The club is closed until further notice

We regret that the canoe club is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus crisis. The club is now locked so your key card will not open the doors (Fess and Julian have the keys).

It is most unlikely the May Hasler event will go ahead, although we are hopeful for the Worcester Ring in September. We have no current plans to run beginners’ sessions this Summer.

Best wishes,

Julian
Chairman

Tim Jones Challenge – the Worcester Ring

The Worcester Ring Challenge is back. Now named the Tim Jones Challenge, this year’s will be on Saturday 19th September (bit later than usual, should still be decent weather and the swans will be more relaxed…). Hope to see you there. More details at https://worcester-ring.org/

The Worcester Ring is our 15 or 20 mile circular event through the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. It is open to canoes, kayaks, SUPs and anything else you may care to paddle (although we think K4s are too long to get round the corners…). It’s a varied, interesting circular course on mostly canals with some river.  It’s fully marshaled with food and water stops, hot food and showers at the end. And a challenge, definitely a challenge.

Annual Awards Night and Christmas Party

Well done to everyone picking up a trophy at the club’s Annual Awards Night 2019 and Christmas Party. Another fun evening, organised by Claire and family.

The winners were:

Senior Male: John Parker
Senior Female: Katie Brookes
Junior Male: George Brooks
Junior Female: Amy Green
Most Improved Paddler: Alastair Messore
Worcester Canoe Chase (best performance at Worcester Marathon): John Parker
Worcester Canoe Club Doubles Trophy: Paul Gregory and Gary Leeke
The Harrison Trophy (most Hasler points in season): Katie Brookes
Tony Sowman Award (for achievement in canoeing): Sue Hawthorn
Alan Edwards Award (personal contribution to the club): Robin Powell
Founders Trophy (for services to the club): John Talbot
Ian Kennedy Award (for life saving): Ryan Sneddon (awarded for contribution to the club)

Wildlife and walls

With thanks to Robin, some photos of the local turtle / terrapin / sea monster*. Any suggestion for names? Apparently this was taken at some risk, possibly of being viciously snapped.

It has been around for a few years now, and can be found sunning himself by the banks in the Summer. Presumably it hibernatates in the winter.

And finally, the building works on the retaining wall are well in progress:

*I am a canoeist not a zoologist.

Bryan Harrison

The Club are sorry to hear of the passing of Bryan Harrison, who has  died after suffering a long illness.  He was the early member who introduced the club to Slalom & owned the canvas folding kayak in the stair well.   We will circulate further details when they are available.