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Thameside 1 – Update

Early bird entry close Friday 24-Feb 12:00

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 the future of this event.

Aldermaston – 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)

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

The Warren (road outside the club)
Due to width restriction of the road parking carefully is required, we will cone off a passing area mid way along the road please don’t block this space.

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

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

Thameside Online Entries – Now Open

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 will be able to enter online & pay* until 14:00 the day before the race

Thameside 1
Aldermaston to Reading 26 Feb-2017
Early bird entry close Friday 24-Feb 12:00
Last entry close Saturday 25-Feb 14:00

Thameside 2
Reading to Marlow 12 Mar-2017
Early bird entry close Friday 10-Mar 12:00
Last entry close Saturday 11-Mar 14:00

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

Thameside 2 – Results

Thanks to all those who supported today’s Thameside 2 event on and off the water! Despite the challenging river and wind conditions, some 130 boats (244 seats) attempted the course with only 3 boats retiring. Fastest boat of the day was Keith Moule in 1 hour 55 minutes.

Attendance to prize giving (@14:00 before the last boat was even off the water!) was little low, which was disappointing.

Big shout out to Olwen and Claire from Richmond, who suspended their race to assist a crew in trouble – A real credit to our sport. Please get in touch for a Reading Canoe Club hat or free entry into next year’s race.

Results can be found here, let me know if you have any queries.

A big thank to all the volunteers that give up their time, without them there would not be an event.

RCC Committee Changes

After over twelve successful years Dan Seaford has decided to step down from his role as Chairman of Reading Canoe Club at the end of January and focus on his career. Dan was given a big thank you for his long service at the recent January committee meeting.

During Dan’s exceptional tenure the club has developed and thrived and is recognised as one of the leading canoe clubs in the UK. In his time RCC has won the MacGregor trophy 3 times as well as the Hasler Finals and Nationals. Dan has tirelessly ran the Thameside series for the last 12 years and driven the successful hosting of the Marathon National Championships in 2006 and 2016, Hasler Final 2009 and 2013. All are essential to the financial health of the club and its equipment. Dan has been instrumental in achieving several funding requests for equipment and coaching support and streamlined the club room hire policies to continually support the club and its members.

Dan remains passionate about the sport and RCC and will continue as an active member of the club. He has agreed to continue to lead the following club events for 2016; namely the Thamesides 1 & 2 (February 7 & 21 February) and the Marathon National Championships.(23-24 July)

Existing committee member Seumas Munro was proposed and elected as Dan’s replacement at the committee meeting.

Seumas has been a member of the club for about 10 years. He came late to the sport but is an enthusiastic paddler and adult coach and will be looking for members’ support, including their ideas, energy and enthusiasm to help develop the club further in 2016 and beyond. These are exciting times, with the new part-time Junior coach, increased school, college and community interest in our activities, as well as our role as hosts for the Nationals in July. Seumas’ aim is to help all members enjoy their paddling and provide opportunities to develop whether for competition, fitness or fun.

Thameside 2 Entries – Now Open

The Thameside On-line Entry is now open for Thameside 2!

Paddles Lost @ Thameside 1

Has anybody accidently picked up my Jantex paddles. They were next to my ROMAN K1 carbon hull with red deck on the lower part in the centre of the lawn at RCC. The paddles are split set to LH control at 80 degrees. If you have mistakenly picked these up please contact me on 01491 681547

Thames 1 Results

Excellent conditions for Thameside 1, some 241 seats raced in 151 boats. The quick conditions caught a number of crews out, who finished before the finish window. No action was taken this year, however, next year please allow yourself some extra room on the finish window.

Big thank you to all those who helped make the event run smoothly.

Results can be found T1 2016 Results.

Thanks for all the positive feedback about the race, the course and entry system. Please keep it coming.

On-line check-in for Thameside 2 will open shortly.

Thameside 1

Entry to this year’s Thameside 1 is 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 the future of this event.

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

The Warren (road outside the club)
Due to width restriction of the road parking carefully is required, we will cone off a passing area mid way along the road please don’t block this space.

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

So, remember to
– Bring your BCU card (this is not Hasler Race)
– Bring & wear appropriate kit
– Park legally & considerately