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Newark's 4A paddlers mix with UK’s best at the Hasler Marathon Finals, hosted by Southampton Canoe Club

Newark 4A’s head coach says the club’s showing at the Hasler Marathon Finals was a result of determination and persistence.

The group finished 25th of 30 in the finals, which were hosted by Southampton Canoe Club at the River Hamble.

Thirty of the best clubs in the country met at the event, which 4A’s for via their top seven league position during the 2018/19 marathon season.

4A's at the meet in Southampton. (18456352)
4A's at the meet in Southampton. (18456352)

Julie Gray, head coach, said: “The hard work and dedication involved for 4As just to qualify cannot be underestimated.”

Of the eight paddlers in the team, only Beth Fisher and Daniel Spencer were unable to take part in the final races.

Father and son team, Paul and Jacob Hage, competed in K2 in Division Five, finished in 16th place in a field of 36 boats in 1-06-33.

Action shot of Jacob and Paul Hage (18456339)
Action shot of Jacob and Paul Hage (18456339)

Cousins, Zac Marshall and Jacob Mansfield, had a strong race in Division Seven to finish fifth in 34-35.

Daniel Warwick and Julie Gray also paddled in Division Seven and came 21st with a time of 36-57.

Gray, delighted with how far her club has come, said: “To put this into perspective, the winning team had 52 paddlers, compared to our six finalists.

“This was a great achievement for the club, as well as a big surprise to other clubs in the paddling community.

“All of these young people have additional challenges to their daily lives.

“However, they have shown that, with determination, they can overcome them, to do something they can be proud of, and hopefully inspire other club members to follow their example.”

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