The annual raft race in aid of WaterAid will be taking place just below
the club on Thursday 4 July. The start will be between 6-6.15pm and
the rafters take between 15 minutes to an hour to leave from the rowing
club, go round Fry’s Island and return to the rowing club.
quite a spectacle and joyfully noisy. If you do the 321 session at 6.30,
you’re likely to see it all in action from the water.
weather conditions, with a good dose of sunshine by late morning,
blessed our 2019 Back to the Water Day. The 30 or so participants
were treated to a session of core first thing – a good wake-up
stretch from Nigel. After that, Nigel explained how the rest of the
morning would proceed and attendees were split into groups, largely
according to speed. The most leisurely was Dom with little 2-year-old
Peter in a Canadian Canoe.
was in-depth technique from our master-guru on this, Andy Rawson.
Nigel and Phoebe took out the youngest members, the Under 10s full of
energy and enthusiasm. Brian and Jan put the Divs 7-9 through their
paces, Jim took the Divs 4-5 and Immi the speed merchant Divs 1-3.
Judging by efforts going on in front of the club, it was hard work.
were plenty of cakes to top up energy levels and a quick talk through
racing objectives for the year. For those who stayed for the
afternoon’s fun, there was K1, K2 and K4 time trials around De
Montfort … all ready for the first time trial on the following
thanks to all coaches for encouraging us all back to the water and to
Nigel for all his organisation.
What a great start to the sprint racing year! Thank you all paddlers and those long-suffering support crews who made it up to Nottingham this weekend. We don’t often get a National Regatta in March and we were so lucky it wasn’t freezing or blowing a gale … yes, it was really sunny. Perfect Saturday; excessively choppy tail wind on Sunday, not easy.
14 paddlers strong, we were looking forward to a new season of sprints and our paddlers didn’t disappoint. First off, we were delighted to welcome new to the RCC team Maxim Kimberley and Anna Palmer, both excellent canoeists hoping for selection this season, plus kayakers Becky Swift and Jo Crossley (Matt Clarke’s sister).
There was some really exciting racing from all. A few highlights … top spot must go to Dan Atkins coming first in both his K1 selection races 200m and 500m, which should secure him a place to the Euros in June. Congratulations, Dan, tremendous racing, great results. Also congratulations to Sam Glover whose win in K4 sees him selected for the U23 K4 slot.
Well done also to Finlay coming 2nd in his Boys D 200m final, then Toby and Finlay storming to 1st in both 200m and 500m K2 Boys D. Not forgetting Toby’s performance with the RLS team in Boys C/D K4 500m, coming 1st. Impressive racing boys, and Toby’s first time in Boys D.
Georgia was first time in Girls C and was well up there, making all finals bar one. Alex and Sam B were amazing in their K2 races in particular, coming 3rd in Boys A/B 500m final. There was much more from all our paddlers.
Finally, hats off to Matt and Jo, who suddenly realised that, yes, they had got into the Men’s D (Jo was racing in Men’s D as all ladies had bowed out of her race) 500m K1 final and they had just 10 mins to change, sort their boats and get to the start line. They did it. Impressed!
Over half term, three of our Highdown Paddlers – Freddie Kemp in Year 13, Sam Betts and Alex Tonkins, both Year 11 – were out in Portugal for a week of intensive training with the national squads. Here they are pictured with two other Reading Canoe Club juniors, who were also out there.
It was party time … 84 members, family and friends congregated at Reading Canoe Club on the evening of 17th November. Dancing shoes on, glitter scattered liberally and we were ready to party. Most of all, we were all keen to know who had won what!
Greeted with a glass of Prosecco, guests had time to mingle, before settling down to hear a very polished, relaxed and entertaining presentation from Immi and Kat. Nigel gave his round up of time trial – records broken, miles paddled, and this year’s king and queen of tarts (the ones with the most K2 partners through the season). He then presented us with his amazing ergo session statistics, before naming this year’s ergo dragons (those who paddled the most strokes on ergo machines). Miriam, on a 3-minute time limit, gave a quick round up of PIGs (paddler improver group), naming Lisa her top ‘PIG’.
Club colours were awarded to 10 members this year:
Trophies were given to:
Paddler of the Year – Bethan Davies
Sprint Paddler of the Year – Dan Atkins
Ashes Trophy (for greatest contribution) – Amber Owen
K2 of the Year – Dan Atkins and Fred Kemp
Veteran of the Year – Jan Raciborski
Swimmer of the Year – Fran Boonham
Most Improved Paddler – Matt Clarke
Most Improved Junior Paddler – Finlay Topham
Junior Paddler of the Year – Sam Betts and Toby Betts
Slalom Paddler of the Year – Emily Neville and Natalie Neville
Cruse Cup for most hasler points scored – Evan Shephard
It was an entertaining, very enjoyable and lively 90 minutes, after which the kitchen leapt into action and provided a tasty dinner of chicken and chorizo with salad, followed by an array of stupendous puddings. Our members are so good at rustling up a totally irresistible selection.
Tables and chairs cleared, there was just time to finish the evening with a bit of boogie special, mostly, but not exclusively, from the junior contingent.
A great evening of celebration and lots of fun was had by all … just as it should be!
Sunday was another great day at RCC. We had just over 40 paddlers attending the second of our series of 4 winter training days. The 40 juniors were spread across six clubs coming from a variety of directions – Nottingham, Banbury, Devizes, Southampton and Falcon were all in attendance, as well as paddlers from our own club.
We had 3 groups out on the water for the first session, all doing a variety of different sessions. The younger ones were off doing 1km, while the older and faster juniors were speeding off up and down the river. These groups were led by Jim New, Imogen Collins, Brian Greenham, Trevor Hunter (DEV), Ian Thackray (DEV) and Graham Warland (BAN).
The second session consisted of 100m relay running, on the opposite of the river to the club.
Just after lunch we had a talk led by BC coach and RCC Head Coach Imogen Collins, talking about how to train smart and get the best out of your training.
After that we split off into 5 teams and completed three 500m relay races and one 5K relay race. In this session we had a couple of swims from various over zealous paddlers!
All in all another great day at the club helping a variety of paddlers learn from different coaches and one another.
The date for the 3rd in the series of training days will be 16th December, where we look forward to seeing more young and enthusiastic juniors take to the water.