A small but strong team headed off to China for the Marathon World Championships! The team consisted of the following:
U23 mens K1- Ronan Foley
Senior Womens K1-Jenny Egan
Senior mens K1- Peter Egan
Senior mens K2-Jon Simmons/ Ronan Foley
In the Masters 55-59 age category we had Malcolm Banks, 45-49 age class Declan Halton and in the 40-44 age category Peter Egan. Malcolm and Declan also paired up in K2 to race the 40-44 age category. Up first was Malcolm followed shortly after by Declan, they both had good races and paddled well around the interesting course in China, Malcolm finished 7th and Declan 10th in their respective races. The course was a lot more exciting this year than the typical up and down regatta courses we have seen over recent years, with that in mind there were a few more obstacles to be aware of on the course such as bridge arches which over the week would be a major contributing factor to final results.
Peter Egan was racing later on in the afternoon and had a great race all the way to the finish with an exciting battle against the current European Champion from Spain. Peter dug deep and had a brilliant finish and came away with the win becoming Masters World Champion! Congrats Peter on an exciting race.
Next up was Jenny Egan in the first year of short course racing as a World Championship event! Jenny qualified for the final and lined up against the fastest 20 women from the heats. Sadly Jenny started to come down with some form of stomach upset due to what we later believed to be the water we were paddling on. Anyhow Jenny being the athlete she is cracked on and gave her all to still come away with a 6th place finish! Up next was Ronan Foley in the U23 long course, Ronans first international marathon in this Category and found it hard in the mix and spent the race chasing to eventually finish a creditable 10th place. Then with only a days rest Jenny lined up in the long course, Jenny again still not feeling great had the race plan to conserve as much energy as possible! With an exciting race all the way to the last portage which was 750m from the finish line Jenny was really in the mix fighting for a World Championship medal! Sadly the last portage didn’t go to plan and saw Jenny finish the race in 4th position! Peter Egan racing the Senior Mens K1 was up against the best of the best and finished in 23rd position. To finish the World Championships off for the Team, Jon Simmons and Ronan Foley raced the Senior Mens K2. After having a great start sadly the boys were caught in a bad collision which caused them to end up at the back of the field, however, after a gutsy comeback they finished in 14th position.
Congrats to the whole team on a successful Championships in China!
Please see link attached for the full results on the World Championships: http://shaoxing2019.spotfokus.com