Loch kayak and canoe spectacular

Linlithgow Loch kayak racing.
Linlithgow Loch kayak racing.

Linlithgow Palace was the stunning backdrop to an annual event organised by the Linlithgow Kayak racing club.

The kayak and canoe regatta, which took place last Saturday saw 60 competitors paddling furiously over a total of 33 races.

This year saw the 11th anniversary of the annual event set 19 new course records with paddlers ranging in age from seven to 63 helped by a stiff tail wind which assisted the paddlers down the course but made lining up for the start very difficult, especially for the younger paddlers.

The sprint regatta, the first of four which are organised on behalf of the Scottish Canoe Association saw the entrants undertaking various challenging courses from 100 metres to a four kilometre course.

Kristina Armstrong in her first competition won gold in the U10’s girls with Ethan Beddard and Findlay Lewis picking up joint bronze in the U10’s boys. Alexandra Armstrong won silver in U12’s girls with Matthew Kowal wining gold and George Pennycook, silver in the U12’s boys.

Skye Cadell and Emma Brockway won gold in U14 and U16 girls respectively. In the U16’s boys, Oliver Bohle won the silver with the bronze going to Finn Cadell.

In the senior ladies, the gold was won by Amy Redmond and the silver went to Rhonwyn Smith while the senior men’s silver was won by Sean Redmond.

In the Vet / Master ladies, Diane Sharp picked up the silver and the bronze went to Cecile Redmond whilst in the Vet / Master men’s category the gold was won by Derek Marshall.

The regatta was programmed into the preparations for the top Scottish paddlers who will be competing in European competitions later this summer.

Club chairman, Derek Marshall said: “It wasn’t the best of weather on the day, however that didn’t deter the entrants who all put up a fine display of paddling over every event.”

The Journal and Gazette has just learnt that Derek is also a Queen’s baton relay runner on June 15, having been selected for his dedication and hard work with the club.