Kirkcaldy Canoe Club paddlers have completed a busy month of racing throughout the country. The racing began with sprint regattas at Nottingham and Strathclyde Park followed by the Hasler Trophy competition held this year on the Thames at Reading.
The competition began with the British Inter-club Sprint Championships at the National Watersports Centre, Nottingham where Kirkcaldy came 20th of 46 clubs competing. KCC paddlers made many good performances, reflecting the amount of training completed throughout the year.
The Scottish Sprint Championships were held at Strathclyde Park the following weekend. Excellent conditions were enjoyed leading to good performances and several personal best times by Kirkcaldy paddlers. Colin McMorrin dominated all three senior K1 events held over 1000m, 500m and 200m.
The new K2 racing kayak recently donated to the club by Trueform Engineering has been showing its potential with several good results at the regattas. Colin McMorrin and Neil Chalmers had good results in the Mens B class at Nottingham and won both races at Strathclyde Park. The junior crew of Colin Chapman and Oli Carruthers also had good results in their events at Nottingham.
The success was topped with a good performance at the Hasler finals at Reading on Sunday. This is the culmination of a year of racing where clubs qualify within their regions to paddle at the Hasler finals. This marathon racing event is attended by the top clubs from throughout the country. All the paddlers who attended had results to be proud of.
There were three courses over four, eight, and twelve miles held on the Thames. In the morning the Lightning races were held for paddlers 12 years and under. In the U12 girls race Rachel Syme came second. In the U12 boys, Blair Henderson was 16th leading home team-mate Iain Chapman in 20th.
The next series of races brought more success for Kirkcaldy with Stephen Veale and Kirsten Syme in the division 9 K2. They crossed the line in 3rdplace in 37.00. Paula Henderson followed this in division 7 K1, finishing fifth in 36.35, and earning promotion to division 6.
The afternoon races were held over 8 miles. In division 6 K2, Alan Henderson and Derek Veale had an excellent race to finish 8th in 1:17:41. In division 5, Neil Chalmers won in a time of 1:15:57 gaining promotion to division 4, whilst Margaret Chapman came 17th.
These excellent results by all the paddlers meant the club ended up in 15th position for the Hasler Trophy. This was a great result even though we had a smaller team than usual, and many thanks must be passed to the support team and coaches who made the trip possible.
Kirkcaldy Canoe Club is now looking forward to their winter training. Before that the club will be competing at the River Isla and River Dee marathons.