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September 2018 Regatta – the detail!

A team of 19 RCC paddlers, plus dedicated support crews, made their way up to Nottingham for the last regatta of the year – the National Championships for Juniors and U23s. We were blessed with almost perfect weather and some great results.

Unsurprisingly Juniors by far outnumbered Masters, but it was great to have Nik, Lee, a fit Nigel and Jan, who hadn’t raced at a sprint regatta for 15 years! Nik excelled in K1 winning a 1st and 2nd, plus a 2nd in K2 with Lee. Nigel and Jan were 1st in their 1000m K2 and the four of them together did an amazing K4 200m, taking 3rd, losing 2nd place by a hundredth of a second. Exciting stuff.

Matt Clarke chose the toughest regatta to launch his U23 sprint career but seemed right at home on the course, particularly with the K1 200m. Sam Glover, with a few more regattas under his belt, was our other U23 competitor and took two Golds (and National Champion) and a Silver in crew boats.

Our lightning/U12 paddlers, Annabel and Toby, did us proud, gaining a 2nd in K2 and 3rd in K4 and good placings in K1 to boot. It was great to see our U14s, Georgia and Finlay, in A finals and frustratingly close to medals with 4th places. Last race of the day, Georgia, as stroke, took bronze with her scratch K4 crew. Well done.

There was tough competition among the U16 paddlers too, but our quartet of Rory, Sam B, Joseph and Alex put in some terrific racing, their K4 taking 4th, so close to a medal. Other highlights were Sam’s 1000m K1, winning 1st in Final 2 and Rory’s 2nd place in Final 2 of the K1 500m. Well done to all four of you.

Our solo U18 girl, Fran, found a new K2 partnership and first time in a boat together, they won Silver in K2 200m. Super impressive.

It was great to have Jarvis, Thomas, Dan and Freddie battling it out in the U18s. This was an enormously competitive field, as you’d expect. Thomas was a delight, always with a big smile after every race – and it was tough out there. Good to see you in a final. Jarvis seemed to favour the long distances, winning 5th in Final 2 of K1 1000m and good placings in his K2 finals.

Dan and Freddie were awesome in their K2 200m, winning Gold with more than a boat’s length and a very convincing Gold in their K4. In addition, Dan took Silver for his K1 200m and Bronze K1 500m, while Freddie took Bronze for 200m K1. Congratulations National Champions.

2018 has been an awesome season of racing. Thanks to all those who took part and those who have supported. We look forward to more great racing from Reading paddlers in 2019.

May 2018 Regatta

A very enjoyable weekend of racing at Nottingham. Lovely to see three new members to the RCC sprint team – Rachel Nelson and Sam Hill putting in gutsy performances in K1 and crew boats and Tant Hill in the Masters crew boats.

Great racing at every level – lightning, junior, Senior and Masters, with a haul of eight medals. Most from the Ladies(!), with bronze from Tant Hill and Chris Boonham in K2 1000m. Big well done there. Sorry no pic! Congratulations go to Silke, in particular, with her three medals in the Over 34 Women’s Masters – a Gold for 200m K1, Silver for 500m K1 and another Silver for the 500m K4, along with Vicky ES, Miriam and Debbie A.

Happy Birthday to Rachel for the Saturday and Miriam for the Friday, plus thanks to Immi and Miriam Mims Graham for delicious cakes. And to support crews for all the behind the scenes assistance.

April 2018 Nottingham Regatta

All these weeks of snow, wind, rain and the April regatta managed to land on the one sunny weekend. Weren’t we lucky. A glorious sunny Saturday and pleasant Sunday, and most importantly minimal wind. Amazing!

We were a neat team of 10 paddlers, with the Juniors dominating this regatta. There was some terrific racing. Stand out was Fran – 2nd in her 200m K1 and 1st in both her 500m K1 and K4. Lili, her first regatta in Girls C, was also a winner in that terrific K4, as well as winning a 3rd and a 4th place in her 500m and 200m K2 with Jessie from Banbury.

Alex T and Sam B were first time in Boys C. Great results – 2nd and 3rd in their K2 500m and 200m and reaching finals in most of their K1 races (we won’t mention your swim on the finish line for the 1000m heat, Sam, and you’d almost won it!).

Dan and Fred were vying in Boys A/B K1 200m. So close, Dan winning it by 0.29 secs, so that was Reading 1st and 2nd. Dan was also 3rd in his 500m K1. Their K4 selection race was a heart stopper, so so close and just beaten by the other squad boat. So all to play for at the K1 European selection day on April 28th.

It was great to see Lee, Silke and Vicky ES on the water, racing, Silke gaining 5th in K1 200m and Silke with Vicky winning 2nd in their 200m K2. I know we’ll see many more Reading Masters at the May regatta.

And Jim had an amazing weekend of racing. He was up against all the top men in the country and reached finals for all his K1s and was 5th in his 200m K2 with Spencer Armstrong.

Well done to you all. And thank you to the great support crews, too.

July Regatta – the results

We were a small team at July’s Nottingham regatta – six Juniors, three Seniors and two Masters – but judging from the results, all were in top form. And that’s despite it all those school exams.

Among the juniors …

Lilli stormed the final of K1 500m Girls D, taking 1st, and, racing K2 for the first time with Jesse from Banbury, was 2nd in their K2 500m final. Well done to Lilli – she has gained promotion to Girls C.

Lilli

Fran, for the first time in Girls C, raced well in her K1s and won both her K2 races 200m and 500m with Molly from Norwich.

Finlay was racing K2 for the first time with Sam from Wey. They looked really strong and great timing. He also looked impressive in his K1s, racing fearlessly for the first time in his Zedtech.

Finlay and Sam

Dan A was racing really well in Boys A, getting into A Finals for all his K1 races. He and Jim looked really strong in Men’s A/B K2 500m.

Fred was on form with an impressive two-boat length lead in his 1000m Boys A K1 final (B), and with an impressive time. He was 3rd in his 200m final, missing 2nd by .05 sec. That close! His favourite race was K2 200m with RLS’s Alex, with a very convincing win, 3 seconds faster than the next nearest boat.

Fred & Alex

Both Dan and Fred raced together in a K4 they’d put together with Ealing and Richmond. Their 1000m, last race of the day, was uplifting to watch, with their crew totally in command, ‘sailing’ past the rest of the field and finishing with at least a two-boat length lead.

Great to have Neil Barton racing for Reading, taking 3rd in his K1 200m final Men’s B, not his usual distance at all!

Kat in Women’s C took a very convincing 1st in her 1000m final and was just pipped into 2nd in her 500m final (by .06 sec!). Kat and Immi jumped into a K2 for Women’s A/B and showed us all how it should be done.

And our Masters – Nik and Lee – raced very well, taking 3rd in their K2 1000m. In their K1 races, Lee was 3rd in 200m, Nik was 2nd in 200m and 3rd in 500m, impressive when they’d been the ‘party boys’ the night before! Poor Finlay, did you get any sleep?!

All got to their races on time, albeit with a couple of numbers missing. A number-nicker was at large – no kidding! A great racing weekend.

Nottingham June Interclubs Regatta 2017

We had a smaller team at June Interclubs regatta this year, just 26 paddlers in all, but some great results. Reading CC finished 5th out of 55 clubs and only 27 points behind the winner, Richmond. Below are some highlights of the weekend.

K4 Masters

First off, great performance from the weather – bright and sunny with increasing winds, but not a dreadful gale … like the very wet and gusty following two days.

Here are some highlights of the results:

Among the juniors:

  • Boys D K4 500m, with Finlay stroking it, took a clear 1st
  • Boys D K1 500m Rory Tietema was 1st in Final 1 and Sam Betts was 1st in Final 2
  • Boys D K2 1000m, 500m and 200m Alex Tonkins and Sam Betts were each time 2nd and every time so close to first
  • Rory and Conor MacNab (borrowed from Pangbourne for the weekend) were 1st in Boys C K2 500m and 2nd in their K2 200m
  • Lilli was 2nd in Final 1 of her K1 500m race and 1st in her K2 Women’s C 1000m and 500m with Kat
  • Fred’s K2 200m race was his best this regatta – a convincing 3rd in Boys A/B
  • Dan Atkins was racing in Boys A for the first time and got into the final for all 3 of his K1s

Great to see Annabel and Phoebe both back on the water racing.

Among the Seniors/Masters:

  • Kat was first in every one of her races. Small field or not, she was determined to win them all
  • Nigel took three 2nds and a 3rd in his K1, K2 and K4 races. Indeed, Nigel and Brian’s K2 500m time was 2:15:31, while 1st place was 2:15:09. A hair’s breadth difference.
  • Masters C/D K4 with Nigel, Brian, Nik and Lee, in those lovely blue & white Mohicans, were 2nd and so close to 1st
  • All our Women’s D/Womens Masters B K2s 500m got into the final – that’s Silke and Miriam, Rachel and Rachel, Vicki and Vicky
  • Nik Topham was 1st in his K1 500m, easily – promotion for you, Nik?
  • Nik & Lee were 2nd in their K2 200m final

Rachel Spanton, Silke, Nathan Betts and Jim Towell were all new to Nottingham sprints and took to it with gusto. Silke used to sprint for the National German team, so she seemed to feel very much at home.

Rachel & Rachel
Miriam & Silke

Well done to you all – a great team and finishing 5th out of 55 clubs with just 26 paddlers is a great achievement.

RCC Medal win at Piestany International Sprint Regatta – 27th/28th May 2017

While most of RCC paddlers were battling it out on the Thames at the Reading hasler, RCC junior Fred Kemp was representing GB at Piestany International Regatta.

Fred’s strongest performance is usually in 200m and this certainly proved to be so at this regatta. In K1 200m, he took first in both the heat and the semi-final and in the final fought his way to 5th. In the K2 200m with Alex Greaves (RLS), they won the heat, so went straight to final and there took a convincing Bronze medal.

The GB team did very well overall, coming home with three Silver and three Bronze medals overall.

Big well done to Fred.

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

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!

Nottingham May Regatta

You, too, could share in the sunshine and pleasure of Nottingham Regattas! Can you believe, two regattas in succession and we had minimal wind (bit of a tail in fact) and an abundance of sunshine. We certainly couldn’t.

It was the Master’s National Regatta, so we increased our number of racing paddlers by 200% – Fred, Immi plus the four Masters, Brian, Nigel, László and Stefan. Brian and Nigel were up for everything – all three distances in K1 and K2, plus a K4, Stefan almost everything and László, everything but 1000m!

Great results, too. Brian-the-Legend in Over 64 took two Golds and a Silver in his three K1 distances. Nigel in Over 54, with a larger field, went into finals for everything and seemed to gain a fondness for 7th place. Our Over 34s, Stefan and László also succeeded into getting into finals in all but 200m K1, but medals were just out of reach.

Brian with is medals
Brian with his medals

Immi in Women’s A decided 200m K1 was enough to show willing (!), yet with ease gained a place in Final B. Fred managed a PB for his 200m K1 42.79 secs, and, after an ok Saturday, woke up on Sunday a re-energised boy and powered through his 500m K1 and K2, gaining a second place in both finals. It was like he and his new paddles had worked things out.

If we continue our exponential increase, we should have 18 paddlers signed up for June already! Deadline is this weekend, 15th May, so pop your name up fast!