Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club finishes fourth in the first round of the Hasler Marathon Series on the River Chelmer in Chelmsford

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Some returning stars helped Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club reach fourth place in the first run of the Hasler Marathon.

The 22-person squad earned a respectable 570 points finishing behind winners Norwich (596), runners-up and hosts Chelmsford (592) and third place Cambridge (583) on the River Chelmer.

Stortford were delighted to welcome back David Gurney and he did not disappoint. Paddling Division Two the 12-mile course through five locks to Paper Mill Lock and back, with 10 portages, her time of 1:29:50 earned the club a third-place trophy.

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Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club. David Gurney at the start of the Division 2 race (60534767)

On the same course, but competing in Division Three, Joe Fitzpatrick covered the distance in 1:29.46 to not only win his race, but also beat most of the top tier competitors.

Another of the former Stortford stars returning to the team after a three-year absence from the sport was Euan Caton, paddling Division Five on the eight-mile course that turns at Little Baddow (eight portages).

He finished fifth in 1:23.34 with Eddie Kirtland, one of the club’s promising youngsters, not far behind in 1:24.52 for sixth place.

Bishop's Stortford Canoe Club.  Euan Caton, left, and Eddie Kirtland at the start of the Division Five race (60534763)
Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club. Euan Caton, left, and Eddie Kirtland at the start of the Division Five race (60534763)

Tom Barton also put in a great performance on the Division Six eight-mile course. His time of 1:26.21 was seconds away from promotion and his third-place finish made him the club’s only trophy winner over the distance.

Doubles pair Jacque and Dave Cayford got off to a good start on the three-mile course (two portages) and were neck and neck with a crew from Chelmsford to Barnes Lock, eventually finishing the Division Eight doubles race in 32min 57sec for a very comfortable second place.

Jaroslav Klumpler (32.42) finished second in Division Seven after managing to pass teammate Jack Gaulton (33.13), who had to settle for third, on a corner.

Leighton Buzzard’s paddler leading the race nearly gave Klumpler the win by missing his lap, but managed to recover to win.

Bishop's Stortford Canoe Club.  Joe Fitzpatrick Carrying Barnes Lock (60534765)
Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club. Joe Fitzpatrick Carrying Barnes Lock (60534765)

The Under 14 races were held over 2km and Finlay Sandal finished the Division A race in 17.24 for second place.

One of the closest battles of the day was fought by Jasper Kirtland on his way to victory in the U14 B Division.

Taking up most of second place, he rode a final sprint to cross the line in 16.44 with a one-second lead. His time also made him the fastest of the 26 youngsters in action.

Bishop's Stortford Canoe Club.  Tom Barton approaches the finish of the Division Six race (60534761)
Bishop’s Stortford Canoe Club. Tom Barton approaches the finish of the Division Six race (60534761)

BSCC Results: Singles – Division 2: 3rd David Gurney 1h 29min 50sec; Division 3: 1 Joe Fitzpatrick 1:29.46, 8 Rich Winstanley 1:35.22; Fifth division: 5 Euan Caton 1: 23.34; 6 Eddie Kirtland 1:24.52; Division Six: 3 Tom Barton 1:26.21; Division Seven: 2 Jaroslav Klumpler 32min 42sec, 3 Jack Gaulton 33.13; Division Eight: 10 Petr Luksan 36.26; Division nine: 7 Eilidh White 36.43, 13 Daniel Baines 38.53, 15 Kayleigh Gaulton 39.08, 16 Libby Gaulton 39.16.

Double – Division Four: 6 Kerstin Queeney & Mark Adams 1:16.37, 7 Chris Sze & Catherine Ayling (MAI) 1:19.41; Division Eight: 2 Dave Cayford & Jacque Cayford 32.57.

Under 14 – Division A: 2 Finlay Sandal 17.24, Division B: 1 Jasper Kirtland 16.44, 12 Nadim Shawky 20.41, 14 Rupert Kirtland 22.05.



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