Results and report: Record entries at the Royal Hasler race 2017
This year’s Hasler marathon race was a record-breaker. We had 213 competitors out on the water – more than ever before – and around 50 of them were Royal club members. That was a big showing for the home team. And they didn’t disappoint.
Club Commodore Jon Boyton was first off in Division 1 K1. Racing over the 12 mile course and lining up against some of the country’s top marathon paddlers, Jon was never in for an easy race. But, with just two portages and feeling at home on the familiar water, he took victory by 2 seconds – a respectable margin for a sprint finish at this level.
Other victories were recorded by Rob in Division 2 K1, Ben and Tim in Division 3 K2, Guy in Division 6 K1, Abi in Division 7 K1, James and Edie in Division 7 K2, Tom in Division 8 K1 and Michael and Martin in Division 8 K2.
That’s a total of 7 victories. And there were many more 2nd and 3rd places too!
In the lightning races, our youngest paddlers performed well too. Congratulations Sana and Jamie.
That string of strong performances saw Royal finish as the top team, taking the maximum 10 points in the regional Hasler series and all but guaranteeing qualification for the national team finals.
Not that we’re complacent. The club is determined to finish above our local rivals in the league table and, with plenty of members gaining promotion this weekend, we have no option but to up our game!
A big thank you to all of the volunteers that made this event a success – those in the kitchen, the ferry masters, the barmen and the coffee men, the safety boats, the car park marshalls and those recording the results.