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Bishop's Stortford Canoe Club come third in the second race of the Winter Series on the River Cam in Cambridge



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Bishop's Stortford Canoe Club's youngsters shone in the second race of the Winter Series in Cambridge.

Stortford were the only one of the 10 competing clubs to have any under-12s in action on the River Cam, so all five competitors in the class were rewarded with medals.

But they certainly earned their prizes as they coped well with the cold and drizzly conditions while their three-mile route included an unusually long portage over the green at the Bishop's Mill sluice on the way to the turn at Jesus Lock – which had to be repeated on the return journey.

Some of the Stortford medal winners (53678401)
Some of the Stortford medal winners (53678401)

The first of the under-12s to complete this was Libby Gaulton (34min 13sec) and the second was Jasper Kirtland (38.03) as they took the gold medals for first girl and boy respectively in their age group.

The under-14 boys also competed on this course and the bronze medal was won by Edward Kirtland in 28.47.

The five-mile course continued beyond Jesus Lock and involved a total of four portages. Silver medals were won on this course by Eilidh White (under-16 girls, 1hr 11min 21sec) and Oliver Klumpler and Finlay Sandall (under-16 kayak doubles, 1:29.38).

Oliver Klumpler and Finlay Sandall in the junior kayak doubles race (53678397)
Oliver Klumpler and Finlay Sandall in the junior kayak doubles race (53678397)

There were further medals for Stortford on the seven-mile course, which also had four portages.

Kerstin Queeney paddled with Catherine Ayling to take the medals for first ladies in the doubles kayak race in 1:14.02).

The kayak singles race saw a repeat of the photo finish at the previous race between Stortford's Adam Beaumont and Chelmsford's Tim Gannicott-Porter, though on this occasion it was the latter who took gold while Beaumont had to settle for silver in 1:00.19).

The veteran men's kayak class attracted a large number of entries and, as usual, the standard was very high. There was a particularly notable performance by Petr Luksan in this class as he came ninth with a time of 1:27.23.

Adam Beaumont (boat 806) gets off to a good start in the K1 open race (53678399)
Adam Beaumont (boat 806) gets off to a good start in the K1 open race (53678399)

Stortford finished third on the day with 115 points. Chelmsford won with 198 while hosts Cambridge were runners-up on 143. The result leaves Stortford in second place overall.

And Stortford lead the race for the Dick Grieve Trophy which is awarded to the club with the top performing novice juniors.

BSCC results: Seven miles - Senior K2: 13th Kerstin Queeney & Catherine Ayling 1hr 14min 2sec; K1 Open: 2 Adam Beaumont 1:00.19; Vet Mens K1: 9 Petr Luksan 1:27.23, 15 Jaroslav Klumpler 1:38.47; U18 Boys K1: 4 Thomas Holloway 1:24.20, 5 Tom Barton 1:29.20.

Five miles - U16 Boys K1: 8 Jack Gaulton 1:02.28, 9 Arthur Catmur 1:16.27; Ladies K1: 12 Karen Bradley 1:11.36; Junior K2: 2 Oliver Klumpler & Finlay Sandall 1:29.38; U16 Girls K1: 2 Eilidh White 1:11.21, DNF Catherine Robinson.

Three miles - U14 Boys K1: 1 Edward Kirtland 34min 13sec, 4 Ewan Gowing 30.51; U12 K1: 2 Libby Gaulton 35.53, 2 Jasper Kirtland 38.03, 3 Rupert Kirtland 42.00), 4 Nadim Shawky 43.42, Emilie Klumpler 58.05.



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