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Author -  Karen Simpson

Race One of Whanganui’s two 10km Krazy Kayak races was raced in rainy May conditions on Lake Wiritoa. Forty paddlers from Wellington, Waitara, Palmerston North and Whanganui raced over 10km, 6km, 5km and 3km distances.

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Race One of Whanganui’s two 10km Krazy Kayak races was raced in rainy May conditions on Lake Wiritoa. Forty paddlers from Wellington, Waitara, Palmerston North and Whanganui raced over 10km, 6km, 5km and 3km distances.

Race One of Whanganui’s two 10km Krazy Kayak races was raced in rainy May conditions on Lake Wiritoa. Forty paddlers from Wellington, Waitara, Palmerston North and Whanganui raced over 10km, 6km, 5km and 3km distances

The line honours over 10 km’s went to Toby Brooke and Niamh Lee. Niamh was the first female home and won the U18 Women's division from Sophie Brooke and Ella Wood. Sophie competing up from the U16 division so she could race the full 10km. The Open Women's Title was won by Aisling Anderson from Mana.

Toby had to contest with Tom Cole and Liam Lace for the first half of the race before breaking away with 3 laps remaining to take honours, with Tom second. Liam was racing in the U18 division and came 3rd overall after being caught late on by Fletcher Moles who won the U18 division and was 2nd overall after a fast last couple of laps. Ryan Clough from Waitara claimed the final spot on the podium beating clubmate Robson Old for third. Cameron Russell and James Hodges also competed in the U18 division which had a big field of quality paddlers.

The final group that completed the 10km were the three in Masters division. In the 35-44 division, Brendon Metcalfe paddled well to take the win from Paul Moreno and Danial Bremner. Ross Heald won the 45-54 division over Jason Broome. Ray Mennie won the 55+ division.

The shorter distances were run over a shorter course to allow for more of the course to be viewed by spectators. The U16 men's and women's had a big field with a total of 11 athletes racing the 6km. Finn and Caleb Brimelow claimed 1st and 2nd in the men respectively with George Pedley coming in third.

In the U16 women race, there were seven paddlers and Scarlet Old had a good finish to take the win over Molly Baker who was just one second behind. Anna Clifton raced well and claimed the final podium spot in the U16 women.

Zane Mills Nossiter won the U14 men's division and raced hard for the entire 5km despite being the only competitor. The Novice Women also raced 5km with Sophie Baldwin taking the win and Jara Hengstenberg second.

Finally, in the Tryo division, we had seven competitors with three paddlers making their way from Hawkes Bay. In the girls first across the line was Lydia Wilkins followed by Cara Benseman. In the boys, Hugh Waiters crossed the line first followed by Alex Hamblyn, Luca Broome, Sam Cranstone and TJ Benseman.

Thanks to the Wanganui Ski Club for use of the facilities and to the Waitara and Whanganui parents who organised soup and other goodies. It was awesome to see people making the effort to come for the race from out of town. Finally well done to all the paddlers and we look forward to seeing you all in July – bring a friend!

10km
6km
Open Men U16 Men
1 Tobias Brooke 46.45 1 Finn Brimelow 33.34
2 Tom Cole 50.43 2 Caleb Brimelow 35.3
Open Women 3 George Pedley 38.06
1 Niamh Lee 55.17 4 Ethan Matuku 40.47
2 Sophie Brooke 56.25 U16 Women
3 Ella Wood 57.48 1 Scarlet Old 35.20
U18 Men 2 Molly Baker 35.21
1 Fletcher Moles 47.09 3 Anna Clifton 37.03
2 Liam Lace 47.45 4 Rocky Robinson 37.54
3 Ryan Clough 51.28 5 Morgan Wilkins 38.29
4 Robson Old 51.57 6 Jessica Thompson 39.26
5 Cameron Russell 54.22 7 Alex Fraser 40.22
6 James Hodges 57.47 5km
Masters Men 35-44 U14 Men
1 Brendon Metcalfe 51.30 1 Zane Mills Nossiter 30.51
2 Paul Moreno 54.17 Novice Women
3 Danial Bremner 55.52 1 Sophie Baldwin 38.24
4 Ashley Christie 57.55 2 Jara Hengstenberg 39.22
Masters Men 45-54 3km
Tyro Women
1 Ross Heald 61.25 1 Lydia Wilkins 21.12
2 Jason Broome 64.03 2 Cara Benseman 23.56
Masters Men 55+ Tyro Men
1 Ray Mennie 61.28 1 Hugh Waiters 21.15
2 Alex Hamblyn 21.3
3 Luca Broome 22.07
4 Sam Cranstone 22.33
5 TJ Benseman 24.46

Article courtesy of Toby Brooke

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