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Thameside Update 02

Weather – Dress accordingly!
The weather tomorrow is going to cold with icy head wind, please make sure you dress accordingly. Hats, cags, paddle mitts and spray deck STRONGLY recommended.

Start Timing Update
Minor changes to start times, please take note.

09:30 Briefing
10:00 Slow K2 – Odd Numbers
10:10 Slow K2 – Even Numbers
10:15 Slow K1
10:50 Fast K2
10:55 Girls / Ladies Assessment
11:00 Fast Singles
12:30 Finish Window Opens

Buoyancy Aids
All paddlers under the age of 16 years on 1st January in the year of the race must wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket

Division 7-9 paddlers must​ wear buoyancy aids, regardless of the class entered

It is recommended that all other paddlers wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket and dress appropriately, since river conditions can be adverse at this time of the year – we may also declare on race day it is compulsory for ALL classes, ALL paddlers

Boat Buoyancy
All boats must carry sufficient buoyancy secured in both ends to support their own weight plus that of crew members in the water, e.g. inflated airbags or fixed buoyancy blocks. Boats may be inspected before the start and any boats not meeting the requirements will not be allowed to race.

Thameside 2 – Update 01

To help things run smoothly we are putting a couple of additional measures in place you need to follow:

TRAVEL

Handy Cross Roundabout A404/M40 J4
There is planned roadworks at this roundabout / motorway junction.  This is expected to have impact on traffic. Please check and plan your journey accordingly.

AT THE START

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 Southern Region number board to use.  Numbers should be returned to the catering area at the finish

Competitor food should also be collected at check-in

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

 

AT THE FINISH

Finish Line – not the same as previous years
This year will be finishing just beyond of the bottom of the island at Longridge, please see map. This is the same place, for those familiar, as DW Day 2 finish.

Parking
The parking at Longridge Activity Centre is very limited, therefore please car share where possible and ensure that you park legally and considerlity at all times. We need to minimize our impact on the environment.

Restricted facilities – Longridge Activity Centre
This year we don’t have sole access to the Longridge activity centre. Therefore the event will operate from the “east end” of the site, please see map. We will not have access to any indoor facilities. Toilets will be available in the overflow car park.

Catering – Longridge Canoe Club
Longridge Canoe Club will be selling refreshments on the finish site.

Message From Longridge Activity Centre:

“We would like to make everyone attending the Thameside 2 event this Sunday aware that Longridge will be unable to provide the use of toilet, shower and changing facilities for the 2018 race. Due to having previous commitments and our responsibility and duty of care to young people we regrettably will be unable to provide access to facilities for participants of the Thameside 2 Race. We trust you can understand our reasoning here and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Thameside 2 organisers are bringing their own portable toilets for participants use. Rest assured, we have the race in the diary already for 2019 so that we can fully support the event moving forward. We appreciate that many of you use Longridge on a regular basis and so are familiar with where our toilets are, so please remember to use the alternative toilets provided by Reading Canoe Club.”

Thamesides 2018

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 are able to enter online & pay* until 14:00 the day before the race. With a limited number of spaces available, once the race is full, entries will be closed.

Thameside 1
Aldermaston to Reading 11 Feb 2018
Early bird entry close Friday 9-Feb 12:00
Entry close Saturday 10-Feb 14:00

Thameside 2
Reading to Marlow 25 Feb 2018
Early bird entry close Friday 23-Feb 12:00
Entry close Saturday 24-Feb 14:00

* 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 before the race.

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).