A dozen Stortford paddlers faced fiercely hot weather to compete at the Leighton Buzzard Hasler, and came back with seven gold medals and two silvers.
On the 12 mile course, Joe won Div 2 in a time which was less than a minute under the promotion time to Div 1.
Mike & Chris won their doubles race on the 8 mile course, and Jacque & Dave repeated their success at Norwich to do the same on the 4 mile course.
Tom B and Edward took the top two positions in Div 9, despite Tom stopping to help Edward recover from a capsize, in a perfect demonstration of the sportmanship which runs through kayak racing. Edward's finishing time confirmed his transition into Div 9, despite being under 14.
Three members of the Klumpler family were competing for the first time, with particular success for Oliver who won the remaining gold medal of the day for the club in Div C, one of the new u14s divisions. As a consequence he has now been promoted to Div B.
Others taking part in their first race to great credit were Karen (Div 9) and Jasper (Div C). Oliver and Jasper also raced a second time to take bronze in the mini-K2 race.
There were 89 competitors at the event, drawn from 7 Eastern Region clubs and 5 clubs from further afield, including a strong showing from Banbury.
12 miles, 6 portages
Div 2: Joe Fitzpatrick 1st (1:37:17)
Div 9: Thomas Barton 1st (45:13 adjusted), Edward Kirtland 2nd (45:32), Karen Bradley 4th (46:50), Jaroslav Klumpler 6th (48:01)
8 miles, 2 portages
Div 4: Mike Panrucker & Chris Sze 1st (1:10:51)
Div 8: Jacque Cayford & Dave Cayford 1st (41:20)
GEOFF SANDERS (u14) -
Div B: Emilie Klumpler 5th (32:15)
Div C: Oliver Klumpler 1st (20:30), Jasper Kirtland 2nd (21:19)
K2: Jasper Kirtland & Oliver Klumpler 3rd (20:09)