Mowlem is the marathon master

Andrew  Mowlem portage1.JPG

Andrew Mowlem with Jordan McLarin hot on his heels

Andrew Mowlem reversed the finishing positions from 12 month ago to defeat Quaid Thompson and successfully regain the open men’s title at the Eastland Port New Zealand Kayak Marathon Championships in Gisborne.


The Auckland paddler, who two weeks earlier secured the New Zealand Ocean Racing title, completed the impressive double with a one minute and 38 second triumph over Thompson, who was competing in home water on the Waimata River. Sam Newlands (Bay of Plenty) claimed the bronze medal for a second straight year.

By the time of the first portage – at around half distance of the six loop circuit totalling 28km - Mowlem, Thompson and 2018 U18 champion Jordan McLarin had opened up a clear distance on the rest of the field.

Thompson of the Poverty Bay Club, however, lost crucial time through the portage before McLarin encountered mechanical issues and was forced to abandon plans to finish the race.

The defending champion worked hard to latch on to the back of Mowlem. However, a slick second portage by Mowlem was to prove decisive as he built a gap of around 150m on Thompson.

“Quaid later closed to within 30m but I was able to keep my own pace and extend my advantage again,” explains Mowlem, who is currently serving a work secondment in Perth, where he works as a mechanical engineer.

“I was pleased with the win. I came back to New Zealand to target this race and I knew Quaid and Sam (Newlands) were really strong. I thought it would be a hard task but it was nice to see my focus has paid off.”

Mowlem, who also landed this title in Wellington in 2017, was a big fan of the Waimata River

“It was the first time I’d paddled in Gisborne and it was a really nice course, which meandered along the river,” adds Mowlem, who next month is targeting the Oceania and Australia Canoe Marathon Championships in Perth. “It was always interesting with the different currents, a really cool place for a marathon and the portage running through the reserve was really nice.”

Quaid may have missed out on a successful defence of his open men’s title but older sister Kim completed back-to-back titles in the open women’s race with a dominant display.

The Auckland-based New Zealand elite sprint paddler opted to return to her home city for a hit out over the 22km distance and she was rewarded with a comfortable win from her Poverty Bay team-mate Niamh Lee.

“It was a good opportunity to mix up my training and have a bit of fun,” explains Kim, 23. “I was really impressed with how the U18 girls held on during the first lap. For the rest of the race it was about trying to catch up with the (men’s) masters and enjoy the experience.

“It was awesome to win but I guess it would mean more if more open women were involved (in marathon paddling). It would be great to grow that side of the sport.”

Other noteworthy winners included Garth Spencer, who triumphed in the competitive 40-49 masters division. Pete Lipscombe secured the 10km ski open prize for men with ski paddler Bella Bassett-Foss leading the finishers in the open women’s multicraft event. The men’s and women’s open waka champions were Grant Davidson and Akaysia Williams, respectively. 

A small group of paddlers returned on Sunday to paddle K2 race with Jordan McLarin & Andrew Mowlem winning the Open Men, Ian & Glen Gray the Masters, and Seren Rogers and Nicki Graham the women's race. 

The event also brought the curtain down on the NZ Paddle Series with the overall winners;

Men
Open - Toby Brooke
Masters - Garth Spencer
Vets - Sean Murphy
Classic – Simon Woods

Women
Open – Alex Huffadine
Masters – Sarah Helmore
Vets – Wendy Riach
Classic – Rosemary Gatland

 

FULL RESULTS

 

Place

#

Tyros Mixed 6km

Time

1st

1

Ollie EGAN

0:44:42

2nd

3

Georgie BEAUFOY

0:48:25

3rd

2

Ben EDWARDS

0:51:57

Place

#

U14 Men 10km

Time

1st

22

Angus BAKER

0:53.35

2nd

21

Jamie WALKER

0:56.51

3rd

23

William HALL

1:00.18

Place

#

U14 Women 10km

Time

1st

31

Manon ROGERS

0:55.34

2nd

30

Jayha EGAN

0:57.06

3rd

35

Amber DEARNESS

1:01.52

DNF

34

Mara DEHN

DNF

Place

#

U16 Men 10km

Time

1st

50

Daniel BROWN

0:45.50

2nd

51

Neo STUART

0:50.28

Place

 

U16 Women 10km

Time

1st

63

Genna ROBERTSON

0:48.34

2nd

60

Emma BROWNLIE

0:52.01

3rd

66

Nicki GRAHAM

0:54.27

4th

65

Bo HOWARTH-JARRATT

1:03.32

Place

#

Multicraft men Open 10km

Time

1st

108

Dave CONWAY

0:58.18

Place

#

Multicraft men Open 28.5km

Time

1st

109

Grant MORRISH

2:28.42

Place

#

Multicraft Women Open 10km

Time

1st

84

Bella BASSETT-FOSS

0:55.40

2nd

86

Amy SPENCE

0:58.58

3rd

82

Nan BAKER

1:04.04

4th

96

Morgan WILKIN

1:04.12

5th

80

Kyoko MURAKAMI

1:29.23

Place

#

U18 Women 22.5km

Time

1st

40

Seren ROGERS

1:56.09

2nd

41

Stacey WARREN-MOISER

2:07.03

Place

#

Open Men 28.5km

Time

1st

14

Andrew MOWLEM

1:58.44

2nd

15

Quaid THOMPSON

2:01.22

3rd

11

Sam NEWLANDS

2:03.20

4th

42

Sam FERKINS

2:10.37

DNF

13

Jordan MCLARIN

DNF

Place

#

Open Women 22.5km

Time

1st

18

Kim THOMPSON

1:46.49

2nd

19

Niamh LEE

2:01.43

Place

#

Masters Men 45-54 22.5km

Time

1st

67

Garth SPENCER

1:40.03

2nd

81

Glenn MUIRHEAD

1:41.19

3rd

88

Vaughan REED

1:44.08

4th

87

Sean MURPHY

1:46.11

5th

83

Chris EMMETT

1:46.17

6th

79

Ian GRAY

1:46.55

7th

68

Glenn GRAY

1:47.42

Place

#

Masters Men 55-64 22.5km

Time

1st

76

Kim HARKER

1:46.47

2nd

78

Simon MCLARIN

1:49.09

3rd

77

Phill EXETER

1:54.10

4th

71

Steve REECE

1:56.51

5th

72

Paul FITCHETT

1:59.01

6th

73

Marshall HOLLISTER-JONES

2:00.43

7th

70

Jack MCKENZIE

2:30.48

Place

#

Masters Mixed 65+ 18km

Time

1st

128

Ben BENNETT

1:24.58

2nd

129

Barry BAKER

1:40.03

3rd

130

Rosemary GATLAND

2:20.49

 

Place

#

Open Mens K2

Time

1st

 

Jordan MCLARIN/Andrew MOWLEM

1:32.49

2nd

 

Garth SPENCER/Vaughan REED

1:34.46

3rd

 

Simon MCLARIN/Sean MURPHY

1:42.20

 

Place

#

Masters  Mens K2

Time

1st

 

Ian GRAY/Glen GRAY

1:40.37

2nd

 

Peter LIPSCOME/Phill EXETER

1:45.36

3rd

 

Marshall HOLLISTER-JONES/ Kim HARKER

1:49.41

 

Place

#

Open Womens K2

Time

1st

 

Seren ROGERS/Nicki GRAHAM

1:53.03

2nd

 

Niamh LEE/Stacey WARREN-MOISER

1:56.22

3rd

 

Manon ROGERS/Jayha EGAN

2:03.42

 





 


 


Mowlem is the marathon master

Andrew  Mowlem portage1.JPG

Andrew Mowlem with Jordan McLarin hot on his heels

Andrew Mowlem reversed the finishing positions from 12 month ago to defeat Quaid Thompson and successfully regain the open men’s title at the Eastland Port New Zealand Kayak Marathon Championships in Gisborne.


The Auckland paddler, who two weeks earlier secured the New Zealand Ocean Racing title, completed the impressive double with a one minute and 38 second triumph over Thompson, who was competing in home water on the Waimata River. Sam Newlands (Bay of Plenty) claimed the bronze medal for a second straight year.

By the time of the first portage – at around half distance of the six loop circuit totalling 28km - Mowlem, Thompson and 2018 U18 champion Jordan McLarin had opened up a clear distance on the rest of the field.

Thompson of the Poverty Bay Club, however, lost crucial time through the portage before McLarin encountered mechanical issues and was forced to abandon plans to finish the race.

The defending champion worked hard to latch on to the back of Mowlem. However, a slick second portage by Mowlem was to prove decisive as he built a gap of around 150m on Thompson.

“Quaid later closed to within 30m but I was able to keep my own pace and extend my advantage again,” explains Mowlem, who is currently serving a work secondment in Perth, where he works as a mechanical engineer.

“I was pleased with the win. I came back to New Zealand to target this race and I knew Quaid and Sam (Newlands) were really strong. I thought it would be a hard task but it was nice to see my focus has paid off.”

Mowlem, who also landed this title in Wellington in 2017, was a big fan of the Waimata River

“It was the first time I’d paddled in Gisborne and it was a really nice course, which meandered along the river,” adds Mowlem, who next month is targeting the Oceania and Australia Canoe Marathon Championships in Perth. “It was always interesting with the different currents, a really cool place for a marathon and the portage running through the reserve was really nice.”

Quaid may have missed out on a successful defence of his open men’s title but older sister Kim completed back-to-back titles in the open women’s race with a dominant display.

The Auckland-based New Zealand elite sprint paddler opted to return to her home city for a hit out over the 22km distance and she was rewarded with a comfortable win from her Poverty Bay team-mate Niamh Lee.

“It was a good opportunity to mix up my training and have a bit of fun,” explains Kim, 23. “I was really impressed with how the U18 girls held on during the first lap. For the rest of the race it was about trying to catch up with the (men’s) masters and enjoy the experience.

“It was awesome to win but I guess it would mean more if more open women were involved (in marathon paddling). It would be great to grow that side of the sport.”

Other noteworthy winners included Garth Spencer, who triumphed in the competitive 40-49 masters division. Pete Lipscombe secured the 10km ski open prize for men with ski paddler Bella Bassett-Foss leading the finishers in the open women’s multicraft event. The men’s and women’s open waka champions were Grant Davidson and Akaysia Williams, respectively. 

A small group of paddlers returned on Sunday to paddle K2 race with Jordan McLarin & Andrew Mowlem winning the Open Men, Ian & Glen Gray the Masters, and Seren Rogers and Nicki Graham the women's race. 

The event also brought the curtain down on the NZ Paddle Series with the overall winners;

Men
Open - Toby Brooke
Masters - Garth Spencer
Vets - Sean Murphy
Classic – Simon Woods

Women
Open – Alex Huffadine
Masters – Sarah Helmore
Vets – Wendy Riach
Classic – Rosemary Gatland

 

FULL RESULTS

 

Place

#

Tyros Mixed 6km

Time

1st

1

Ollie EGAN

0:44:42

2nd

3

Georgie BEAUFOY

0:48:25

3rd

2

Ben EDWARDS

0:51:57

Place

#

U14 Men 10km

Time

1st

22

Angus BAKER

0:53.35

2nd

21

Jamie WALKER

0:56.51

3rd

23

William HALL

1:00.18

Place

#

U14 Women 10km

Time

1st

31

Manon ROGERS

0:55.34

2nd

30

Jayha EGAN

0:57.06

3rd

35

Amber DEARNESS

1:01.52

DNF

34

Mara DEHN

DNF

Place

#

U16 Men 10km

Time

1st

50

Daniel BROWN

0:45.50

2nd

51

Neo STUART

0:50.28

Place

 

U16 Women 10km

Time

1st

63

Genna ROBERTSON

0:48.34

2nd

60

Emma BROWNLIE

0:52.01

3rd

66

Nicki GRAHAM

0:54.27

4th

65

Bo HOWARTH-JARRATT

1:03.32

Place

#

Multicraft men Open 10km

Time

1st

108

Dave CONWAY

0:58.18

Place

#

Multicraft men Open 28.5km

Time

1st

109

Grant MORRISH

2:28.42

Place

#

Multicraft Women Open 10km

Time

1st

84

Bella BASSETT-FOSS

0:55.40

2nd

86

Amy SPENCE

0:58.58

3rd

82

Nan BAKER

1:04.04

4th

96

Morgan WILKIN

1:04.12

5th

80

Kyoko MURAKAMI

1:29.23

Place

#

U18 Women 22.5km

Time

1st

40

Seren ROGERS

1:56.09

2nd

41

Stacey WARREN-MOISER

2:07.03

Place

#

Open Men 28.5km

Time

1st

14

Andrew MOWLEM

1:58.44

2nd

15

Quaid THOMPSON

2:01.22

3rd

11

Sam NEWLANDS

2:03.20

4th

42

Sam FERKINS

2:10.37

DNF

13

Jordan MCLARIN

DNF

Place

#

Open Women 22.5km

Time

1st

18

Kim THOMPSON

1:46.49

2nd

19

Niamh LEE

2:01.43

Place

#

Masters Men 45-54 22.5km

Time

1st

67

Garth SPENCER

1:40.03

2nd

81

Glenn MUIRHEAD

1:41.19

3rd

88

Vaughan REED

1:44.08

4th

87

Sean MURPHY

1:46.11

5th

83

Chris EMMETT

1:46.17

6th

79

Ian GRAY

1:46.55

7th

68

Glenn GRAY

1:47.42

Place

#

Masters Men 55-64 22.5km

Time

1st

76

Kim HARKER

1:46.47

2nd

78

Simon MCLARIN

1:49.09

3rd

77

Phill EXETER

1:54.10

4th

71

Steve REECE

1:56.51

5th

72

Paul FITCHETT

1:59.01

6th

73

Marshall HOLLISTER-JONES

2:00.43

7th

70

Jack MCKENZIE

2:30.48

Place

#

Masters Mixed 65+ 18km

Time

1st

128

Ben BENNETT

1:24.58

2nd

129

Barry BAKER

1:40.03

3rd

130

Rosemary GATLAND

2:20.49

 

Place

#

Open Mens K2

Time

1st

 

Jordan MCLARIN/Andrew MOWLEM

1:32.49

2nd

 

Garth SPENCER/Vaughan REED

1:34.46

3rd

 

Simon MCLARIN/Sean MURPHY

1:42.20

 

Place

#

Masters  Mens K2

Time

1st

 

Ian GRAY/Glen GRAY

1:40.37

2nd

 

Peter LIPSCOME/Phill EXETER

1:45.36

3rd

 

Marshall HOLLISTER-JONES/ Kim HARKER

1:49.41

 

Place

#

Open Womens K2

Time

1st

 

Seren ROGERS/Nicki GRAHAM

1:53.03

2nd

 

Niamh LEE/Stacey WARREN-MOISER

1:56.22

3rd

 

Manon ROGERS/Jayha EGAN

2:03.42

 





 


 


Mowlem is the marathon master
 

 

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