Paddlers take to the water for Remembrance Sunday races

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Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club commemorated Remembrance Sunday with their third marathon race to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

Eighty seven paddlers from across the region gathered to make the 15 mile trip on the Grand Union Canal from Great Linford in Milton Keynes back to the Leighton Buzzard, portaging across 4 locks on route.

Paddlers and their support crews enjoyed breakfast and refreshments organised by the club before setting off on their marathon journey either in single K1 boats or in double K2s.

With the sun shining and local residents, family and friends spectating, all boats stopped on the water to pay their respects at 11am for the 2 minutes silence before setting off.

All paddlers were ranked by ability and competed in Class A, B or C in either a K1 or K2. Team LBCC finished with paddlers in the top four of every class.

In K1 it was a comfortable win for GB squad member Sam Plummer who had returned home from University especially for the race. Sam was followed across the line in 3rd by coach Mike Martin.

In Class B it was Paul Plummer, Sam’s Dad, who took top honours followed closely by Paul Stenning in 2nd. In Class C it was a well deserved 2nd for Nigel Dixon.

In the K2’s all Leighton Buzzard podium crews had come together especially for this race with some having never having paddled this distance before.

In Class A Eloise Hall and Charlie Smith paddled well together for their club and took the win. Robert Poole and Peter Collins followed in 3rd.

In Class B It was a pleasing 4th for Tom Pickering and Matt Callow and in Class C it was 2nd for Fiona Barber and Charlie Toosey.

Special mention to the LBCC relay paddlers Katy Dixon, Izzy Pickering, and Amanda Morris and daughter Bethany who split the 15 miles in two.

LBCC hope to have raised over £250 this year for the Poppy Appeal from race entries, poppies and cake sales.