Quick report from Spanish K4 international series

The Spanish K4 series is a two-race international event, with races in Valladolid and Sanabria. This year we entered two teams, a Women’s K4 of Lani Belcher (ELM), Hayleigh Mason (NOT), Fay Lamph (WEY) and Alex Lane (LON), and a Men’s K4 of James Russell (CLM), Matt Johnson (CLM), Nicky Cresser (NOT) and Zyggy Chmiel (NOT).

A summary from the team manager, Paul Dimmock:

A well attended event with Argentina, Czech, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Hungry and of course Spain all competing.

Both British crews performed well, in Valladolid the men’s race GB were 5th, after problem with a lean which was causing Zyggy at stroke a lot of problems and consequently weren’t as competitive as we believed they could be. A change around with James driving for the race on Sunday resolved the lean issue and the boys were very strong, on the first lap they were in a comfortable 2nd/3rd spot with the Spanish, the Argentinians who won on Saturday looked to be in control and the Hungarians just behind, but sadly on the top (island) turn we bumped the rudder and couldn’t steer effectively for the last 1/2 of the lap and dropped back. The women were very strong all round, won on Saturday much to the disappointment of the Hungarians who claimed an impingement by the GB boat, the Spanish officials weren’t impressed with the Hungarians and so the result stood, on Sunday a great race and the Hungarians just took it from Team GB followed by Spain, a really good race and great effort.

All in all, the team were excellent, they were well organised and supported each other with running boat repairs, and general support. The Federation looked after us well, although one boat was broken when we arrived the two crews used the one larger boat on Saturday, however Sunday with the both men and women on the same start line the repair man struggled to get the women’s boat ready in fact 25 minutes prior to the start, but as I say the team were true professionals and got organised.

New National Championship team trophy for women

The National Marathon Women’s K1 Team Trophy is a new award to be presented at the National Marathon Championships this year, designed to encourage participation of female athletes across the age group races. A team will consist of the best four scoring female K1 paddlers from the same club, one of which must race in the Senior or U23 category long course. This award has been donated by Jessica and Imogen Collins.

Kat Wilson
Marathon Racing Committee

National Championships Info Pack latest

The updated Information Pack for the National Champs on 29th-30th July can be downloaded here: Nationals 2017 draft 6 FINAL

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Junior K4 Rocket event – we have 16 K4 Rockets to fill. If you don’t have a full team, let us know and we will try to make up crews. Send your entries to janetinfrance@gmail.com.

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