Category Archives: Race Reports

Success at first slalom

Congratulations to the Reading Slalom paddlers for their success at Winchester Slalom on 14th May. Ten Reading paddlers competed in their very first slalom against other division 4 paddlers. Competition was fierce. Many of ours achieved clean, fast runs posting excellent times.  Everybody deserves to be very proud of themselves for giving their best on the day.

Success was also achieved in a wave hopper competition – 750 metre dash down the river resulting in a 1st for Duncan Edwards and awards to Marc Gutteridge and Andy Field. Maybe more WWR racing in the future?

Special mention to….

Jodie Barker -1st in Div 4 K1 women, overall winner and promoted.
Natalie Neville – 2nd in K1 Div 4 women and promoted.
Andy Neville – 2nd in K1 Div 4 Men and promoted.
Duncan Edwards – 5th in K1 Div 4 Men and promoted.
Duncan Edwards – 1st in C1 Div 4 Men and promoted.
Andy Field – 1st in Open Class.

Here’s to an incredible achievement from all, well done!!

May Sprint Regatta

Well done to all RCC paddlers at this weekend’s regatta – a great set of results. Saturday was windy, a tail wind in fact, but those waves, particularly from 200m to the finish line, were not helpful! Still, our paddlers took all that in their stride and there were some great performances from Juniors and Masters alike.

Great to see our two Juniors promoted last regatta – Dan Atkins and Fran Boonham – racing really well in Boys B and Girls C respectively and getting into Finals every race. Our two Boys D paddlers, Sam Betts and Alex Tonkin, also did a brilliant job, getting into a final every race, and really pushing hard and accelerating into the finish. It was Finlay’s first regatta in Boys D and he raced well in both his 200m and 500m distances. Fred in Boys A put in good performances, particularly in his 200m K2 which was Mens A/Boys A combined. They came a 3rd.

Brian and Tom – O34 K2

We had a good show of Masters at this National Championships regatta, also getting into every final. A Bronze and a Silver each for Brian Hammond and Tom Hollins in their O34 K2 races. Well done to all our Masters – Nigel, Nik Topham, Tony Machin, Lee Atkins, Brian and Tom.

And it was a Birthday regatta for Lee too – hence two birthday cakes and a special Birthday swim … perfectly time for past the finish line!

The team
Lee with his cake

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.

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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

10k Race

After an excellent Awards Evening at the Club the night before, members kicked off their party shoes and took part in a mix-and-match 10k (mostly) K2 fun race. After the all rain, even the sun came out. Well done all RCC members – it’s been a great year of achievement and results.

10km Results

Start Names Club Time
Div 9 K1
Andy Bayley 01:10:18
Div 8 K1 / Div 9 K2
Alison Nightingale BOA 01:13:21
Div 7 K1 / Div 8 K2
Cory Severnini & Robin Tilbury PAN 01:07:01
Div 6 K1 / Div 7 K2
Carla Chalk & Seumas Munro RDG 01:01:31
Jenny Dixon & Rui Costa RDG 01:01:41
Nick Daniels LON 01:05:07
Div 5 K1 / Div 6 K2
Joe & Thomas RDG 00:55:30
Peter Walker PAN 00:58:26
Catherine & Dominique RDG 00:59:46
Mike Crossman RDG 00:59:48
Div 4 K1 / Div 5 K2
Maddy & Mark 00:52:52
Brian Greenham & Tímea RDG 00:52:53
Peter & Sara Mainprize RDG 00:55:00
Evan Shephard & Nikki Jacoby RDG 00:55:03
Miriam Graham & Lee Atkins RDG 00:56:41
Duncan Edwards & Eleanor Donoghue RDG RTD
Div 3 K1 / Div 4 K2
James Treadgold & Gareth Wilson RDG 00:50:21
Conor Macnab PAN 00:50:32
Jarvis Macnab PAN 00:53:21
Nigel Frankland RDG 00:53:22
Dave Sackman & Michelle Gallop RDG 00:53:29
Div 1,2 K1 & K2 (and some Div 3 K1s)
Ed Nightingale BOA 00:49:40
Simon Tilbury-Clark & Steven Leonard PAN 00:49:41
Stefan Senk RDG 00:49:43
Kat Wilson & Imogen Collins RDG 00:49:44
Fred Kemp RDG 00:52:15
Jim New RDG 00:52:19
Alex Lane LON 00:54:52
Dan Atkins RDG 00:56:14

K4 Race Day – another cracker!

2nd October saw RCC’s 2nd K4 Race Day of 2016 take place – one of the most enjoyable events of the year. As has become tradition, it was a beautiful blue-sky day, minimal wind, and with 28 crews entered from 8 clubs, we were set for an exciting morning of racing.

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Reading was proud to put out 9 mixed crews across the four starts (A/B, C1, C2 and D/hody), only beaten by a very enthusiastic Wey, who managed 10. Top wins were achieved by RCC with 2nd in the C1 race, 2nd and 3rd in C2, 2nd in the B race, and a tremendous 1st and 3rd from our hody paddlers. Well done all. It was a really fun day.

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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.

2016 Nottingham Interclubs Sprint Regatta

First weekend of September saw the 2016 Interclubs Sprint Regatta at Nottingham. Thirty three paddlers made up the team for Reading Canoe Club competing in 75 races – or 119 if they all reached their finals – over the two days.

The Club had ten paddlers new to sprints. They took to the course with gusto and, with the rest of the team, produced some impressive results and podium finishes.

At the end of the long weekend of racing, the Club came a very impressive 3rd place overall out of 96 Clubs, beaten only by Chelmsford and Wey.

Well done to all our sprinters!

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Dan and László
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Rachel and Eleanor
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Ro and Fran

Official Results on canoeracing.org.uk

Nottingham June Regatta and bikini weather

What is wrong? Three consecutive regattas now it’s been bikini weather! 24° by Sunday afternoon and a just a light puff of a tailwind.

It was Thomas Perkins first regatta and first time in a boat with Pennine’s Jack Civico. A great performance – they were in finals for both 200m and 500m, gaining 2nd for the latter. Thomas also showed great competence in his K1.

Thomas goes all out in K2 with Pennine's Jack Civico
Thomas goes all out in K2 with Pennine’s Jack Civico

Kat Burbeck and Imogen Collins were both competing for medals in the Senior Women’s Open and Women U23 respectively and racing K2 together. Pretty tough competition, but both were in finals for all races and only just missed out on medals: 5th place with sub 2 mins for 500m K2, and Kat gained 4th in K1 1000m. Indeed, our DW champ managed PBs in all her races.

What colour coordination from the terrific Senior Women K2
What colour coordination from the terrific Senior Women K2

Fred lost his K2 partner last minute to examitus, so he spent all Saturday in the Scottish camp, racing K2s and K4s. First race K2 200m – whoa! – they stormed it, winning it by two boat lengths. 500m K2 was also a great race to watch – sheer grit and determination gained them 3rd place. Good to see Fred back in a K4 too – it’s been a while and he can’t have been too shabby (“it didn’t run too badly” said their rather dour coach) as he’s been asked to join them next regatta, too. Sunday was serious K1 day. Highlight was his favourite 200m Boys A/B and getting into Final A.

Fred lining up for his favourite K1 200m
Fred lining up for his favourite K1 200m

July Regatta is round the corner, so get your name up fast! Deadline for sign up is this Sunday 12th June.

If you think your sprint racing is a bit rusty, look out on Facebook for some sprint training sessions Immi and Kat plan to put on to sharpen you up.

Make sure you keep Interclubs regatta weekend free – 3rd/4th September. We need you!