Although the School did not enter the annual Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon this year due to the lateness of Easter coinciding with our start of term, the Royal Hospital School was nevertheless represented by association. A number of ex-pupils competed and one crew from Ipswich Canoe Club had been trained for over four months in the run up to the competition by Royal Hospital School coaches Les Thompson and Lee Menday.
In the Senior Doubles race, which is a non-stop event, former pupil Luke Harding and his partner finished 112th out of 190 in a time of 28hours 23 minutes. Another former RHS pupil, Beth Martin, finished an amazing 18th overall and was the partner in the winning Ladies Crew in a remarkable time of 21hours 09 minutes.
The Ipswich Canoe Club crew completed in 26hours 05 minutes in an RHS boat coming 60th. Finally, former Hawke boy Billy Butler was 2nd in the Senior Singles category, which runs in four separate stages. Billy’s time was 16 hours 30 minutes and he was only beaten by the current Polish and World Champion!
Les Thompson, DW Coach, said “A coach from one of our major competitors in the DW event suggested that it had been a pleasant change for RHS to allow other schools to collect some of the trophies, but we do hope to be back in competition next year!”