Reading K4 – Provisional Times

Provisional times for the Reading K4 race on Sunday 23rd are as follows. C race has been split into 2 as we have 16 K4 entries for C race at present. Note B race crews will have to make a draw for a K4.

A race at 10:00
D race at 10:30
Rocket 1 at 10:30
C1 race at 11:15
Rocket 2 at 11:15
C2 race at 12:15
B race at 13:15

Cardington Slalom Weekend

From swinging poles, cheerleading dogs and secret boat purchases Cardington Slalom was a jam-packed weekend full of fun!  On the weekend of 1st/2nd Sept the Neville gang, Liz, George, Jodie, Dan and Mark (and the dogs Charlie and Lola) took part in this competition.

To kick it off Andy sped down the course achieving an epic time (and beating some 12 year olds!). In the men’s division 3, George, Mark and Dan squeezed  through the gates collecting amazing times  that kept improving! On the girl’s side, Jodie, Natalie, Emily and Zoe all raced down the course with Charlie and Lola barking the whole way!

In the end, the girls managed to come out on top, beating all the boys! Go girls!

Overall it was a fantastic weekend of paddling with great success all round.

By Emily Neville

Crazy Course at Cardington!

During sunny September 1st and 2nd, Cardington saw Team Reading venture down its tight course, squeezing past each gate and down its drops.

The first to set off was Andy Neville, who showed impeccable skill as he scooted down the course and was able to improve his score each time. The next to go was Zoe Neville. Although Zoe hasn’t been on as many races as others, she fearlessly approached each drop with confidence and even met with the dreaded gate 7!

Noticeably, there were two men that showed their competitive side – each time they ran the course they couldn’t resist comparing scores and trying to get better times. This was none other than Marc Gutteridge and George Murphy. George showed amazing agility and skill as he came down the course, unfortunately having to move aside to avoid another paddler. This didn’t prevent George from giving it all he had! Marc had two very unlucky swims during his practice and his first run. He didn’t let that stop him though! He shrugged it off and gave it all he had on the second run, without any swims!

Next was Natalie, as she sped off and grabbed a trophy for each day: Under 16. Well done Natalie! (That is a total of 2 trophies). Emily laughed at the course. She sped down showing a great level of determination and grabbed the Under 14 trophy on the first day, as well as fourth place. To top it all off, on the second day, she also won a third place!

Well done Reading Canoe Club Slalom Team, aka Andy’s angels,

You have all done SO WELL!

CONGRATULATIONS.

Jodie

September 2018 Regatta – the detail!

A team of 19 RCC paddlers, plus dedicated support crews, made their way up to Nottingham for the last regatta of the year – the National Championships for Juniors and U23s. We were blessed with almost perfect weather and some great results.

Unsurprisingly Juniors by far outnumbered Masters, but it was great to have Nik, Lee, a fit Nigel and Jan, who hadn’t raced at a sprint regatta for 15 years! Nik excelled in K1 winning a 1st and 2nd, plus a 2nd in K2 with Lee. Nigel and Jan were 1st in their 1000m K2 and the four of them together did an amazing K4 200m, taking 3rd, losing 2nd place by a hundredth of a second. Exciting stuff.

Matt Clarke chose the toughest regatta to launch his U23 sprint career but seemed right at home on the course, particularly with the K1 200m. Sam Glover, with a few more regattas under his belt, was our other U23 competitor and took two Golds (and National Champion) and a Silver in crew boats.

Our lightning/U12 paddlers, Annabel and Toby, did us proud, gaining a 2nd in K2 and 3rd in K4 and good placings in K1 to boot. It was great to see our U14s, Georgia and Finlay, in A finals and frustratingly close to medals with 4th places. Last race of the day, Georgia, as stroke, took bronze with her scratch K4 crew. Well done.

There was tough competition among the U16 paddlers too, but our quartet of Rory, Sam B, Joseph and Alex put in some terrific racing, their K4 taking 4th, so close to a medal. Other highlights were Sam’s 1000m K1, winning 1st in Final 2 and Rory’s 2nd place in Final 2 of the K1 500m. Well done to all four of you.

Our solo U18 girl, Fran, found a new K2 partnership and first time in a boat together, they won Silver in K2 200m. Super impressive.

It was great to have Jarvis, Thomas, Dan and Freddie battling it out in the U18s. This was an enormously competitive field, as you’d expect. Thomas was a delight, always with a big smile after every race – and it was tough out there. Good to see you in a final. Jarvis seemed to favour the long distances, winning 5th in Final 2 of K1 1000m and good placings in his K2 finals.

Dan and Freddie were awesome in their K2 200m, winning Gold with more than a boat’s length and a very convincing Gold in their K4. In addition, Dan took Silver for his K1 200m and Bronze K1 500m, while Freddie took Bronze for 200m K1. Congratulations National Champions.

2018 has been an awesome season of racing. Thanks to all those who took part and those who have supported. We look forward to more great racing from Reading paddlers in 2019.

The Club’s Annual Picnic Paddle 1st August 2018

What better way to start the month than the Club’s annual picnic paddle.

Brian took us to Pangbourne bright and early with a collection of Canadians where we sat guard with Stormy’s help for a couple of hours until everyone arrived.

It was a mixed group of 18 adults and children who made their way to Pangbourne to paddle back to the Club with a fun-filled stop off at Mapledurham beach for a picnic. We did all miss Nigel though – he was poorly – but we were determined to try our hardest to enjoy ourselves.

The sun shone, the water was warm and everyone had lots of fun. We mixed up the boats, tried to keep together, but the children’s boat, despite their excitement, fell a little behind. So Timea hopped in and single-handedly paddled the 5 of them down the river.

A leisurely paddle became a bit competitive for some and we reached Mapledurham lock in record time, ready to descend the lock. Once we convinced the children they didn’t need to hold onto the side, we sank down and paddled out.

Next we arrived at the beach where we stopped to eat our picnics. Luckily the cows that had been there earlier had wandered off. We were joined by Erika and Dominic at this point too for a little added excitement. Food was followed by 2 hours of fun in the water, with children and adults alike enjoying Brian’s makeshift slide and trying desperately to sink the boats and each other. Almost everyone had a go in Dominic’s Nelo, some with more success than others and giving all juniors something to aspire to.

Soon it was time to head back to the Club so off we went, enjoying the scenery and wildlife, spotting kingfishers en route, whilst admiring Dominic’s skill at surfing the wash of any powered boat which passed us.

We all arrived safely back at the Club and ended the adventure in true junior style with a synchronised jump in! Another successful RCC outing.

The Annual Club Fun Day

What is it about the Annual Club Fun Day that makes it so special? Is it all those crazy games that Brian devises? Is it because children of every age, and most certainly the adult ones, become so enormously competitive? Is it that you have to do such silly things?

It’s all that and more, of course. And 2018’s was no different. We had a good turn out – 30 participants – across all ages. Plus, the wind … that was no help at all.

First up was the ‘Death Race’ – each team in a Canadian canoe, trying to pop all other teams’ string of balloons with a plastic fork. Next was the relay race – one paddler getting the rest of their team from one side of the river to the other, one by one. Saw some pretty nifty paddle work and dastardly moves too. There was a water polo game, with each team trying to get the ball and throw it into Brian’s boat – Brian was just too good at it. No scoring at all.

Then tug of war, paddle the black cross float around a course with all the team on it, human fishing and a nappy swim from hardy Annabel and Toby. The rest were too cold by then.

After all that exertion, a bbq was in order.

Big thanks as ever to Brian for putting it all on. Such fun!

National Marathon Championships 2018, 21st/22nd July Hosted by Reading Canoe Club – What a scorcher!

1080 boats from 55 clubs gathered prom side on 21st July for a National Marathon Championship of a lifetime. Glorious blue skies simply added to the occasion. It was an amazing weekend and supremely organized by a small team at the club, headed up by Amber and Paul. Main team players were Immi, Kat, Jim, Jo, Evan and Brian, with considerable support from Stefan and Dan in the last week. It was a formidable team that ensured that the event ran seamlessly and calmly. Smiles all round from their team of 85 volunteers and all the competitors and supporters.

Reading put out an impressive team of boats – 29 K1s and 29 K2s – bagging 6 medals and an amazing 3rd overall in team points, well in front of Wey and Richmond and only behind Nottingham and Norwich.

Top podium position for Reading was, of course, Brian with his Gold for O64 VMK1. Last minute entry Noel with Ethan Hunt gained a Silver in U10 hody. Bronzes went to Catherine Gaffard in K1 and in K2s a Bronze to Dan S and Stefan, Brian and Dave S, and Fran and Manon (ADS).

The largest event of the day was, unsurprisingly, the Mixed K2. That is a formidable event – for spectators watching the crazy start and for paddlers daring to enter it! 81 boats in total entered – a record … just try to imagine the wash at the back of that!

Jo Shephard did an amazing job in the catering tent – serving 1760 portions of paddler food, plus 350 burgers, 160 sausages, 20kg of bacon for the butties and endless cups of teas, coffee, cakes and much more.

Great commentary ran throughout the weekend from Brett (you’ll have heard him at Nottingham sprints) Kat and a few others besides. A most successful weekend on all fronts – thank you Nationals Team and all the many club volunteers who helped to make it run so smoothly.

READING CC take 5th at the MacGregor Inter Clubs Regatta

During yet another glorious weekend of weather (unheard of in past years), 39 Reading Club members and their supporters trekked up to Nottingham to take part in the MacGregor Inter Clubs Challenge Regatta.

We had seven paddlers new to sprints competing – Stuart, Marc and Craig in Masters D, Timi in Women’s Masters B, Joseph in Boys D, Georgia in Girls D and Bruno in Lightnings. All didn’t bat an eyelid and just got on with the business of racing.

It was great to see so many RCC boats steaming down the course throughout the two days, often two boats in a race … quite something to field in the K4 races. And there were wins galore as well – from Masters, to Seniors, to Juniors … right across the board.

There are so many great wins to mention (13 1sts and 31 podium places in total) – in K4, RCC took four 1st places (in Masters C/D 200m and 500m, in Boys D 500 and Boys A 500). So exciting to watch. In the K2 races, there were many 1st, 2nd and 3rds. Special mention to Joseph and Thomas for their hat trick of K2 wins, Stefan and Tom for a 1st and 2nd, Nik and Lee for their 3rd, Annie and Toby for a very convincing 1st in LTA. In WMasters B 1000m, Bethan and Rachel took 2nd and Vicky and Timi 3rd and Masters C/D 500m Marc and Brian took 3rd. Dan and Fred in Boys A 500m were 2nd, an aggravating 8 hundredths of a second off 1st.

Among the K1 wins, there was 1st and 2nd places in Boys A 200m (Dan and Fred); in Masters D, Tom won 1st in 200m and 500m, Stefan took 2nd in Masters C 1000m, Nik 3rd in Masters C 200m, Toby 3rd in U12 Boys, Joseph 2nd in Boys D 200m and Rory 3rd in Boys C 200m.

Over the weekend, we wavered between 4th and 5th place for total points, eventually ending up 5th overall (out of a whopping 53 clubs), and 37 points ahead of Richmond in 6th.

Not only that, three of our paddlers were promoted: Tom Hollins to Masters C, Joseph Beeney to Boys C and Rory Tietema to Boys B. Well done to all those who took part. Apologies to any great wins omitted! So many to keep up with!

One more chance to sprint at Nottingham this year – 1st/2nd September with the Junior and Senior National Marathon Championships.