After an excellent Awards Evening at the Club the night before, members kicked off their party shoes and took part in a mix-and-match 10k (mostly) K2 fun race. After the all rain, even the sun came out. Well done all RCC members – it’s been a great year of achievement and results.
We are delighted that two members of Reading Canoe Club, Kat Wilson (Senior Women) and Fred Kemp (U16 boys), have been selected for the GB Marathon Training squad. This is based on their performance through the year in marathon and assessment races around the UK and abroad.
2nd October saw RCC’s 2nd K4 Race Day of 2016 take place – one of the most enjoyable events of the year. As has become tradition, it was a beautiful blue-sky day, minimal wind, and with 28 crews entered from 8 clubs, we were set for an exciting morning of racing.
Reading was proud to put out 9 mixed crews across the four starts (A/B, C1, C2 and D/hody), only beaten by a very enthusiastic Wey, who managed 10. Top wins were achieved by RCC with 2nd in the C1 race, 2nd and 3rd in C2, 2nd in the B race, and a tremendous 1st and 3rd from our hody paddlers. Well done all. It was a really fun day.
Fred Kemp, Junior at Reading Canoe Club, was this September part of the 20-strong GB U18 squad competing at Olympic Hopes international regatta in Szeged, Hungary. He raced in K1 200m, K1 500m and the K4 200m, getting into the semi-final in all of them.
GB coach Imogen Collins, also a paddler at RCC, was also out there with the team as part of the coaching squad.
From the race organiser: ” It is with regret that I have to inform you that WDCC has taken the decision to cancel their Hasler event on the 16th Oct 2016.
I apologise for the somewhat short notice, but unfortunately it was unavoidable. The club will look to run the event next year. “
Pangbourne heralds the start of the new hasler season and it was held in perfect conditions – bathed in sunshine and minimal wind. Reading put out an impressive team of 34 paddlers and were delighted to come away with the highest Club points. Well done Reading and all those who took part!
There were some impressive podium finishes too:
3rd Div 3 K2 Kat & Nigel
3rd Div 4 K2 Duncan & Peter
1st and 2nd Div 7 K2 Thomas & Joe, Erika & Michelle
First weekend of September saw the 2016 Interclubs Sprint Regatta at Nottingham. Thirty three paddlers made up the team for Reading Canoe Club competing in 75 races – or 119 if they all reached their finals – over the two days.
The Club had ten paddlers new to sprints. They took to the course with gusto and, with the rest of the team, produced some impressive results and podium finishes.
At the end of the long weekend of racing, the Club came a very impressive 3rd place overall out of 96 Clubs, beaten only by Chelmsford and Wey.