Last month the Kayak Marathon National Championships took place in Norwich with over one thousand boats entered over the two days, and a few weeks later over the weekend of the 31st August / 1st September the Junior Sprint National Championships were held at Notttingham Watersports Centre. Langley School paddlers became National Champions at both.
Tim Dowden (former Head Boy) had a remarkable weekend at the Marathon Championships winning the men’s K1 under 18 race on the Saturday in dominant fashion by leaving the rest of the field on the second portage to win by three minutes. Tim then went on to win the K2 Under 18 race the next day teaming up with a German friend and claiming victory in a sprint finish. As a result of these performances he was one of only 3 junior athletes selected for the World Championships in China, which take place in October.
Lower Sixth student, Toby Booth came 2nd in the boys Under 16 K1 race and Year 10 pupil Mitchell Tamblin also won a silver medal – in the boys under 14 K1 race.
As a result of this performance Mitchell was selected for the GB development team to race at the French Nationals.
At the National Sprint Championships Toby Booth won gold in the boys Under 16 K2 500m and K2 200m with his partner Ben Want (Wymondham High School). These were dominating performances from the pair who are racing at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Bratislava where they will take on the best under 16s in the world. They also picked up a silver medal in the K4 500m.
Mitchell Tamblin won gold in the under 16 K4 500 and a bronze in the K1 500m, with Lower Sixth student Sofia Groves winning a silver in the Under 16 girls 500m K4 and a bronze in the K2 500m which was particularly impressive as she had never previously paddled with her partner until the race.
Some amazing results from the very small group of Langley School kayakers who collectively have been the dominant school in the country in 2018 / 2019 with some remarkable national and international successes, winning the National Schools Sprint and Marathon Championship for the 3rd year in a row; Tim Dowden winning a bronze medal at the junior European Marathon Championships and Toby and Tim coming 10th at the Europeans.
Good luck to Tim, Toby and Mitchell in their forthcoming international races.
Photo below (credit: Tim Scott) Toby Booth, Tim Dowden and Mitchell Tamblin with medals at the National Marathon Championships