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Training races update

Saturday 11 March.

1230 pick up from the Burning Bush (2 hour paddle). Possibly starting at Pewsey.

12 March, Thameside 2.
Reading to Marlow. 19 miles, 8 portages

This is a downstream race with mass class starts, starting at 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.

19 March, Waterside C.
Pewsey to Newbury 23 miles, 35 portages

A great race with passage through the Bruce Tunnel and then the challenging 35 portages

25 and 26 March
Marlow to Teddington over the two days.

35 Miles and nine locks

1 April, Paddle on the Tideway

Paddle from Ham or Richmond

2 April, Waterside D or alternative

We may not do Waterside D as it is so close to the main event.

8th and 9th April.

Sessions dependent on boys availability, Please confirm availability

Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April

Rest, recuperation and preparation

Devizes Westminster Race

13 April preparation
14 April, Good Friday. Devizes to Marlow. Early start, about 0800. Probably best to stay locally.
15 April, Newbury to Marlow
16 April, Marlow to Teddington
17 April, Teddington to Westminster

By | 2017-03-09T20:37:30+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Devizes Westminster|Comments Off on Training races update

Non stop Devizes Westminster tips

  1. Resist the temptation to buy new clothes or equipent that you have not tested.
  2. Show no bare midriff! Ensure you have an overlap between you thermal bottoms and thermal tops.
  3. Ensure that your thermal bottoms do not fall down as you run.
  4. Go easy on the energy drinks. Go for the slow burn and keep those embers glowing in the wee small hours instead of crashing.
  5. Do you really need paddles as large as the paddles the strongest sprint paddlers use over 200 metres?
  6. Instead of building up to a five hour paddle why not 3 x 8 miles with a bungee and an hour rest between each 8 miles.
  7. Keep most of your training paddles to maximum ninety minutes.
  8. Paddle six days a week if you can.
  9. Spend time on technique.
  10. Spend more time on technique.
  11. Don’t over train.
  12. Don’t use a GPS. As you go around bends the  GPS shows a reduced speed.
  13. Don’t race other crews. Time trial the race.
  14. Paddle a boat you are 90% sure you will not fall out of when you are exhausted.
  15. A head torch creates a bubble of light around you beyond which you can not see.
  16. Pay for your supporters fuel.
  17. Use old bike innertubes to secure your compulsory kit.
  18. Focus on the moment and remember it is incredibly self inulgent.
  19. Be nice to your support crew.
  20. Don’t be a pre madonna.
  21. Consider doing the Regatta del Rio Negro in Argentina in January.
By | 2016-12-03T22:55:41+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|Devizes Westminster, DW|Comments Off on Non stop Devizes Westminster tips

Christmas stocking fillers for your paddling friends

Sometimes you need to attract attention and this is one the best and most reliable ways.

More than enough mint cake for paddlers' emergency rations. Compulsory equipment per person 200g
Kendal Mint Cake has a reputation for energising the exhausted. When things are bleak there is Kendal Mink Cake Vodka.
By | 2016-11-27T18:10:37+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Devizes Westminster, DW|Comments Off on Christmas stocking fillers for your paddling friends

Black Friday deal on basic bivi bag suitable for DW

From page four of the General Rules on the DW website.

Survival Bags.
Competitors must carry one survival bag each in their boat. The only one permissible is the ‘classic’ survival bag, a heavy duty 500 gauge tear proof ,waterproof, windproof polythene bag measuring at least 1800 x 900 mm, in highly visible dayglo orange, weighing about 290g each. No space blankets, silver blankets, thin gauge or other forms of translucent or coloured plastic bags ofany sort will be acceptable.

By | 2016-11-21T13:43:49+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Devizes Westminster, DW|Comments Off on Black Friday deal on basic bivi bag suitable for DW