A huge team of 32 paddlers took to the river Cam Chelmsford Canoe Club played hosts for the first of the 2014/15 seasons regional Hasler marathon races.
For Bethany Morris and Max Pickering this was their first divisional race having competed in the aged grouped Lightning class previously.
Bethany had shot straight into Div 8 for this competition, which proved to be a good call as she covered the longer 4 mile, 2 portage course with ease finishing in 4th.
Max had an equally good race in Div 9 which saw the biggest entry of 46 paddlers. Getting off to a great start Max paddled confidently all the way round to cross in 6th place and gained himself promotion to Div 8.
For the Lightnings it was another success story despite having lost several of their paddlers to the divisional races. In the Under 10 boys Adam Baker had a tough race taking a knock on the turn however he fought back well to finish in 7th. Making his début was newcomer Jack Rayment who paddled as hard as he could finishing in a pleasing 9th . Kaite Dixon in the Under 12 girls took full advantage of the shorter 2km course and flew round ending up in 2nd.
In the Under 10 girls Linzi Curtis dominated her race from the start and took first place with ease. Collectively the four earned 65 points and reached 4th place.
The Chelmsford course is renowned for it’s portages however they proved no problem for the determined LBCC team who achieved medals and promotions.
In the K2s it was a remarkable 1st and 2nd place in Div 7. Winners James Callow and Ashley Townsend were chased round the course by their own team mates Amanda Morris and Isobelle Pickering. In a combined Div 3 and 4 new pairing of Matt Callow and Charlie Smith took on some very experienced crews.
The two 15 year old boys weren’t intimated though and held their own round the 12 mile ten portage course to finish in 3rd place.
In the K1 races it was 2nd in Div 2 for Bob Poole who had a stunning race following a brilliant start. In Div 1 it was 3rd for Sam Plummer in his first race since returning from the Marathon World Championships last month.
Following some great competitive racing Paul Plummer gained promotion up to Div 4, Bryan Handsley and Andrew Miller were promoted to Division 8.
Overall the team earned 220 points, enough for 2nd.