There will be no on-site campsite this year. The requirements from Reading Borough Council, unfortunately, mean it is not possible for us to have a campsite. We will try to pursue having camping for future events.
The club was proud to put on the first hasler in the southern region since the start of the pandemic. We had 171 K1 and 26 K2 entries, with a phenomenal 43 boats entered for Div4. That was quite some start line and yet, miraculously, there were no swimmers.
Brian did a magnificent job, adapting with extra Covid measures and making sure he had a team in place to carry it all out. Floating portaloos across the river on the pontoons – just part of the job!
We were delighted to have 47 Reading members racing that day. Our youngest members gained the most podium places – Alice B winning the U14 A K1 and Kathryn W coming 2nd, plus Conrad P winning U14 B race.
In Div 9 K1, all three top places went to RCC, Tyler, Isabelle and Olivier took 1st, 2nd and 3rd and gained promotions. In Div 8, Nick Wright (not a junior!) took 3rd and just missed out on promotion, in Div 7, Tilla came 2nd; in Div 6 Jacob W came 1st, earning promotion to Div 6. Annabel took 4th in Div 5 and Charlie 7th raced up in Div 4, gaining promotion to that division. Finally, Laurence Plant, another senior, took 4th in Div 3.
A huge thank you again to Brian for doing a great job and all the volunteers. How great to be racing again.
This year the club welcomed at least 90 children, aged 8 to 16, to our free half term taster sessions. And for once, it was non-stop sunshine. Brian and Seumas were are lead coaches, with the considerable support of a phenomenal team of enthusiastic junior coaches and our land-based helpers.
Each of the nine sessions were split between marathon boats and slalom and judging by the happy faces (and very few tears), those children had an amazing time. The follow up from these sessions – with requests to join the U10s or the beginner courses – is also clear evidence that they certainly enjoyed their time sampling canoeing.
A huge thank you to all who helped at this event. More to come for Emmer Green in June and during the Children’s Festival in August.
A big thank you from Sue and Jan (and the river) to all those who helped at the litter pick on Sunday 2nd May. You picked up seven large sacks of rubbish and a tyre.
The plan is to do it on the first Sunday of every month. The next will be 6th June, meet at the Club 2pm.
As Sue described:“A couple of years ago, I was walking my dog when a hedgehog blundered in front of us with a plastic cake wrapper over its eyes, nose and mouth. Thankfully, I was there to remove it and it went on its way.
By clearing our local part of the river, we are a part of the solution. “
Covid restrictions permitting, we will be starting beginner courses in late April through to the end of summer, for both juniors and adults. Go to our Beginners page for more details, then click on the link and fill out a form to get your name on the list. As soon as a place becomes available, we will let you know.