Thamesides

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Thameside 1: Aldermaston to Reading

Starting from Aldermaston Bridge, Thameside 1 is a time trial down the Kennet & Avon Canal, through Reading town centre and out onto the River Thames. A left turn where the mouth of the Kennet meets the Thames takes competitors upstream and over Caversham Lock, finishing upstream of Caversham Bridge at Reading Canoe Club on the right hand bank.

Parking / Facilities

Pre-event parking in the British Rail car park at Aldermaston station, please note that facilities at Aldermaston are very limited. Post-event parking will be limited so RCC asks that you park legally and considerately. There will be hot showers and food available at the finish

Approximate total distance: 12 miles
Portages: 13

Thameside 2: Reading to Marlow

This is a downstream race with mass class starts, starting in Reading and finishing at Marlow. Start and Check in will be at the Reading Rowing Club on the south bank of the river near the Rivermead sports centre and Holiday Inn Hotel, opposite Reading canoe club. The finish will be at the Longridge, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow.

Approximate total distance: 19 miles
Portages: 8

Race Entry

Senior: Pre-entries: £10 per seat per race

Junior: Pre-entries: £9 per seat per race

BCU Day Ticket £2.50.

Late entries: £3 additional per seat

  • Please enter online
  • Payment is via paypal, credit card or cheque, payable to Reading Canoe Club.
  • Please send cheques to Race Organiser, c/o Reading Canoe Club, The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TH
  • Advance entries will be accepted until noon on the Friday preceding the race.
    Entries will be accepted on race day however subject to a late entry fee per paddler of £3
  • Comprehensive BCU membership is required. Please bring your card on the day
  • Those without proof of BCU membership will be charged £2.50 for an event day ticket.
  • Fees include Thames Licences, light refreshments and the use of shower and changing facilities at finishing points.

Classes

Junior Senior Veteran Ladies Mixed Jun/Vet
K1 & K2 K1 & K2
C1 & C2
K1 & K2 K1 & K2 K2 K2
  • Juniors must be under 19 on January 1st in the year of the race.
  • Veterans must be aged 35 or over on January 1st in the year of the race.
  • A Junior/Veteran boat must be made up of paddlers from both classes.

Prizes

At the finish of each race, prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st place in all classes
2nd place where five or more starters are present
3rd place where ten or more starters are present

Race Day

Thameside 1 Thameside 2
9:00 to 10:00 Check-in
10:00 Briefing
10:30 to 11:30 Start window (at one minute intervals)
Timings
08:30 Check-In
09:30 Briefing
For 2015 ONLY
10:00 Slow K2 Start
10:10 Slow K1 Start
10:40 Fast K2 Start
10:50 Fast K1 Start
Anyone in Div 3 or above will not be allowed to start in the slower start. Race time cir. 2:30
  • If you are uncertain whether the race will go ahead, please telephone (0118) 9477643. Check website for updates
  • Competitors and team leaders should note that competitors participate at their own risk, and that Reading Canoe Club cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury to person or property however caused.
  • All paddlers under the age of 16 years on 1st January in the year of the race must wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket.
  • It is recommended that all other paddlers wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket and dress appropriately, since river conditions can be adverse at this time of the year.
  • Vertical racing number plates are compulsory. Please remember to bring one!
  • The rules of the river/waterway should be observed at all times.

The Future…

Here at Reading Canoe Club we are always looking to make improvements to our great events. Therefore would appreciate any feedback negative or positive you may have – therefore please email any suggestions.

Some ideas we are looking at are; schools trophy, alternative course in high flow, other options at Marlow.

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