Canoeists set their sights on a better finish next year

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A dedicated team from Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club were delighted last weekend to reap the rewards of their hard work as they came away from the Winter Series with a whole host of top finishes.

The group has been competing in the six marathon canoe races held between November and February.

The six events were held at Bishop Stortford, Cambridge, Cheshunt, Barking and Dagenham, Chelmsford and lastly Leaside.

The races are run by age and boat over three different distances 3 – 4, 5, and 7-9 miles and is open to single K1, double K2 and open single and double canoes.

Each race is a competition in it’s own right and declares winners on the day.

Results are also carried forward with the top five of six individual scores counting toward the Winter Series trophies.

Bethany Morris had an amazing series. Through hard work and determination she beat off stiff competition to win five out of her six races and consequently took the Female K1 under 14 series trophy.

Bethany’s mum, Amanda Morris, was delighted to join her daughter to pick up a series trophy for her outstanding and consistent performance in the Female K1 veteran class.

Proving that canoeing really is a family affair at LBCC, father and son team John and Christian Harding dominated the Marathon C2 class throughout the series winning three of the six races.

The pair were very happy to pick up the Marathon C2 series trophy.

Throughout the series LBCC showed great team spirit and individual determination to perform at the highest standard.

Collectively the team held their own against the large host clubs, who may have had the numbers but, not necessarily the quality.

Overall LBCC finished in a well earned fourth place with the intent to be top three 2015/16.