11-Feb-2024Thameside 1
25-Feb-2024Thameside 2

Thameside 1: Aldermaston to Reading

Starting from Aldermaston Bridge, Thameside 1 is a time trial down the Kennet & Avon Canal, onto River Kennet, through Reading town centre 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.

Pre-Event Parking / Facilities

Pre-event parking in the British Rail car park at Aldermaston station, please note that facilities at Aldermaston are very limited. Boat drop off is possible at the tearoom, but cars must be moved from here immediately. This year the tearoom is closed. To launch, please walk around the block to the riverfront with your boats (see map, approx 100m).

Approximate total distance: 12 miles, Portages: 12

Post-event Parking / Facilities

Post-event parking is limited so RCC asks that you park legally and considerately. There will be parking assistants, pointing out where else you can park, as there is insufficient room outside the club and you cannot park where the road narrows, further along.
There will be hot showers and food available at the finish.

Please note, Race Control mobile number has changed to: 07974 227362

For entries, go to: Thameside 1 entries 2023

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 behind 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 Higginson Park, Marlow. There are no showers available here.

Please note paddler food will be provided at start.

Approximate total distance: 18.5 miles, Portages: 8

For entries, go to: Thameside 2 entries 2023

Race Entry

Senior: Pre-entries: £16 per seat per race

Junior: Pre-entries: £12 per seat per race

British Canoeing (BC) Membership Day Ticket £5

Late entries: £4 additional per seat

  • Entries can only be made online this year. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 14:00 ON THE DAY PRECEDING EACH RACE.
  • Early bird entries will be accepted until noon on the Friday preceding the race you are entering.
  • Late entries will be accepted up to 14:00 on the Saturday preceding the race, but will incur an additional charge of £4 per seat.
  • Payment is via the online entry system only.
  • Comprehensive BC membership is required. Please bring your card on the day.
  • Those without proof of BC membership will be charged £5 for an event day ticket.
  • Entry fees include Thames Licences, light refreshments and the use of shower and changing facilities at finishing points.
  • All Under 18 paddlers must wear a Buoyancy Aid.


K1 & K2K1 & K2
C1 & C2
K1 & K2K1 & K2K2K2
  • 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.


Thameside 1: prizes will be awarded at the finish, as follows:
1st place in all classes, 2nd place where five or more starters, 3rd place where ten or more starters.

Thameside 2: there will be no prize giving at the end.

Race Day

Thameside 1

09:00 Check-In opens
11:00 Check-In closes
09:30 Briefing 1
10:30 Briefing 2
09:45 Start window opens
11:45 Start window closed
12:30 Finish window opens
15:00 Prize giving

Thameside 2

08:30 Check-In opens
09:30 Check-In closes
09:30 Briefing
10:00 Slow doubles – odd numbers
10:10 Slow doubles – even numbers
10:15 Slow singles
10:50 Fast doubles
11:00 Fast singles
12:30 Finish window opens

Anyone in Div 3 or above will not be allowed to start in the slower start. Race time cir. 2:30


  • Canoeing​ ​and​ ​Kayaking​ ​in​ ​all​ ​its​ ​forms​ ​is​ ​an​ ​‘Assumed​ ​Risk​ ​–​ ​Water​ ​Contact’​ ​sport.​ ​The organisers​ ​have​ ​done​ ​their​ ​very​ ​best​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​racing​ ​environment.
  • 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.
  • Team leaders must bring to the race organiser’s attention any paddlers that are known to suffer with medical conditions that could adversely affect their safety. The race organiser will then decide what, if any, extra control measures to put in place to ensure the safety of the paddler.
  • The course is open to others and you must be mindful of all others, and courteous, whether they are competitors/supporters/general public, on and off the water.
  • Competitors must provide support to any other paddler in distress, and should attempt to raise the attention of one of the marshals along the course.
  • The rules of the river/waterway should be observed at all times.

Kit Requirements

In the event of cold weather, paddlers considered by the race organisers to be too lightly dressed will not be permitted to take part. The safety marshalʼs decision in this matter will be final.

Buoyancy Aids

  • All paddlers under the age of 18 years on 1st January in the year of the race must wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket.
  • Division 7-9 paddlers must​ wear buoyancy aids, regardless of the class entered.
  • 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 – we may also declare on race day it is compulsory for ALL classes, ALL paddlers.

Boat Buoyancy

All boats must carry sufficient buoyancy secured in both ends to support their own weight plus that of crew members in the water, e.g. inflated airbags or fixed buoyancy blocks. Boats may be inspected before the start and any boats not meeting the requirements will not be allowed to race.


All paddlers who fail to finish must report this, with their boat number, to a Marshal. Alternatively report to race control on 07974 227362 (please note this number has changed).


The results will appear on this site during the event, check the Home Page for the latest.

For historical results check out the Archive Results