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October 2019 Banbury Hasler

October 2019 Banbury Hasler
Team Solihull had an eventful day at Banbury today: 
1st in Div 1 for Thomas Lusty
4th in Div 4 for for Mark Wevill
2nd in Div 6 and promotion to Div 5 for Harry Allen
1st in Div 9 and promotion straight to Div 6 (oops) for Tom Moseley!
Creditable mid Div 9 finish for Isabella.

And oh no! Julia & Conrad (pictured wet,cold & not very happy) broke their rudder and fell into the canal before the first corner. As they discovered that: 
The Oxford Canal is very cold in October, the silt is an interesting olive green colour and K2 kayaks cannot be controlled without a rudder.
Mooring a narrowboat in the middle of the race start for a well publicised race is very stupid. Yes, they  rammed it as did others including Mark.

But well done team especially the terrific Tom's. And that's it for Hasler races before the winter's over.

2019 Hasler marathon finals in Southampton

2019 Hasler Finals
Team Solihull were invited to compete in the Hasler finals yet again as one of the top Midlands clubs in 2019. And despite a much smaller team than many we came 3rd! The wind conditions were incredible - kudos to Mark, Conrad and Melissa for staying in their boats in 40mph wind and water that resembled the ocean! And well done to Tom Lusty for his 4th place in Division 1 despite having spent the last year training in the GB squad for 1000m sprint races, not 18000m marathon races!

2019 Shropshire Paddlesport Hasler

2019 Shropshire
We were few but were we were strong! There were only 8 of us racing at Shropshire but we collected plenty of points. Well done Arnie on your promotion & your best result yet, 4th in Division 9 K1. The Div 4 k1 race was split by a narrow boat blocking the canal for a couple of minutes causing a robust exchange of opinions but Mark still managed to get 3rd. The Lefflers triumphed again with Peter getting second in Div 7 K1, Amelie coming first in her U10 girls race, & Adam & Monty winning Div 9 K2! The Elliots won Div6 K2 & Conrad was promoted too. Well done everyone & thanks Paddlesport for a good race. 

Team Solihull at the Nottingham Hasler marathon 2019

2019 Nottingham Hasler
Well done team Solihull! We achieved fantastic results in the Nottingham Hasler. Big congratulations go to Nacho who won Diviison 2 & lost out on winning Division 1 by a second! Other fantastic results were achievd by Monty and Arion who came 2nd & 3rd in the U12's and Amelie who won the girls U10. Conrad & Julia came second in the Div 7 K2 race and David & Michael won Div 9 C2. And well done to everyon else nas we move up positions in our divisions picking up valuable points in the inter club Hasler competition.

Team Solihull at the Anker Valley Hasler marathon 2019

2019 Anker Hasler
A small, brave team of Solihull paddlers braved the difficult, choppy canal at the Anker Valley Hasler. The younger Lefflers did us proud though,coming 1st & second in their races. The rest of us are working on a cunning plan of lulling the opposition into a false sense of security by achieving average results in the middle of our divisions before peaking later in the year and amazing the opposition with some amazing results!!

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