No hassle for LBCC at Bedford Hasler


A confident team of 27 Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club paddlers competed at this years Bedford Hasler.

The team ranged in age from 10 to 60+ and in ability from the young Lightnings, through to competitors in Division 9 up to Division 3.

LBCC would have had paddlers in every division but for an assessment race held at Elmbridge where their top paddlers fought it out to gain places for international squads.

LBCC’s young Lightnings gave a great performance as usual.

In the Under 12 Girls Katy Dixon took top honours winning confidently, Linzi Curtis was not far behind crossing in fourth.

For the Boys it was a harder fought race with rough and tumbles along the way. Both Ben Collins and Adam Baker held on well to finish second and sixth respectively.

In the single K1 divisional races success was dominated by the girls.

Newcomer Hannah Hook in Div 9 raced confidently along the 6.8km course to take 3rd place in the largest group of the day and gained herself promotion to Div 8.

In Div 8 another strong paddle by Bethany Morris won convincingly to gain herself promotion to Div 6.

Returning to form in Div 6, racing 12.9km, it was second place for Lydia Oxtoby which also earned her promotion to Div 5.

Junior Eloise Hall in Div 5 had a great race and was in the lead pack from the start. Working the group well Eloise pulled it out of the bag with a sprint finish to take the win.

For the doubles in K2s, it was a very pleasing win for new pairing of Bryan Handsley and Ashley Townsend in Div 7 racing 6.8km. Hot on their heels were Fiona Barber and Amanda Morris in third who are determined to narrow the difference next time.

Overall team LBCC took second place on the day which makes them currently third in the Eastern Regional Hasler Competition with three races to go.