Results from Stortford paddlers:
u10 Girls - Libby Gaulton (gold)
u10 Boys - Hudson Loveday (silver)
u12 Girls - Maddison Loveday (silver)
u12 Boys - Jack Gaulton (gold), Edward Kirtland (silver)
u14 Girls - Eilidh White (gold)
u14 Boys - Jamie Gaulton (gold)
u16 Boys - Connor Higgins (4th)
u18 Girls - Josie Pretious-White (gold)
u18 Boys - Euan Caton (silver)
Sen Ladies - Catherine Robinson (gold)
The full results can be found on the Summer Series results page.
Photos of the event can be found in this Flickr album.
We will be hosting the finals of this series at Stortford on 8th September.
Eleven Stortford paddlers went to Herts Young Mariners Base to take part in the third local regatta of 2019.
The 500m heats took place on the river and then it was over to the lake for the 200m heats.
After a break for a BBQ there were crew races in K2 and (always a special feature of this event) K4. Euan, Connor, Maddison and Josie put in a very creditable performance in K4 as if they had been paddling together for months. Hudson seemed to have endless energy, paddling with two different K2 partners as well as making up a mixed K4.
The fourth Bishops Stortford Hasler had the usual good turnout of competitors, with large teams of roughly equal size from Norwich, Chelmsford, Leighton Buzzard, Cambridge and ourselves, five smaller teams, and a smattering of out-of-region paddlers.
David G was our fastest paddler , winning div 3 by a comfortable margin and gaining a promotion to div 2. Jenny & Kerstin took silver in div 7 doubles, while Catherine & Talal teamed up to achieve the same in div 9 doubles. Also in div 9 doubles, Eilidh partnered Maddison to gain bronze - a particularly pleasing result as Maddison is extremely new to the sport. Meanwhile, Maddison's brother Hudson, another new recruit taking part in his first race, won u10 boys Lightnings.
Jamie G narrowly missed out on the medals in div 9 singles despite putting in a very good performance, but was able to go home with a promotion to div 8. Special mention should also be made of Josie, who gained a very creditable 8th place in div 9 in her first ever competition.
11.5km, 6 portages
Div 4: Connor Higgins & Chris Sze 4th (1:05:00)
Div 5: Mike Panrucker & Ian Abrams 6th (1:11:56)
6.5km, 2 portages
Div 7: Kerstin Queeney & Jennifer Burtwell 2nd (46:57)
Div 8: Jacque Cayford & Dave Cayford 4th (52:20)
Div 9: Catherine Robinson & Talal Sajad 2nd (59:37), Eilidh White & Maddison Loveday 3rd (1:02:15)
19km, 8 portages
Div 3: David Gurney 1st (1:30:26), Euan Caton 6th (1:38:52)
11.5km, 6 portages
Div 5: Ricky White 8th (1:11:57), Kevin Warbrick 9th (1:12:02)
6.5km, 2 portages
Div 9: Jamie Gaulton 4th (52:56), Josie Pretious-White 8th (56:16), Leo Ranade 14th (1:08:11), Kayleigh Gaulton 15th (1:10:24)
Div 10: Jack Gaulton 2nd (58:59)
u12 Boys: Fabian Nyikos 5th (20:54), Edward Kirtland 6th (21:52), Josh Ranade 7th (22:23)
u12 Girls: Gemma Beazley 3rd (19:42)
u10 Boys: Hudson Loveday 1st (22:54), Killian O'Dwyer 2nd (22:57)
u10 Girls: Libby Gaulton 2nd (21:13)
The event was won by Cambridge CC with an impressive 237 points, only 3 short of the maximum. Overall, Stortford finished 5th - the position we have occupied for all the previous races of the season bar one. It was therefore no surprise to find ourselves 5th in the Eastern Region League table and excluded from the national finals. A disappointing result for a team that twelve months before was joint winners of the regional cup. But a fresh season begins in October, and who knows what that will bring.