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Kajaks cross-country champions

Don Fennell   Dec-13-2017

Fred Pawluk and Avril Douglas helped pace the Richmond Kajaks to the Lower Mainland cross-country championship.

Photo by Don Fennell

The Richmond Kajaks have added yet another honour to their 2017 achievements.

Demonstrating a high level of consistency, athletes from the local track and field club combined to win the 2017 Lower Mainland cross-country championship by earning a team-high 701 points at the conclusion of the eight-race series.



Competing among nearly 3,000 participants, representing clubs from throughout the region, the Kajaks sprinted to the finish line at the final event, the Gunner Shaw Memorial at Vancouver’s Jericho Park.

“We trailed the whole way until the final,” said a jubilant Fred Pawluk, who was the top finisher among men 70-plus in each of the eight races, beginning with his victory (good for 30 points) at the inaugural race, the Pinetree Classic at Coquitlam’s Moody Park in mid-September.

The Kajaks placed second to Lions Gate in 2016.

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