10km Champs Rotorua
The rest of the country was experiencing torrential rain and gale force winds, but Rotorua, remarkably, held back the rain just long enough to get prizegiving out of the way. 69 paddlers ignored the severe weather warnings around the country, and will be pleased they did with plenty of sun peaking through the clouds, and the wind not too gusty.
Lake Okareka was reasonably sheltered close in, so the course was shortened to give the 10k-ers a 6 loop race and the 5k-ers 3 loops. The start was split for 10km men, then 10km women followed by 5km men and 5 km women (U16 and U14 age groups).
There were a couple of casualties on the turns but on the whole the racing was close and competitive.
Rebecca Cole, Waitara
In the Open mens race the lead group broke off early and held on for the duration of the race and gave the boys from Arawa a clean sweep. In a last push for the line Steven Armstrong (42.12) finished ahead of James Feathery (42.15) and Ryan Quickenden (42.23). Andrea Bunn (46.09) showed her class in the womens event finishing ahead of Rachel Dodwell by almost 2 minutes. Andrea used this race as a bit of a warm-up before heading off to ICF Canoe Marathon Champs in Rome this week to race Masters women, along with team mates Glenn Muirhead, Adam Fraser and Paul Randall.
The Masters men were a pretty tight pack most of the way with Adam Tate, Poverty Bay (45.37) pulling ahead in the last lap to win by 18 seconds ahead of second placed Brian Scott (45.55) and third placed Malte Hagener (46.22).
Poverty Bay and Eastern Bays Clubs continued to show that their junior programmes are working well taking many of the placing in the under 14 and under 16 age groups. The girls team from Waitara also showed they are up there with the best with Bronwyn Larsen winning the U16 girls and Rebecca Cole the U19 women.
Congratulations to the Kayak Krazy 10km winners:
Open Men: 1st Sam Newlands, 2nd Ryan Welch
Masters Men: 1st Ben Bennett, 2nd Brendon Metcalfe
U19 Men: 1st Toby Brooke
Open Women: 1st Andrea Bunn
Masters Women: 1st Robyn Scott
U19 Women: 1st Rebecca Cole, 2nd Sarah Wilson, 3rd Jerusa Lambert-Fahy
TOP 3 RESULTS or click for FULL RESULTS
|U14||Men 5km|| ||U14 ||Women 5km|| |
|1st ||Quaid Thompson, Poverty Bay ||22.41 ||1st||Britney Ford, Poverty Bay||24.17 |
|2nd||Alex Bristow, Poverty Bay||24:15||2nd||Courtney Hoskins, Poverty Bay||25.09|
|3rd||Tom Cole, Waitara||27.44||3rd||Alicia Hoskins, Poverty Bay||28.01 |
|U16||Men 5km|| ||U16||Women 5km|| |
|1st||Tim Waller, Eastern Bay||22.56 ||1st||Bronwyn Larsen, Waitara||26.37|
|2nd ||Finn Roberts, Hawkes Bay||23.13 ||2nd||Talia Madritsch, Eastern Bay||29.28|
|3rd||Campbell Reid, Eastern Bay||23.16 ||3rd||Kaitlin Wiley, Eastern Bay||30.31|
|U19 ||Men 10km|| ||U19||Women 10km|| |
|1st ||Toby Brooke, Wanganui||44.45||1st||Rebecca Cole, Waitara||46.22|
|2nd||Henry Ellingham, Poverty Bay||45.16||2nd||Kim Thompson, Poverty Bay||49.25|
|3rd||Taris Harker, BOP||45.42||3rd||Jessica Blair, Karapiro||49.27|
|Open|| Men 10km || ||Open||Women 10km|| |
|1st||Steven Armstrong, Arawa||42.12||1st||Andrea Bunn, Waitara||46.09|
|2nd||James Feathery, Arawa||42.15||2nd ||Rachael Dodwell, North Shore ||48.37|
|3rd||Ryan Quickenden, Arawa||42.23|| || |
|Masters||Men 10km|| ||Masters||Women 10km|| |
|1st||Adam Tate, Povety Bay||45.37||1st||Robyn Scott, Wanganui||56.58|
|2nd||Brian Scott, Wanganui||45.55|| || |
|3rd||Malte Hagener, Wanganui||46.22|| |
Junior Girls start
Andrea Bunn Open womens winner
Toby Brooke, Wanganui