Whanganui Kayak Krazy 10km Race

Anyone participating or spectating the Whanganui Leg of the Kayak Krazy Series would be left in no doubt why the series is called “Krazy”. Indeed, having experienced a cold front replete with, rain, some hail and a bitter cold air flow some participants may have been wondering if it is the paddlers that are “crazy”.

Despite the chill the 45 paddlers seemed to enjoy what turned out to be nice water conditions. Ranging in age from Tyros to masters the event was held over two courses in two separate races. The tyros and u14’s paddled a half size course so they could replicate the 3 lap/6 lap course set out for the U16 and above event. This gave the spectators plenty of viewing and the athletes the opportunity to receive plenty of motivational support. And thanks to an equally hardy bunch of parents and supporters the paddlers got plenty of cheering.

In the shorter course event the Tyros and U14’s were joined by Mana paddler Joern Scherzer who paddled his C1 over the 6 lap course. Joern lead from start to finish and set the pace for the front runners in the u14 division. Lucas Thompson got off to a fast start but Jack Clifton showed some excellent pacing to set himself up to first pass Lucas and then maintain a handy lead to back up his win from the Mana event.  Lucas came in second with Alan McVicor rounding out the top 3.

In the girls u14 event Brooklyn Saunders paddled an excellent race staying in touch with the boys from start to finish. She went on to win with young Katie Foster coming in second.

There were four tyros competing with Damien Dayle taking out the boys race. In behind him the three girls stuck with each other throughout the race with all three crossing the line within 15 seconds of each other. Taimana Van Beck took line hours with Anna Clifton coming in second and Jess Thompson coming in third.

The u16, u18, open and masters race saw a wind shift to the south and although cold was nothing more than a light breeze. This set up some smooth conditions for good racing and allowed a pack to develop out the front. There were a variety of lead changes which included two u16 athletes, Edward Parsons and Ben McCallum, both of whom paddled very well, including taking leads in the front bunch. After a hard fought battle Ben pushed through to take the win with Edward taking second. James Rowe was paddling in one of the next bunches and took third.

The girls U16 event was dominated by Danielle Watson who lead from start to finish and was never challenged. Tatum Radcliffe was second with Sapere Simon coming in third.

The u18 field was closer with Erica Tanner and Ariana Kereopa exchanging the lead until eventually Erica cross the line just ahead of Ariana. Gemma Woolcock rounded out the top three in this section.

The u18 boys started out well but eventually two of the three didn’t finish giving Gregor Park and easy win for the age group. Although not under pressure after withdrawals Gregor stayed in the front pack for all but the final lap and was regularly doing his fair share of leads. Only Open competitors Lachie Cromar and Adam Fraser were able to drop him as they put pressure on each each other for line honours in the Open event. Although close this battle was eventually won by Lachie, with Adam second and Palmerston North paddler Josh McLean paddling well to take a handy third.

In the Masters division Joern Scherzer looked certain of victory. Having started strong he paddled in the front group and was looking comfortable there however as the group broke up Ron Cole showed tenacity to paddle through the front runners as they dropped off the pace and eventually pulled level with Joern. The last two laps or so developed into a head to head race to the point they started catching the front group. In the end they managed to catch Gregor as he fell off the pace set by Lachie and Adam.  Ron’s tenacity saw him leading the group of three across the line to take the masters division and third overall with Joern in second. Ray Mennie of Palmerston North also had a good paddle and was able to stay clear of any other Masters to take a well earned third.

The Masters women saw Robyn Scott take the win comfortably but an interesting battle for second developed between Mereana Hodges and Tara Allerton. Mereana secured the second place spot 3 seconds ahead of Tara in a close final leg.

There were many interesting battles during the day and great to see all the athletes enjoying their respective race styles and taking the time to enjoy each other’s company with a coffee, hot soup and cream scones (thanks team!!).

Also a special thanks to all those who travelled to support the event and we look forward to seeing you all (and your friends) at the River Challenge 31 October 2015. For surf, SUP,  waka and kayak athletes his is a paddle festival event held in Whanganui over 2 days,  run by Aaron Cox, which includes head to head racing for Surf Boats, Surf Canoes,  Waka ama, K4’s... interested – get hold of Aaron (0274205577) or go to www.wmtc.co.nz. For more information.

Tyros
Male

Damien Dayle  
Female
Taimana van Beck   
Anna Clifton
Jess Thompson


1st    

1st
2nd
3rd


22.34

23.25
23.35
23.41
 U14
Male
Jack Clifton
Lucas Thompson
Alan McVicor
Female
Brooklyn Saunders
Katie Foster
 

1st
2nd
3rd

1st
2nd


35.11
35.35
36.45

35.47
41.18
U16
Male
Ben McCallum
Edward Parsons
James Rowe
Ethan Moore
Jack Brown
Female
Danielle Watson
Tatum Radcliffe
Sapere Simon
Sarah Warren


1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
 
25.22
25.45
28.40
28.52
33.16

28.33
31.46
33.02
 U18
Male
Gregor Park
Thomas Cole
Tim Rowe
Female
Erica Tanner
Ariana Kereopa
Gemma Woolcock


 1st
DNF
DNF

1st
2nd
3rd


52.46



61.11
61.12
67.41
Open
Male
Lachie Cromar
Adam Fraser
Josh McLean
Ian McCallum


1st
2nd
3rd
4th


52.19
52.21
53.57
68.54
Masters
Male
Ron Cole
Joern Scherzer
Ray Mennie
Glen Saunders
Matt Foster
Mark Stoneman
Phil Brown
Reuben Hill
Bruce Baldwin
Mac Keene
Brian Grace


1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
 

52.43
52.53
60.28
60.50
61.015
61.018
61.07
62.34
674.56
71.30
DNF
Female
Robyn Scott
Mereana Hodges
Tara Allerton
Kylie Gibson
Amie Simpson

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

62.34
63.44
63.47
69.18
69.20

Overall points table


 

Whanganui Kayak Krazy 10km Race

Anyone participating or spectating the Whanganui Leg of the Kayak Krazy Series would be left in no doubt why the series is called “Krazy”

Anyone participating or spectating the Whanganui Leg of the Kayak Krazy Series would be left in no doubt why the series is called “Krazy”. Indeed, having experienced a cold front replete with, rain, some hail and a bitter cold air flow some participants may have been wondering if it is the paddlers that are “crazy”.

Despite the chill the 45 paddlers seemed to enjoy what turned out to be nice water conditions. Ranging in age from Tyros to masters the event was held over two courses in two separate races. The tyros and u14’s paddled a half size course so they could replicate the 3 lap/6 lap course set out for the U16 and above event. This gave the spectators plenty of viewing and the athletes the opportunity to receive plenty of motivational support. And thanks to an equally hardy bunch of parents and supporters the paddlers got plenty of cheering.

In the shorter course event the Tyros and U14’s were joined by Mana paddler Joern Scherzer who paddled his C1 over the 6 lap course. Joern lead from start to finish and set the pace for the front runners in the u14 division. Lucas Thompson got off to a fast start but Jack Clifton showed some excellent pacing to set himself up to first pass Lucas and then maintain a handy lead to back up his win from the Mana event.  Lucas came in second with Alan McVicor rounding out the top 3.

In the girls u14 event Brooklyn Saunders paddled an excellent race staying in touch with the boys from start to finish. She went on to win with young Katie Foster coming in second.

There were four tyros competing with Damien Dayle taking out the boys race. In behind him the three girls stuck with each other throughout the race with all three crossing the line within 15 seconds of each other. Taimana Van Beck took line hours with Anna Clifton coming in second and Jess Thompson coming in third.

The u16, u18, open and masters race saw a wind shift to the south and although cold was nothing more than a light breeze. This set up some smooth conditions for good racing and allowed a pack to develop out the front. There were a variety of lead changes which included two u16 athletes, Edward Parsons and Ben McCallum, both of whom paddled very well, including taking leads in the front bunch. After a hard fought battle Ben pushed through to take the win with Edward taking second. James Rowe was paddling in one of the next bunches and took third.

The girls U16 event was dominated by Danielle Watson who lead from start to finish and was never challenged. Tatum Radcliffe was second with Sapere Simon coming in third.

The u18 field was closer with Erica Tanner and Ariana Kereopa exchanging the lead until eventually Erica cross the line just ahead of Ariana. Gemma Woolcock rounded out the top three in this section.

The u18 boys started out well but eventually two of the three didn’t finish giving Gregor Park and easy win for the age group. Although not under pressure after withdrawals Gregor stayed in the front pack for all but the final lap and was regularly doing his fair share of leads. Only Open competitors Lachie Cromar and Adam Fraser were able to drop him as they put pressure on each each other for line honours in the Open event. Although close this battle was eventually won by Lachie, with Adam second and Palmerston North paddler Josh McLean paddling well to take a handy third.

In the Masters division Joern Scherzer looked certain of victory. Having started strong he paddled in the front group and was looking comfortable there however as the group broke up Ron Cole showed tenacity to paddle through the front runners as they dropped off the pace and eventually pulled level with Joern. The last two laps or so developed into a head to head race to the point they started catching the front group. In the end they managed to catch Gregor as he fell off the pace set by Lachie and Adam.  Ron’s tenacity saw him leading the group of three across the line to take the masters division and third overall with Joern in second. Ray Mennie of Palmerston North also had a good paddle and was able to stay clear of any other Masters to take a well earned third.

The Masters women saw Robyn Scott take the win comfortably but an interesting battle for second developed between Mereana Hodges and Tara Allerton. Mereana secured the second place spot 3 seconds ahead of Tara in a close final leg.

There were many interesting battles during the day and great to see all the athletes enjoying their respective race styles and taking the time to enjoy each other’s company with a coffee, hot soup and cream scones (thanks team!!).

Also a special thanks to all those who travelled to support the event and we look forward to seeing you all (and your friends) at the River Challenge 31 October 2015. For surf, SUP,  waka and kayak athletes his is a paddle festival event held in Whanganui over 2 days,  run by Aaron Cox, which includes head to head racing for Surf Boats, Surf Canoes,  Waka ama, K4’s... interested – get hold of Aaron (0274205577) or go to www.wmtc.co.nz. For more information.

Tyros
Male

Damien Dayle  
Female
Taimana van Beck   
Anna Clifton
Jess Thompson


1st    

1st
2nd
3rd


22.34

23.25
23.35
23.41
 U14
Male
Jack Clifton
Lucas Thompson
Alan McVicor
Female
Brooklyn Saunders
Katie Foster
 

1st
2nd
3rd

1st
2nd


35.11
35.35
36.45

35.47
41.18
U16
Male
Ben McCallum
Edward Parsons
James Rowe
Ethan Moore
Jack Brown
Female
Danielle Watson
Tatum Radcliffe
Sapere Simon
Sarah Warren


1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
 
25.22
25.45
28.40
28.52
33.16

28.33
31.46
33.02
 U18
Male
Gregor Park
Thomas Cole
Tim Rowe
Female
Erica Tanner
Ariana Kereopa
Gemma Woolcock


 1st
DNF
DNF

1st
2nd
3rd


52.46



61.11
61.12
67.41
Open
Male
Lachie Cromar
Adam Fraser
Josh McLean
Ian McCallum


1st
2nd
3rd
4th


52.19
52.21
53.57
68.54
Masters
Male
Ron Cole
Joern Scherzer
Ray Mennie
Glen Saunders
Matt Foster
Mark Stoneman
Phil Brown
Reuben Hill
Bruce Baldwin
Mac Keene
Brian Grace


1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
 

52.43
52.53
60.28
60.50
61.015
61.018
61.07
62.34
674.56
71.30
DNF
Female
Robyn Scott
Mereana Hodges
Tara Allerton
Kylie Gibson
Amie Simpson

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

62.34
63.44
63.47
69.18
69.20

Overall points table


 

Whanganui Kayak Krazy 10km Race
 

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