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2014 West Australian Canoe Marathon Championships
Paddlers ranging from 8 years old to 70 years of age doing doubles on one day and singles on the other over 3 to 26 km courses depending on age.
The International/National Marathon format has paddlers doing a short circuit (4.3km) with U16 to 55+ paddlers doing portages each lap. With Perth’s summer temperatures and most paddlers still building their fitness for the Avon Descent, we used a 3.5 km lap and gave all practice doing buoy turns, portages and navigation.
During the weekend there were several displays of good Marathon Racing Skills:
Chris B. (AKC) and Tim C. (CRCC) did their circuits side by side all the way till the final sprint where Tim lead across the line by 2 seconds.
The first three craft in the Men’s 45+ Kayak finished in less than 30 seconds.
Mark L. and Rob R. (both AKC) lead the 45+/55+ K2 class all the way, rolling off the 5 x 3.6 km laps at 15 minute intervals.
It was very pleasing to see the strength in the U14s class and the number of U10s and U12s in both Guppy and ICF K1.
On Sunday the kayakers were joined by the Stand Up Paddle Boarders doing a 10 or 20 km course, adding to the colour and spectacle.
The EFE Engraving Schools Championship developed in a tight tussle between 2 schools, Carramar Primary School in the North and Bletchley Park Primary School South of the river. After the final results were tallied, Carramar Primary has won the shield for the third year, but only by one point. Third place was Churchlands SHS, with John Forest Secondary College coming fourth.
Once again the event would not been as successful as it was without the help of many volunteers, before, during and after the racing. Special mention to those who assisted in getting the pontoon in and out of the water, the safety boat drivers and turn officials. We had the cooperation of the local rowing clubs and ferries to help keep a fair and equable course.
Next Events to put in your dairy:
Mara #5 – Sunday 30 March – Pinjarra to Ravenswood
Mara #6 – Sunday 18 May – Double Barkers
Mara #7 – Sunday 29 June – Middle Swan to AKC
Several of the clubs will be holding their major races in the next few weeks. These races are a major source of fund raising for them and great fun to attend. These events are not part of the Marathon Season.
Slalom – Bevan Dashwood Dash – 23 March
CRCC – Canning Classic – 13 April
SCC – Rod Fry Memorial – 27 April
AKC – John Sims Race — 4 May
Canoeing WA – Paddle Challenge – 25 May
CLBC – Teams Relay – 15 June