Avon rated the best in five years

South African Hank McGregor powers to the line seconds in front of Simon Roll of Dianella. Pictures: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d405406
South African Hank McGregor powers to the line seconds in front of Simon Roll of Dianella. Pictures: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d405406

McGregor finished the 124km, two-day whitewater course in 9 hours, 24 minutes and 38 seconds.

Following just three seconds behind was Simon Roll in 9:24:41 and third was Josh Kippin (9:28:43).

McGregor and Roll fought out the event side by side, thrilling spectators over the final 24km in what Avon Descent officials described as the closest finish in the race’s history.

Taking home first place in the power dinghy category were Tom Hodgkinson and Dennis Peach in 2:55:02, followed by Scott Goodbody and Darren Green in 2:56:56.

The winner of the inaugural Lisa Lilleyman trophy for the fastest female single paddler was Claire Duncan from Bunbury in 12:09:16.

Stewart Bennett, from Tasmania, won the inaugural interstate challenge in 10:37:25.

Northam’s Avon Descent Association chairman Kevin Harrison said the event was a great success and congratulated everyone who was involved.

‘The water levels this year were relatively good and competitors expressed great satisfaction with how everything has ran,’ Mr Harrison said.

‘A massive thank you to all the volunteers and support crews that have helped out over thetwo days.’

Clerk of course Jim Smith said this year’s race was the best in half a decade.

‘The river levels were spot on and the sun was shining all weekend’