There was a good turnout for the race, with 176 competitors in total. Div 9 was given a split start. Eddie and Tom H each led their respective groups to the finish, and ended in overall first and second place, with Jack not far behind them. All three received a double promotion to Div 7. Petr, racing for the first time, was promoted to Div 8 after finishing 7th.
Another club member paddling for us for the first time was Ben K, who came 2nd in the Div 7 race and was promoted to Div 6. Jamie M, finishing 4th, was also promoted to Div 6.
Chris and Alasdair partnered in Div 4 K2 to take 3rd place, but the undoubted hero of the doubles racing was Kerstin who partnered Mark (the latter paddling for Broadlands) to win the Div 6 K2 race. As the pair finished with a faster time than all of the Div 5 K2 boats, it is no surprise that Kerstin has been promoted from Div 7 to Div 5.
Those awarded double promotions in K1 races do not score Hasler points for the club. Although other clubs also experienced a large number of double promotions, the impact upon them was less damaging as they were fielding larger teams in the first place. Given this context, BSCC's total score of 461 was very respectable, and left us in 4th place behind Leighton Buzzard CC (596), Chelmsford (595) and Norwich (589).
8 miles, 8 portages
Div 4: Alasdair Bruce & Chris Sze 3rd (1:18:35)
Div 6: Kerstin Queeney & Mark Adams [BPS] 1st (1:17:27)
3 miles, 2 portages
Div 7: Ben Kelly 2nd (30:52), Jamie McAdam 4th (32:13), Jamie Gaulton 9th (34:02)
Div 9: Edward Kirtland 1st (33:03), Thomas Holloway 2nd (33:15); Jack Gaulton 4th (33:56), Petr Luksan 7th (35:22), Ewan Gowing 11th (37:38), Jaroslav Klumpler 13th (38:04), Karen Bradley 20th (40:27)
Six of Stortford's youngest team members competed in the under-14s Divisions on the 2km course. Libby Gaulton, only just 11, was the second fastest girl over this distance and finished 4th overall in the fastest group (Div A).
The other five were all racing in Div B. Jasper and Finlay (5th and 7th respectively) have now been officially promoted to Division B for their performances.
Under 14s (Geoff Sanders)
Div A: Libby Gaulton 4th (17:45)
Div B: Jasper Kirtland 5th (18:52), Finlay Sandal 7th (19:05), Rupert Kirtland 9th (20:16), Oliver Klumpler 10th (21:25), Emilie Klumpler 13th (24:11)