Ladies Training Day, May 2018, hosted at Reading Canoe Club

May 26th saw the second Ladies Training Day, again hosted by Reading Canoe Club. Kat Wilson and Alice Murphy, with the support of the MRC, organised the event that saw 37 athletes participate from 17 clubs. They were delighted to welcome paddlers from afar afield as Scotland, Swansea and Cornwall. The date was neatly chosen to dovetail with the Reading Hasler the following day, so paddlers could stay over and participate in both.

What’s more there were great conditions for both – minimal wind, plenty of sunshine and none of the torrential rain, thunder and lightning that had been forecast!

The age range for the day spanned 12 to 57 and divisions 2 to 7, from GB team to junior beginners in this all-inclusive day. For the morning K1 session, athletes were separated according to speed and divided among 8 coaches from various clubs. Focus was given to wash hanging, turns, technique and portaging (on Reading’s ready-assembled hasler pontoons).

The second half of the morning was presented by sports psychologist Danielle Adams. Formerly a competition swimmer herself and with seven years experience as a sports psychologist, she has provided support for both GB’s swimming elite and slalom teams. She gave very interesting insights into the mindset of competitors, techniques to contain nerves and provoked some interesting discussions amongst participants of their own experiences. ‘Pressure is a privilege’ was a good mantra to take from it!

After a hearty lunch provided by the Reading team, led once again by Tamsin Phipps – that was filled baked potatoes, followed by super-carb apple crumble … ideal paddler replenishment – there was an interactive question-and-answer session, in ‘speed dating’ format. Euros and Worlds medal-holder Alex Lane and former GB Junior sprinter and now an Elite BC coach, Imogen Collins, were among those anwering questions.

Last session of the day was for K2s, with 14 boats on the water, practicing wash hanging and those choppy mass starts.

Thanks Kat, Alice and all volunteers for a most informative day. It was super to see Reading Canoe Club easily facilitate this great day, plus an all-day session for ENTS K4 boys, all its usual club sessions, plus an adult beginners group!

Reading Circuit Hasler May 2018

This was the first Reading Hasler for many years that chief man, Brian, was not at the helm, though he’d done a fair bit of the legwork before he’d left. Instead we had Amber and Paul Owen running the show, along with Evan and a team of ever-willing volunteers.

Despite threats of torrential rain and, more worrying, lightning and thunder, none materialised and it was a hot day. We had 161 K1 entries, including 15 lightnings, and 48 K2s from a total of 31 clubs. Those clubs spanned the country from Pennines up north to Swansea west and Norwich to the east.

There was some great racing, close finishes and ten podium places for RCC. Great point scoring from all, particularly our juniors. Special mention to Noah for his first lightning race (20 points), Rory and Alex taking 1st and 2nd Div4 K1, Peter Skinner taking 2nd and Charlie 4th in U12s. In K2, Sam and Fran won 1st in Div 4 K2 and Thomas and Joseph took 1st in Div 6, winning a probable double promotion.

Seniors on the podium included Matt Clarke (3rd in Div6 K1), Kat and Rachel Fort (3rd in Div5 K2) with Nigel and Timi just behind them, and Chris B and Tant 3rd in Div 6 K2. The total tally of points gave Reading 2nd overall out of the 31 clubs attending. Great RCC team work, Go Team Reading!

A big thank you to all volunteers for helping to make the day run very smoothly – an encouraging pre-cursor to the Nationals coming up soon in July.

First Summer Season Barbecue

What a great night for RCC’s first handicap race and bbq of the summer 2018 – sweltering … especially if you were John Kemp, up against it, cooking 60 burgers, 60 sausages and a good number of veggie things beside!

Yes, we must have had 40 of us on the water, whizzing round the course, and a surprise 60 for the bbq supper. What a lovely evening, helped by the sunshine, but great conviviality, superb prize giving by Immi, Kat (with bump) and a few other important helpers besides! Great to see some guest paddlers from other clubs too.

Date for your diary – next bbq and handicap race 11th June! Don’t miss it.

Other bbq dates:
9th July
10th September

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.