Fleming and Koenders win Liffey Descent; mixed K2 record for Egan and Simmons

image1Neil Fleming of Celbridge Paddlers and Robin Koenders of Denmark won the men’s K2 class at  the 56th Liffey Descent canoe marathon today in 1 hour 48 minutes 32 seconds. Salmon Leap pair Gary Mawer and Barry Watkins, who were last year’s K2 winners, were over two minutes behind for second place in 1:51.00.
Jenny Egan and Jon Simmons of Salmon Leap, who won the junior K2 as far back as 2003, set a new record time of 1:53.26 for the mixed K2 class also finishing fifth overall. Winning the K1 class was Tom Brennan of Salmon Leap. Over 500 look part in this classic 17-mile race from Straffan to Islandbridge, which with its ten weirs, two sets of rapids and a portage is  known as the “Grand National” of canoeing.

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