The Nationals are on their way – 10th/11th July

Currently it’s all systems go for the National Marathon Championships taking place this year at Reading Canoe Club, on the prom side, 10th & 11th July.

And the team need your help!

We will need volunteers the day before setting up and over the two days it’s on – 10th and 11th July. Even if you are racing, you can enjoy helping – there is a great buzzy atmosphere to the event.

To volunteer, please sign up on Google Form

Or you can sign up on the noticeboard at the club.

If you have any queries regarding the Nationals, please use this email address:
nationals@reading-canoe.org.uk

Entries for racing itself will be open from 28th June.

See you there!

Reading Hasler May 2021

The club was proud to put on the first hasler in the southern region since the start of the pandemic. We had 171 K1 and 26 K2 entries, with a phenomenal 43 boats entered for Div4. That was quite some start line and yet, miraculously, there were no swimmers.

Div 4 had 43 boats on the line

Brian did a magnificent job, adapting with extra Covid measures and making sure he had a team in place to carry it all out. Floating portaloos across the river on the pontoons – just part of the job!

We were delighted to have 47 Reading members racing that day. Our youngest members gained the most podium places – Alice B winning the U14 A K1 and Kathryn W coming 2nd, plus Conrad P winning U14 B race.

In Div 9 K1, all three top places went to RCC, Tyler, Isabelle and Olivier took 1st, 2nd and 3rd and gained promotions. In Div 8, Nick Wright (not a junior!) took 3rd and just missed out on promotion, in Div 7, Tilla came 2nd; in Div 6 Jacob W came 1st, earning promotion to Div 6. Annabel took 4th in Div 5 and Charlie 7th raced up in Div 4, gaining promotion to that division. Finally, Laurence Plant, another senior, took 4th in Div 3.

Annabel gets off to a flying start in Div5

A huge thank you again to Brian for doing a great job and all the volunteers. How great to be racing again.

RCC Junior Taster Sessions:

This year the club welcomed at least 90 children, aged 8 to 16, to our free half term taster sessions. And for once, it was non-stop sunshine. Brian and Seumas were are lead coaches, with the considerable support of a phenomenal team of enthusiastic junior coaches and our land-based helpers.

Our junior coaches demonstrated use of the paddle

Each of the nine sessions were split between marathon boats and slalom and judging by the happy faces (and very few tears), those children had an amazing time. The follow up from these sessions – with requests to join the U10s or the beginner courses – is also clear evidence that they certainly enjoyed their time sampling canoeing.

A huge thank you to all who helped at this event. More to come for Emmer Green in June and during the Children’s Festival in August.

The children were able to try out slalom boats and also the marathon boats

Reading Circuit Race 2021

Details are now available for the Reading Circuit Race 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, changes will be made to the way we normally run this race.

Please note that entries are limited to 300 and priority is given to Southern region until the 25th. No late entries will be allowed.

Please check back here on our website for the latest information leading up to the race.

Reading Circuit Race Details 2021

Litter pick up success

A big thank you from Sue and Jan (and the river) to all those who helped at the litter pick on Sunday 2nd May. You picked up seven large sacks of rubbish and a tyre.

The plan is to do it on the first Sunday of every month. The next will be 6th June, meet at the Club 2pm.

As Sue described:“A couple of years ago, I was walking my dog when a hedgehog blundered in front of us with a plastic cake wrapper over its eyes, nose and mouth. Thankfully, I was there to remove it and it went on its way.

By clearing our local part of the river, we are a part of the solution. “

Beginner Courses 2021

Covid restrictions permitting, we will be starting beginner courses in late April through to the end of summer, for both juniors and adults. Go to our Beginners page for more details, then click on the link and fill out a form to get your name on the list. As soon as a place becomes available, we will let you know.

Taster Sessions in May half term:

During half term, on 31st May, 1st June and 2nd June, we will also be holding Free beginner taster sessions for 9-16 year olds. Booking is essential. To book a place, go to the beginners page.