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.
We are still taking entries. To guarantee your entry you need to have checked out form the online entry system and made payment before entries close.
Currently we plan to take entries up 16-Mar-19 @ 14:00, however, if we experience higher than normal numbers we could close entry early so please do not delay.
As you are probably aware the river is on yellow boards and we are experiencing high winds. Consequently there may need to be some degree of special measures in place for Thameside 2.
Please keep an eye on the Reading Canoe Club website for further updates.
Please note it is Reading Half Marathon on Sunday so please allow extra travel time as some road closures/diversions may be in place. We advise the following:
-Travelling to the start: Avoid M4 J11
-Support crews: Use A4155 and avoid Reading town centre.
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!