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Whanganui Kayak Krazy Race

Author -  Karen Simpson

After last year's atrocious conditions, and a forecast this year for much of the same, it was with trepidation that the organisers stuck to their guns. But we're glad they did....

Whanganui Kayak Krazy Race

After last year's atrocious conditions, and a forecast this year for much of the same, it was with trepidation that the organisers stuck to their guns. But we're glad they did....

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Article by Brian Scott

There was a good mix of paddlers across age groups for the 2016 Whanganui leg of the Krazy Kayak series. This included athletes from Hawkes Bay, Mana, Welly Paddlers, Palmerston North, Waitara and Whanganui.

After last year’s atrocious conditions with precipitation varying between heavy rain, sleet, and hail and a constant strong wind, the forecast weather bomb with torrential rain and gale force winds had organisers nervous of a repeat. Fortune favours the brave though, and with temperatures of 15 degrees at 9am and 20 degrees by the time the race started at 12, and the wind holding off, the race conditions were much better than expected and almost surreal for the end of July.

In all there were 45 paddlers attending with all results shown below.

Of the 45 paddlers, four were tyros. To avoid getting washed out they had their race start first. Run over a four lap course the majority of the race able to be viewed from the bank and it was awesome to see u13’s going so well, including a bit of skill based wash riding. All the youngsters did a great job and it was great to see the kids out on the water during the winter months. Well done to them all!!

The age group racing was started as a mass start which was a good test, and some good experience, for the newer paddlers. The u14 and novice paddlers had 2 laps to complete, the u16 had 3 and all other categories had 5 laps. The criterion format meant good spectating both on and off the water. There were great results from more established paddlers, who were able to get a good hit out, and it was great to see so many new faces from around the district.

The event is held at Lake Wiritoa at the Water Ski Club which is an ideal venue for winter racing, so thanks to the Water Ski Club for letting us share their facility. In traditional winter series style the hot soup, scones and cakes complimented the coffee and tea on offer. Thanks to all the people working behind the scenes to make the event a great (kayak) community event. And congratulations to all the paddlers involved.

Course: Womens U13 Tyro

Full Name

Club

Time

Place

Anna Clifton

Whanganui

17.39

1

Ellena Gollings

Mana

19.03

2

Course: mens U13 Tyro

George Pedley

Whanganui

19.00

1

Sam Cranstone

Whanganui

20.25

2

Course: womens U14 4km

Katie Foster

Whanganui

23.22

1

Course: womens Novice 4km

Ara Molijn

Whanganui

25.11

1

Emily Caird

whanganui

26.12

2

Course: mens Novice 4km

Brodie Harris

Hastings

25.27

1

Course: mens U14 4km

Jack Wilkinson

Hawkes Bay U16

21.02

1

Ryan Clough

Waitara

21.2

2

Finn Brimelow

Waitara

24.41

3

Damien Doyle

Mana

25.06

4

Course: womens U16 6km

Brooklyn Saunders

Mana

30.41

1

Katie Nicholls

Hawkes Bay U16

32.29

2

Abby Collins

Waitara

32.4

3

Hannah Baker

Waitara

32.55

4

Emily Richardson

Hawkes Bay

35.11

5

Louise Clifton

whanganui

35.48

6

Alex Coupe

Mana

36.16

7

Nanea Schurhammer

whanganui

36.31

8

Course: mens U16 6km

Jack Clifton

Whanganui

28.31

1

Liam Lace

Whangnaui

29.03

2

Alan McVicar

Mana

30.19

3

Lucas Thompson

Whanganui

31.51

4

Moritz Padrutt

Waitara

31.56

5

Nedas Gavutis

Waitara

36.38

6

Course: womens U18 10km

Rachael Wilson

Mana

55.25

1

Abby Hurley

Whanganui

55.59

2

Course: mens U18 10km

Ben McCallum

Waitara

46.02

1

Cambell Tanner

Whanganui

48.55

2

Ethan Ross

Whanganui

56.19

3

Course: mens master 35-45 (k1) 10km

Adam Fraser

Waitara

46.42

1

Course: mens master 35-45 (multi craft) 10km

Ashley Christie

Whanganui

55.07

1

Mike Cranstone

Whanganui

56.07

2

Iain McCallum

Waitara

58.58

3

Course: mens master 45+ (k1) 10km

Ben Bennett

Hawkes Bay

46.4

1

Glenn Saunders

Mana

50.17

2

Barry Coleman

Hawkes Bay

dnf

DNF

Course: mens master 45+ (multi craft) 10km

Barry Hurley

Whanganui

49.37

1

Ron Cole

Waitara

50.15

2

Rueben Hill

Wellington

54.34

3

Matt Foster

Whanganui

55.07

4

Course: mens Open 10km

Josh McLean

PNCC

48.16

1

Tirau Wihongi

Hawkes Bay

48.29

2

Kent Fraser

Waitara

52.08

3

 

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