Spectators were treated to a display of power and endurance on Sunday when canoeists took to the Oxford Canal to compete in the annual Banbury Marathon races.
The day culminated in a resounding team win for the Banbury and District Canoe Club – moving them to the top of the Southern League table.
Former Olympians David and Matthew Oliver from Lincoln dominated the 12-mile Division 2 and 3 K1 race taking first and second by some margin with Reading’s Polish star Zielski Radek coming third.
Banbury’s Joe Peterson did superbly in his first high division race, staying with the leaders for a long time and ending up in 6th place.
Banbury’s Dan Golder and Alice Murphy portaged superbly to win division 3/4K2, increasing the distance on their rivals at every lock and finishing nearly a minute clear of the second-placed Oxford crew.
Megan Wood and Rebecca Seika achieved a remarkable performance in the Division 5K2 race, taking second place after teaming up to paddle together for the first time.
Banbury had four boats in the top seven in this race.
Mother and son team Helen and Max Harper came agonisingly close to winning the Division 6K2 until a freak accident cost them dear when mesh got caught in their rudder whist they portaged Slat Mill Lock.
The lower divisions also saw some very strong Banbury performances to cap off a great day for Banbury.