Category Archives: Marathon

Devizes to Westminster 2017

Congratulations to all our Reading Canoe Club paddlers who competed at this year’s DW. The race boasted some of the best conditions seen for many years, but, whatever, it’s a grueling 125 mile race.

We had two star performers among the K1s – Ro Battison taking 1st Place in the Senior Ladies, with time 19:33:15. Radek, just back from cycling halfway round Australia, got into his boat and came an amazing 2nd in 16:17:02.

Radek
Ro

Special mention, too, to Conor Macnab (strictly speaking Pangbourne Club, but who also trains at RCC). At 17, he was the youngest K1 on the course and, competing against the Seniors, came a tremendous 27th (out of 75) in 20:21:25.

Conor Macnab

Out of 119 K2 Senior crews, Des Hayes with partner Ollie Shaw came an excellent 47th  in time 24:05:39. Rachel Spanton and RAF’s Sarah Richter weren’t far behind in 57th completing the race in 24:40:15.

Rachel and Sarah reach Westminster

Brian Hammond, paddling with former RCC paddler Alison Galloway, was forced to retire after 17:12:40 because of his shoulder injury. That’s a hard call.

Gail Battison gives you the lowdown of Ro’s race and the grueling task of being the support crew. If you are thinking of participating as crew or competitor, it’s a must read. Thanks Gail.

DW from a supporter’s perspective

When Rohan first suggested she may do the DW race I thought she was a bit over optimistic. She last did any real long distance paddling more than 15 years previous, and had spent the previous year recovering from a bad leg break after a skiing accident. I didn’t really give it much more thought until she went out and bought a K1 and entered the Waterside Series.

Her motivation was strong, she was paddling for a cause close to her heart, ‘Macmillan Cancer Support’ She started putting the miles in over the winter months, paddling from Gailey Canoe Club, with the occasional weekend down at Reading.

Continue reading DW from a supporter’s perspective

Two Reading paddlers selected for GB Canoe Marathon Training Squad

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.

Good luck to both of them.

Kat Wilson and Fred Kemp were delighted to be selected for the 2016 GB Marathon Training Squad
Kat Wilson and Fred Kemp were delighted to be selected for the 2016 GB Marathon Training Squad

RCC has a brilliant start to the new hasler Season

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
  • 1st Div 8 K1 Lilli
Seumas
Seumas
Brian & Jim coming into the portage.
Brian & Jim coming into the portage.

Waterside Series

The Waterside Series of Marathon Races comprises of four races held on the Kennet and Avon Canal, hosted by Newbury Canoe Club.

Race A 31st January 2016 Great Bedwyn to Newbury 13.5 miles 22 km 21 portages
Race B 14th February 2016 Newbury to Aldermaston & Back 17.5 miles 28 km 19 portages
Race C 28th February 2016 Pewsey to Newbury 23 miles 37 km 35 portages
Race D 13th March 2016 Devizes to Newbury 34 miles 55 km 35 portages

Deadline for entries for Waterside A is 17th January 2016 (2 weeks before the race).

Waterside Series Details and Entry

Stour Descent

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.

Stour Descent Details

Ross Warland Memorial Relay Canal Challenge (Banbury)

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 Ross Warland Memorial Canal Challenge Details