December 5, 2010

Christmas Cracker Loop Race

20 paddlers contested yesterdays inaugural Christmas Cracker Loop race in moderate southeasterly winds. Travis Mitchell looked strong from the gun taking both the mens 12km hot spot and the overall win in 54.22, from Grant Heim and Ian Mercer. Katie Pocock had a strong race winning the women’s race and crossing the line 5th overall, while Greg Morrison won the men’s 4km race ahead of the fast starting and hot spot winner Logan Cranston. Special mention also goes to Jan Battaerd who not only manned the bar in the post race function but was also the first master ski paddler across the line.

The full results are on our "Races" page, so click on the tab above to get the full low down.

Thanks to all those people who made the race happen, but in particular our race sponsors

Balance Nutrition
Delmaine Fine Foods
George Duncan Massage Therapy
Fenn Surf Skis NZ
Sierra Coffee
Cadburys Chocolate
Good Health Magazine
The Mad Butcher Northcote
Mairangi Bay Surf Club

Thanks also to Tracy and Jezza for organising the photos below.

Race Briefing

"The Chamber," looking confident as always

Did I mention I was sponsored by Epic.....

Ian Mercer, focused in his pre race routine

High tension on the start line

Trav leading out from the start

Advanced timing systems

4km champ Greg Morrison pushs all the way to the finish

Paul Gillard powers home

Mark Struthers showing his form

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