Thanks to a big effort by non-racing members and especially members' families, the club again staged this major race successfully. Ron and Alison Thorogood, Matt P, Eddie, Stewart, Ken and Andrew marshalled at the club. Lynne, Shane, Josh, Joe F, Mick H, Fred, Jean, Katie P, John P, James, Olive, Alasdair and Steve W marshalled the turns and portages. Seb, Emily and Isabelle swept the course. Anne W was the designated first-aider. Many of those racing also helped with the car park and other matters before and after the race, including Malcolm, Gary, Ricky, Kevin, Mike T, Chris, Judith, Dave and Wayne. Charlotte, Jan, Sue, Brian, Will, Isabel, Kerstin, Lucy W and Jacque ran the refreshments & BBQ. Booking in and results were handled by Angela, Siobhan and Stewart. Ant made the signs. Particular thanks to those who stayed behind to tidy up. Race Organiser Danny's forward planning made sure everything was under control and only the weather was left to chance.
Senior K2 - Jacque Cayford & Dave Cayford 17th (1:24:09), Kerstin Queeney & Robin Dromard 22nd (1:30:31)
Mens K1 - Wayne Stevens 9th (1:28:58)
Vet Mens K1 - Danny Beazley 1st (59:43), Dave Hallam 2nd (1:02:29), Chris Sze 5th (1:10:16), Ricky White 6th (1:10:49), Kevin Warbrick 9th (1:14:32), Mike Toomey 11th (1:17:07)
u18 Boys K1 - Oscar Toomey (rtd)
u16 Boys K1 - David Gurney 3rd (50:40), Euan Caton 5th (55:21), James Daly 8th (1:08:07), Luis Blanco 10th (1:12:36), Sam Twaddle 11th (1:16:10)
Ladies K1 - Heidi White 3rd (50:45), Octavia Abbott 4th (54:22), Lexie White 5th (57:56), Judith English 6th (1:05:33), Siobhan Latham 8th (1:11:38), Catherine Robinson 9th & 1st Paddleability (1:12:21)
u16 Girls K2 - Yazmin Layzell & Jess Gaynor 3rd (1:06:29)
u16 Girls K1 - Isabelle Crawford 2nd (1:07:10)
Marathon C2 - Gary Aldam & Malcolm Duckworth 1st (56:48), Paul Surrage & Richard Baker 2nd (57:16)
u14 Boys K1 - Connor Higgins 4th (34:12), Pablo Blanco 8th (37:27), Luke Sellstrom 9th (37:40), James Sellstrom 12th (40:47), Cory Jones 13th (47:37)
u14 Girls K1 - Emilia Boylan 2nd (33:41)
u12 K1 - Jack Ward 4th (43:01), Eilidh White and Rosie Whittington joint 5th (43:01), Gemma Beazley 7th (45:59), Olivia Cutts 8th (50:48), Hudson Owers 9th (52:36)
The good turnout from the Stortford paddlers secured us an overall second place to Chelmsford, but a strong showing from the club's novice juniors put BSCC in the lead for the Dick Grieve series trophy.