Paddlers aged six to 65 in River Axe Race

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:15 30 March 2016

Competitors in the River Axe Race

Competitors in the River Axe Race

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Some 120 paddlers, aged from six to over 65, competed in a variety of craft.

Around 100 boats took to the water for the 30th River Axe Race

Some 120 paddlers, aged from six to over 65, competed in a variety of craft.

The five-mile race, from Whitford to Axmouth, is designed to introduce novice, as well as more experienced paddlers, to marathon racing and comprises two sections, a winding river section with simple rapids widening out into an open estuary section at the end of the course.

Of the 100 boats that took part, 30 boats were paddled by under 18s, including a six-year-old in a canoe, accompanied by his dad.

At the other end of the scale, nine people aged 65 and over were racing in the touring K1 classes.

There was a great turn out from South West Canoe Clubs, including Axe Vale, Exeter, Sutton Bingham, Totnes, Truro, Poole Harbour, Wiltshire Youth, Itchen Valley, Fowey River, Kingston Maurward, Bryanston School and Isle of Portland.

A spokesman for the Axe Vale Canoe Club said they had received many emails from competitors, saying how much they had enjoyed the day and for the chance to experience river racing in a very safe and secure setting.


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