Devizes to Westminster Training

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[ Past results in the Waterside Series ]

  • The more training you do the easier the race.
  • So, get in a boat and paddle.
  • Get in a boat and paddle further!
  • Get in a boat and paddle faster!!
  • Get in a boat and paddle further, faster!!!
  • Build up distance, then distance with speed, over a period of time.
  • It is not usually necessary to do more than 35 miles in a session.
  • Intersperse longer paddles with short sessions working on speed and technique.
  • Practice getting in and out of the boat quickly and smoothly.
  • Practice running whilst carrying the boat.
  • Now put the last two points together and practice 'portaging'.
  • Involve them in the longer training sessions.
  • Get them to keep records of distance over time.
  • Talk to past competitors and gain as much information as you can.
  • Incorporate some, if not all, of the pre-Easter races into your training schedule.
  • Organise your support crew so that they know their bankside route and also understand your schedule and anticipated speed.

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Waterside Series training races

RACE A: Great Bedwyn to Newbury 13.5 miles, 21 portages

Year Crew Names Time Average speed
2002 No entries - -
2003 No entries - -
2004 Tom Garth and William Spencer 02.35.48 5.2 mph
John Ker and Yan Yates 02.56.52 4.6 mph
2005 Alan Ker and John Ker 02.26.55 5.5 mph
2006 No entries - -
2007 Timothy Archibald & Rory Findlay 02.48.43 4.8 mph
Richard Carrol & Austin Squibbs 03.11.37 4.2 mph
2008 Rory Findlay & Austin Squibbs 02.12.37 6.1 mph
Edward Jones & Edward Lock 02.27.37 5.5 mph
Bess Menheneott & Thomas Treffry 02.35.15 5.2 mph
2009 No entries - -
2010 No entries - -
2011 Gerald Auger & Dylan Davies 02.42.53 5.0 mph

RACE B: Newbury to Aldermaston and back 17.5 miles, 19 portages

Year Crew Names Time Average speed
2002 No entries - -
2003 No entries - -
2004 John Ker and Yan Yates 03.40.19 4.8 mph
David Luther and James Waddington 03.43.54 4.7 mph
George Daniel and Will Kerr 03.53.19 4.5 mph
2005 Alan Ker and John Ker 03.07.44 5.6 mph
Josh Albon and Emily Albon 04.02 12 4.3 mph
Jack Bruce and Edward Spencer 04.13.36 4.2 mph
2006 William Harper & Jack Warne 03:24:43 5.1 mph
Ben Garth & Joe Lambert 03:25:03 5.1 mph
2007 No entries - -
2008 No entries - -
2009 Tamsin Cardale & Elliot Prior 03.52.09 4.5 mph
Harry Bruce & James Evans Retired -
Bess Menheneott & Graham Yates 03.24.37 5.1 mph
2010 Harry Bruce & Edward Thompson 03.21.07 5.2 mph
Chris Boddington & Fred Evans 03.22.48 5.2 mph
2011 Gerald Auger & Dylan Davies 03.11.47 5.5 mph

RACE C: Pewsey to Newbury 23 miles, 35 portages

Year Crew Names Time Average speed
2002 Chris Sagar and Michael Wright 04.20.37 5.3 mph
2003 Hugo Davies and Michael Wright 03.49.21 6.0 mph
Peter Daniel and Alex de Tessier 04.22.18 5.2 mph
2004 George Daniel and Will Kerr 04.21.41 5.3 mph
David Luther and James Waddington 04.45.11 4.8 mph
John Ker and Yan Yates 04.50.34 4.7 mph
Tom Garth and William Spencer 04.52.37 4.7 mph
2005 Jack Bruce and Edward Spencer 05.20.42 4.3 mph
Josh Albon and Emma Hayes-Pankhurst 06.00.20 3.8 mph
2006 Josh Albon and Jack Bruce 04.30.44 5.1 mph
Ben Garth & Joe Lambert 04.36.31 5.0 mph
William Harper & Jack Warne 04.55.24 4.7 mph
2007 Timothy Archibald & Rory Findlay 04.36.38 5.0 mph
Richard Carrol & Austin Squibbs 04.49.02 4.8 mph
Ben Garth & Jack Warne Retired -
2008 Rory Findlay & Austin Squibbs 04.04.52 5.6 mph
Bess Menheneott & Thomas Treffry 04.44.22 4.9 mph
2009 No entries - -
2010 Chris Boddington & Fred Evans 04.43.01 4.9 mph
Harry Bruce & Edward Thompson 04.53.00 4.7 mph
Tamsin Cardale & James Evans 05.01.12 4.6 mph
2011 Gerald Auger & Dylan Davies 04.44.17 4.9 mph

RACE D: Devizes to Newbury 34 miles, 35 portages

Year Crew Names Time Average speed
2002 No entries - -
2003 No entries - -
2004 No entries - -
2005 Josh Albon and Emma Hayes Pankhurst 08.07.38 4.2 mph
2006 No entries - -
2007 No entries - -
2008 No entries - -
2009 No entries - -
2010 No entries - -
2011 No entries - -

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