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Name + Age:
Lizzie Broughton, 27
Database analyst at a publishing company
Which paddling disciplines do you compete in? Eg. Surfski, river marathon, flat-water marathon, flat water sprint, S.U.P etc:
Almost entirely flat water marathon at the moment. I will occasionally do a sprint regatta if it fits in with training and I’d love to try some surf ski and river racing at some point.
Favourite race, why?
The Devizes to Westminster marathon (125 miles along the Kennet & Avon canal and River Thames). I’ve done this race non-stop in K2 twice and both stick out for different reasons. In 2013 I raced with Steve Baker and it was -6 degrees overnight. I was sick from the start of the race through to the end. I think this was the coldest, hardest, most unpleasant 18 hours I’ll ever endure in a kayak but it gave me huge belief at my ability to tough it out and stick at it regardless of how badly things were going. Returning to race with Keith Moule in 2015 was a completely different experience as everything went to plan and we were able win overall and break the mixed record. This was the culmination of months of planning and preparation (and lots of cold winter miles in the boat) so it was great to get everything right on the day.
What about paddling keeps you paddling?
There is always another challenge around the corner with paddling, whether it’s getting onto a worlds podium or improving my PB at Richmond Canoe Clubs Wednesday night 10km race. I enjoy the routine of training, summer days on the water when it finally gets to vest weather and the grind of long cold winters. There’s so much in paddling that I haven’t done so that keeps me motivated- races like Sella and some of the South African river races are definitely on my to do list.
Were (or are you) a champ at any other sport?
I did a lot of sports growing up, in particular I played a lot of football until I was about 16 and canoeing took over. At school I raced county cross country and when training permits I take part in the local Parkrun.
Why paddling above other sports?
Because I am better at it than anything else! I enjoy pretty much all sports at all levels but paddling is the only sport that has given me the opportunity to travel around the world and compete against the top paddlers. Throughout the summer there’s a race pretty much every weekend in the UK so there’s always something going on.
Greatest paddling achievement ( or top 3!)
Silver Medal K1 World Marathon Championships 2014
Devizes Westminster winner 2015
K2 European Champion 2013 (with Fay Lamph)
Most memorable life achievement outside of paddling:
I won my first gold medal aged 8, in a ballet competition. Pretty sure I won as I was the smallest and smiliest rather than the best dancer.
What is your favourite MOCKE product, why?
The Mocke PFD, this is a great product for the longer races as it fits more comfortably than any other I have previously used and I barely notice wearing it. It also solved the problem of drinks systems with the inbuilt hydration pouches, as well as space for a few emergency energy gels.