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News from Rome Marathon World Championship 2012

Brilliant news for our two girls paddling at the Worlds. Amy Ward came 4th in the K1 Junior Womens race on Friday.  As you can see from the picture below it was a tight race.  All the top 4 contestants worked very hard to maintain their positions. Well done Amy, we were kept informed by the live feed provided by the Italian marathon organisers.

There was no rest for Amy. She then paddled with Rebi Simon on the Saturday in the Junior Womens K2 race. Another amazing result where they came 3rd. As you can see from the photos both were elated with their result and so was all of Elmbridge canoe club, who managed to keep up with the race on the live feed from Rome during the training session on Saturday.

National Championship Sprint Regatta September 2012


Septembers National Championship followed on from the Marathon Championships, so our junior paddlers had to adjust to sprint mode and up their game. The weather started off cold and everyone thought that the  forecast was wrong, but by late morning the sun was shining. Granted there was still “head wind” but everyone took this in their stride knowing this was the last regatta of the session.


Amy Ward was once again our star paddler, taking the National Championship titles in the Under 18 Girls K1 1000m, K1 200m, K1 500m, K2 1000m partnered by Sam Rees-Clark from Basingstoke Canoe Club ( training at Elmbridge Canoe Club) and K4 500m with a mixed crew.  Amy has been outstanding  in both  marathon and sprint  this year,  and these titles are her just deserts. Well done Amy!


Our Under 14 Girls, Rebecca Williams, Georgina McMullen, Rebekah Solway and Nicole Dawes,  came away as National Champions in their 1000m K4 event and 2nd in the 500m. For Georgina this was her 1st ever event at Nottingham, having been persuaded at the previous regatta to crew in the Under 14’s, well done Georgina. Rebecca Williams and Nicole Dawes came 2nd in their K2 1000m and 3rd in the 500m, with all the girls in the K1 races making a Final 1 or Final 2 .


Kayne Wilkinson and Stefano di Gregorio raced in the Under 14 Boys. Kayne was 2nd in the 500m and 5th in the 1000m, with Stefano making Final 2’s and performing well,  gaining  promotion to Boys C. Paddling together for the K2 they came 4th in both the 1000m and 500m, Well done boys!


Our Under 18 Boys were Harry Archer and Bruce Jones ( who raced under Hereford, but has now moved  and trains at Elmbridge Canoe Club). This was a tough session for them both but showing true Elmbridge spirit they made Finals in all their races and Harry performed brilliantly as part of the K4 crew to come 2nd in the 1000m. The same goes for our Under 16 Boys, Ross McMullen and Eliot Solway. Both performed keenly with Ross making Final 1’s and Eliot just missing out on Final 2, next time Eliot!


Our Under 16 Girl’s , Elise Piercy, Roberta Lufkin, Amy Dawes and Jenny Withers faced tough competition, but  they too displayed determination and performed magnificently. Elise made Final 1 in her 1000m coming 5th, well done, and 2nd in Final 2 500m, missing out on 1st by a split second; Roberta came 5th in 500m Final 3. Both K2 partnerships made a Final in either their 1000m or 500m, well done girls and to Jenny for soldiering on even though she was ill.


Our only Under 23 paddler and racing in Womens C was Emily Illinesi. Paddling with Hazel Childerstone, from Wey Kayak Club, they came 2nd in the 500m and in her K1 200m came 3rd. They then raced up into Womens B and came 4th in the 200m, well done Emily.


Overall our junior Elmbridge paddlers, that raced all year at Nottingham, have been a tough, determined bunch. The majority have gained  promotions and have demonstrated what Elmbridge Canoe Club stands for.

Enormous thanks must go to our amazing team leader, Fran Solway, who makes everything tick perfectly on the day. Obviously there are always problems which she endeavours to sort out, whether a late entry or finding a place for a paddler in another boat. Fran thought she was going to have a quiet weekend without visits to the tower, “ The walk of shame” ( as she puts it), but it wasn’t to be. Sunday was the day of 3 walks to the tower !  1st for a lane infringement, 2nd a under-weight boat, and finally a no show for a race due to illness. Fran dealt with these events in her calm manner and was able to avoid any penalties for the team, showing this is why  she is one of our favourite team leaders.

Finally thanks must go to all the parents parked on the hill and on the concrete, keeping their paddlers well feed, entertained and creating a wonderful atmosphere of unity, that makes the early mornings starts more bearable.


News From World Cup 1

Brilliant news, silver medal for Amy Ward at World Cup 1 Marathon in Copenhagen. Amy raced in the junior womens K1 Results

Congratulations from all of Elmbridge CC.















Elmbridge Annual Awards Evening 2011

With the main race season over, the next event in the calendar for the club were the annual awards evening. This was held on Friday 25th November, where the majority of the members and parents turned out for the event. Due to Ivan being otherwise engaged, Nathan Johnson, our junior coach, was the MC for the night and did a grand job of entertaining us.

We started off with a roundup of the clubs successes for the year, from Roland Lawler, with acknowledgement to our GB paddlers that took part in the junior and senior sprint World Championships and Marathon World Championship. Although the beginning of the year wasn’t as outstanding as previous years the club rallied around and ended the season by winning the Hasler trophy,  at Bedford. This was accomplished by a small crew of 30, mainly made up of junior paddlers, a prime example of quality over quantity!

Hopefully we can repeat this win next year.

Next were the awards from the coaches for their groups. Each coach selects a person or persons that they feel have achieved the most out of their paddling, whether it is successes, dedication, commitment or determination.

Those presented with cups were:-

Di & Dianes Group       Georgia Phillipou

Pams Group                Rebekah Solway and Rebecca Williams

Nathans Group            Ross McMullen

Rolands Group            Kayne Wilkinson

The Hawkins Cup        Kellie Archer and Wendy Piercy

Service Award             Last but not least, our annual award to one of our dedicated volunteers. This year’s winner was our retiring treasurer, Pat Cain. Pat has been a meticulous treasurer, always on hand to keep us organised on the financial front, always ready to check us out on what we had overlooked.  Many thanks for her long service.


Elmbridge Awards Ceremony Friday 25th November 2011


The Paddling Challenge Cup

This cup is the oldest canoeing trophy in the country and almost certainly the most valuable. In the early days of Royal Canoe Club (1874 in fact) , the first  canoe race was run. It started at Kingston Bridge and came downstream to “the one mile tree” which was reputed to be an oak on the bank opposite the club.  Members of the club contributed to buy a solid silver trophy, which cost 42 guineas  (£44.10 in todays money). Only men could compete, and it was an open race. Over a period of years the race has been modernised , and has become a 10k race run round a circuit. Women and young people are now allowed to compete and trophies have been provided for these classes, but the orginal cup always goes to the winning man.


This years winner was Tim Brabants who took his third Paddling Challenge victory in 43:14 with Ed Rutherford in 2nd, 5 seconds behind and Ben Farrell a further 12 seconds off in 43:31. All three of them from Elmbridge. In the past the cup has also been won by one of our founder members, Peter Lawler and more recently by Ivan Lawler.


Report on Hasler Final 2011 … Look at the Smiley Faces !


This year the Hasler Final was held at Bedford on the River Ouse and organised jointly by Bedford (Viking) Kayak Club and Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club. It was a beautiful day and an ideal venue.

The course was unfortunately very choppy, due to the straight high banks, but it was immaculately buoyed and divided so as to avoid collisions, and prevent finishers getting mixed with those still racing. Everything ran to time, even the final presentation (which is pretty much unheard of for this event).


The racing took place in 3 “waves” . First the Div. 7,8 & 9.. followed by 4,5,6.. then finally 1,2 and 3. This made plenty of time to watch and support. In spite of the rough water, all our team were really racing to win and giving their all, not letting conditions deter them in any way, they were going for it ! It was no mean feat to just get off the start when there were thirty or so boats jostling for position.


Team Elmbridge was mainly from the junior section of the club .. all but one of them under 16. We had a team of 30, which included only 7 adults. We were represented in all divisions from 9 – 1 in either K1 or K2, sometimes both.  Very few of our boats were placed lower than 4th.  It is obvious that everyone was doing their best when we look at our promotions from this event (16 of them !)


In order to make this competition viable for smaller clubs the number of boats that score is limited to 3 x K2 and 6 x K1. The way to win the trophy is to get as near as possible to winning with those prescribed boats.


We were thrilled to come through the 7,8,9 group with a K1 win (Stefano) and a K2 win (Becky/Rebecca) . Ardarsh and Steve both took 3rd places in K1 as did Ruby/Louise in K2. A good start !

In the 4,5,6 group Elise convincingly won Div6 K1, Amy was 3rd in 4 K1 (followed closely by Kayne in 4th). Ross and Elliot took 3rd place in 5 K2.  It was then down to the last group of paddlers in Division 1, 2 and 3 to boost the score to the winning level. We had to improve on 2 wins, 2 x 3rds and 2 x4th in K1 and 1 win and 2 x 3rd in K2.


They did just enough .. Phil came 3rd in Div1 K1 .. but Dwane really excelled himself with a crucial first place in Div2. Harry and Matt took 3rd in Div3 K2.  We won by 6 points !  (226) , Banbury were 2nd with 220, Norwich 3rd with 211, Wey 206, LBZ 170 ,Basingstoke 169 ……

2011 Hasler Finals winners

Elmbridge Canoe Club are the winners of the Hasler Trophy 2011!!!!! Congratulations to all who took part. :)