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Thameside 2 – Update 2

As with T1 we have had unprecedented demand for Thameside 2. Due to the concerns of the impact this will have on facilities at the start and end of the course, we have closed entries for Thameside 2.

It is fantastic that we have such high interest (almost double some previous years with over 350 seats!) but need to manage congestion in order to avoid any potential negative impact on permission to run the event in the future.

You are still able to log in to the site to check details and complete payment.

We currently have 93 on the slow K2 start, therefore currently considering options

Start

  • If your payment has been received you will now be able to access your race number
  • Parking: Please use the Rivermead Leisure Centre car park and take the short walk across the field to check-in
  • Competitor food will be given out when you check-in

Finish

  • Parking is tight, so please can share as much as possible
  • Regrettably there will be no hot food on sale at the finish, only teas and coffees.
  • Results will be updated regularly
Course Assessment

Thameside 2 is challenging 18 mile course with 8 portages. Although we take every possible action to minimise risk to paddlers, it is critical that paddlers, coaches and parents assess whether they are able to complete the course safely.

We assess the course on four key measures; flow, temperature, visibility and wind speed.

We then ask paddlers to assess their own competence against experience, paddling ability, equipment and support.

The competencies source needs to be higher than the course score.

Assessment on 9-March

The forecast is currently good, with no additional rain expected. However, the river is on a mix of yellow boards rising / yellow board decreasing. Therefore the expected course score is 6.

At this point no additional safety measures will be applied. However, all boats should be fit for purpose and fitted with sufficient buoyancy. Buoyancy aids are recommended for all paddlers and compulsory for anyone under 16.

Final course inspection is scheduled for Saturday 11-March.

Thameside 2 – Update 1

As with previous years entry is online, however this year entry is only online. You will NOT be able to enter or pay on the day!

You can enter online & pay* until 14:00 the day before the race

Thameside 2 – Reading to Marlow 12 Mar-2017
Early bird entry close Friday 10-Mar 12:00 (Junior £11 per seat, Adult £13 per seat)
Last entry Saturday 11-Mar 14:00 (Junior £15 per seat, Adult £17 per seat)

* Only online payment can be received on Saturday before the race. If you are posting a cheque it needs to arrive at the latest Friday 10th.

Thameside 1 – Final Results

Well Thameside 1 (final results) done and dusted for another year! A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped out, it was a complete team event which was great given the crazy number of entries.

At the start of the week there were 110 seats entered, almost bang on average. At the point we closed entries we had 307 seats, with a couple of groups and a few disappointed individuals who missed the cut off..

Whatever the size of an event RCC strive to make it the best so that paddlers want to do it again and our neighbours are happy for us to share their space each year.  For this to continue we need the following…

  • Enough resource to run things smoothly – thanks to all
  • People to park sensibly and legally – most got it right, the rest need to try harder.  
    • It is disappointing that we had to assign half our staff to marshall parking!
    • Remember – you are the public face of our sport.
  • Flexibility in the schedule to accommodate higher volumes – hence the extended start window to spread out paddlers
  • Paddlers to finish within the designated window – 22 boats finished too early today, the first by 22 minutes.  We were kind and only gave you a time penalty not DSQ
  • Continual process improvements
    • Southern region number boards
    • The new check in approach – less queues, easier for all

Looking forward to seeing you all at Thameside 2 on 12 Mar.  As always feedback welcomed

Entries for T2 will open on Tuesday (28-Feb).

Thameside 1 – update

Don’t forget to plan you start time in line with your anticipated speed and getting to the finish after it opens

The check in window, start window and number of briefings have increased so you only need arrive less than 1 hour before you start

Don’t forget to check your number online before arriving so you can collect your number board quickly

Thameside 1 – Update 2

Entry to this year’s Thameside 1 is very high, this will put pressure on both start and finish sites. To help things run smooth we are putting a couple of additional measures in place that we need you to follow:

Schedule

The start window has been increased so slower boats should start earlier. We will run 3 briefings to accommodate people starting across the window

The finish doesn’t open until 12:30 so if you finish before then you won’t get a time, and certainly not a prize.

09:00 Check-In opens
11:00 Check-In closes
09:30 Briefing 1
10:45 Briefing 2
11:00 Briefing 3
09:45 Start window opens
11:45 Start window closed
12:30 Finish window opens
15:00 Prize giving

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

Butts Inn
The Butts Inn has been kind enough to allow us to use their car park for this years race. The following has been requested:

We start parking our cars at the back of their car park
No shuttle cars are left the during the race
We are clear of the car park before they open (12:00)

Finish Parking
The Warren (road outside RCC)
The road is narrow so parking carefully is mandatory
We will cone off a passing area mid way along the road. Please don’t block this space.

Overflow parking (see map for directions)
Albert Road, which is short walk from the club.
Rivermead Leisure Centre, on the opposite bank to RCC, a canoe ferry will be in operation

Check-In Procedure
When you have paid your race entry fee online you will be able to see you race number.

On race day you must tell your number to the check-in team who will confirm your name and then give you a South Region number board to use

No other number boards are acceptable. Remember – no online payment – no number – no race

British Canoeing membership
Everyone racing is required to present their BC card at check-in or pay for day ticket.

So, remember to
Bring your BC card (this is not a Hasler Race)
Bring & wear appropriate kit
Park legally and considerately
Take your litter home

Thameside 1 – Entry Closed

Due to unprecedented demand and the concern of the impact this will have on facilities at the start and end of the course, we have closed entries for Thameside 1.

It is fantastic that we have such high interest (almost double some previous years with over 300 seats!) but need to manage congestion in order to avoid any potential negative impact on permission to run the event in the future.

You are still able to log in to the site to check details and complete payment.