Photo gallery: Norwich Canoe Club host National Marathon Championships
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
The National Marathon Championships for kayak and canoe racers were dominated by Norwich Canoe Club on their home waters at Whitlingham.
The host club won both the senior and junior team prizes, with around 1,000 competitors from paddlers aged eight to 64, who travelled from all parts of Great Britain to take part on Saturday and Sunday.
The event not only saw national titles contested but also had the prize of Great Britain selection for the World Championships in Hungary.
Races varied in distance from 24km for the senior men to 3.5km for the under-10s and there were also portages where those aged 16 and over had to get out and run with their boats before getting back in and paddling again – attracting huge crowds of spectators.
Tim Pendle from Norwich came second in the seniors men's K1 event and then won the senior men's K2 race with his partner Andy Daniels, from Longridge in Buckinghamshire.
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He was rewarded with GB marathon selection to the World Championships and will go with a real chance of holding his own against the best in the world.
Lucy Lee-Smith came second in the under-18 junior girls K1 race but injury to her foot during the K2 race meant she had to withdraw and lost her chance of selection with Livvy Rowe.
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Florence Duffield from Norwich came second in the under-16 girls K2 with her partner Bronte Holden from Fowey Canoe Club, which was a hugely impressive result. Kieran Hayward and Sammy Drane came third in the under-16 boys.
These results along with many others from juniors just outside the top three and notable success from many veterans contributed to a resounding team win for Norwich.
In the under-12s event Norwich's junior paddlers were simply too strong and scored 139 points which was a long way ahead of Gailey Canoe Club from Ireland, who came second with 59 points.
There were individual successes from Norwich for Grace Anderson who came third in the under-12 junior girls K1 as well as third in the under-12 junior girls K2 partnered by Gaby Ede from Norwich.
Alis Roghi and her partner Sofia Groves came second in the under-12 girls K2. Daniel Sklenar and Kieran Smith finished second in the under-12 mini K2 for boys and Kamila Skelenarova and Edith Duffield were also second in the under-10 mini K2 for girls.
The whole weekend was in many ways summed up by an amazing under-12 K4 event on a gloriously warm and sunny Saturday evening.
Parents and supporters gathered on the banks on the Great Broad and not only witnessed a hugely exciting race in a carnival atmosphere but the cheer they gave the Norwich crew made up of four eight-year-olds – Edith Duffield, Kamila Sklenaova, Rory Smith and Dairy Ede – as they finished some distance behind the other crews is probably still echoing around the reeds now.
Congratulations to everyone who paddled and organized such a remarkable two-day event.