Kirkcaldy Canoe Club paddlers travelled to Linlithgow recently for the final race of the 2009 season and the Scottish Canoe Association annual prize giving for sprint and marathon racing.
The prize giving coincided with the K2 10 km Scottish Championships which were held on Linlithgow Loch. This race was held in good conditions with a light westerly wind. The course was five laps of the loch.
In the 10km event, first place was taken by Kirkcaldy paddlers Neil Chalmers and Colin McMorrin. On the 6km course for juniors, Paula Henderson finished second with Linlithgow paddler Rhonwyn Smith. Rachel Syme won the U12 2km course with Amy Redmond of Linlithgow.
The supporting K1 race over 2 km was won by Finlay Williamson.
After the race the prize giving ceremony took place at the Lowport Centre. Kirkcaldy paddlers collected many of the awards for racing at all of the Scottish Championship events through the year, and for end of season rankings.
Colin McMorrin of KCC dominated the Senior Men categories. He collected the K1 Scottish Marathon title, Marathon Ranking list, Sprint titles, and the Senior Sprint League trophy. Derek Veale claimed the Veteran Sprint League title, and Fay McGlashan won the Master Ladies Sprint League title.
The Senior Ladies titles for Marathon ranking and Sprint went to Margaret Chapman, with Ursula Mackintosh collecting the Marathon Championships gold medal.
In the junior ranks Paula Henderson was the top lady in the marathon ranking list, and also the U16 Sprint League winner. Colin Chapman was top mini course paddler.
Rachel Syme and Blair Henderson won the Lightning marathon league in the U12 Girls and Boys classes respectively.
Kirkcaldy junior paddlers enjoyed success at the Scottish Sprint Championships which were held at Strathclyde Park. Finlay Williamson, Rachel Syme, Blair Henderson, Matthew McVay, Colin Chapman, Paula Henderson all achieved podium finishes over distances ranging from 200m to 6 km.
Kirkcaldy Canoe Club claimed the inter-club trophies for both Sprint and Marathon once again.
The club are now concentrating on winter training with monthly time trials at Linlithgow in preparation for another successful year in 2010.
The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 19th February 2010 at Kinghorn Community Centre.