Lincoln Canoe Club first at annual marathon

The Lincoln Canoe Club took first place on Sunday with 233 club points as it hosted its annual marathon on Brayford Pool.

Over 100 paddlers were in attendance from eleven clubs throughout the East and West Midlands to take part in the Regional Hasler qualifying event for the National Hasler Final at the end of the year.

Scoring two points ahead of last year’s win, Lincoln Canoe Club were able to keep Nottingham CC from taking first place with their 213 points.

Other canoe clubs present included Burton, Gailey, Solihull, Anker Valley, Mercia CC, Hereford, Royal Leamington Spa, Soar, and Shropshire Paddlesport.

“It’s a very good turnout indeed,” said Lincoln Canoe Club president Peter Wright. “We’re one of the leading clubs in this area and nationally we have a very good reputation.”

Also taking part at the event was former Olympian Laurence Oliver, the coach at Lincoln CC, who began canoeing in 1956.

“Our chairman Laurence Oliver has been in three Olympic Games for the British Team, which is extremely unusual,” Wright said. “Not only that, but he is still competing, so this is an extraordinary and exciting day for people.”

At the age of 68, the well-known and respected sportsman took to the water, where he finished in sixth place in the veteran’s division six singles.

Winners of this weekend’s Lincoln CC Marathon in the Lightening K1S, the Hody K2s and the single and double divisions include Ella Jarratt in the under 12 girls and Ben Quittenton in the under 10 boys Lightening race; Peter Quittenton in the junior division four singles; Christopher Gray in the junior division seven singles; William Doughty in the junior division nine singles; David Oliver in the veteran division two singles; and Richard Oliver in the veteran division six doubles.

Photos: Lincoln Canoe Club