Results from Stortford paddlers:
u10 Girls - Libby Gaulton (gold), Elizabeth Boylan (silver), Genevieve Wilson (bronze)
u12 Girls - Alice Boylan (silver)
u12 Boys - Jack Gaulton (silver)
u14 Girls - Eilidh White (silver)
u18 Boys- David Gurney (gold)
Sen Ladies - Catherine Robinson (gold)
The full results can be found on the Summer Series results page.
The Stortford team who went to the second FRA regatta of the season were all awarded medals for their performances across the 300m and 100m heats.
After lunch there was a demonstration K4 race between some of Chelmsford's own paddlers. This was followed by a relay event between teams drawn up on the basis of the morning's results.
Nine Stortford paddlers competed at the fifth race of the Winter Series in mild and sunny conditions. As this was last race, there were also end of series trophies in addition to those won on the day.
This has very much been Octavia's season. She rounded off the series with another win, to make a total of three wins and one second place, making her the series class winner of the Ladies class, and she also remains the holder of the Ladies Vet trophy for the 3rd successive year.
On the 7-mile course, David G and Adam both put in excellent races against a high standard of competition to take gold and silver in their respective classes.
Eilidh and Catherine took on the junior K2 class this year and have not missed a race throughout the series - this paid off with a second place series award. Similarly, solid scoring across four races brought a third place series award for Jamie G in u14 Boys, in addition to the bronze medal won on the day.
BSCC SERIES RESULTS:
K1 F 16+, 1st overall & 1st Vet - Octavia Abbott
K2 u16 & MC2, 2nd - Eilidh White & Catherine Robinson
K1 M u14, 3rd - Jamie Gaulton
The size of the Stortford teams have been much reduced this season, and as a result we finished in third position overall, behind Chelmsford CC (1st) and Leighton Buzzard CC. We finished 5th in the Dick Grieve league (points scored by novice juniors) and in 3rd place for the Bob Porter trophy (for participation by u12s).
See Angela's Flickr page for some photos of the Leaside race.
u16 Boys K1 - Connor Higgins 5th (51:51)
Ladies K1 - Octavia Abbott 1st (48:40)
u16 K2 - Eilidh White & Catherine Robinson 6th (1:02:33)
u14 Boys K1 - Jamie Gaulton 5th (26:43)
u12 - Jack Gaulton 7th (29:43)
With two races still to go, BSCC is standing 3rd in the Winter Series league table. Full race results and individual series positions can be found on the FRA website.
For the second time this Winter Series, the Stortford team numbered only a dozen competitors, but some good individual performances secured a third place for the club.
Euan took Stortford's only gold medal of the day - his second win in u18 boys this series, placing him third overall in the class to date, but a strong contender for the class trophy.
Adam & David continue at the top of the class table in Senior K2, having won bronze at this race, and Dave H is joint first in Vet Men's K1.
The club was third in the Dick Grieve league - this is based solely on the performance of novice juniors - all of Stortford's points DG points being won by the Gaulton family!
5 miles (4 portages):
u16 Boys K1 - Connor Higgins 7th (58:35)
Ladies K1 - Octavia Abbott 2nd (55:44)
u16 K2 - Eilidh White & Catherine Robinson 6th (1:17:03)
7 miles (4 portages):
Senior K2 - Adam Beaumont & David Gurney 3rd (59:30), Ian Abrams & Mike Panrucker 11th (1:10:10)
Senior K1 Open - Richard Winstanley 5th (1:03:40)
Vet Mens K1 - Dave Hallam 2nd (1:05:16), Mike Toomey 7th (1:12:31), Ricky White 8th (1:15:03)
The small size of Stortford's team was reflected in the overall points total for the club. B. Stortford were fourth, behind Chelmsford CC, Cambridge CC and Leighton Buzzard CC.
We had excellent weather for the start of the new Winter Series, hosted at our own club as usual. The 127 competitors included a large field of senior K2s on the long course (19 boats) and a good turn out of u12 K1s on the short course (16 entries).
On the long course, Euan won gold in the u18 Mens K1. Adam B & David G were narrowly beaten into second place in senior K2 by less than a minute, despite an excellent performance. Dave H won silver in the Mens Vet race.
On the middle distance, Octavia took gold in the Ladies K1, and Kerstin was the first SuperVet. On the short course Jamie G won the silver medal in u14 Boys and brother Jack did well in u12s, coming 7th.
7 miles (6 portages):
Senior K2 - Adam Beaumont & David Gurney 2nd (57:22), Tim Beaver & Neil Boast 7th (1:10:02), Ian Abrams & Gordon Bullock BAD 9th (1:10:20), Jacque & Dave Cayford 17th (1:22:20)
Vet Mens K1 - Dave Hallam 2nd (1:05:25), Mike Toomey 7th (1:11:46)
u18 Boys K1 - Euan Caton 1st (1:02:44), Murdo White 6th (1:33:58), James Daly 7th (1:33:59)
5 miles (3 portages):
u16 Boys K1 - Connor Higgins 5th (54:05)
Ladies K1 - Octavia Abbott 1st (53:39), Kerstin Queeney 4th (56:08)
u16 K2 - Eilidh White & Catherine Robinson 3rd (1:12:35)
3 miles (1 portage):
u14 Boys K1 - Jamie Gaulton 2nd (33:02)
GP - Mick Hussey 3rd (42:29)
u12 K1 - Jack Gaulton 7th (38:16), Gemma Beazley 9th (41:41), Edward Kirtland 12th (45:35), Killian O'Dwyer 14th (45:41), Libby Gaulton (retired)
Ten clubs were represented. Stortford came second overall, behind Chelmsford and ahead of Leighton Buzzard. We were also second on Dick Grieve points (based on performance by novice juniors only).
Having secured the club's place in the National Hasler Finals with a rather spectacular joint first place in the region, it was disappointing that a number of those who had qualified to participate (by finishing in at least three races during the year) were not in the end able to turn out for the final itself, due to injury, illness or prior commitments.
The team of 23 who did go included a good balance of singles and doubles, and together they achieved a total score of 164 points, making the club 9th overall out of 31 clubs participating. The winners were Chelmsford CC (227 points) and Norwich CC were runners-up (222). Cambridge CC were 10th with 160 points. With all four of the Eastern Region clubs who had qualified for the event finishing in the top 10, there can be no doubt that the standard of racing in our Region is as high as anywhere in the country.
The star performers in the race included Adam Beaumont, who brought home a gold medal as winner of Div 3, and was also promoted to Div 2. Eugene Kokorin also had an excellent race, finishing 5 in Div 6 and being promoted to Div 5.
There were other notable singles results in Div 3 from David G. (who narrowly missed out on a promotion) and Euan, while Matt P. recovered well to finish 11th in Div 2 after a swim at the start. In doubles, Chris and Matt M.'s 5th place in Div 4 was particularly impressive against a field of 26 crews.
Div 2 - Danny Beazley & James Smythe 4th (1:35:12)
Div 4 - Chris Sze & Matt Mills 5th (1:13:41), Octavia Abbott & Mike Panrucker 21st (1:21:38)
Div 6 - Ant Wright & Ian Abrams 8th (1:25:17)
Div 7 - Jennifer Burtwell & Kerstin Queeney 14th (41:28)
Div 8 - Jacque & Dave Cayford 11th (44:25)
Div 9 - Catherine Robinson & Eilidh White 11th (52:32)
Div 2 - Matt Parkes 11th (1:37:37)
Div 3 - Adam Beaumont 1st (1:35:47), David Gurney 6th (1:38:31), Euan Caton 14th (1:42:21)
Div 5 - Mike Toomey 26th (1:27:38)
Div 6 - Eugene Kokorin 5th (1:27:28), Lexie White 17th (1:33:00)
Div 7 - Melanie Bennett 32nd (45:31), Malcolm Duckworth 36th (46:30)
Full results from the event can be found online.
Unfortunately, the good weather enjoyed at Stortford did not continue, and only two weeks later, wind and rain severely disrupted the Chelmsford event. Despite the weather conditions, 11 Stortford paddlers made the trip and gave their all.
The full results for both races can be found on the Sprint Results page of the FRA website, together with the series results.