Over 40 Nottingham Kayak Club members made the trip to Norwich over to compete in the British National Marathon Championships. The weekend saw racing in age and gender categories from under-12s to over-64s.
In the U12 lightning race, Daniel Carter was eighth in the boys’ race and Matilda Enoch was fifth in the girls’ race. In the U10s, Joe Enoch was fifth with Edward Butler close behind in seventh. In the U12 standard kayak race, Stan Chmiel blew the competition away finishing well ahead in first place.
In the longest race of the day, Shaune Walsh (Senior Men) did well to place eighth behind some fast competition. The Senior Ladies race saw Kat Wilson taking to the water, paddling brilliantly to take second place. In the Senior Canoe race, Sarah Millest was fifth. In the U18 race, Zyggy Chmiel had a close finish to take second and Jakub Sliwa was 22nd. In the girls U18 race, Abbie Durrant was ninth and in the girls U16 race Kasia Chmiel was 20th – a good finish in a large field.
The O34s saw great results for Nottingham with Matt Enoch second in the men’s race and Cathy Howell first in the ladies’ race. In the O39s, Deon Van Rensburg was eighth. The O44s saw more success with Jimmy Butler first, Chris Carter second and Martin Rinvoluci seventh in the men’s race and Caroline Jones first, Michelle Butler fourth and Taal Millard fifth in the ladies’ race.
The O49s race saw a huge start – Dave Hadley did well to finish 25th and Kevin Tennyson in 34th. The O49 ladies fared better, with Alison Chmiel finishing seventh and Heidi Unwin was ninth. Patrick Allison paddled well in the O54 race, finishing sixth.
In the O59 men’s race, Norman Mason had a sprint finish to take third with Mick Nadal fifth and Pete Mietus sixth and in the ladies race Kath Nadal was third. The oldest racers taking to the water were in the O64 race, and Nottingham demonstrated they don’t get worse with age, with John Wesley in fifth, Dave Enoch in seventh and Andrew Doughty in 10th.
On the Sunday, Nottingham’s good form held as paddlers took to the water in doubles. In the U12 mini kayak race, Daniel Carter was fifth with his partner and Matilda Enoch was ninth with her partner. In the U10 mini kayak race, Edward Butler & Joe Enoch paired up to finish sixth. Stan Chmiel continued his run of good form with his partner, finishing well ahead in first place.
Senior Men saw Nicky Cresser pairing up with Robert Poole (Leighton Buzzard) to finish sixth. In Senior Ladies, Kat Wilson & Alex Lane (Reading) were third. In U18 junior men, the race was on between fellow Nottingham club paddlers – Zyggy Chmiel paired up with James Russel (Chelmsford) to finish second and ahead of Max Littlewood (paired with Ieuan James from Forth Canoe Club). The U16 girls saw Esme Durrant & Kasia Chmiel pairing up and paddling well to finish 10th.
Brothers Matt Enoch & Paul Enoch (Exeter) paddled together in the O34 race, taking second. Cathy Howell & Michelle Butler raced together in the ladies O34 race to finish third. O44 men’s doubles saw Jimmy Butler & Norman Mason pairing up and finishing second.
O44 ladies saw well established duo Alison Chmiel & Caroline Jones back in action and finishing third, with new pairing Heidi Unwin & Taal Millard paddling strongly to take fifth. In O54 men’s doubles, Norman Mason & Mick Nadal were eighth and Patrick Allison & his partner were 14th. In the O54 ladies’ race, Kath Nadal & Jane Millar had a great race to take second. The O64 men’s doubles race saw John Wesley & Dave Enoch taking second ahead of fellow club paddlers Andrew Doughty & Geoff Bower in fourth.
The Mixed doubles race was the largest start of the weekend. Zyggy Chmiel & Hayleigh Mason had a brilliant race and a sprint finish to take second. Not too far behind were Nicky Cresser & Sam Rees-Clark (Basingstoke) in sixth and Max Littlewood & Elise Piercy (Elmbridge) were eighth. Kat & Gareth Wilson were 26th and Sarah Millest & Pete Ilett were 29th.
Nottingham Kayak Club finished second overall in the competition, having had a great weekend of racing.