It's that time of year again!
Many of our paddlers at Fowey River Canoe Club have been taking part in the first two (of four) races in the Waterside series. After the first two races the club has seen some great overall series results.
We have two crews in the senior men K2 category, the first of which is Dan Palmer and Ryan Pearce who are currently coming third in the series with a time of 04:11:42. Our other senior crew is Michael Southey and Harry Gilbert who are currently placed sixth with a time of 04:16:09. Well done all. In the junior men K2 race we only have one crew this year, Matthew Collinge and Thomas Steer, who are doing extremely well and are currently placed first for the series with a time of 04:33:50. Great Work!
It's not just all about the boys this year, we also have a few of the ladies from the club who have entered the races. This year we have a junior ladies crew of Alice Bray and Zoe Hurrell (a paddler from Addlestone canoe club) who are currently first in the series, with the next junior ladies crew 40 minutes behind them. Alice and Zoe have a current series time of 04:55:30, great work girls. Chloe Dobbs has entered the series in K1 this year and is doing well with a current time of 06:09:35, she is currently coming third in the junior ladies race. That's not it for the girls as we also have Lena Kraus who has entered the series in K1 and is currently placed second in the senior ladies race, with a time of 05:21:56. Well done all and good luck for the next two races in the series.
Some of our club members have not entered the series but have also had some great results for the club.
John Edyvean has had some partner changes but came seventh in the mixed K2 race with Emma Riley at Waterside A. John also came fourteenth in the senior mens K2 race with Steve Riley at Waterside B. Which was a good result seeing as this is the first time the have paddled together. Benji Cabrera is our youngest paddler to enter the race this year, only 12 on the day of the race, he had a good result with a time of 02:29:26 at Waterside A. Well done Benji a great result for your first ever Waterside race. Last but not least, well done to Ally Parritt who despite swimming four times also completed her first ever Waterside race yesterday at Waterside B. Well done Ally!
Congratulations to all the paddlers who entered the first two races and good luck to all of the paddlers and support crews entering Waterside C and D.
From left to right:
Top - Lena Kraus, Alice Bray and Zoe Hurrell, Chloe Dobbs
Middle - Matthew Collinge and Tom Steer, Ryan Pearce and Dan Palmer, Michael Southey and Harry Gilbert
Bottom - Ally Parritt, John Edyvean and Emma Riley, Benji Cabrera
Notification of the Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 15th November at 7.00 pm in the Club House, Golant.
Agenda items will include; a yearly round up from the Chairman and Treasurer, a Racing Report, Election of committee members, and the presentation of Awards for the 2016 Season.
All individuals wishing to be nominated for a position on the committee must register their interest to Emma (preferably by email) by Wednesday 2nd November in readiness for the AGM.
Committee positions include:
Senior Paddler Representative
Junior Paddler Representative
We always welcome new members to our club committee, if you are interested please can you read the role description prior to nominating yourself for the position:
If you decide you would like to be more actively involved in the club but however do not wish to commit to being on the committee, please let us know as volunteers are always welcome.
Please may we remind you that only full members and social members have the ability to vote or nominate during and prior to the AGM.
Existing committee members will need to express an interest if they would like to be re-elected this year.
A full agenda will be distributed closer to the time.
Congratulations to Dan Palmer who last weekend was awarded the Young Volunteer Award from British Canoeing South West.
Dan has been an active member of Fowey River Canoe Club for many years and is a keen marathon racer. Dan has been seen to represent his club personally and has had many great achievements, For example winning the junior doubles twice and the mixed junior doubles twice at the Devizes to Westminster race, and he also represented Great Britain as a junior at the French National Marathon Kayaking Championships.
Dan has helped to encourage all club members to exceed their own expectations. He also shows great enthusiasm, dedication and energy towards the sport and to Fowey River Canoe Club. He regularly coaches new members of the club and helps to coach junior paddlers into becoming successful racers, whilst also supporting his peers and older members of the club during training sessions and races.
Fowey River Canoe Club would like to thank Dan for his long term commitment, dedication and support and would like to further congratulate him for his well deserved award.
Dan Palmer (left) pictured here with Ian White, another award winner who was recognised for his impact on disability canoeing
Well done to all our paddlers ho attended the Gloucester race last weekend, another very successful race with the club placing fourth overall for Hasler points.
In division Dan Palmer had a good second place with a time inside the nominal promotion time for division 1. Matt Collinge raced his first ever division 2 race and placed third, being the fastest overall junior paddler. Michael Southey (also division 2) placed fifth. In division 3 Ryan Pearce and Steve Riley placed fifth and sixth respectively. Congratulations to Tom Steer who despite falling in came second in division 4 and earned himself a promotion to division 3. Harry Gilbert (also division 4) placed ninth. Many of our paddlers raced in division 5 with Alice Bray coming third, Brian Greenaway coming sixth, James Asser coming eleventh and Martyn Collinge coming thirteenth, well done all. Chloe Dobbs also had a good race coming fifth in her first division 6 race, with all the paddlers above her being promoted and nearly earning promotion herself. Emma Riley (also division 6) placed 14th. In division 7 Ben Crawley also earned himself a promotion after coming fourth. Caity Irwin placed 16th, also in division 7.
Well done again to all our paddlers and good luck for our own Fowey Hasler race in a couple of weeks
Photo Credit: Susan Bray
Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Exeter Canoe club for hosting the first race of the 2016/17 season, and a big well done to all Fowey paddlers for their amazing results last weekend.
It was almost medals all round with Dan Palmer placing 1st and Michael Southey placing 3rd for division 2. In division 3 Matt Collinge took first place and earned himself a promotion to division 2. Ryan Pearce placed 3rd and Steve Riley 4th (Both also in div 3). In division 4 Thomas Steer took 1st place with Harry Gilbert close behind in 2nd. Martyn Collinge and Alice Bray also did very well (1st and 3rd place respectively) in division 5. More promotions were seen for Brian Greenaway and James Asser who both did very well i division 6 last weekend (2nd and 3rd respectively). Caity Irwin came third in division 8 and also warned herself a promotion to division 7.
Well done to all of our paddlers (including the ones not mentioned above) and thanks to all of your tremendous achievements Fowey River CC came first for overall club points. Lets try and keep this up for the rest of the season, and good luck to everyone for the Hasler Finals next weekend.
Fowey River Canoe Club once again saw great success at the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Race over the Easter weekend. The club entered four boats into the race this year, three of which took part in the four day stages event and one crew who took part in the senior doubles straight through event. Many of our club members also took part in the race by supporting these crews along the 125 mile course. Unfortunately the fourth day of the stages event had to be cancelled, due to storm Katy, this is the first time in the races history that this has ever happened. Despite this Fowey River Canoe Club paddlers still did extremely well and achieved some fantastic results individually and as a Group, achieving the Trans Team Trophy for the fasted senior doubles and single time and the fasted junior doubles time.
The club entered two junior K2 boats into the four day stages race, the first of which being Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who placed 1st in the junior mixed doubles, and second overall for the juniors with a time of 15:03:49, only 28 seconds behind first. This is an amazing achievement for a mixed crew to place so highly in the junior doubles class, and a fantastic win by over 2 hours in the mixed junior class. Alice Bray and Thomas Steer were also entered into the junior doubles class, and in their very first DW race placed 3rd in the Junior Mixed Class and 14th overall in the junior class, with a time of 17:34:42, a great achievement.
The club also entered two senior boats into the race. The first of which was Michael Southey who was entered into the four day stages event in the Senior K1 category, and achieved a fantastic time of 14:40:01, placing 2nd overall in the singles race. If the fourth day had not been cancelled due to extreme weather conditions Mike would have likely achieved a new time record for a Fowey K1 paddler. The final crew entered into the race this year was Harry Gilbert and Ryan Pearce who were entered into the straight through senior doubles race and raced well above expectations, coming 7th and reached Westminster in a time of 20:23:14, a brilliant result for a new crew who only got together a couple of weeks before.
I hope everyone takes great pride in their accomplishments over the Easter weekend and want to say a big thank you to all of the members of our club who got involved with support over the weekend and to our coach Brian Greenaway, without his guidance and dedication these results would not be possible.
Once again the weekend saw fantastic results for Fowey River Canoe Club, at the fourth and final race of the 2016 Waterside series. The Club entered eight paddlers into the 34 mile race from Devizes to Newbury, and many more of our club members got involved to help support.
The club entered two junior boats into the event, the first of which was Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who were placed 2nd in the junior men’s K2 event last weekend with a time of 5:00:58 breaking the junior mixed record by 20 minutes. This led to them having a fantastic victory of winning the junior men’s K2 series event, 2 hours ahead of the next crew. This was also the first time this series class has been won by a mixed crew, and also saw Dan Palmer being the 1st ever junior to win the Waterside series 3 years in a row. The second junior crew entered into the race was Alice Bray and Thomas Steer who have shown great improvement throughout the series and at the weekend came 4th in the senior mixed doubles event with a time of 6:11:53. This achievement meant that they were placed 5th overall in the series. Fantastic results from all our junior paddlers.
Our senior boats also achieved great results over the weekend. Firstly two of our senior paddlers Ryan Pearce and Harry Gilbert paddled for their first ever race together, and came 5th in the senior men’s K2 category with a time of 5:28:51. Unfortunately due to the tough conditions of the race and an injury, Steve Riley was unable to finish the race. Michael Southey another senior paddler at the club placed 5th last Sunday in the senior K1 event with a time of 5:01:54. This success enabled Michael to achieve 3rd place overall for the entire series, an amazing achievement.
I would like to say a big thank you to Brian Greenaway for his fantastic coaching and guidance, and to all of the club members who helped with supporting the paddlers over the event, without whom these achievements would not be possible. Also a final well done to all of our paddlers for their hard work throughout the past few months and good luck in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster race at Easter.
Well done again to all of the paddlers and support crews for their achievements at Waterside C last weekend. The conditions last weekend were even colder than the last two watersides with very strong, cold winds which only increased throughout the day.
We entered three junior K2s into the race once again. The first of which being Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who came third in the junior mens race with a time of 3:23:44, despite being a mixed crew. They are still first overall in the series, and broke the junior mixed record for this race by 14 mins, so a superb result. Alice Bray and Tom Steer have continued to show great improvement throughout the series. This week they have moved up four places in the senior mixed k2 category and came in sixth with a time of 3:56:56. Our last junior boat is Caity Irwin and Chloe Dobbs, unfortunately due to a shoulder injury Caity was forced to retire but luckily ex-Fowey paddler Connor Peters was there to jump in the boat with Chloe and finish the race, thanks Connor.
Once again we also entered five senior K1s into the race as well. Michael Southey achieved an amazing time of 3:19:44 achieving a personal best and placing third in the senior mens k1 category and is now placed fourth for the series, a great result. Steve Riley also achieved a personal best for the race with a time of 3:47:46 and coming in eighth. Harry Gilbert is continuing to improve, and with no paddle related issues this week, achieved a time of 4:01:46 coming in tenth. Ryan Pearce our final senior men paddler unfortunately had to retire due to the tough conditions. The final Fowey entrant was James Asser who with a time of 4:19:04 came in fourteenth for the Veteran class but still third in the Masters.
Well done to all our paddlers for their amazing results this week, everyone is improving and doing so well. Also a big thank you to all the support crew, without whom these fantastic results would not be possible. Good luck everyone for Waterside D, lets hope it’s a little warmer.
Photo credit: Jo Palmer, Susan Bray, Fred Taylor and Poppy Taylor
Sunday 21st February saw approximately 40 paddlers from across the South West region facing the strong winds and cold to take part in the second regional marathon training day at Roadford Lake for this season.
Fowey, Exeter and Bradford on Avon canoe club coaches teamed up to run the event coaching paddlers from their own clubs as well as paddlers from Launceston college who are training for the Waterside and Devizes to Westminster races. It was great to see their improvement from the last training day in November, and we hope that some of them continue to paddle with us after the race at Easter.
The day consisted of three training sessions. In the morning, divisional group sessions on the water and a junior time trial followed by a group run. The afternoon saw a 6 mile divisional race where all of the paddlers did extremely well against the very cold, strong winds (please see attached results).
This was the second race to be organised at the lake and yet again saw strong winds, despite which everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the Hasler race which will be taking place here for the first time on Sunday 24th April. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the organising and running of this race, without whom these events would not be possible.
It has been another successful weekend for Fowey River Canoe Club at the second race of the Waterside series; 17.5 miles long with 19 portages on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Eleven of our paddlers took part in the Waterside B race with many of our club members getting involved to help support the paddlers throughout.
Fowey River Canoe Club entered three junior K2’s into the race. The first of which being Dan Palmer and Bronte Holden who entered the Junior boys k2 category (despite being a mixed crew) and had a great result of coming 3rd, with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes, beating the junior mixed record by 10 minutes. Caity Irwin and Chloe Dobbs completed the race for the first time in 3 hours 24 minutes, coming 2nd in the junior ladies K2 class. The final junior K2 from the club is Alice Bray and Thomas Steer who entered the race for the first time in the mixed K2 class, completing it in a time of 2 hours 52 minutes, coming in 10th. Well done to all our juniors for their tremendous results in this challenging race.
We also entered four senior K1 boats into the race. Michael Southey had an amazing result achieving another PB, with a time of 2 hours 32 minutes coming 6th in the senior men K1 class. Steve Riley also entered the senior men K1 class came in 12th with a time of 2 hours 52 minutes. Harry Gilbert who completed the race in 3 hours 7 minutes, running not paddling across the finish line after a broken paddle incident, finished 19th in the male K1 class. Due to unforeseen circumstances and the difficulty of the race Ryan Pearce and Richmond paddler Poppy Taylor had to withdraw from the race due to boat issues. Our final entrant was James Asser who came 10th in the K1 veteran class with a time of 2 hours 58 minutes.
Well done to all our club members for their fantastic results and efforts in both paddling and supporting and a big thank you to Brian Greenaway for being a fantastic coach and getting us all ready for the series. Good luck to everyone for the next race in the series, Waterside C, in two weeks time.