RCC Team at Shepperton, May 2021

On the weekend of 29th/30th of May, a large group of Reading Slalom paddlers headed to Shepperton for the first competition of the year. Having at least one competitor in every category, Reading paddlers dominated the course and came out with great success!

At first glance of the storming river levels, many of our knees began to shake at the extreme water, the first whitewater experience for many of our paddlers – lots were expecting a swim. With paddles held high, every single paddler got on the water and challenged the course head on, with no swims (except Peter upholding his tradition of a Shepperton swim on a practice run), all Reading paddlers did themselves and all the coaches very proud.

Fueled by Liz’s infamous banana bread, Charlotte Fulford reached a win in division 4 and gained a promotion to div3, closely followed by Tia in second place; the girls did an amazing job! For divison 4 men, Rish powered round the course and earned himself 3rd place and received a t-shirt for fastest junior! In division 3, Lisa Fowler turned on her turbo powers and achieved a win in division 3, hot on her tail were Zoe Neville in 3rd and Isabelle Fulford in 4th! On the boys side, George Murphy came 8th followed by Marc Gutteridge in 11th and Peter Skinner in 12th – all finishing their runs with dry hair; a miracle by Marc’s standards! Competing for his first time in England, Ele entered both C1 and K1 events, and with the only disadvantage of snapping his paddle on the start line, he managed to storm around the course achieving great times!

A similar outcome on Sunday, with many away for the Hasler, Reading was down in numbers but no lack in enthusiasm and competitiveness was shown. Coming 5th, 11th and 14th; George, Peter and Marc all produced amazing runs – the only exception being Marc enjoying the water from underneath it!! Lisa Fowler produced an equally amazing time and despite being the only person in her category, managed to come away with a large amount of points and even more prizes! In the Men’s ‘open’ category, Ele reached 5th place closely followed by Andy Neville in 6th. Finishing the day on a high, Ele won a £50 voucher from the competition sponsors Peak UK.

So so so proud of all our paddlers this weekend and couldn’t be more excited to have a large group dominating competitions. Well done to everyone and many thanks to all those who helped with coaching and guiding the younger ones and all parents who came to cheer on the paddlers. Great weekend with great weather; a great success!!

The Nationals are on their way – 10th/11th July

Currently it’s all systems go for the National Marathon Championships taking place this year at Reading Canoe Club, on the prom side, 10th & 11th July.

And the team need your help!

We will need volunteers the day before setting up and over the two days it’s on – 10th and 11th July. Even if you are racing, you can enjoy helping – there is a great buzzy atmosphere to the event.

To volunteer, please sign up on Google Form

Or you can sign up on the noticeboard at the club.

If you have any queries regarding the Nationals, please use this email address:
nationals@reading-canoe.org.uk

Entries for racing itself will be open from 28th June.

See you there!

Reading Hasler May 2021

The club was proud to put on the first hasler in the southern region since the start of the pandemic. We had 171 K1 and 26 K2 entries, with a phenomenal 43 boats entered for Div4. That was quite some start line and yet, miraculously, there were no swimmers.

Div 4 had 43 boats on the line

Brian did a magnificent job, adapting with extra Covid measures and making sure he had a team in place to carry it all out. Floating portaloos across the river on the pontoons – just part of the job!

We were delighted to have 47 Reading members racing that day. Our youngest members gained the most podium places – Alice B winning the U14 A K1 and Kathryn W coming 2nd, plus Conrad P winning U14 B race.

In Div 9 K1, all three top places went to RCC, Tyler, Isabelle and Olivier took 1st, 2nd and 3rd and gained promotions. In Div 8, Nick Wright (not a junior!) took 3rd and just missed out on promotion, in Div 7, Tilla came 2nd; in Div 6 Jacob W came 1st, earning promotion to Div 6. Annabel took 4th in Div 5 and Charlie 7th raced up in Div 4, gaining promotion to that division. Finally, Laurence Plant, another senior, took 4th in Div 3.

Annabel gets off to a flying start in Div5

A huge thank you again to Brian for doing a great job and all the volunteers. How great to be racing again.

RCC Junior Taster Sessions:

This year the club welcomed at least 90 children, aged 8 to 16, to our free half term taster sessions. And for once, it was non-stop sunshine. Brian and Seumas were are lead coaches, with the considerable support of a phenomenal team of enthusiastic junior coaches and our land-based helpers.

Our junior coaches demonstrated use of the paddle

Each of the nine sessions were split between marathon boats and slalom and judging by the happy faces (and very few tears), those children had an amazing time. The follow up from these sessions – with requests to join the U10s or the beginner courses – is also clear evidence that they certainly enjoyed their time sampling canoeing.

A huge thank you to all who helped at this event. More to come for Emmer Green in June and during the Children’s Festival in August.

The children were able to try out slalom boats and also the marathon boats

Reading Circuit Race 2021

Details are now available for the Reading Circuit Race 2021. Due to Covid restrictions, changes will be made to the way we normally run this race.

Please note that entries are limited to 300 and priority is given to Southern region until the 25th. No late entries will be allowed.

Please check back here on our website for the latest information leading up to the race.

Reading Circuit Race Details 2021

Litter pick up success

A big thank you from Sue and Jan (and the river) to all those who helped at the litter pick on Sunday 2nd May. You picked up seven large sacks of rubbish and a tyre.

The plan is to do it on the first Sunday of every month. The next will be 6th June, meet at the Club 2pm.

As Sue described:“A couple of years ago, I was walking my dog when a hedgehog blundered in front of us with a plastic cake wrapper over its eyes, nose and mouth. Thankfully, I was there to remove it and it went on its way.

By clearing our local part of the river, we are a part of the solution. “