Thameside 2 – Race Report

A lot of flow, a lot of wind and a lot of paddlers including K1 assessment paddlers. Biggest turnout yet for the race which is brilliant.

Finish Places and timings – the finish places for each class are here. Finish timings for all paddlers that completed the course are here.

Thanks to everyone for their support on and off the water to make the event happen. The conditions and amount of paddlers of a wide range of abilities and speeds do make the smooth running of the race a challenge. RCC is open to, and appreciate, everyone’s feedback to continually enhance its races and build on the current buzz around marathon racing. We do ask though that everyone plays their part by helping organisers help paddlers to make a race smooth, safe, fair and enjoyable for all and follow briefings before and on race day.

Below is a summary of take home messages we all should reflect on please:

Self Assessment/course assessment
Thank you to everyone for following this procedure. The assessment allows the race to be enjoyed safely by paddlers, support crews and the organisers in high conditions like today.

Check in
To speed things up, please help the check in team by telling them your class (S/M/J/V, male/female, K1/2, C1/2 etc), and most usefully tell them your name – they aren’t psychic! Please also show them your BCU card.

Go to it and ask questions then if you are unsure, note the start times and specific instructions

Pre start
This is in place to organise paddlers (especially when so many) and keep them together so that when everyone is called to the start there is as close a straight line as possible. The pre start MUST NOT be pushed. As today showed this results in a false start being called which is not fun for anyone and causes tension. The fast senior K1 start, pushed rapidly past the pre start, and start, for a second time without instructions from the pre start/starters. This behaviour is not acceptable at any race at any level, particular by paddlers of such a high standard. These paddlers were DSQ as a result. RCC accepts that the horn was not blown for a second false start but were in despair as the paddlers were out of their control at this point. RCC will work with the MRC to ensure that an official MRC starting team takes responsibility for all ‘assessment’ race starts in future.

All locks
Paddlers and supporters must respect other river and towpath users and marshals’ instructions. No negative feedback to date which is great, thank you.

Caversham lock
RCC will make sure there is a marshal at the top of the lock cut to encourage paddlers to follow the river signs.

Please make sure you inform race control. We need to know you are safe and need to resolve any queries before the results can be published.

Prize giving
Unfortunately this was very much delayed because of queries on the results. Thank you to those who persevered for prize giving.

Thameside 2 Update – Final Course Inspection

Final course inspection took place today.  We have scored the course for Sunday as 10.

Please complete the self-assessment form.  To be able to race your personal score must be greater than or equal to 10.

The following special measures will be in place for ALL paddlers:

– Compulsory buoyancy aids
– Compulsory sufficient boat buoyancy
– Compulsory spray decks for kayaks
– Sufficient kit

Remember also to bring your BCU card!


08:30 Check-In opens
09:30 Briefing both starts
10:00 Slow K2 Start
10:10 Slow K1 Start
10:40 Fast K2 Start
10:50 Fast K1 Start

12:30 finish window opens.  Paddlers arriving before 12:30 will not get a finish time

Note: the high flow and strong winds expected will make times faster

Thameside 2 – Update

As it stands, the Thames will be on red boards for this Sunday’s event. This requires additional safety measures to be introduced.

At a minimum the following rules will be enforced FOR ALL paddlers, this could be increased further if required.

– Compulsory buoyancy aids
– Compulsory sufficient boat buoyancy
– Compulsory spray decks for kayaks
– Sufficient kit
– Self assessment (PDF Form)

The Self Assessment form gauges your likely ability to complete the race in the conditions forecasted.

Final Course inspection is taking place on Friday, at which point the course score will also be published. Using the course score and your self assessment score should give you a good guide on whether you are able to take part.

Please keep checking the website for updates.

Thameside 2 – Update

Due to the current river conditions and the forecast of more rain, it is highly like that some degree of special measures will be in place on Sunday for Thameside 2. The situation will be monitored over the coming days and updates will be posted on the website.

These extra measures will depend on the expected river conditions on race day.

Please keep an eye on the website between now and race day.

In the mean time: Race details, online Entry, full list.

Photo’s from Thameside 1

Waterside B

Waterside organisation has posted final results for the first race of the series. Everything looks set for tomorrow, hopefully there will be no ice.

Late note from the race organiser, repeated below.

1) If you were faster then 2 hours 20 at A. please start After 11:00
2) Starts will be slowed to 2 every 30 seconds and no more.
3) Access to the water will be strictly controlled
. . . Thus reducing the waiting to start.

Thameside 1

Thanks to all those who supported the Thameside 1 event today, both on and off the water. The course is a most for any DW paddlers to practice. The low bridges and tricky locks did not take too many victims.

All bar one of the 136 boats that attended the race today completed the course. Fastest boat went to Lizzie Broughton and Keith Moule in a time of 1 hour 22 minutes. Which is possibly a course record, will need to check the historic results.

Thameside 2 – Reading to Marlow is on 1-March, another must for DW paddlers. Online entry system will open shortly.

Lost: GPS watch went missing from the men’s changing, the owner is very keen to have it back. Therefore if you pick up an extra watch, please get in touch via email

Thameside 1 Results

Thameside 1

Entry to this year’s Thameside 1 is very high, this will put pressure on both start and finish sites.

Therefore, where possible, please car share and remember to always park legally and considerately. This is very important to future of this event.

Overflow finish car parking:
Please use Albert Road, which is short walk from the club. Please see map for directions.

Everyone racing is required to present their BCU card at check-in or pay for day ticket.

So, remember to
– Bring your BCU card
– Bring & wear appropriate kit
– Park legally & considerately

Follow results here

Waterside Series

Waterside A marks the start of the build up races to the Devizes to Westminster race (DW), now just a little over a week away. Start sheets and start window charts have been published. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to stick to the time table. These measures are required to manage the impact on the local community, which is key to ensure the future of this event.

Clubs and groups with large entries should car share as much as possible, every car counts!

The organisers are still looking for volunteers, so if you can spare a couple of hours drop an email to Waterside Team

Thameside Series – Entries still Open T1: 15-Feb & T2: 1-Mar

The Thameside races cover possibly some of the trickiest parts of the DW course. Usually the point where the light is starting to fail for many crews during DW and there are number of slightly different portages (cross islands, lock gates and under bridges, in weir streams), plus some low bridges – so well worth practising. The Thameside series cover Aldermaston to Reading (T1) and Reading to Marlow (T2)