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READING CC take 5th at the MacGregor Inter Clubs Regatta

During yet another glorious weekend of weather (unheard of in past years), 39 Reading Club members and their supporters trekked up to Nottingham to take part in the MacGregor Inter Clubs Challenge Regatta.

We had seven paddlers new to sprints competing – Stuart, Marc and Craig in Masters D, Timi in Women’s Masters B, Joseph in Boys D, Georgia in Girls D and Bruno in Lightnings. All didn’t bat an eyelid and just got on with the business of racing.

It was great to see so many RCC boats steaming down the course throughout the two days, often two boats in a race … quite something to field in the K4 races. And there were wins galore as well – from Masters, to Seniors, to Juniors … right across the board.

There are so many great wins to mention (13 1sts and 31 podium places in total) – in K4, RCC took four 1st places (in Masters C/D 200m and 500m, in Boys D 500 and Boys A 500). So exciting to watch. In the K2 races, there were many 1st, 2nd and 3rds. Special mention to Joseph and Thomas for their hat trick of K2 wins, Stefan and Tom for a 1st and 2nd, Nik and Lee for their 3rd, Annie and Toby for a very convincing 1st in LTA. In WMasters B 1000m, Bethan and Rachel took 2nd and Vicky and Timi 3rd and Masters C/D 500m Marc and Brian took 3rd. Dan and Fred in Boys A 500m were 2nd, an aggravating 8 hundredths of a second off 1st.

Among the K1 wins, there was 1st and 2nd places in Boys A 200m (Dan and Fred); in Masters D, Tom won 1st in 200m and 500m, Stefan took 2nd in Masters C 1000m, Nik 3rd in Masters C 200m, Toby 3rd in U12 Boys, Joseph 2nd in Boys D 200m and Rory 3rd in Boys C 200m.

Over the weekend, we wavered between 4th and 5th place for total points, eventually ending up 5th overall (out of a whopping 53 clubs), and 37 points ahead of Richmond in 6th.

Not only that, three of our paddlers were promoted: Tom Hollins to Masters C, Joseph Beeney to Boys C and Rory Tietema to Boys B. Well done to all those who took part. Apologies to any great wins omitted! So many to keep up with!

One more chance to sprint at Nottingham this year – 1st/2nd September with the Junior and Senior National Marathon Championships.

June 18 Handicap time trial race and bbq No.2

What an evening! What a turnout of boats! 28 must be a record. The chop on the water was super-lumpy ‘fun’. Must have Kat’s extra large bump!

Youngest on the water was Miss Ruth Shephard with Brian G, both sporting RCC mohicans, with Noel-the-Iron-man in the superhero K2 with Jim second youngest. Which was the fastest. Tricky for both in the front, as there wasn’t much rudder in the water.

The Betts boys – Toby and Sam – made an excellent partnership, and they won a prize … for simply being awesome!

Suited up for the occasion we had Alex and Magnus … very nearly getting the fastest time, but that went to Dan and Freddie, although they didn’t quite break the RCC all-time record.

Great bbq work from Nathan and Mark Kubisch – thanks so much – and fabulous salads from volunteers. Thanks Kat and Immi for organising and hosting, and all the ever-helpful helpers, too. Good turnout!

Children’s Festival Taster Sessions 2018

Every year Reading Canoe Club hosts 3 days of Taster Sessions as part of Reading’s Children’s Festival. This year we were delighted to welcome 84 children to the event and introduce them to the world of kayaking. The weather was kind – sometimes sunny, sometimes wet, but always warm.

Our volunteer coaches comprised Seumas, Mark King, Alex Lane, Tamsin, Miriam, Hannah and Evan, with extra help from Juniors Sam B, Alex T and Thomas. Obviously they provided a lot of fun, because a handful of children insisted on coming back for more and a good number have signed up for Junior beginner courses. They got to paddle K1 – yes, there were a few swimmers – then finished the session altogether in the bell boat, jumping into the river for those who dared. A big thank you to all for giving up your time to help.

Welcoming the children and parents were Keith, Jo, Ana, Nicola and Katy – thanks all for doing a brilliant job, explaining all the necessary to participants, making them feel very welcome and extolling the virtues of joining the club.

Ladies Training Day, May 2018, hosted at Reading Canoe Club

May 26th saw the second Ladies Training Day, again hosted by Reading Canoe Club. Kat Wilson and Alice Murphy, with the support of the MRC, organised the event that saw 37 athletes participate from 17 clubs. They were delighted to welcome paddlers from afar afield as Scotland, Swansea and Cornwall. The date was neatly chosen to dovetail with the Reading Hasler the following day, so paddlers could stay over and participate in both.

What’s more there were great conditions for both – minimal wind, plenty of sunshine and none of the torrential rain, thunder and lightning that had been forecast!

The age range for the day spanned 12 to 57 and divisions 2 to 7, from GB team to junior beginners in this all-inclusive day. For the morning K1 session, athletes were separated according to speed and divided among 8 coaches from various clubs. Focus was given to wash hanging, turns, technique and portaging (on Reading’s ready-assembled hasler pontoons).

The second half of the morning was presented by sports psychologist Danielle Adams. Formerly a competition swimmer herself and with seven years experience as a sports psychologist, she has provided support for both GB’s swimming elite and slalom teams. She gave very interesting insights into the mindset of competitors, techniques to contain nerves and provoked some interesting discussions amongst participants of their own experiences. ‘Pressure is a privilege’ was a good mantra to take from it!

After a hearty lunch provided by the Reading team, led once again by Tamsin Phipps – that was filled baked potatoes, followed by super-carb apple crumble … ideal paddler replenishment – there was an interactive question-and-answer session, in ‘speed dating’ format. Euros and Worlds medal-holder Alex Lane and former GB Junior sprinter and now an Elite BC coach, Imogen Collins, were among those anwering questions.

Last session of the day was for K2s, with 14 boats on the water, practicing wash hanging and those choppy mass starts.

Thanks Kat, Alice and all volunteers for a most informative day. It was super to see Reading Canoe Club easily facilitate this great day, plus an all-day session for ENTS K4 boys, all its usual club sessions, plus an adult beginners group!

First Summer Season Barbecue

What a great night for RCC’s first handicap race and bbq of the summer 2018 – sweltering … especially if you were John Kemp, up against it, cooking 60 burgers, 60 sausages and a good number of veggie things beside!

Yes, we must have had 40 of us on the water, whizzing round the course, and a surprise 60 for the bbq supper. What a lovely evening, helped by the sunshine, but great conviviality, superb prize giving by Immi, Kat (with bump) and a few other important helpers besides! Great to see some guest paddlers from other clubs too.

Date for your diary – next bbq and handicap race 11th June! Don’t miss it.

Other bbq dates:
9th July
10th September

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.”