Davison is tops as Banbury match Falcon to the finish

Esme Davison on her way to winning Sunday's division five K1 race
Esme Davison on her way to winning Sunday's division five K1 race

Banbury & District Canoe Club finished joint top with Falcon in Sunday’s Oxford Midsummer Hasler race.

They took to the River Isis for the race, hosted by Falcon who are the nearest and most competitive club in the Southern Region.

After two poor results earlier in the year, Banbury came joint first with Falcon in the Hasler competition and outright winners of the under-12 Sanders Trophy.

Esme Davison won the division five K1 race with a thrilling sprint finish ahead of a Southampton paddler.

The pair of managed to break away from the leading pack and earned well deserved promotion from division five.

In division four K2, Dave Gallimore and Seamus Cummings dominated the race from start to finish to come first.

There was a similar story in division six K2 with Ali Duncan, in his first race partnered with Annelies Flack, coming comfortably home in first place.

In division eight K2, James Mitchell and Hannah Jault had to battle hard throughout the race to stay in contention with the leading pack.

After some tight racing, with some accidental collisions, they managed to squeak a win by two seconds.

Daniel Petersen started to show his potential by coming second in division seven K1 and gaining promotion. Grace Bell also gained promotion in the same race.

Jasper Bell and Oliver Jault, in their first season in the Hasler competition, came second in division nine K2. Just behind them in third place were Edith Lobban and Rosa Davison who are still under-12 paddlers.

In division seven K2, Rachel Nixon and Felicity Dyndor survived a very tactical race to come third in a tight sprint finish with the chasing pack, just losing out to a Falcon crew.

Izzy Bayliss scored her first win in the under-10 female lightning race while Orla Barry came second in the under-12 female lighting race with Josie Highley following her in third position in her first ever race.