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Archive for September, 2012

Henley Hasler 23rd September 2012

Autumn has arrived and Henley proved to be a very wet and windy event. This race tends to be our pre- hasler final prep race, so most of the confirmed final racers were entered and did themselves proud. We are still awaiting the final results but those that raced were mostly in the top part of their divisions. Well done to everyone for braving the elements and keep up the good work.


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.

Marathon World Championship- Rome, Italy 21st – 23rd September 2012

Good luck to Amy Ward & Rebi Simon, who after their successful Olympic Hopes weekend, fly off to Rome for the Marathon World Championship 2012 as part of the GB team. Amy will be competing in the Junior Women’s K1 on the Friday & then partners Rebi on the Saturday in the junior Women’s K2 event.

Results & Link to Rome

Olympic Hopes Regatta, Szeged, Hungary Results 2012

Results page

Congratulations to the Elmbridge Olympic Hopes team that have been racing in Hungary over the weekend.

“The Olympic Hopes regatta is the outcome of a Polish-Czech-Slovak-Hungarian agreement. We have been organizing this event on rotation for more than a decade now; Hungary always hosts in the Olympic year, so in the year that has a special significance”, said Bálint Vékássy, Competition Manager. “Last year, 20 nations competed in Poland, this time there are 27, which is a historical record. How is this possible? Szeged is very popular venue, and while there will not be a crowd of thousands of people as in a senior World Championships, the regatta will still have a very special atmosphere. At the same time our beloved sport is growing at an unexpected rate so the call for events like this is huge”


All our Elmbridge paddlers performed and achieved amazing results in a very competitive regatta. Their individual results are below.


Rebi Simons was 2nd in the final A of Women’s K1 under 16yrs 1000m, she also made final A in 500m- 6th & 200m- 4th.

Amy Ward was 4th in final A of Women’s K1 under 17yrs 1000m, she also made final A in 500m- 6th & semi final2 of the 200m -6th.

Harry Archer made semi final3- 6th in the Men’s K1 under 17yrs 1000m & partnered with Bruce Jones in Men’s K2  under 17yrs semi- final 500m-6th & in semi final 200m-7th.

Bruce Jones not only partnered Harry in K2 but was part of the Men’s K4 under 17yrs which came 8th in Semi final1.



Pangbourne Hasler 9th September 2012

A lovely day, a beautiful site and a very well organised event.
.. even though the results didn’t reach us till Wednesday morning.

Pangbourne Canoe Club were testing a new site on the Thames at Mapledurham for next year’s National Marathon Championships, and in spite of having to operate completely out of tents (and use portable toilets) everything went very well indeed .This event is not in our region but as with several other races in the Southern Region, it is very accessible and a good racing course.

The club fielded a good entry which included a surprise appearance in Div 1 by Ed.Rutherford. Welcome back Ed ! (He has been rather monopolized by the Performance Dept for some time) Ed was always a good marathon paddler and obviously enjoyed his sociable race .. not too much pressure and time to stop and discuss whose turn it was to take the lead ! He knew just when to lead and win.

Kayne finished a very creditable fourth in Div 2 with Dwayne pacing himself carefully further down the field getting in his training over the distance. Stef ! Another good performance. Placed 6th in Div 4 only 1.1/2 mins behind the winner ; Jenny 16th in div 5. We had 2 K2 in Div 3, Amy ward partnered with Sam Rees Clarke, from Basingstoke CC, just missed out on 1st place and our other K2, Ross McMullen and Eliot Solway, unfortunately went for a swim, a nice day for it!

We entered a whole fleet of competitors in Div 6. Roberta and Becky placed 5th and 9th both finished roughly within a minute of the winner; Nicole, Steve and Adarsh followed on in order.

In the 4 mile divisions : Div 7, Amy and Sean both made very good starts but rather suffered in the 28 boat crowd .. Amy capsized at the turn, Sean finished 14th.

Our representative in Div 8 was Nicky Hadland, who has returned to the club after an initial (false) start four years ago. With a firm resolve to do well, in 4 weeks he has achieved handicap 31, entered this race in Div 8, been placed 7th and promoted to Div 7. Well done Nicky .. a green shirt for you next week !

Last but by no means least, a reluctant Aisling, not feeling very well, completed the Div 9 race.

Only one more chance to race before Hasler Final.. Sign up on Wednesday for Henley Marathon !

Olympic Hopes Regatta, Szeged, Hungary 13-17th September 2012

Good luck to the following Elmbridge Canoe Club athletes that have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Szeged, Hungary this weekend:

Rebeka Simon

Amy Ward

Harry Archer

Bruce Jones


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.