PSK Distance Challenge 2023

A multi-location, distance paddling challenge which aims to test knowledge and planning, along with the physicality of paddling.
Paddle anywhere, any time - you choose the venue and the conditions for the best advantage.

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There are 4 timed legs: 1 hour, 3 hour, 5 hour and the monster 100k Day (24 hrs).
Paddle any or all of them. Just paddle as far as you can inside the leg time limit - 1 hr, 3hrs and 5 hrs.
For the 100K Day challenge, you must complete at least 100km in 24 hrs to count - anything less does not qualify!
You choose the venue: flat, moving or open water, it's up to you. And if the weather drives you indoors then you can add an Ergo run.

Send in your GPS track file, we'll take out the best distance and add your run to the table.

The PSK Distance Challenge + is an unsupervised standing challenge.




PSK Distance Challenge - 2023

Leg Summary Top 3

1hour
1John Willacy

K1MRiver16.9 km
2Neil Turnbull

K1MRiver16.8 km
3Michal Madera

K1MRiver12.4 km
3hour
1Neil Turnbull

K1MRiver42.5 km
2Ian Kavanagh
K1MSea27.6 km
5hour
1Simon Augustin

K1MSea43.1 km
100k
1John Willacy

K1MSea123.4 km
2John Willacy

K1MSea123.4 km
3John Willacy

K1MSea122.2 km
ergo
1John Willacy

K1MErgo11,325 m
2Simon Augustin

K1MErgo10,219 m
3Pascale Eichenmuller

K1WErgo8,061 m
combined
1Simon Augustin
K1M154.2 km
2John Willacy
K1M140.4 km
3Mike Ellicock
Row
CCM1
109.2 km



PSK Distance Challenge - 2023

Combined Table

CatNameClub Runs 1 Hour3 Hours5 Hours100kTotal (km)
1K1MSimon Augustin
2----43.1 km
(Sea - 2023)
111.2 km
(Sea - 2023)
154.27
(83.3 nm)
2K1MJohn Willacy
Rockpool Kayaks417.0 km
(River - 2023)
----123.5 km
(Sea - 2023)
140.42
(75.8 nm)
3Row
_CCM1
Mike Ellicock
1------109.2 km
(Sea - 2023)
109.22
(59.0 nm)
4K1MTue Olesen
1------102.4 km
(Sea - 2023)
102.37
(55.3 nm)
5TeamPeter Miller
Phil Smith
Fluid Adventures1------101.6 km
(Sea - 2023)
101.62
(54.9 nm)
6K1MNeil Turnbull
xxx216.8 km
(River Tweed - 2023)
42.6 km
(River - 2023)
----59.41
(32.1 nm)
7K1MIan Kavanagh
xxx1--27.6 km
(Sea - 2023)
----27.63
(14.9 nm)
8K1MMichal Madera
Sixknots112.4 km
(River - 2023)
------12.43
(6.7 nm)
9K1W
_Ski
Anita Suter
seakayakcenter.ch110.7 km
(Lake - 2023)
------10.68
(5.8 nm)
10K1MNigel Warren
110.6 km
(River - 2023)
------10.64
(5.7 nm)
11K1WPascale Eichenmuller
Performance Sea
Kayak
110.0 km
(Lake - 2023)
------9.98
(5.4 nm)
Distance Challenge: combined - 2023

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Leg Tables

PSK Distance Challenge -- 1 Hour - 2023


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Posn.K1WCatPaddlerDateLocn.WaterwayBoatAvgDist
1K1MJohn Willacy

13-Mar-23Dunkeld
(Scotland)
River
(Tay)
Rockpool Taran 18
17.0 kph
(9.15 kts)
16.95 km
(9.2 nm)
2K1MNeil Turnbull

10-Dec-23Kelso
(Scotland)
River Tweed
(Coldstream)
Rockpool Taran 18
16.8 kph
(9.09 kts)
16.84 km
(9.1 nm)
3K1MMichal Madera

20-May-23Limehouse
(England)
River
(Thames)
Tiderace Pace Action
12.4 kph
(6.71 kts)
12.43 km
(6.7 nm)
4(1)K1W_SkiAnita Suter

16-Sep-23Schiranna
(Italy)
Lake
(Lago di Varese)
Stellar SES Ski
10.7 kph
(5.77 kts)
10.68 km
(5.8 nm)
5K1MNigel Warren
02-Oct-23Saltash
(England)
River
(River Tamar)
Stella 18R
10.6 kph
(5.75 kts)
10.64 km
(5.7 nm)
6(2)K1WPascale Eichenmuller

09-Oct-23Llanberis
(Wales)
Lake
(Llyn Padarn)

10.0 kph
(5.39 kts)
9.98 km
(5.4 nm)

PSK Distance Challenge -- 1 Hour - 2023
Runs: 6 - Distance: 77.5 km
Paddlers: 6
  solo: 6 - team: 0

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PSK Distance Challenge -- 3 Hour - 2023


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Posn.K1WCatPaddlerDateLocn.WaterwayBoatAvgDist
1K1MNeil Turnbull

14-Jan-23Berwick-upon-Tweed
(Scotland)
River
(Tweed)
Rockpool Taran 18
14.2 kph
(7.66 kts)
42.57 km
(23.0 nm)
2K1MIan Kavanagh
26-Dec-23Port Oriel, Co. Louth
(Ireland)
SeaKirton Inuk 18
9.2 kph
(4.97 kts)
27.63 km
(14.9 nm)

PSK Distance Challenge -- 3 Hour - 2023
Runs: 2 - Distance: 70.2 km
Paddlers: 2
  solo: 2 - team: 0

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PSK Distance Challenge -- 5 Hour - 2023


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Posn.K1WCatPaddlerDateLocn.WaterwayBoatAvgDist
1K1MSimon Augustin

08-Oct-23Solitüde
(Denmark)
SeaCS Big monster
8.6 kph
(4.65 kts)
43.10 km
(23.3 nm)

PSK Distance Challenge -- 5 Hour - 2023
Runs: 1 - Distance: 43.1 km
Paddlers: 1
  solo: 1 - team: 0

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PSK Distance Challenge -- 100k - 2023


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Posn.K1WCatPaddlerDateLocn.WaterwayBoatSupportedDist
1K1MJohn Willacy

07-Apr-23Newborough
(Wales)
SeaRockpool Taran 18
No 123.47 km
(66.7 nm)
2K1MJohn Willacy

16-Aug-23Newborough
(Wales)
SeaRockpool Taran 18
No 123.46 km
(66.7 nm)
3K1MJohn Willacy

25-Oct-23Trwyn y Penrhyn
(Wales)
SeaRockpool Taran 18
No 122.24 km
(66.0 nm)
4K1MSimon Augustin

09-Sep-23Lebøl Løkke
(Denmark)
SeaCS Big monster
No 111.17 km
(60.0 nm)
5Row_CCM1Mike Ellicock

27-May-23Hurst Point
(England)
SeaAngus Expedition Row boat
No 109.22 km
(59.0 nm)
6K1MTue Olesen

20-Jul_23Glyngøre
(Denmark)
SeaTiderace Pace 18
No 102.37 km
(55.3 nm)
7TeamPeter Miller
Phil Smith
15-Sep-23Milford-on-Sea
(England)
SeaPerception Essence 17
Perception Essence 17
No 101.62 km
(54.9 nm)

PSK Distance Challenge -- 100k - 2023
Runs: 7 - Distance: 793.6 km
Paddlers: 8
  solo: 6 - team: 2 (1 team)

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PSK Distance Challenge -- Ergo - 2023


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Posn.K1WCatPaddlerDateLocn.ErgoResistDrag/500mAvgDist
1K1M_ErgoJohn Willacy

24-Sep-23Menai BridgeKP Compact55502:3911.3 kph
11,325 m
2K1M_ErgoSimon Augustin

26-Nov-23Dansprint402:5610.2 kph
10,219 m
3(1)K1W_ErgoPascale Eichenmuller

24-Sep-23Menai BridgeKP Compact003203:438.1 kph
8,061 m

PSK Distance Challenge -- Ergo - 2023
Runs: 3 - Distance: 29.6 km
Paddlers: 3
  solo: 3 - team: 0

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PSK Distance Challenge Info

Info updated 06-Jan-2024

Format

  • The Distance Challenge consists of 4 timed legs: 1hr, 3 hr, 5hr and 100K Day (24 hr).
  • Take part in any or all legs.
  • Paddle as far as you can within the time limit for your chosen leg. (100K Day extra info shown below)
  • Route:
    You choose your venue:
    • Canal
    • River
    • Lake
    • Estuary
    • Sea
    • etc.

  • Timing:
    • Time yourself - Record your attempt on GPS.
    • Time 'long' - we'll crop the GPS to give you the best result.
    • Send us the GPS via email and we add you to the results.

  • Enter as often as you like
  • Don't crop your GPS track. We'll find the best distance from the whole track.
  • Kayak ergo distances are eligible in the Ergo Challenge - a 1hr distance paddle on a kayak ergo, and the 100k Day Challenge.
  • Ergo distances do not count towards the Combined Table.

Ergo Entries

  • Ergo distances are eligible for the 1hr Ergo page and the 100K Day page.
  • Ergo results are not included in the Combined Table.
  • Before you start, set your resistance setting and then calibrate your ergo drag for that setting. Resistance and Drag Cal Figures are required for each entry.
  • Send photographic (or app) proof of distance covered via email. No proof - no result.

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Craft

  • Kayak, Ski, SUP or Canoe - Any craft you choose must be designed for and suitable for any possible conditions at the chosen venue.
  • All paddlers should be capable of paddling their chosen craft safely in all possible conditions for the chosen location.
  • All craft are to be rendered unsinkable, either by manufacturer design (bulkheads etc.) or via extra buoyancy devices (fitted airbags etc.)
  • All craft are to be in a 'seaworthy' and safe condition.
  • You must be able to self-rescue / re-enter your chosen craft in open water.
  • Leashes: If you use a leash be aware of any obstacles and the risk of entrapment, especially on moving water. You MUST be able to release your leash in a moving water entrapment situation.
  • We do not consider inflatable kayaks/canoes as suitable for this challenge.

Assistance

  • No sails, motors, support craft etc. - human paddle power only.
  • Wash-hanging only from other members within the paddling team.
  • No assistance from outside the paddling team.
  • No paddles from organised 3rd party events/commercial coaching or guiding.

Safety

  • All paddlers must undertake an assessment of risk - for their chosen route, venue, activity, craft, personal ability and conditions.
  • Ensure you and your group are capable of handling any conditions or hazards possible on your chosen route.
  • The management of any risk is entirely the responsibility of the paddler(s).
  • Avoid boat/shipping channels where possible and follow all local/national regulations as applicable.
  • Paddlers are to wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times whilst on the water.
  • PFDs should meet ISO 12402 or be CE approved, and must be well fitted and in good condition.
  • Helmets and quick-release leashes should be worn where applicable as deemed necessary by the paddler's own risk assessment.
  • ALL paddlers (inc. SUPS) are strongly advised to wear a helmet whilst on moving water. In dynamic conditions this is compulsory.
  • All craft are to be rendered unsinkable, either by manufacturer design (bulkheads etc.) or via extra buoyancy devices (fitted airbags etc.)
  • Safety equipment such as VHF radio, PLB, flares, mobile phone, map, compass, shelter etc. should be carried as deemed appropriate in your risk assesment.
  • Leave details of your route and time of return with a shore party and inform HM Coastguard as necessary.
  • YOU need to have current knowledge of or to research and plan your chosen route and venue.
  • Do NOT shoot any weirs.
  • If you choose to paddle solo be aware of the significant extra risks involved.
  • If you have any doubts - THEN DO NOT GO!

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PSK 100K Day Info

Format

  • 100k Day Challenge is part of the PSK Distance Challenge. 100k Day figures are included in the Combined Table and shown separartely ion the 100K Day table.
  • You must paddle a minimum of 100km in 24 hours to qualify. Distances of less than 100km do not qualify.
  • You have 24 hours to complete the 100 km distance.
  • Structure your paddle as you want - all in one go, in blocks with rest between or whatever. It's up to you.
  • The clock starts when you do, and ends when you call it a day (or reach 24 hours) - the clock continues to run during rest/breaks/stops etc.
  • Each paddling leg MUST be recorded on GPS, or preferably the whole. Plan your battery life / charge and, memory use etc. to allow for this.
  • You must to be able to show GPS proof of at least 100km to qualify.
  • Choice of venue is up to you - sea, river, lake, canal etc.
  • No boat change allowed during a 100k Day Challenge attempt. The boat you paddle at the start is the one you use throughout the 24 hrs.
  • 'Doubling-up' from/to other PSK pages is allowed.
  • Paddles from organised 3rd party events/commercial coaching or guiding are NOT eligible.
  • No external support or assistance is allowed between clock start and finish.
  • Portages allowed on foot, carrying or trolleying your boat only. No vehicle use allowed. No support team assistance allowed.

100K Day Ergo Entries

  • Ergo distances are eligible for the 100k, but they will not count towards the Distance Challenge Totals Table.
  • Before you start, set your resistance setting and then calibrate your ergo drag for that setting. Resistance and Drag Cal Figures are required for each entry.
  • Photographic (or app) proof of distance covered is required for any and all paddling legs. No proof - no total.
The PSK 100K Day is part of the PSK Distance Challenge. Any further rules from the PSK Distance Challenge apply.

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