WOODMILL ON THE RIVER ITCHEN WILD WATER RACE
9 APRIL 2016
The race was based at Woodmill Activity Centre by kind permission of Neil Adcock the Operations Manager. A number of the paddlers that had never been to the centre before variously said “It is like H.G. Wells lost world but with canoes and other exciting kit rather than dinosaurs!” whilst others compared it to “A mini paradise”. It was great to see so many activities, e.g. kayaking and canoeing on the lake, river sluice pool and River Itchen and on the grounds, climbing, jenga but with crates and a person trying to stay on top (with a harness on) wild life talks etc., going on for people of all ages and abilities alongside the WWR race and everyone having fun.
The Wild Water race started from just above Mansbridge
Chris Blacker C1WWR
and raced down to Woodmill Bridge on the River Itchen and provided a good spectacle for the many members of the public walking along the path alongside the River.
Ready to Go Again Wavehoppers
The race was held over two runs of 0.5miles. Hamble Sea Scout leader John Dyke gasped after he finished his second run “It is a long way to sprint!”
Paddling Hard K1
20 paddlers with an age range of 9 to 77 raced, a tribute to the sport where all ages can participate. Dr Selwyn Richards took the Men’s WWR class, with Richard Davis aged 77, 14 seconds behind in second place; Susan Templeton taking the honours in the Ladies WWR class
Dr Selwyn Richards WWR
In the Open class raced by K1’s (with rudders to steer) Richard Johns won the Men’s and daughter Poppy aged 11 the Ladies. Hamble Sea Scouts raced in force and produced some good results in both classes.
Proud Young Winners
There are a number of WWR and open races as part of a series taking place in the South with the next one being at Manor Farm Country park on 8 May 2016, followed by a WWR race run with the Winchester ranking Division 4 slalom on 15 May 2016 and then the Hamble River Raid http://www.hambleriverraid.com/ (including a ranking WWR race) on 21 May 2016, see http://www.wildwater.org.uk for details. For K1 racing see www.southamptoncc.co.uk/ based from Woodmill Activity Centre http://www.woodmill.co.uk/
By Susan Templeton 12 April 2016