Thameside 2 – Cancelled

Unfortunately following yesterday’s government announcement, and the British Canoeing statement on events and gatherings in light of COVID-19, RCC will need to cancel the Thameside 2 race this year.

Please contact us via info@reading-canoe.org.uk if you require a refund.

Thameside 2 – Postponed

Regrettably we have not been able to secure a suitable replacement finish for Thameside 2 on Sunday. Therefore we have taken the decision to postpone the event.

The only viable date is Sunday 22-March, between Watersides C & D. We are currently starting the process to make this happen. Further updates to follow.

Please contact us via info@reading-canoe.org.uk if you require a refund.

Thameside 2 2020 – Update 1

Quick update, the weather conditions mean that we will not be able to to use Longridge Activity Centre for the finish. We are currently looking at alternatives and hope to post an update later today.

Special Measures – given the river conditions there will additional measures in place and entry restriction. Details to follow.

Thameside 1 2020

As always a big thank you to everyone supporting this year’s event on and off the water. Apologies to those who were not able to take part due to the restrictions, and a special acknowledgement to paddlers who have donated their entry despite not racing.

Check out the final results for T1 2020

Refunds or transfer to T2 – All requested refunds have been processed, so if you have not heard from us and still want a refund or transfer to T2 please drop us an email.

Feedback is a gift, feel free to share any constructive feedback.

See you all at T2

Thameside 1 2020

With heavy rain, sodden ground, overflowing rivers and high winds for the two weeks preceding Thameside 1 this year, it was exceedingly touch and go whether the race could go ahead. In fact, on the Tuesday before it, Race Coordinator Dan Seaford did a race inspection and found parts of the towpath under more than a metre of water.

Still Dan had faith and by Saturday, the weather and the water levels had dropped significantly. So, with special measures in place and only experienced, competent paddlers permitted to partake, the race went ahead.

It was a tight ship on organisation, very well run. Thanks Dan. Participants were understandably down, but still there were entries from 28 K1s and 29 K2s. Harry Freeland from RCC took 1st in JMK1, his dad Jeremy was 3rd in VMK1, while among the K2s Erika and Nigel were 3rd in Mix K2 and Bethan with FOX paddler Anna was 2nd in SLK2.

Thanks to all the volunteers who risked the wild weather to man the course and the whole RCC team for making it happen.

Thameside 1 – Update 22-Feb

Prerequisites for Thameside 1 tomorrow

  1. Restricted entry
  • Your crew must score 16 or above on the competency check (form attached)
  • Please ensure you bring your completed competencies forms to check-in
  1. Compulsory buoyancy aids for ALL paddlers
  2. Mobile phone to be carried by all crews (working, charged, water proof)
  3. Your kit and boat will be checked
  4. If you caught by the course sweeper you will be asked to leave the course. Please bear this in mind.

Refund or Transfer to T2
If do not meet the criteria please let me know if you want the entry transfer to T2, or refunded.

Thameside 1 – Update 21-Feb

Thameside 1 is on! We are still scoring the course at 16, your paddler assessment needs to be equal or higher than 16.

All additional measures previously stated will be place; restricted entry, compulsory buoyancy aids, mobile phone to be carried.

If you caught by the course sweeper you will be asked to leave the course. Please bear this in mind.

We are also continuing to monitor the course, if something changes beyond our control that we are not able to mitigate we might still need to cancel the event.

Please check the website regular for updates.