A team of ten paddlers from Kirkcaldy Canoe Club recently took part in the Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Challenge along the Millennium Link. The race took place over 2 days and covered 55 miles from Speirs Wharf on the Forth & Clyde Canal in the centre of Glasgow, continuing across Central Scotland including a change to the Union Canal at the Falkirk Wheel, and culminated on 25th April in a finish in the heart of the Capital at Lochrin Basin, Fountainbridge.
The race included intrepid and determined individual paddlers completing the course entirely on their own as well as several team classes. The Kirkcaldy team took part in the K2 Relay Team race which involved pairs of paddlers paddling together over alternate sections of up to 7 miles in length.
The Kirkcaldy team, which included a mixture of both senior and junior paddlers, paddled well throughout the first day in warm and sunny conditions to finish at Falkirk in a time of 3 hours, 26 minutes, 2 seconds. The second day began with the team setting out from Falkirk under cloudy conditions but the day soon brightened up with excellent performances from all paddlers. This resulted in a first place finish and an excellent overall time for the 55 miles of 8 hours, 1 minute, 43 seconds – A new course record for the K2 Relay Team Class.
Congratulations go to the team comprised of Michael Chalmers, Neil Chalmers, Colin Chapman, Alan Henderson, Blair Henderson, James McKeown, Colin McMorrin, Matthew McVay, Kirsten Syme and Rachel Syme.
Also competing were Graeme Stewart and Mike Yeomans in the K2 class, Ursula Mackintosh with Diane Sharp in the K1 relay class, and Keith and company from Leven in the K1 relay team. Well done to all.