“It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be,” Nisbet, who is using the race as part of her preparations for the world marathon championships in Portugal at the end of September, said.
“When I started the body didn’t respond as I had hoped and it took me a while to get going.
“I just had to stay with Nikki [Birkett] today. She was so strong and pulled most of the way.
“What was going through my mind was that if I did get dropped she could make up time very easily, so that my main goal was just not to get dropped.
“I certainly couldn’t have done it without Hank [McGregor].
“He has been absolutely incredible with training and tripping, advice during the race and even lending me his boat.”
Nisbet’s 16-place finish is also a new mark for best overall result for a female paddler.