Canoeing - McCusker wins top vet prize

Baldock and district canoeists enjoyed a successful weekend on the River Nene at Northampton. There was joy for Brian McCusker, who won the divisional veterans category for canoeists over 30. This was largely down to a near faultless second run which al

Baldock and district canoeists enjoyed a successful weekend on the River Nene at Northampton.

There was joy for Brian McCusker, who won the divisional veterans' category for canoeists over 30.

This was largely down to a near faultless second run which also propelled him to 11th in national division two.

With three events left this season, a top 20 finish in the overall standings is a real possibility.


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Also competing in division two, Andy Barras did extremely well to command a top 30 place among some much more experienced paddlers.

In the Canadian singles, an uncharacteristic mistake from Paul Stephens saw him lying in third place after the first run.

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However, he recovered well in his second run, and this was enough for him to secure the runners-up spot.

The Division Two ladies competition saw Carmel Buttimer and Michelle Grudzinski finish 11th and 13th respectively.

However, there was success for the pair in the doubles, as they won the Canadian event, despite picking up a 50-second penalty in their first run.

Oz Williamson finished fourth on his debut in the division 4 mens kayak, while Terry Griffiths was a winner in the separate veterans competition.

He is now second in the overall standings, and has top spot firmly in his sights.

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