Back to the Water Day 2019, 6th April

Acceptable weather conditions, with a good dose of sunshine by late morning, blessed our 2019 Back to the Water Day. The 30 or so participants were treated to a session of core first thing – a good wake-up stretch from Nigel. After that, Nigel explained how the rest of the morning would proceed and attendees were split into groups, largely according to speed. The most leisurely was Dom with little 2-year-old Peter in a Canadian Canoe.

There was in-depth technique from our master-guru on this, Andy Rawson. Nigel and Phoebe took out the youngest members, the Under 10s full of energy and enthusiasm. Brian and Jan put the Divs 7-9 through their paces, Jim took the Divs 4-5 and Immi the speed merchant Divs 1-3. Judging by efforts going on in front of the club, it was hard work.

There were plenty of cakes to top up energy levels and a quick talk through racing objectives for the year. For those who stayed for the afternoon’s fun, there was K1, K2 and K4 time trials around De Montfort … all ready for the first time trial on the following Monday.

Big thanks to all coaches for encouraging us all back to the water and to Nigel for all his organisation.

Sprint Regatta March 2019

What a great start to the sprint racing year! Thank you all paddlers and those long-suffering support crews who made it up to Nottingham this weekend. We don’t often get a National Regatta in March and we were so lucky it wasn’t freezing or blowing a gale … yes, it was really sunny. Perfect Saturday; excessively choppy tail wind on Sunday, not easy.

14 paddlers strong, we were looking forward to a new season of sprints and our paddlers didn’t disappoint. First off, we were delighted to welcome new to the RCC team Maxim Kimberley and Anna Palmer, both excellent canoeists hoping for selection this season, plus kayakers Becky Swift and Jo Crossley (Matt Clarke’s sister).

There was some really exciting racing from all. A few highlights … top spot must go to Dan Atkins coming first in both his K1 selection races 200m and 500m, which should secure him a place to the Euros in June. Congratulations, Dan, tremendous racing, great results. Also congratulations to Sam Glover whose win in K4 sees him selected for the U23 K4 slot.

Well done also to Finlay coming 2nd in his Boys D 200m final, then Toby and Finlay storming to 1st in both 200m and 500m K2 Boys D. Not forgetting Toby’s performance with the RLS team in Boys C/D K4 500m, coming 1st. Impressive racing boys, and Toby’s first time in Boys D.

Georgia was first time in Girls C and was well up there, making all finals bar one. Alex and Sam B were amazing in their K2 races in particular, coming 3rd in Boys A/B 500m final. There was much more from all our paddlers.

Finally, hats off to Matt and Jo, who suddenly realised that, yes, they had got into the Men’s D (Jo was racing in Men’s D as all ladies had bowed out of her race) 500m K1 final and they had just 10 mins to change, sort their boats and get to the start line. They did it. Impressed!

Thameside 2 Update 1

Entries
We are still taking entries. To guarantee your entry you need to have checked out form the online entry system and made payment before entries close.

Currently we plan to take entries up 16-Mar-19 @ 14:00, however, if we experience higher than normal numbers we could close entry early so please do not delay.

River conditions/weather
As you are probably aware the river is on yellow boards and we are experiencing high winds. Consequently there may need to be some degree of special measures in place for Thameside 2.

Please keep an eye on the Reading Canoe Club website for further updates.

Travel
Please note it is Reading Half Marathon on Sunday so please allow extra travel time as some road closures/diversions may be in place. We advise the following:

-Travelling to the start: Avoid M4 J11
-Support crews: Use A4155 and avoid Reading town centre.

Full road closure information

Changing at the finish
When you finish at Longridge, please use the changing rooms provided. Do not change in the car park.

T1 – It was great, if a little wet!

Thank you to everyone who supported the race both on and off the water.

We have been pretty spoilt in recent years with the weather so we due a wet one. Thankfully the wind didn’t arrive.

Results were streamed during the race here, let me know if you see any errors.

Lost Keys – The set of keys that were found at County lock have been handed in to Reading Police station.

Thameside 1 – Entries now closed

We are no longer taking new entries for Thameside 1.

We are still allowing the few individuals that have not completed the check out process to do so, however, please do not delay.

You will not be able to get your race number without completing check out and paying.