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 & Kirsten 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.
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).