Secklow end season on a high


The dragon boat racing season came to an end in Nottingham at the weekend, with Secklow Hundred taking third in their final race.

Saturday morning was the mixed racing started well with Secklow avoiding the repechage and into the 
semi finals.

Their efforts would be rewarded though as they came sixth overall in the major open final.

In the afternoon things didn’t quite go to plan, as Secklow had fight their way through the heats to the minor finals in the mixed 200m.

Sunday bought some glorious sunshine to kick off the mixed 500m racing.

Lane draws just weren’t going Seckow’s way, but they fought their way through to the minor final, which saw them finish sixth again.

In the lunch break the Secklow ladies combined with the Cambridge Royals team to make the Secklow Royal Ladies. Secklow juniors joined in the fun, being part of a combined crew on the day against a very strong GB team.

Ahead of the open 500s, Secklow were losing paddlers with injuries, colds and general exhaustion.

With a bit of luck, they got themselves a lane 1 draw in 
the repecharges, and entered the minor final as quickest qualifier.

A middle lane draw, sandwiched between Cambridge Royals and Henley, the crew knew they were in for a fight.

The screaming from the side was quite overwhelming and spectators commented it was the race of the weekend.

With a photo finish and 0.18 separating the first three it was unfortunate it just didn’t go Secklow’s way, ending up third in a time of 2:18:48, but a fine end to the weekend and what our sport is all about, close races and photo finishes.

Captain Jill Richardson said: “Secklow, you never fail to amaze me, you picked yourselves up time and time again.

“You make me very proud.”

Training will commence on Sunday, October 5, on 
Caldecotte north lake from 

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