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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
Paddlers from Norwich Canoe Club joined us again for our annual February training camp. Head coach Tom Daniels set a gruelling programme aimed to kick start the transition from winter training to speed on the water. Erika Hutchinson, camp manager ensured the camp ran smoothly and that our juniors had sun screen, hydration an enjoyable camp and an amazing experience. The skills involved in managing the athletes on and off the water are quite subtle. Tom is able to goad and incite peak performance whilst Erika manages the disparate group of coaches and paddlers with great skill and tact ensuring one of the best training camps to date. Dyson and Ali bring their supportive nurturing style that has kept Norwich as one of the most successful clubs over a number of years. A great combination. Watch this space for details of 2018.
Photos from the training camp may be viewed here.
Twenty nine of this year. This is the sixth successive year that Longridge Canoe Club have returned to Vila Nova Milfontes. International athletes, predominantly from Eastern And Northern Europe flee their countries icy embrace and seek out Jan”s hospitality in this small town on the Rio Mira estuary.
It will come as no surprise that Alexander Nikonorov has been headhunted by the Chinese. The post on the Chinese Federation site says he is coaching the 2020 team in the beautiful 1000 Islands resort in southern China. Alexander often paddled at Longridge Canoe Club and we wish him every success in his new role.