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Phoenix paddlers finish third at Gailey marathon

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

Matthew Bowley + Tim Lawrenson (Blue)- Young Canoeists

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BURTON Phoenix Canoe Club again punched above its weight by finishing third in the fourth round of the Midland Marathon Canoe Racing League on the canal at Gailey, near Cannock.

This event is often a challenge because of the water conditions – the quite large numbers on the narrow canal cause a very disturbed surface, much like that caused by the flotilla following the Boat Race on the Thames.

The Phoenix paddlers had a good team result with some notable medal-winning performances, while local paddlers competing for Anker Valley also did very well.

Although Burton Canoe Club only had two paddlers representing them, they both performed very well.

In the 12-mile Division Three / Four doubles event, Burton Phoenix’s Tim Lawrenson, noted for his sprint speed over 200m, joined club mate Howard Blackman for this endurance race.

After a fine start, the pair slipped back but still took third place and a good haul of 36 points.

On the same course was William Allitt student Ross Orme, racing for Anker Valley. He had a very good result in taking second place.

The eight-mile Division Four course had Paget High School student Joe Marlow racing for Anker and Sarah Walters racing for Burton Phoenix.

Marlow got the better result, his best Division Four race so far with second place, while Walters was eighth.

In Division Five, Bill Lawrenson took fifth for Burton Phoenix, with Tony Bates in eighth for Burton just a little way back.

Dean Easton, in Division Five for Burton Phoenix, had a very good result in sealing second place.

Nicola Rudge had an excellent result in the four-mile Division Seven race, claiming her first win after numerous runners-up places.

In Division Nine, Burton’s Joe Slack took a fine second place ahead of Phoenix’s Ju Walters in eighth.

Father and son pairing of David and Micheal Walters of Burton Phoenix had a good race in the Division Nine doubles event with fourth spot, while the father and daughter duo of Ivan and Lily Walters won the Division Seven doubles race, earning top points for Anker Valley.

At the end of the event, Burton Phoenix CC, possibly the smallest club represented, gathered 157 points to finish third overall and claim eight league points.

Anker Valley were just behind in fourth with 153 and seven league points while Burton were 12th with 33 points, one league point.

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