Beavertown Badboy 20 July 2013 (updated with Race report)

3 05 2013

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Race Report

A small but high quality field assembled for this years Beavertown Badboy Kayak race on Saturday June 20. With the course changed to avoid the area of willow trees blocking access to the Roses Overflow floodway, this years course saw the finish at the Blenheim rowing club instead of paddling through suburban Blenheim.

After a mass start, the field quickly spread and paddled into a rising tide on clear waters and a lovely sunny day.

First into the portage at Blenheim rowing club was last years winner Steve Armstrong, closely followed by Matt Thomson. Armstrong held off Thomson by 2 seconds to win the race once more and the men’s open K1 title.

Following was some good racing between the youngest and oldest competitors in the field, with Sam Blackmore eventually prevailing over Keith Alderson.  Reid Forrest and Thomas Moore were close behind, and  were caught at the very end of the race by the strong finishing double of Murray Gane and Ian McAlpine. First woman home was Bronwyn Adams Hooper, and winning the 21 km race was Paul Humphries.

Results are here

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Marlborough is NZ’s hidden gem when it comes to waterways suitable for padding.  Here’s an event that takes in 32km of the best flat water kayaking you will find anywhere in the country.

Download an entry form here

Here is a link to info from last years event

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