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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Brit Champs...

A week and a half ago Nottinghamshire’s Holme PierrePonte held the annual Freestyle kayaking British Championships. Since I am back at Uni and HPP is only a short trip away, so i decided to compete.

This event was my first real Playboating competition, needless to say I was well prepared, having only been in a playboat once in the previous month. Never the less I arrived on Saturday morning and signed on. The event was fairly busy with people coming from all over the country. After a long wait we gathered for an initial briefing. After the mandatory safety briefing we were informed of the scoring system and definitions (which were fairly new to me). Eventually a timetable of which heats were in went up. I was on at 1.

By the end of the day I had finished 25th overall out of the Mens K1. Not that great but oh well. After watching the rest of the competition (and even a spot of commentary during the squirt boating) it was time to party. Organised by Run and Jump clothing a good time was had by all, I certainly drunk plenty.

The next morning, feeling a little worse for wear it was time for the ‘Mass Boto-X’. For those that don’t know this is where all competitors must race head-to-heead down the length of the course, then back up the back channel, then to the finish. Since anything goes I did a good amount of cheating I finished the race in fourth posistion. Not too bad.

The rest of the day was good fun, well done to everyone who took part.

Photos by Joel Croft

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