While the rest of the country suffered varying degrees of stormy wet weather, all those who went to compete at this event spent two days in beautiful sunshine. Conditions were good and the event was well organised by Norwich Canoe Club in a lovely Norfolk country park.
The club took a relatively small team, but even so some of the results were very pleasing. The first morning races included the Mens Veteran over 54. That meant Tim had to be ready early (we had our fingers crossed). No worries, he did a great race, off the start without a wobble and came 5th.
The under 18s came next: in the Girls race Jenny came 5th. In the Boys race, Luke did a very dynamic performance taking 3rd place behind Chemiel and Gregory, and beating Luke Harding while Stef came in 15th (about halfway down the field).
The under 23 and senior women’s races were run at the same time and included Sam Rees-Clark (who, although also a member of Basingstoke, trains a lot with us). Sam was in the leading group all the way and finished overall 3rd (behind Lizzie Broughton and Jenny Swallow), but first under 23. A very strong effort over 21k which earned her a place in the GB Marathon Team to Gyor next month.
All the doubles racing took place on Sunday: Wendy and Kelly were the only completely Elmbridge crew, and represented us in the over 44 Ladies event, coming 4th out of a field of 10, well done ladies! Emily Illinesi paired with Imogen Collins (RDG) were 4th in the Senior Womens K2 : Elise Piercy paired with Melissa Johnson (CLM) easily won the Under 18 Girls race, and a place in the Marathon Team to the World Championships.