THE tides were tough but Armidale kayakers put in outstanding efforts at the annual Myall Classic near Tea Gardens on Saturday.
The Myall Classic is one of the “Big Three” flatwater marathon races in Australia along with the Hawkesbury Classic and the Murray Marathon.
Four teams from The Armidale School kayaking club came first in their divisions.
In the 47 km event, Harry Wright and David Williams partnered up to take out the junior men’s double in a time of three hours, 56 minutes 10 seconds, while Lachlan McDonald and his father Duncan crossed the line ahead of the pack in the mixed open/junior division in 6:21:50.
In the 27 km distance, Felix Gifford was first home in the junior men’s single division in 5:42:52, and Georgie Haire and Nicola Heagney, of PLC, won the ladies junior double in 3:56:55.
The event was used as one of two lead-up paddles to the 111km overnight Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, to be held at the end of October. The other will be held at Grafton early next month.