News – May 2010

31-May-10 Reading Hasler Race Results
Yesterday’s Hasler race was well attended – results here

More BBC Coverage [Link]
Someone at the BBC office certainly likes Norwich – check out these pictures

30-May-10 Szeged Sprint World Cup 2 – 200m Heroes! [Link]
It has been a fantastic start for the GB teams campaign in the now Olympic distance 200m events – 1st in both the mens K1 and K2 events! Congratulations guys! Lisa also proving that she is right up there in the ladies C1. Tim Brabants looks to regaining some of that legendary form that had all of us screaming at our tv’s back during the Beijing games with a strong performance. The mens Canoe team looks to be going from strength to strength with an A final for the C2 and a B final for the C1.

K-1 Men 200 m Final A
1st Edward Mckeever

K-2 Men 200 m Final A
1st Jonathan Schofield / Liam Heath

C1 Women 200m Final A
6th Lisa Suttle

K-1 Men 5000m
7th Tim Brabants
10th Ben Brown

K-1 Men 1000 m Final A
7th TIM Brabants

C-2 Men 1000 m Final A
9th James Train / Matthew Lawrence

C-1 Men 5000m
8th Matthew Lawrence

C-1 Men 500 m Final B
8th James Styan

K-4 Men 1000 m Final B
7th Terry/Simmons/Haynes/Welch

29-May-10 Reading Assessment Race Results
Today’s assessment race was attended – results here

Reading Hasler
Reading Hasler tomorrow, the weather should be better attendance is looking good – see the pre-entries

Nottingham Sprints
The timetable and programme for the June regatta are now up on the Wey site

Also, the sign up sheet for the July Interclubs Regatta (July 3-4th) will be going up this weekend as we anticipate a lot of interest this year and we will need time to sort out entries.

5k Times
Last weeks 5km times have been added to the membership section, certainly worth pointing out that Amber Owen and Bethan Owen have set a course record for U16 Ladies – Good Job

27-May-10 Reading Races
Check out the pre-entries for the Reading race this weekend; Assessment and Hasler

26-May-10 National Marathon Championship[Details][Poster]
This year Chester have the honour of hosting 2010 National Marathon Championships

26-May-10 Reading Races
This weekend you have the opportunity race twice in Reading, Saturday is the Assessment race and Sunday you can do our Hasler event. Please email your entries, as we not had time to update the online system from the Thamesides events.

BBC Coverage
Couple of news articles on the BBC website; Tim returning to GB squad, Pendle hopes for good World Cup

5km Times
Last weeks times can be found in the members sections

19-May-10 Sprint Regatta Photo’s
April Regatta
Username: mazak
Password: europe6159

May Regatta
Username:  sprint_regatta
Password:  kodak8861

18-May-10 South Region Standings
If Banbury keep taking 50 paddlers to the remaining race, they could be unstoppable for the regional title.

Banbury 9 10 10 10 39
Reading 10 9 9 7 35
Basingstoke 8 6 8 8 30
Southampton 7 8 6 9 30
Pangbourne 6 7 7 6 26
Falcon 3 5 5 5 18
Wokingham 5 4 4 1 14
Eyot 4 1 0 3 8
Cokethorpe 0 2 2 4 8
Bourne End 2 1 3 1 7
Longridge 1 3 1 2 7
Marlow 1 0 1 0 2
Windsor 0 1 0 0 1
Winchester 0 0 0 0 0
Itchen Valley 0 0 0 0 0

Club 5km
Last weeks 5km times have been posted in the members section

13-May-10 Women in Canoe Training Day – 23-May-2010
Open to complete novices who would like to try high kneeling canoeing.[PDF]

12-May-10 Basingstoke Hasler – this weekend
Basingstoke Canal Canoe Club’s hasler marathon race is on Sunday 16th May. Details here.
Note that the event is on the Basingstoke Canal at Mytchett (not Basingstoke the town…).

Reminder: Under-10 Fun Session on Thursday 13th May is cancelled.

12-May-10 May Regatta [Rebecca Jennings]
Normal service resumed at the May regatta with wind and rain in abundance on Saturday. Well done to all the paddlers who dealt so positively with the conditions. After numerous promotions last month, this month saw just one; Sophie Collins promoted to Girls B – well done Sophie. All of our previous months promotees performed well in their new classes and another standout result was the scratch pairing of Ben Jones and Sam Kirschstein almost taking the Boys B 1000m K2.
All of the results are now available on the Wey site.

It was also good to have Dan, Leander and Pip at the event, maybe sizing up the opposition for our attempt on the Interclubs title and it is also good to hear the whispers from a lot of our other seniors that they too are hoping to attend the event. Good news that we did not add to our tally of penalty points this weekend either!

The sign up sheet for the June Regatta is now up and will be taken down on MONDAY 17th MAY.
Finally, good luck to Nico Kirschstein who is representing the BCU at Bologne Sur Mer Regatta this weekend.

Flatwater News Letter
Flatwater newsletter avaliable [here]

Canoe Racing [Andy Train]
At the July Regatta (this year’s Inter-Club) the C4 race on Sunday afternoon will be free and open to all. The idea is that competent paddlers will team up with less experienced ones to give them an opportunity to do canoe racing at Nottingham. Matt Brown has had to fight hard to persuade the SRC that the event should be free to ensure a range of paddlers will take part. The SRC is very keen to support C boat racing but it is not easy to justify ‘free’ racing when others have to pay. The SRC has supported this request as a one off demonstration race to try to increase participation and show everyone that C4 racing has a great deal to offer. This is our opportunity to show that there are plenty of us out there who want canoe paddling. Please support us. It may seem a long way off but it will soon come round so please register your interest now with either Matt or me and start to put your crews together.On a separate point, Matt has had the SRC confirm that canoe paddlers can race at Nottingham with outriggers/support floats so this could be a great way to increase participation in Canoe D/C classes.

Please forward the information on to anyone else you think may be interested. Look forward to hearing from you.

11-May-10 May Regatta Results
May Regatta results available here. Congratulations to Sophie Collins, promoted to Girls B.
Well done to all who raced.

11-May-10 Under 10 Fun Sessions
Correction to the recent newsletter information – the under-10 fun sessions are at 17:30 to 18:30 on both Mondays and Thursdays.

Note that there will be no session on the following dates:
Thursday 13th May, Monday 31st May, Monday 26th July, Thursday 29th July, Monday 2nd August, Thursday 5th August, Monday 30th August
Please check “under 10s fun sessions” section (currently on the “beginners” page) regularly in case of further changes/cancellations.

09-May-10 Coming up – K2 Assessment Race at Reading and Reading Circuits Hasler race
See details here for the assessment race (Saturday 29 May) and here for Hasler race (Sunday 30 May).

29-April-10 May Regatta
The May Regatta details are up on the Wey Website. Click here for timetable and here for programme.

24-Apr-10 We have moved…
Some of you may have spotted we have been offline for a couple of days, this was due to a change of hosting company, good bye rubbish old KDA Web Services and hello funky UK2.netWe are in the process of reloading a lot of the content, therefore for the next couple of days there will be slightly limited service. Please bare with us

Bedford Hasler & Assessment Race
Tomorrow we should see all the marathon boys and girls out for a spin with the first assessment race of the season

16-Apr-10 Club Newsletter
Latest newsletter has been published in the members area – thanks must go to Jess and David for putting this together

Last Night 5km Results
Latest 5km results have also been published in the members area

Runcorn 5km
Correction: Runcorn 5km is this weekend – see race details

13-Apr-10 DW Update
A slight oversight in previous DW news – slightly embarrassing, very sorry Paul. Another new RCC recruit, Paul Homersham, and partner Ben Jarvis, also climbed the exceptionally steep DW learning curve and achieved a time of 23:46. We hope that both new crews now have the paddling bug and continue enjoying the sport with the club

If there was any doubt that the season had started then it is certainly over with the first of the National regattas last weekend. The weather looked a little mixed from what pictures I have seen. Results are up on the Wey website here, and you can see video footage of the Mens & Womens A Finals from the link on their videos gallery here. Looks like a good regatta for our Reading sprint team – congrats for promotions as follows:
Andy Potterton & Tony Kirschstein to Boys A
Joe Foster, Sam Kirschstein & Ben Jones to Boys B
Amber Owen to Girls B
Henry Helliwell to Boys C
Emily Chalk to Girls C
Well done to all our sprinters, and don’t forget to sign up for May Regatta by Monday 17th April.

Adverts – Scammers
We are getting reports that scammers are using our adverts section again, this is nothing new but we have had a recent increase in attempts. If an offer appears too good to be true then it probably is! Especially important – never forward money on to any one else! If you have a little bit of time on your hands you might find this amusing – my favourite is Road to Chad – PLEASE DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Check out these great photo’s, taken by Antony Edmonds

09-Apr-10 Reading Canoe Club Intro Courses
The first of our intro courses for adult novices starts on Sat morning (10th April), and we look forward to welcoming a fresh crop of beginners into the club. Please follow the “beginners” link on the left hand panel for full details of our provision for adult and junior beginners for 2010.

5-Apr-10 Handicap 5km
The club 5km information has been posted in the members area

5-Apr-10 Reading Paddlers – DW 2010![Owen Peake]

Canal to Newbury… Treacherous – very wet, stupidly slippery generally not nice…
Canal to Reading… Fast and high – Low bridges had to be portaged.
Thames to Teddington… Nice level, good flow but not so high as to make portaging difficult.
Tideway… I didn’t see it for the senior doubles, but for the stages it looked pretty good.

Three Boats, 1 Senior Double, 1 Senior Single, 1 Junior Double….

The Senior Double – Matt and Lee…. Following a hard seasons training the lads completed in a great 1st time of 22 Hrs 19 mins and a very credible 37th place.

Our Senior Single – James… James madly only decided to do the race about 3 weeks ago, he completed the senior K2 last year and fancied a crack at the K1 this year, possibly another pub night bet…. so he cycled to Devizes… got in the boat (with my spare paddles, he forgot his own) and paddled to a respectable 21 Hrs 7 mins and 25th, not sure what he was planning on doing next I have forgotten but I know he had another leg planned…..

Our Golden Girls – Amo and Amelia… Well what can I say…. This will go down in history as the best race ever! As predicted by the pundits it was a battle with the Smith Twins from Basingstoke, and a real fight it was as well. Day 1, Smith Twins lead… Day 2, Reading Girls lead… Day 3, Smith Twins paddle superbly to take a 1 min 49 sec lead into the final day… Day 4, The Reading girls paddle fabulously to claw back the margin and then put a 40 sec gap on the Twins… who were not letting it go easily. Both crews deserve a huge huge well done, they both beat a 22 year old record by a huge margin of 1 Hr 40 mins ish!!!!! So what is the winning time – by my calculations because of a few alterations that have not been verified as yet on the website – 16 Hrs 28 mins 18 secs.

On another well done note – Fred Reif and Tim Muller (Cokethorpe) broke history by becoming the first junior crew to win the race 3 years on the trot, Megan Middleton and Micheal Southey (Fowey) became the highest ever placed mixed junior crew, with Megan become the highest ever placed girl in the junior race.

With 5 girls in the top 8 paddlers in the junior race and Harriett Farish and Paul Enoch comeing second in the senior race, 2010 is officially the year of the women in DW terms.

4-Apr-10 Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race
This morning saw the completion of the senior race which sese crews competing through the night, taking anything from 16 hours to 29 hours to complete. Top honors went to Hendron & King in time of 16:20, first mixed and second overall were Enoch & Farish 17:30. The a cold night took its toll with 40 K2s dropping out, 96 K2s made it to Westminster.

Tomorrow sees the completion of the four day events (junior K2, singles, endeavour class), Muller & Reif currently lead the junior race with Middleton & Southey second and our own King & Churnside in third. King & Churnside are current first Junior Ladies boat closely followed Smith & Smith. However, there are time allowances that have not been applied yet. Therefore there is everything to play for!

Follow results can be found on the DW website

April Regatta
The timetable and programme are up on the Wey Kayak Club website and a copy is available at the club.

Just a reminder to sign out the club boats that you wish to take and if you take one or more boats up to Nottingham with you PLEASE bring the same number back!!!! I will be at the club during the week to finalise details and will be there for the time trial on Thursday for any last minute queries.

Rebecca Jennings (Sprint Team Leader)

31-Mar-10 Gent Marathon[PDF]
We now have the Gent results – thanks to Dave Francies. Looks like the boys got a race, the girls could have stayed at home and had the same race. Well done Nico the club only representative, next time try and get round without falling in!

29-Mar-10 Handicap 5km
The club 5km will re-start on 1-April, this will be led by Dan Colyer. River conditions are fast, therefore a perfect opportunity to demonstrate a good winters training.Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race [WWW]
Not long now until the start of the longest non-stop canoe race in the world, the conditions are looking interesting as the river is already up and more rain forecast (plus possibly another cold snap for good measure as well). The latest news entry suggests there will be much greater checking of equipment, you have been warned. Looks like some fast times could be on the cards, entry level looks good with at least three or four club crews that should be considered contenders. Keep an eye for Reading boats in both junior event (fours days) and senior event. Keep an eye on the website for the latest information, entry lists and check point updates when the race starts.

Outdoor TV DW – 2009
Last years race has covered by Outdoor TV, who have put together an excellent program.

Gent Marathon
A young team of GB athletes raced in the Gent marathon this weekend, however, I have yet to find or hear of any results. Please drop me email if you can help.

Banbury Canoe Club
Banbury website has move to

Hasler 2009-210
This years Hasler season resumed with events at Cambridge and Gailey, we await results on the flat water racing website

16-Mar-10 Sprint Season 2010
The first Nottingham sprint regatta of 2010 is fast approaching (April 10-11th) and the sign up sheet for competitors is now up and must be completed by MONDAY 22nd MARCH to secure your entry.There are some changes to the National Sprint Programme for 2010 and I will post these next to the signing up sheet.

Race fees are now £5 a seat for everyone, junior and seniors alike and late entries will be £1-50. On the subject of fees, there are still some monies outstanding from last season and a list of these bad debts will also appear on the notice board. The club is unlikely to allow any paddlers to enter this year’s races until last years fees have been settled. Similarly, it must be appreciated that once a paddler has been entered for a race, they are liable for the fee whether or not they paddle.

If you wish to compete in some sprint races before Nottingham, there are 2 Grand Prix events, at Wey Kayak Club (20-Mar) and Richmond Sprints at Shepperton Lake (Good Friday 2nd April) See flyer at club

Let’s hope it’s an enjoyable and successful year’s sprint racing for RCC and all of its competitors.

Rebecca Jennings
Sprint Team Leader

Longridge 5km
Sorry forgot about Longridge 5km, the first 5km in the southern region, attenance was low. However, the racing format was enjoyed by all. It’s expected interest will pick up. We await the results on their website

14-Mar-10 Royal K1/K2
Well attend well organised event and the weather wasn’t too bad either. We await the results on their website shortly.Good results for Nico and James 2nd Senior K2, not bad for Nico who is still a junior.

Female, over 40, love paddling?
If you are female, over 40 (or fast approaching), love paddling and looking for a new challenge, how about dragonboating?

We are continuing to recruit new paddlers to build the GB Senior Women’s Dragonboat squad, with a view to fielding a competitive crew for the European Championships in Amsterdam in August, but more importantly, the World Championships in Tampa Bay in 2011.

So if you’re ready to take things up a gear, this could be your opportunity to represent your country at international level, in one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

If you would like to find out more, contact your local dragonboat club for a taster session – details of clubs available at: click on “Find a Club”

5-Mar-10 University Head of River Race 6-March-2010 – CANCELLED
This weekend Reading University has been cancelled, therefore no river closures. However, the club room will be in use from 13:00

4-Mar-10 Coaching Talk @ Royal Leamington Spa [Tibor Herbent]
Alex Nikoronov (BCU full time coach) will give an informal talk on up to date coaching matters for racing at RLS, Leamington Spa. Date and time; March 10 6.30 pm. The talk will cover; coaching techniques developments over the last 10-15 years, new ideas. The importance of core strength dev.Winter training, skeletal developments of 10 to 18 age groups. National and international performance indicators for 10 to 18 age groups, ie; 4k run, 2k paddle, gym tests. The talk should be suitable for supporting parents, young coaches, senior competitors etc. Tea and coffee. Please advise Tibor in advance.

Royal K1/K2[Miranda Churchill]
The Royal K1/K2 race from Runnymede to Royal Canoe Club, Teddington (19 miles) will take place on Sunday 14th March.However, in the event of the river being on Red Alert during the prior week or there being Environment Agency flood warnings, a final decision on whether the race will run will be taken on Thursday 11th March and published on the Royal Canoe Club website. Entries may be made on the day, but the organisers would appreciate e-mail entries in advance with payment on the day. All the details can be found on the Royal website. Please note that there is no junior K1 event

3-Mar-10 Thameside 2
Following confusion around the fast start due to amalgamation of the K1 and K2 races, a paddler unfortunately missed the start. He managed to catch up with the race via road at Sonning and rejoined the event.We have calculated his result as if he had started with the rest of the field. Unfortunately, we cannot consider him eligible for the main results.

We apologise for the confusion surrounding this, the day was fairly fraught for everyone involved in organising the event.

1-Mar-10 University Head of River Race 6-March-2010
This weekend Reading University will be hosting their annual head of the river race from Roebuck to Caversham Bridge. The university has hired the RCC club room for the day, therefore please make sure you use the tea and coffee facility in the entrance hall.There will be a river closure in force between 10:00-11:30 and 14:30-16:00

28-Feb-10 Thameside Results
Please find Thameside 2 results here – Posted 15:16

27-Feb-10 Thameside 2
Having deliberated on the river conditions and latest forecast, the Thameside 2 organisers are scoring the course at 14 (see earlier news item for details of the scoring system). The majority of this is due to the wind and temperature so please dress accordingly. Any queries please email.
Buoyancy aids will be compulsory for all.

23-Feb-10 Flat Water Training Day
Saturday we are playing host to a MRC flat water training day at the club, therefore we are expecting the club to be busier than normal. Please cycle or car share when travelling to the club and park considerately.

The club will be serving a hot lunch (£2-3) to any club member or athletes attending the training day. After lunch there is likely to be a talk from one of the coaches or top athletes.

Thameside 2
We will be publishing the course score at 17:00 on Saturday, any further information will be given the same time.

23-Feb-10 Thameside 2 – Additional Scrutineering
Following a thorough risk assessment of the course and its potential hazards, a system of comparing the course conditions against paddler competency has been implemented.

The course is scored against a number of defined statements and a total reached, this zill be done by competent individuals with numerous years experience.

You, the paddler or competent adult if under 18, will then be asked to score yourself/your crew against a defined set of statements; once again a total will be reached.

The organisers can then compare the two scores to determine the suitability of the paddler/paddlers to participate in the event. This will unfortunately mean that some people may face the disappointment of being unable to participate in the event.

The paddler compentancy scoring system is available here please have a look and pre score yourselves. If you are finding that you are scoring below 11, please email for guidance.

23-Feb-10 Thameside 2 on Facebook T1 Results
River conditions are look tricky for this weekend, keep up to date with us on Facebook

22-Feb-10 Thameside 2
Next weekend (28th) brings the second of the Thameside races (Reading to Marlow), online entry is open.

It is very likely that the race will be run on high river conditions and possibly adverse weather, this brings with it numerous problems and advantages….

On the positive side – We can expect some cracking times from the top guys and girls; and fast times for all!

However, we also have considerable issues surrounding paddler abilities and knowledge. Whilst a fast flowing river is great fun to paddle on; if you don’t know what you are doing and where you are going a small mistake can cause catastrophic consequences.

This means buoyancy aids will be compulsory for ALL juniors, everyone should bring a buoyancy aid to the start in case conditions require them.

There may also be extra scrutiny of paddlers, clothing, boats and support crews at check in.

We will do all that we can to ensure the race will run; However, please check this website before you depart on Saturday night/Sunday morning for latest information.

In appropriate behaviour of support crews or paddlers could result in either crew, club/group being disqualified from event. The conduct of paddlers, supporters and spectators has a massive effect on whether we are able to race in the future, any one who jeopardise this in any way will be dealt with in the strongest possible manner.

Thameside Lost Property
We have couple of items that of lost property, if you know who these items belong too or have lost something please contact info
Found: 2 drinks systems and one cooler box
Lost: Black Cycling Shorts, Brown Leather Glovers

Waterside B
Another grizzly Waterside race, B has to be the toughest! It looks like the race was enjoyed by most, even Aaron, it’s important to remember that some bridges you can’t go under even if your girlfriend tells you to! Results were published on the web is a timely fashion, there are some important message on the Waterside website.

18-Feb-10 Thameside 2
Thameside 2 entry is now open, payment via cheque, PayPal or credit card (via PayPal). Closing date for entries will be noon on the Friday before the race.

17-Feb-10 Thameside 2
Online entry will be up and running shortly please bear with us.

Devizes to Westminster [Guy Dresser]
Are you a senior canoeist? Parent of a canoeist? An ex-DW paddler? The Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race organisers need help umpiring the event over the Easter weekend. Help is needed on both the Senior (straight through) and staged (4-day) race. Familiarity with the race and a calm but authoritative manner is what matters. Please contact Guy Dresser if you’re interested and available.

International Racing
Fancy a trip to Amsterdam? You could combine it with the Waterland Marathon 10-11 April? Or how about a trip to Sweden, to take in the Dalsand Kanot on 11 August?

Coaching Update [PDF]
There is a Southern Region coaching update being held in Eyot Boat Club, Henley on 20-Mar – see PDF for details.

Canoe Training Days [Andy Train]
Andy Train is planning to run a canoe development day on Sunday 21st Feb and repeat it on Sunday 21st March. Worcester Canoe Club have kindly agreed to host the February day (FOC) and the March event will be held at Holme Pierrepont (£5 day fee for each participant).

The days will start at 10am and finish around 3pm. The aim is to show how racing canoes can be developed in your clubs, using open canoes and stable racing boats. Essentially, the day is aimed at club coaches just starting or wanting to start, but it would be useful to bring along novice paddlers to try different boats. Equally, if you have paddlers who’ve done a bit of canoe racing and want advice, they would be welcome too.

Hope to have a racing C1 with stabilisers (outriggers) for paddlers to try and also a C4 version. The day would take the form of a couple of paddling sessions and a talk, but it will very much depend on numbers,ability and needs of those attending, so we can adapt the day accordingly.

14-Feb-10 Thameside I Results
Well done to everyone who raced, and to all the organisers and helpers. Check out results. Hope to see you all at Thameside II.

07-Feb-10 More Sad News
After a long battle with cancer, Ron Billingham sadly passed away on Friday.

Whilst Ron discovered canoeing and RCC late in life, his passion and determination was infectious and he rapidly became a much loved member of our club instilling warmth, enthusiasm and confidence in everyone he met.

Ron will be greatly missed by us all

Waterside A [results]
Well done to all that completed the course, it was tough day that turned out to be colder than it looked. Reading results highlighted below – excellent results for our Junior Ladies K2

2 Kate Jayne-Coupe & Amber Owen (J) 2:16:42 K2 LADIES
4* Emily Chalk & Flora Jayne-Coupe (J) 2:23:40 K2 LADIES
7 James Keeble 2:03:10 K1 SENIOR
12 Lee Atkins & Matt Walker 2:08:55 K2 VETERAN
13 Gail Battison 2:46:38 K1 LADIES
20 Tamsin Phipps & Paul Toomey (M) 2:19:02 K2 MIXED
24 Andy Harris & Keith Simpson 2:25:25 K2 VETERAN

* 3rd Junior boat

31-Jan-10 Club Room
The club room is being redecorated 22-Feb to 26-Feb and will be unavailable during that time.The club room has to be clear and prepared in advance of the redecpration, anyone wishing to help could lend a hand on the 20/21 Feb in clearing down the walls etc. (Caroline and Sam in charge). Or if they fancied some painting to drop Dave a line… The walls and skirting will be being painted on the 25/26-Feb

23-Jan-10 Dusi
After 3 days of extrene heat, extreme running and extreme water, our Reading crew of Dan Seaford and Owen Peake finished 62nd out of over 900 crews in the monster Dusi Race in South Africa. A great achievement. Well done boys. More information

17-Jan-10 Sad News
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Jan Perrett, passed away this week. Jan was a lifelong support to our club and our sport. Our thoughts are with Bernard and family.

See tribute from a former teacher

Thamesides – Online Entry – NOW OPEN [Details PDF]
Thameside entry this year is online only with payment via cheque, PayPal or credit card (via PayPal). Closing date for entries will be noon on the Friday before each race.

Some tweaks have already been made but please continue to report any difficulties or suggested improvements via email. See race details

15-Jan-10 Frank Luzmore
Frank Luzmore race still on for this weekend

Prom Events
Keep an eye for event taking place on the prom in 2010

12-Jan-10 Flatwater Newsletter January/February 2010
Latest flatwarer newsletter

6-Jan-10 Calendar 2010
MRC Calendar Co-ordinator Ollie Harding has made good progress in improving the deliever of this years calendar check out the options

Nick’s Paddle Machine Session – Cancelled
Nick’s paddle machine session tonight has been cancelled

4-Jan-10 Happy New Year!
What will 2010 bring? To start with the marathon training day was cancelled and the Luzmore is postponed (until 17-Jan) due to conditions.

Anna Hemmings
Congratulations to Anna Hemmings on getting an MBE for services to sport. See full honnors list

Waterside A is full, however, you are still able to enter B, C and D!

Thameside entries will open shortly, but keep the dates clear in your calendar 14-Feb and 28-Feb.

Number of new adverts have just gone up on the site – see adverts page.

22-Dec-09 White Christmas
Many thanks to everyone involved in organising this year’s Christmas party, in particular Dave and Caroline. It was a highly enjoyable evening of Food, Drink and Being Merry!

Click for larger image
Our roving photographer caught the club looking particularly christmassy this morning.

18-Dec-09 Safety Board System – Again
More relevant at this time of year is safety on the river, every member needs to be aware of the colour board system. The board resides at the top of the stairs and is set by one of the clubs level three coaches. Green, Amber, Red reflect weather and river conditions – each colour sets out conditions of use of club equipment. [Read more…]

17-Dec-09 Christmas Paddle
Not quite a Christmas setting but it did actually snow on our well attended Christmas paddle! Many thanks to all the organisers and paddlers who made it happen.

Boat Shed Racking
The club has undergone an exercise to reorganise some of the boat shed racking and boats to optimise our use of the space available.The Slalom boats and the private Canadian boats have been moved into bay 1.
The club K1s have been moved into bay 2.
The private K1s that were in bay 1 have been moved into bay 2. Please note that bay 2 is for thin K1s only.
Club lease Cougars have been moved into the left hand side of bay 3.
Lightenings and Hody K2s have been moved into the right hand side of bay 3.
Bay 4 remains as it was – with the club Canadians and plastic boats.

For those whose boats have been moved into bay 2 there are permanent outside boat racks, near the Bell Boat, where paddlers can set up their boats and put on spray decks etc.

If you have been affected and are unhappy about the change of location of your boat then please contact Dave Sackman or Nick Daniels and we will try to move your boat elsewhere. Please note that this will be subject to alternative space being available to swap into. Club boats including club Cougars, however, will remain in the bays that they have been moved to.

The reasons for the reorganisation are to:
Increase the number boat slots available
Improve accessibility – easier entry and exit for the K1s that were in the first boat shed bay
Reduce the congestion of the first boat shed bay
Improve the security of the club

15-Dec-09 Marathon Racing Calendar
Sounds like the calendar for 2010 is nearly ready. In the meantime here is a reminder from Brian Gandy about the increase in race levies.

“Just a reminder for those clubs running Hasler and other races in the first few months of 2010 that attract race levies that the levies were increased w.e.f. September 2009 and are now as follows:

Adult and Veteran paddlers £2
Junior paddlers £1

No levies are payable by juniors in Lightning or Hody races.

A merry Christmas and best wishes for 2010 to you and your clubs.”

14-Dec-09 Tom’s Top Tips – Correction
Aplogies slight error on the link for Tom’s mailing list please send requests to info

BBC Coverage
Anna Hemmings checks out the health of Team GB and Kerry Blewett gets called up to train sprint team.

10-Dec-09 Festive Activities
Please check out the notice boards for details of the Xmas Paddle and Club Xmas Party, both activities require sign up. Any questions please speak to Caroline Churnside or David Sackman.

Safety Board System
More relevant at this time of year is safety on the river, every member needs to be aware of the colour board system. The board resides at the top of the stairs and is set by one of the clubs level three coaches. Green, Orange, Red reflect weather and river conditions – each colour sets out conditions of use of club equipment. [Read more…]

Canoe England Coaching Conference 16-17 Jan 2010
Booking form for this year coaching conference is now available, new venue this year at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.

Tom’s Top Tips
A distribution list for all those following Tom’s coaching plan has been setup, to subscribe please email to info. This will mean you will be able to stay informed with all the latest plans and top tips.

Nationals 2010 – Chester
Next year we can look forward to a trip to Chester for the National Marathon Championships. Although a long way to go, the river at Chester is possible one of the best kept secrets of the canoeing world.

The Board of Directors Wrap up in Windsor
The 2009 annual ICF board meeting took place in Windsor, there was lots of little press release dotted around, which are actually quite difficult to find. Here’s a couple BCU and ICF (1), (2). Looks like the main topic of conversation focus around revised program for the Olympics.

Midlands Duathlon – Winter Series 2009 [PDF]
Check out the PDF for the Middle Duathlon dates.

02-Dec-09 Stour Decent 2009 – Cancelled
The Stour this Sunday is cancelled – see update I get the impression you can’t get under any of the bridges. However, you do have the options of consoling yourself with BCCC Canal Challenge if you’re not attending Event Organisers Forum

02-Dec-09 Ross Warland Results 2009 [PDF]
From the reports I have received the weather was ok, certainly warmer than last year! The event was well attend – check out the results

30-Nov-09 Correction: 1st BCCC Canal Challenge
Slight correction BCCC Canal Challenge is actual on Saturday, not Sunday – apologies for any confusion. The plus side is now you can do both the Stour and Canal Challenge

22-Nov-09 Tragic news[BBC][Canoe& Kayak]
Chris Wheeler, a canoeist from Reading, sadly died on the River Dart this weekend.
Whilst Chris was not known to us at Reading Canoe Club, he was a fellow paddler and part of the Reading Community. Heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends

AGM 2009
AGM last night, limited attendance. Below is the committe for 09/10 – please support them and the club over the comming year.

Position 2009
Chairman Daniel Seaford
Secretary Sam Jayne-Coupe
Treasurer David Sackman
Junior Representative Nico Kirschstein
Club House Manager Brian Greenham
Membership Secretary Sabine Kirschstein
Head Coach Tom Daniels
Slalom Leader / Coach Chris Masters / Nigel Winters
Communications Manager Jessica Collins
Ordinary Member Nick Daniels
Ordinary Member Caroline Churnside
Ordinary Member Sam Simpson
Ordinary Member Tony Potterton

Full list of position and pictures

15-Nov-09 1st BCCC Canal Challenge[Link]
Ok, this event may clash with the Stour but certainly provides something new on the calendar. Basingstoke Canoe Club are organising a “challenge” to paddle from Colt Hill Wharf to River Wey. There are number of restrictions, which will add to challenging nature of the event.

09-Nov-09 Performance Meltdown! [Ivan Lawler]
Interesting article on Ivan new website, certainly worth a read. Let’s hope they can get things sorted quickly.

Club Work Day
Thanks to all those who help on Saturday at the club work, they club is looking much better for it! However, work doesn’t stop there is plenty of things to do around the club all year, speak to Brian let he know you able to help.

It was very clear during Saturday’s clear up that people are very happy to leave their paddlers just about any where in the club except in the rack. It is also worth noting that all paddles look the same, therefore adding some suitable identification will save you time in the future.

Missing Paddle [Debbie]
“They are children’s adjustable length Bracas with fairly worn blades (but not shaft) and black tape (I think!) I am 1 m 62- so about that height. Please can you email me or let me know when you next see me”

05-Nov-09 Watersides 2010
Entries for Watersides Series are now open! As with last year there are a restricted number of seats for Waterside A, there will also be no late entry for Waterside A.

Entry for is available on the

04-Nov-09 Christmas Party
For all the details of the RCC Christmas party please see notices at the club or look in the members’ area of the website (see menu left).

29-Oct-09 DW Team Treasurer Needed
Position Vacant

The DW Organising Team is looking for a Treasurer for the next year – do you know an accountant who would be willing to volunteer? The job entails monitoring income and expenditure, paying bills and preparing the annual accounts. The busiest time tends to be around Easter, naturally enough, though the organising team meets every month at the Wokingham Waterside Centre and it is useful if the Treasurer can attend most meetings. No paddling experience necessary! If you can think of someone who could help, please emailcontact

25-Oct-09 Banbury Haslor 2010
Thankfully the weather held for Banbury today, possibly one of the more challenging 12 mile courses on the Hasler circuit was enjoyed by all. Many a bacon bap was consumed and the new look t-shirts were appreciated by all prize winners. Results on their website.

BCU Southern Region Junior Training Days 2009 [Brian Greenham][PDF]
Please find details of the Southern region training days being held at Reading and Basingstoke. A slight change in age format this year. If your paddler paddles a K1 irrespective of age then they attend the K1 day and similarly if they paddle a lightning then they attend the Lightning day. Could you please pass on the names to me please, so we can get catering right.

23-Oct-09 Southern Region ACM [PDF]
Southern Region ACM will be taking place on Sunday 15th November 2009, following the Newbury
Wavehopper Event. For more information contact Chris Edge

National Development Activities, Winter 2009-10 [PDF]
Plan marathon training events for winter 09-10 – PDF with more details

SAT 3 JAN: K2/C2 Training Day, Elmbridge CC.
SUN 4 JAN: Frank Luzmore K2
SUN 7 FEB: Waterside A
SAT 27 FEB: Training Day, Reading CC
SUN 28 FEB: Thameside 2 race

23-Oct-09 Cokethorpe 2009 – Update
Ever in the attempt to push the boundaries of what makes a good event, Cokethorpe are offering a limited shuttle bus transfer back to the start. Space is limited therefore car share where possible, otherwise you will need to book a seat on the bus with Ian White

21-Oct-09 Cokethorpe 2009 [PDF]
Arguable the provider of the best food on the racing circuit! Looks like a slight change of format with an A to B race “along the scenic upper”, none of this going round in circle stuff. Great opportunities to get out on a very nice stretch of water not know too many, unless you are doing the Marlow Half.

19-Oct-09 Event Organisers Forum 5-Dec-09 [PDF]
Calling all event organizers, would you like the opportunity to learn about and discuss good practice. To book please send cheque to James

Southern Region Hasler Events
Banbury this weekend 25-Oct-09, an excellent little canal where the long course enjoys 14 portages! Get out there a support your club and this event.

Looks like will have to wait until next year for Longridge as cancelled with no rescheduled date as yet.

Club Forum – Region Events [PDF]
“Following the success of last year’s Club Forums, Canoe England have announced new dates for 2009. Canoe England staff will travel across the country to meet clubs and volunteers to provide information & updates and to listen to your ideas.”

New South East PDO [Chris Edge]
Dear All,

I felt it appropriate that I should be in contact with you, to introduce myself as the new Paddlesport Development Officer for Canoe England, for the South East. I have previously already sent a letter to each of your club secretaries to inform your clubs of my appointment.

I have joined the Canoe England Team with a vast experience of the 3rd Sector and working with Young People. My previous employers were Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People (BACYP), whereby club development, club support and the development of young people was pivotal to my role so I am certainly very confident that we will be able to work very closely together.

As for paddling, I see myself more as a recreational paddler and coach, again where the majority occurs within the 3rd Sector.

I am very looking forward to working with you in the future and supporting the great work that you are currently delivering, within all manners of Paddlesport activities. I would really like the opportunity to come and visit you and you club in order for an effective link and working relationship to be formed. I have already visited some clubs and met some key individuals already and would welcome the chance to build on this in the coming month.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me,

Yours sincerely,

Chris Edge
South East Paddlesport Development Officer
Canoe England Team South

16-Oct-09 Notice of AGM – 21st November
The next annual general meeting of the club will be held in the club room on Saturday 21st November at 5:15pm, followed by a curry meal. Please arrive in good time to sign in and get a seat.

The curry meal will start at approximately 8pm assuming that the meeting has finished. If you wish to attend the curry please let Caroline Churnside know as soon as possible. There will be a charge for the curry, tba. If you are unable to attend the AGM but wish to attend the curry, that is fine or vice versa.

If any member wishes a proposal to be considered by the meeting can they submit it to one of the current Committee member’s by 7pm on the 29th October. All proposals are to be proposed and seconded. No proposals will be taken from the floor at the meeting.

All proposals submitted will be published on the club notice board and member’s area of the web site within one week of the 29th October.

Any member wishing to stand for election to the Committee should submit, in writing, to any Committee member, their nomination, proposed and seconded, by midday 7th November. Nominations will only be accepted from the floor of the AGM if there have been no nominations before the meeting.

See flyer here

13-Oct-09 Lighting Reminder
Please remember that you need your boat to be adequately lit if paddling in non-daylight conditions. If you don’t have a light then you are very hard to see – which is obviously a safety issue on our busy stretch of river. In addition, there could be a hefty fine from the EA if you don’t comply with this regulation. Suitable lights can be purchased from Paul Toomey at a very reasonable price.

12-Oct-09 Anti-Doping Education
For those interested in anti-doping matters, whether coach or athlete, the ICF has a new educational tool. RealWinner is an online educational programme for athletes and support personnel, covering the new World Anti Doping Code where you will learn the basics of the code through nine short, snappy and fun modules. You don’t have to do the whole program in one go. When you have completed all modules, this will be registered and you will receive a certificate.
Read their press release here, and find the educational tool on the ICF site here.

12-Oct-09 Autumn Training
The Autumn Training Programme is located on the noticeboard by the boatshed door. It is now also available in the members’ area on this website (see left menu panel), along with the gym, hall & ergo rota.
As the evenings get darker the Time Trial will be replaced by Brian’s Circuits Sessions which are due to restart on Thursday 22nd October with a 6:30 start for the run, followed by circuits at 7:00.