The weather was kind and the enthusiasm high as teams gathered from Reading, Wokingham, Pangbourne, Southampton, Weybridge and Addlestone for the first K4 event of the year.
A change to the norm …
With a smaller field than usual entering the K4 race, the Club had decided to make it a single 5km handicap race, followed by 200m sprints. The teams were ranked according to their combined division for the handicap 5km race and two rockets were first to start.
Fastest boat on the water with a whizzy 19:10 mins was Reading’s Under 23 Div 3 boat of Imogen Collins, Jim New, Connor Macnab and Alex Sheppy. Not far behind were Southampton/Wey with a 19:50. While 3rd place went to Reading Vets Nik Topham, Yan Rasiborski, Kevin Smith and a mystery paddler.
200 metre sprints
After the 5km race, heats were drawn up for the 200-metre sprint. The 2 fastest from each heat went through to the semi finals, and the winners of these made the finals. There was a consolation final for the ‘losers’ too, so everyone got a chance to race more than once. It was all lots of fun, with the winning cup going to the speedy Reading crew again.
It was a great morning for all ages and abilities. Thanks to everyone who took part, the visiting teams for making it up to Reading and to the organisers. Here’s to the next one in October!!
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!