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Archive for August, 2015


It was essential that we scored well at this event in order to qualify for the National Final of the Hasler series. We were lying 3rd in the regional table, with Royal C.C. only 2 points behind. Only three clubs qualify from our London SE Region, so we were in a precarious position.

Congratulations to all our members who rallied round and supported the club in this crucial event and put up such amazing performances. Royal Canoe Club was also making an unprecedented effort at qualifying; they could see that it would not take much to swing the balance in their favour. Spectators were treated to a nail-biting climax to the regional season.

Ed Rutherford , mainly a GB Team sprinter, helped us out in Div1 but then Royal had also called in another GB sprinter Jon Boyton, so there was likely to be a fast pace set at the start. Also in this race were Luke, Ross and Phil. Ed and Jon set a good pace which meant that they led the race most of the way, and finished in that order, but Luke (Div 2 who started in 1 because there were no other entries in his race) hung onto the wash to the bitter end, finishing 3rd but still very much in contact only 2 seconds behind Ed. Luke got promoted to Division 1!

Tom and Oscar were 1st and 2nd in Div 2: Robert 4th in Div 5, just mentioning some of the higher scoring boats . Tobin Bowers and Zac Tarver, our new recruits this year, came 2nd and 11th in Div.9 (Tobin was promoted to 7)

Our Doubles paddlers excelled themselves! The top doubles division (which included Division 1/2/3/4) was won by George and Glenn with Elise and Stef 3rd.

Katie and Jo won Div 5. Wendy/Kelly won Div 7 with Amber/Brooke 4th Mary/Erica won Div 9 and were promoted.

The final score? Royal 226, Elmbridge 237.




While the rest of the country suffered varying degrees of stormy wet weather, all those who went to compete at this event spent two days in beautiful sunshine. Conditions were good and the event was well organised by Norwich Canoe Club in a lovely Norfolk country park.

The club took a relatively small team, but even so some of the results were very pleasing.  The first morning races included the Mens Veteran over 54. That meant Tim had to be ready early (we had our fingers crossed). No worries, he did a great race, off the start without a wobble and came 5th.

The under 18s came next: in the Girls race Jenny came 5th. In the Boys race, Luke did a very dynamic performance taking 3rd place behind Chemiel and Gregory, and beating  Luke Harding while Stef came in 15th (about halfway down the field).

The under 23 and senior women’s races were run at the same time and included Sam Rees-Clark (who, although also a member of Basingstoke, trains a lot with us). Sam was in the leading group all the way and finished overall 3rd (behind Lizzie Broughton and Jenny Swallow), but first under 23.  A very strong effort over 21k which earned her a place in the GB Marathon Team to Gyor next month.

All the doubles racing took place on Sunday:  Wendy and Kelly were the only completely Elmbridge crew, and represented us in the over 44 Ladies event, coming  4th out of a field of 10, well done ladies! Emily Illinesi paired with Imogen Collins (RDG) were 4th in the Senior Womens K2 : Elise Piercy paired with Melissa Johnson (CLM) easily won the Under 18 Girls race, and a place in the Marathon Team to the World Championships.

Richmond Hasler:

The event was held on 2nd August and hosted by Richmond canoe club on a beautiful warm sunny day. Due to the cycling event and road closures, only a handful of our paddlers represented the club at the race. Small numbers aside, they were all enthusiastic and put in a strong effort.

In Div1 Philip Thorogood took 3rd position, bringing valuable points to the club while Jenny Withers finished 4th in Div4.
We had the most entrants in Div7 where 3rd place was taken by Wendy and Kelly who coped with their new boat very well, followed by a newly formed crew Jenny and Beata in 4th position.
Julian did well in Div 8 battling the Richmond ladies all the way.

We need all hands on the deck for the last race of the hasler season to get as many points as possible, and qualify for the final in Oxford.


22-23 National Marathon Champs: A two day event for singles and doubles. Not divisional races, but classes divided into age groups.  Please check the link below for all details and sign up for entries by Wed Aug 12th.
The event is held in a country park with a lake and a good campsite. A lovely venue on a sunny day!

The link to the National Marathon Championships 2015 pages is:


30th TONBRIDGE MARATHON:  This is the last “Hasler” race in this years’ qualifying series. Only 3 clubs can go through to the final.  We only raced seven paddlers at Richmond last Sunday and this has left us in 3rd place in the league looking very shakey. WE NEED EVERYBODY TO TURN OUT FOR THIS RACE. The club has been running since 1983 and has never yet failed to qualify for the HASLER FINAL.  Please don’t let us down this time!