Danny B, paddling for Stortford for the first time, won a Div 2 gold medal for the team. Paul & Richard were back on form with bronze in Div 8. Mike T had an excellent race in Div 7 and only narrowly missed out on a bronze medal - he looks set to be promoted to Div 6.
Although few of the top places went to Stortford paddlers, solid scoring across a range of divisions delivered a good overall team performance. Mike & Alasdair's 5th place in Div 5 doubles was particularly impressive against a large number of entries including two higher-ranked crews who had been amalgamated in.
It was pleasing to see a large number of new faces amongst the team that went to Chelmsford. Chris Sze elected to go straight into Div 7 for his first Hasler race, and this proved to be spot-on and he finished a comfortable 9th. All of the new novices in Div 9 completed the course even though some have only joined the club very recently. Yazmin and Wayne did particularly well against an exceptionally large Div 9 field.
In Lightnings, William was awarded a well-deserved silver in Under-12 Boys, with Connor not far behind him. Jack and Ryewin also won medals in Under 10 Boys and Girls respectively.
Div 5: Alasdair Bruce & Mike Panrucker 5th (1:18:59)
Div 8: Paul Surrage & Richard Baker 3rd (34:14), Gary Aldam & Malcolm Duckworth 5th (34:54), Jacque Cayford & Dave Cayford 6th (35:36)
Div 2: Danny Beazley 1st (1:24:51), Josh Young 5th (1:28:28)
Div 4: Joe Fitzpatrick 9th (1:20:08), Ella Beatty 13th (1:25:38)
Div 5: Kevin Warbrick 13th (1:25:31), Isabelle Gurney 15th (1:26:23)
Div 7: Mike Toomey 4th (32:48), Chris Sze 9th (35:00)
Div 8: Judith English 11th (38:28)
Div 9: David Gurney 12th (37:25), Yazmin Layzell 22nd (42:20), Wayne Stevens 23rd (43:40), Deborah Cayford 24th (43:47), Emilia Boylan 32nd (50:51), Euan Caton 33rd (51:15), Catherine Robinson 34th (55:27), Luke Bailey 35th (1:02:42), Ben Goldthorpe 36th (1:05:08)
u12 Boys: William Rowe 2nd (19:00), Connor Higgins 5th (19:38)
u10 Boys: Jack Ward 3rd (23:01)
u10 Girls: Ryewin Bridger 2nd (29:20)