GB Team claim four medals at European Marathon Champs

The GB team returned with 4 medals from the European Marathon championships held in Metkovic, Croatia last weekend.

The first race saw Emma Russell (CLM) and Freya Peters (RIC) racing in K1 for the first time and looking to add to their European and World bronze K2 medals from 2017. Emma immediately established herself in the front group and a good final portage saw her take the win to become European Champion. Freya did well to make the front group at the start and finished 7th.

Sam Rees-Clark (BAS) added medal number two, taking bronze behind the 2 Hungarians in the U23 women’s K1. In the U23 men’s K1, Matt Johnson (CLM) had a good start and battled through bumpy conditions to finish 10th.

Our junior men were all racing at this level for the first time. Arthur Leech (RIC) raced strongly in the juniors mens C1 to finish 5th despite damaging his boat at the final portage and taking on a lot of water. In the juniors men’s K1, Will Scammell (LON) and Luke Shaw (NOR) both made the front group off the start and raced well in a strong field to finish 7th and 9th. In the juniors men’s K2, Will was racing with club mate James Bell alongside Tim Gannicott-Porter and Alex McIntyre (CLM). Both boats made the initial large front group and James and Will then established themselves in the front group of 5 boats. Intelligent and gutsy racing saw them lead through the final portage to cross the line first. Heart-breakingly they had a 30 second penalty due to their drinks bag falling in the narrow gap between the pontoon and the bank which dropped them to bronze. This doesn’t take away from a stunning performance. Tim and Alex finished 9th.

Our final medal came from Lizzie Broughton (RIC) who put in a very good performance to take bronze in the senior women’s K1 behind the 2 Hungarians. In the seniors women’s K2, Lizzie and Fay Lamph (WEY) were unable to make the front group off the start and finished in 5th.

Tim Pendle (NOR) was our representative in the senior men’s K1 and worked hard off the start to make the front group ultimately finishing 11th. In the senior men’s K2, great starts for both boats saw them at the sharp end of a large front group for the 1st lap. Magnus Gregory (LON) and Charlie Smith (LBZ) finished 11th, with James Russell (CLM) and Lewis Duffield(CLM) 14th.

Full GB results:

JWK1: Emma Russell (CLM) GOLD, Freya Peters (RIC) 7th
JMC1: Arthur Leech (RIC) 5th
JMK1: Will Scammell (LON) 7th, Luke Shaw (NOR) 9th
U23WK1: Sam Rees-Clark (BAS) BRONZE
JMK2: Will Scammell/James Bell (LON) BRONZE, Alex Macintyre/Tim Gannicott-Porter (CLM) 9th
U23MK1: Matt Johnson (CLM) 10th
SWK1: Lizzie Broughton (RIC) BRONZE
SMK1: Tim Pendle (NOR) 11th
SWK2: Lizzie Broughton (RIC)/Fay Lamph (WEY) 5th
SMK2: Magnus Gregory(LON)/Charlie Smith(LBZ) 11th, James Russell/Lewis Duffield(CLM) 14th.

Thanks to Mike Fegent and Tim Ralph for driving such a long way and to them and Katie Williams for all their support over the championships.

Jo Bates

Team Manager

Bilbao International race

The MRC has received a last-minute invitation to send a team to a new international 5k race in Bilbao, Spain on 2th June.

After consulting a selection of potential team members on their availability, the Selection Committee has chosen the following team to race, on the basis of Assessment Race results in the season to date.

Fay Lamph (WEY) – Athlete & Team Manager
Melissa Johnson (CLM)
Jon O’Grady (RUN)
Lewis Duffield (CLM)

Elmbridge Assessment Race results

At its May meeting, the MRC discussed the issue of paddlers not wearing club vests at the Elmbridge Assessment Race, following the rule change at the start of the season that made this compulsory.

Following feedback from athletes, we recognised that the rule change had not been communicated clearly enough to justify a disqualification for those not complying at that event. As a result the results have now been re-published to show all finish times as well as placings. The full results of the Elmbridge Assessment were also taken into account at the selection meetings to decide teams for the German National Championships and World Cup.

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Team for German National Championships

Following assessment races at Thameside 2 and Elmbridge, the MRC Selection Committee has chosen the following development team to race at the German National Championships in Kessel, on 12-13 May.

Athletes will race in both singles and doubles race according to their age group.

Senior/U23 Women
Maia Wallace-Loizou (RIC)/Anoushka Freeman (RIC)

Junior Women
Amber Cox (ELM)/Flossie Ball (DEV)
Zoe Hurrell (ADS)/Molly Carter (ROY)

Senior/U23 Men
Joe Petersen (BAN) / Matt Johnson (CLM)

Junior Men
Tim Gannicott-Porter (CLM) / Alex McIntyre (CLM)
Ryan Ingham (WEY )/Alex Bicknell (WEY)

Team Manager: Phil Gunney (WEY)
Simon Petersen (BAN)
Brian Greenham (RDG)
Kerry Duff (NOR)