Twenty-two paddlers turned out for the club's home race - including a welcome return for Joe Surrage. All the more welcome for securing a gold medal in the Vet Mens K1 race! Mike Toomey won the new fastest UltraVet medal in the same class.
Also on the long course, Mike Panrucker & Chris Sze put in a good performance to come 8th in a strong field of 17 boats, and were also the fastest SuperVet crew.
On the middle distance course, Jamie M & Jamie G again proved a strong pairing as they rocketed to victory in the u16 K2 class. Kerstin won bronze in the ladies race but was also the fastest lady vet.
There was also a silver for Libby in the u12s as the 2nd fastest girl, and a bronze for Edward K as the 3rd fastest boy.
Brand new club member Thomas B acquitted himself well in his first race, in which he found himself pitted against an unusually large field of very experienced competitors.
7 miles (6 portages):
Senior K2 - Mike Panrucker & Chris Sze 8th (1:07:13), Jacque & Dave Cayford 14th (1:22:45)
Vet Mens K1 - Joe Surrage 1st (1:02:53), Mike Toomey 7th (1:13:19), Kevin Warbrick 9th (1:17:18)
u18 Boys K1 - Connor Higgins 5th (1:13:57)
5 miles (3 portages):
u16 Boys K1 - Thomas Barton 11th (1:12:04), Alex Mulvey (ret)
Ladies K1 - Kerstin Queeney 3rd (55:45)
u16 K2 - Jamie McAdam & Jamie Gaulton 1st (55:11), Maddison Loveday & Catherine Robinson 3rd (1:13:20)
3 miles (1 portage):
TC2 - Josepha Wallbank & Jo Brewer 6th (46:36)
u14 Boys K1 - Jack Gaulton 5th (33:14)
u14 Girls K1 - Eilidh White 4th (35:07)
u12 K1 - Edward Kirtland 3rd M (37:33), Libby Gaulton 2nd F (38:14), Hudson Loveday (ret)
Ten clubs entered teams. Stortford came second overall, behind Chelmsford and ahead of Leighton Buzzard. We were joint first with Chelmsford for Dick Grieve points (based on performance by novice juniors only).
Full race results are on the FRA website. See photos of the Stortford race in Angela's Flickr album