Recent freezing conditions created a very real threat that the race would have to be postponed, but after a careful review of the river on Saturday the organisers felt confident in giving the go-ahead. This turned out to be fully justified and a good showing of 150 competitors came along to take part.
Mixed K2s continued to be well-represented in Class 1, comprising 10 of the 22 boats, in addition to the two all-female crews. The fastest four crews were all mixed.
There were an unusually large number of C2 entries at this event, and the field of 7 boats in Marathon C2 (Class 12) was the biggest seen in the last 5 years. Again, the MC2s included a mixed crew (2nd) and an all-female crew (3rd).
As well as a number of independent paddlers, 11 different clubs/teams were represented. It was particularly pleasing to see a large team from The Royal Hospital School. The RHS crews all performed very well against the strong and experienced fields in Classes 1 and 12, including an impressive 8th and 10th places in Class 1.
The results of the race can be seen on the WS Results page. Host club Chelmsford were the overall winners, and also came first in Dick Grieve points (points scored by novice juniors) for the first time this season.
The final race of the series will take place at Leaside on 12 February. The usual prizegiving will be followed directly by the presentation of the series awards and trophies.
A full run-down of series results to date for both individuals (class trophies) and teams (club results) can also be found on the WS Results page. Please remember that any paddler/crew who has competed in three or more races may be eligible for a series prize, but that final class positions will be based on each paddler/crew's best five results only.