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Cambridge Canoe Club host the masses on the River Cam in Winter Series

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Imogen Hunter and Sebastian Tideswell were among the winners of the Cambridge Winter Series on the River Cam.

The event was staged by Cambridge Canoe Club last Sunday, and the hosts’ duo made the most of being on home water.

Hunter triumphed in the female under-16 category, and Tideswell was first in the male under-18 section, with team-mate Louis Jacq second.

There were 152 competitors from across the region taking part in the event which saw racing downstream from Newnham to either Jesus Lock, the Green Dragon Bridge or the Plough pub in Fen Ditton, depending on the class.

Each wave of paddlers lined up on the start line jostling for a good starting position, with the lead boat able to follow the racing line to use the river to their advantage.

There was also the added hazard of avoiding the punts on the race down The Backs.

Cambridge Canoe Club had 30 paddlers in action across the classes, and there were more notable performances aside from the wins of Hunter and Tideswell.

Hugo Sales was second in the mixed under-12 section, and Theo Sales was second and Rupert Tideswell third in the male under-14 category.

Piran Shelly was second in the veteran men’s 35 plus race, Jamie Hulme was the fastest ultra vet and Ali Limentani and Wiebke Deike were the fastest female K2.

Cambridge Canoe Club members volunteered their time to organise the event and act as marshals along the course, supporting the hard work of Angela, at the Flat Water Racing Association, and Ceri, the racing secretary at CCC.

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