The annual Devizes to Westminster race took place this Easter weekend, with crews from all over the world taking part.
Records were broken and conditions were harsh with the race being stopped after Day 3 due to severe weather and safety concerns. It was certainly a memorable DW for many reasons.
The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race starts in Devizes, Wiltshire, finishing just downstream of Westminster Bridge in central London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The race has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948.
The race is 125 miles long and has 77 portages. The first 52 miles are along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington. The final 17 mile section is on the tidal portion of the Thames.
The race is a severe test of skill, physical and mental stamina and planning which produces a memorable sense of achievement for those successfully completing it.
To learn more about the race itself, click here.
The Senior Doubles was won by Peter Maycock and Tristram Turner with a time of 17:10:25. Second place went to female crew Kat Burbeck and Alex Lane, setting a new ladies K2 record of 17:59:45. Third place went to Mike and Rebecca Davis from the USA with a time of 18:23:48.
The Junior Doubles at the end of Day 3 when racing ceased was led by Dougal Glaisher and Francis Huntingford of Blundell’s School with a time of 15:03:21. It was a close race in the Junior Doubles though, with the second placed crew Daniel Palmer and Bronte Holden from Fowey River Canoe Club just 28 seconds behind them!
Veteran Junior Doubles was led by Kim Hollman and William Playle from Barking and Dagenham Canoe Club with a time of 16:28:42.
Keith Moule from Chelmsford Canoe Club won the Senior Singles in 13:30:33.
Results are provisional, for the full run down of results, please click here.
Unfortunately Day 4 of the stages races had to be cancelled due to safety concerns as Storm Katie took hold of the South East region. Storm Katie inflicted gusts of up to 70mph in central London making racing conditions too hazardous for Day 4.
Well done to everyone who took part from the crews who entered to the volunteers who helped make the event a huge success and who do so year on year.