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.
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
Parking will be on the grass area next to Thameside Promenade, as usual. However, cars will be accessing it via a different gate, on the Thameside Promenade side of the rowing club. Follow all other directions to the rowing club as normal.
The Stour Descent race is being held on Sunday 6th December 2015. It is a 13.5 mile race down the River Stour in time trial format. It includes one optional shoot, one obligatory shoot, and a compulsory portage. Plus anything else the conditions throw in, including sharp turns, shallows, trees, and more! It makes a great first descent race for those who have not done one before.
The Ross Warland Memorial Relay Canal Challenge is being held by Banbury Canoe Club on Sunday 29th November. The race is held in memory of Ross Warland who died of bone cancer at the age of 21. The course is 20 miles with 12 portages, run as a time trial. It is along a similar stretch of the canal to the recent Banbury Hasler race. For those that don’t want to do the full 20 miles there is an option to split it up into a relay.
The Charles Hick Canal Challenge run by Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club will be held on Sunday 22nd November 2015. It is a 16.6 mile race with 2 portages, which is run as a time trial. It can be done as a relay by inexperienced crews. There is also the option of a 6 mile event to encourage beginners and inexperienced juniors to try winter time trials. Pre-entries only by Wednesday 18th November – no entry on the day.
Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club’s Remembrance Marathon is on Sunday 8th November 2015 on the Grand Union Canal. It is 15 miles and includes 4 portages. There will be 3 classes for each type of boat, based on paddler marathon division ranking.