock from Mana who finished second.

The event was a great morning of winter racing with many of these athletes preparing to head up to the Wanganui event on the 8th August before heading to the National final in Rotorua at the end of August.

Report  by Matt Warren, Mana Kayak Racing Club


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