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Ayers wins Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club Handicap Championships

posted 15 Oct 2014, 11:50 by Ross Halfpenny
Members of Broadstairs Surf Life Saving club met to challenge each other for the end of season club handicap championship. The seedings for the racing were taken from some fast and frantic racing the previous week.

All races were Run-Swim-Run-Board-Run around Viking Bay in Broadstairs - requiring speed and stamina as well as skill in the water. The first run was about 80 metres, before a 200m swim, a further 150m run, a 400 metre board paddle and a final 250m run. 

The first competitors were set off at different times, based on their previous performances. In theory every club member should have a chance to win the overall championship, as slower racers set off earlier. Each heat had four or five competitors with the top two going through to the next round. Fairness was also ensured as each competitor had to use one of the clubs own rescue boards; no one could use their own racing boards. 

In the first semi-final Maddie set off first with a one minute and ten second head start over Dan and Emmie, with Lucy setting off some forty seconds after that. Finally Gabe sprinted from the line and hit the water at high speed. At the end of the race Gabe had over taken all others from his position 
at the back with Emmie coming in second to go through to the final.

The second semi had the big guns of Josh, Adrian, Nick and Dave. There was only 50 seconds separating all the competitors for the start, with Josh and Adrian setting off side by side and Dave heading off only 10 seconds later. Nick had to wait a further 40 seconds before he could leave the start gate. At the finish Josh came in a clear first, with Nick having overtaken Adrian and Dave on the board section. Dave tried valiantly to push back up to Nick on the final run, but is efforts were for naught and he finished in third place, out of the finals spot.

In the final Josh was the early leader, trying to keep ahead of the marauding Nick Ayers, and was doing well until the final wave of the board paddle into the beach. Josh fell off the back of one wave and Nick caught the wave behind. In the final run up the beach Nick just had the edge and came 
home winner. 

Some excellent racing was concluded with prize giving and then fish and chips in Broadstairs.