DW 2014 C1 – “runners and riders”

The DW start list has been revealed and there are five paddlers in the C1 class and more women than men.

There is of course Isobel and Megan. With Waterside D under their belts, confidence is high. I am hoping they are eating themselves silly between now and Good Friday building up some reserves for the four day ordeal.

Tom Barnard who joined us for the WS series, is paddling the Wenonah Advantage. Tom has two C2 Endeavour finishes in 2012 and 2013, so has recent knowledge and experience.

Robert Campbell’s name is on the start list. He has eight DWs to his credit including a straight through K2 in 1995 and two K1’s in subsequent years. He did three Vet/Juniors, plus C1 finishes in 1998 in 2008. If he finishes, he will be the first person to complete three C1 DWs.

And then there’s Samantha Rippington. Sam will be paddling a high-kneeling C1 “stick” and she certainly has my respect for attempting the race in such a challenging boat. Sam completed DW in K1 in 2006 and 2007. She took five minutes off Megan at WS C and has got to be the favourite for the win.

So, highly experienced and talented field, which should provide an interesting race.

See you all at Devizes.

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