It’s been a busy weekend for Duddon wildwater racers with 4 races being held on the same weekend, 4 of the older paddlers went to Nottingham to try out for the national squad leaving the junior members to hold the fort in the northern series double header.
The first race was on the river Tyne at Prudhoe on the Saturday, Duddon sent 8 paddlers to compete and after a practice run down the course they realised that it wasn’t going to be as easy as they first thought. The low water levels meant that there were lots of flows all feeding into the river from different directions spinning the paddlers out of the racing line. Emily & Victoria Longstaff were both competing in 3 categories both the C2, C1 & K1, they were the first to go down the river in a C2 and they got down successfully and had to dash to the start line for the individual races. First K1 down the river was 7 year old Ryan Bentley who was caught out by the swirling waters at the bottom of the course and fell in, all other paddlers got down the river without any mishaps and when the results were in Duddon had another good day with 5 golds and a silver.
Under 10 male 1st K1 Connor Bentley Under 14 Female 1st K1 Victoria Longstaff
Under 14 male 1st K1 Owen Wilson Under 14 female 2nd K1 Ruth McKenny
Under 16 Female C1 1st Emily Longstaff
1st C2 Victoria & Emily Longstaff
The Sunday saw the second race of the weekend on the river Eden at the sands centre rapids at Carlisle, water levels were lower than in previous years but that did not detract from the racing. The Longstaff girls were competing in the C2 and individual races again, the C2 race was first and they navigated the course without any mishaps then a quick dash to the start again for their individual races. Ryan Bentley was first down for Duddon and this time he successfully got down the course and finished in Bronze medal position. All the paddlers got down the course without any problems and had another successful day with; 5 golds 1 Silver & 1 Bronze.
Under 10 K1 male 1st Connor Bentley Under 10 k1 male 3rd Ryan Bentley
Under 14 K1 male 1st Owen Wilson Under 14 K1 male 1st Victoria Longstaff
Under 14 K1 female 2nd Ruth McKenny Under 16 C1 1st Emily Longstaff
C2 1st Victoria & Emily Longstaff