We had three crews competing at the October Reading Canoe Club K4 race – and all came home with new beanie hats. For the juniors this was their first K4 race with the girls’ Rocket (helped by last minute super-sub Ruth S from Reading Canoe Club) beating the boys on this occasion. Meanwhile, the senior team probably won the prize for laughing the most. Up in Scotland, Tasha McL was persuaded to race again after “quite a few years”, coming 2nd in the Scottish Canoe Association The Hooley 5k – British Championships, with international paddlers, Tom Lusty, Beth Gill and Dan Johnson.
The K2s have been in fairly constant use too. Joe P and Shaun H won the inaugural Summer Waterside race, while an intrepid group ventured away from the canal to Llangollen to brave the Chirk and Whitehouses tunnels and the Pontcysyllte aqueduct.
For a change of scene, nearly 20 K2s were taken to Wolvercote, Oxford for a mixed training session – always a challenge with a slower and faster paddler in the same boat, and remarkably few swims considering! It was good to have some Pangbourne Canoe Club paddlers with us too. Having managed to control that, Dan G then took a two-day junior training camp, keeping everyone busy and tired over half-term.
And finally to the creepy crawlies – Paul S and his team of ghoulish helpers ran a spooky session on Hallowe’en, where some of our junior paddlers had to contend with all sorts of canal spirits in the dark, followed by nerve-settling hot chocolate and cake.