Last Saturday saw the annual return of the ‘Great Cumbrae Kayak Race’. An event which before last year hadn’t run in 39 years!
With such a great reintroduction into the centre’s events programme in 2015, there was a lot for the 2016 race to live up to. As we started to ‘set up’ on Saturday morning, last year’s race was clear in our minds…it had been a day you only dream about on a Scottish summer’s day…calm, warm and packed full of sunshine. This year brought rain (lots of it!) and VERY strong winds. Still, as enthusiastic participants started to arrive, we wouldn’t be disheartened! Plans for the outside ‘reception’ were abandoned, fearing the marquee would end up in the Firth of Clyde! Race registrations were, wisely, taken indoors and proceedings got underway!
Like last year the race attracted a good number of entrants - 32 in total. It was also great to see so many of the same paddlers from last year, whilst having the opportunity to welcome new participants to the event. We were particularly delighted to see the return of the same 3 junior racers. Watch out for these 3 when they’re old enough to enter the adult race!
This year’s race began with a challenging start - with the clapotis causing quite a few issues! However, once the race got underway, things quickly settled and paddlers found their stride, finishing with impressive times (results are listed in the table below).
Once the final participants were back on dry land, it was time for a much welcomed BBQ, though this year it was enjoyed indoors, in the comfort of the centre’s lounge, with the Olympics on for some extra entertainment. Better still, the day coincided with the great news that Team GB’s Liam Heath had won the Gold medal in the the individual 200m kayak sprint event.
A huge THANKS from Cumbrae to all participants who helped make this such a special event! Special congratulations has to go to Calum Urquhart (overall winner), Lizelle Kemp (1st Female) and Archie Anderson (1st Junior). Once again, a special mention has to go to Andrew Morton, who having won 1st place in the race back in 1976, was back participating again and on tremendous form; taking 2nd place no less!
Finally, many thanks to participants for their valued feedback, a selection of which is included below:
“Thank you for organising the race - a great day out after we got that rather challenging start out of the way!!!” (Jane Egan).
“A great day with fab folks AGAIN, the racing was tough and full-on as it should be. Big Big THANKS to sportscotland Cumbrae and Lorraine for braving the elements with her camera” (Kevin Locke).
“Thanks very much for a wonderful event yesterday. It’s a huge pleasure attending a well organised race with fantastic facilities to boot” (Lizelle Kemp).
As promised here’s the race results:
|Position||Name||Category||Race No.||Start Time||Finish Time||Elapsed Time||Podium|
|1||Calum Urquhart||M||11||1300||1429.32||1 29.32||1st Male|
|2||Andrew Morton||M||7||1300||1431.18||1 31.18||2nd Male|
|3||Brian Turnbull||M||31||1300||1432.06||1 32.06||3rd Male|
|4||Neil Turnbull||M||30||1300||1435.23||1 35.23|
|5||Gilbert Spiers||M||8||1300||1436.11||1 36.11|
|6||Kevin Locke||M||10||1300||1436.17||1 36.37|
|7||Lizelle Kemp||F||1||1300||1438.44||1 38.44||1st Female|
|8||Douglas Wilby||M||24||1300||1440.59||1 40.59|
|10||Alan Hunter||M||34||1300||1446.43||1 46.43|
|9||Kevin Ramsay||M||16||1300||144138||1 41.38|
|11||Martin Tonge||M||22||1300||144828||1 48.28|
|12||Mark Peters||M||25||1300||145711||1 57.11|
|13||Malcolm Stubbs||M||9||1300||145742||1 57.42|
|14||Peter Mackman||M||26||1300||150215||2 02.15|
|15||Tim Stuart||M||36||1300||150644||2 06.44|
|16||Chris Nichol||M||5||1300||150656||2 06.56|
|17||Susan Smith||F||27||1300||150739||2 07.39||2nd Female|
|18||Andy Dickson||M||19||1300||152812||2 28.12|
|19||Jane Egan||F||17||1300||152813||2 28.13||3rd Female|
|20||Peter Harrison||M||23||1300||152836||2 28.36|
|21||Ewan Walker||M||13||1300||152952||2 29.52|
|22||Gordon Dobbie||M||6||1300||153004||2 30.04|
|23||Ben Beachell||M||21||1300||153422||2 34.22|
|24||Rob Anderson||M||14||1300||154217||2 42.17|
|Junior Race||Name||Category||Race No.||Start Time||Finish Time||Elapsed Time (mins)||Podium|
|1||Archie Anderson||J||4||1300||131524||15.24||1st Junior|
|2||Greg Bunis||J||33||1300||131529||15.29||2nd Junior|
|3||Harvie Anderson||J||3||1300||131533||15.33||3rd Junior|
We’ve put a selection of photos on Facebook and you can access these via the below links: