First races of the new season
Kimberley Woods, was in action last weekend in the first two Canoe Slalom Premier Division races of the 2014 season on the river Tay at Grandtully near Aberfeldy, Perthshire in Scotland. The water levels were exceptionally high and there were concerns over running the event, but with the rain stopping and the water levels dropping slightly and remaining fairly stable the event went ahead.
Different courses were set each day but due to the nature of the water they were both hard from a strength perspective and technically very difficult. With Kimberley one of only two Lady competitors racing both Canadian (C1) and Kayak (K1) categories of canoe slalom it would be a test of her stamina as she would need to complete four runs on each day.
On the Saturday Kimberley put in two solid runs in her C1 coming 1st in the premier division race 1. On her first run in the K1 category she misjudged her entry onto a wave that missed her line into the next sequence of gates and resulted in a paddle back costing time leaving her well down the field after the first runs. On her second run Kimberley made sure of getting the right lines in the changing conditions but taking the safe line resulted in a disappointing 6th place.
On the Sunday Kimberley was in second place after the first runs in the C1 category behind the 2013 World Silver Medallist Malory Franklin but Kimberley managed a very fast time in her second run, coming in first with a good time margin. In the K1 category Kimberley managed to get in third place after the first run but failed to improve on her second run and was pushed down into fourth place.
Next weekend Kimberley races at Holme Pierrpont white water centre at Nottingham in Premier Race three.