Thameside – Update 2

There is a good entry for Thameside 1 tomorrow, therefore we need to make extra effort to respect neighbours at the start, finish and along the course, representing our great sport in the best possible light.

In particular, please look at the schedule below and aim to limit time spent at both Aldermaston and at Reading Canoe Club (RCC).

Buoyancy aids

Buoyancy aids are strongly recommended for all and compulsory for juniors, as the river is quite high.


The start window has been increased so slower boats should start earlier. We will run 2 briefings to accommodate people starting across the window.

The finish doesn’t open until 12:30 so if you finish before then you won’t get a time.

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


Parking is limited so where possible please car share and remember to always park legally and considerately. This is very important to the future of this event.

Finish parking

  • The Warren (road outside RCC)

The road is narrow so parking carefully is mandatory

We will cone off a passing area midway along the road. Please don’t block this space.

  • Albert Road, which is a short walk from the club
  • Rivermead Leisure Centre, on the opposite bank to RCC, a canoe ferry will be in operation

Check-In Procedure

  1. Get your race number from the club website
  2. Tell your number to the check-in team, who will confirm your name 
  3. Check-in team will give you a South Region number board to use. No other number boards are acceptable. 

So, remember to

  • Bring & wear the appropriate kit
  • Park legally and considerately
  • Take your litter home

Thank you

Thameside 1

Everything is looking good for Thameside 1, you can still enter. Buoyancy aids are strongly recommended for all and compulsory for juniors, as the river is quite high.

There are a few fallen trees, all passable. There are two close together just above the bridge at The Cunning Man pub which could be tricky. Below are pictures from this morning’s penultimate course inspection.

JDS Training Day at the Club, 21st January 2022

Saturday, in late January, the club played host to 60 junior paddlers taking part in a Junior Development Squad training day. These juniors came from over 12 clubs, 13 paddlers from Reading Canoe Club itself.

It was specifically a crew day, with two K4 sessions (getting 15 K4s together, from all over the country, was quite some task). The first session focused on skill development in same-ability crews; the second mixed up crews, both gender and ability, and practised wash-hanging skills.

It was terrific to have RCC’s 2019 Junior World Champion sprinter, Dan Atkins, there to give a talk about motivation.

A thoroughly enjoyable and productive day for juniors, tailored to have minimal impact on club activities. Big shout out to the club for supporting this event and allowing it to take place there.

K4s racing up river, with coaches alongside on bikes, mindful of pedestrians on the prom

Stafford & Stone slalom competition, January 2022

RCC slalom paddlers headed up to Stafford and Stone canoe club for the winter mini-series. Despite the chilly weather, Peter, Emily, George, Andy N and Craig all enjoyed an excellent competition.

A handicap system meant everyone was in with a chance of the overall win. With well over a hundred competitors on the day, George took top spot among the Reading paddlers coming in an impressive 15th overall. Well done to all. There’s a picture below of Emily twisting and turning. No capsizing here!

Litter pick, Sunday 7th Nov

Jan and Sue will be leading a river clean-up this Sunday, in Canadians. Please do come and lend a hand – Jan and Sue and the environment will appreciate your help, even just for an hour.

Meet at the club at 2pm.

This occurs the first Sunday of every month.