IT WAS a small but successful group from the Thomastown Paddlers club who made their way to Athy, Co Kildare on Sunday for a challenging canoe marathon race on the River Barrow.
What the group lacked in numbers they made up for in results, scoring two class wins and two second place finishes.
In the men’s general purpose class Dermot Forristal led from the beginning. He quickly opened up a large lead on the field to take his first win in this very competitive class. In the K2 (doubles) class Alan Cullen and Dave McCormack had a great race, paddling very strongly over the 10km course to win their event.
There were more great results for the Paddlers in the K1 (single racing boat) classes. Eamon Forristal showed that all of his hard training has paid off when he took silver in Division Four, his highest ever placing in the class. RJ Jamandre also took part in this class, finishing in fifth position. Brendan Fitzpatrick raced in the under-15 K1 class,finishing in second place.
Hopes are high that these results can be repeated at the National Championships, which twill be held in Leixlip, Co Kildare on Saturday and Sunday. One of the most competitive races of the year, a very large turnout is expected.
Information on taking up canoeing is available from thomastownpaddlers.com.