Day one of the NZ Marathon Champs saw individual K1 ski and multisport paddlers vying for podium positions. The day started off as still as a lake but 30min before racing a south westerly popped up as predicted to make the marathon course just that little more challenging and this year wash-riding was not allowed outside of the age groups so it made the racing a lot closer and tactics played a big part.
Quaid Thompson pulled away from a competitive Open field late in the race and dominated and Jordan McLarin had his U18 race sewn up early on and simply paddled away from the rest of the field.
The developing wind did create a bit of carnage with a fair few capsized boats and a few DNF’s but the sun was still shining and there were smiles on everyone’s face during the medal ceremonies which Tom Ashley, the new CRNZ Chief Executive Officer, presented. However it fell to Olympian Alan Thompson to present the combined Ski and Multisport awards as Tom took the podium to receive silver in what was a strong field.
Day two was the K2 racing and this time the wind was up early and with a midday start everyone managed to have a sleep in. The race had no one capsize but there were clear tactics in play. In the Open K2 the pairing from Poverty Bay of Quaid Thompson and Jordan McLarin was dominant from the outset and they clearly controlled their race. In the Masters K2 the Gray Brothers were strong but the Waitemata pair of Simon McLarin and Sean Murphy were pacing themselves and then in the 4th lap they picked up the pace and pulled away from the field, controlling the remaining two laps to take out the Masters title.
A wonderful weekend was had by all and the hosting from Waitemata Canoe & Multisport was well received with everyone leaving well fed and happy after a paddling filled weekend, albeit a little tired!
Article by Sean Murphy