Strong show for Secklow

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The Secklow Hundred crews ventured to new waters at the weekend, taking on the best the country had to offer in St Neots.

In the opening race, the squad, which had to feature at least eight women, were pitted against Tao - one of the top crews in the Premier League.

Secklow kept on their tail, and avoided the reportages, gaining a deserved place in the semi finals for the Cup races.

The top nine crews then raced in the semi finals, and Secklow came a close second in a time of 49:16 - the third fastest time of the round.

This earned them a place in the Minor cup final against Anaconda and Raging Dragons with an overall fifth place for the club in the 200m.

While the men took a break, the ladies still had more work to do the ladies racing took place over the same distance.

Secklow joined forces with Cambridge Royals to make a full team of 22 ladies. They fought hard but came fourth with only one second between all the crews and almost deafening cheers from the bank .

The afternoon saw crews take on the 400m race. Secklow qualified for the semi-finals, and then the minor final against Anaconda and Typhoon.

Secklow finished third in the race and sixth in the 400m overall, earning valuable points for the Premier League.

Club captain Jill Richardson said. “It was an awesome performance.

“We recorded the second fastest time of the whole morning in the 200 pushing the countries premier club Amathus , all the way.

“It’s encouraging to see the sport growing , with a new venue for racing at St Neots and half our boat being new Secklow Hundred paddlers.”

If you’re interested in giving dragon boat racing a try, the team trains on Caldecotte lake on Sundays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm.