All the Hare n Hound Dates for 2017 are now on the Web Site Calendar, if their are date clashes with other 'Club Targeted Races' the dates may change.
Race 1 SUNDAY 12th Feb
Race 2 SUNDAY 12th March
Race 3 SUNDAY 9th April
Race 4 THURSDAY 18th May
Race 5THURSDAY 15th June
Race 6THURSDAY 13th July
Race 7 THURSDAY 10th August
Race 8 THURSDAY 7th Sept
Race 9 SUNDAY 8th October
Race 10 SUNDAY 12th November
Hare 'n Hound Races: We have 10 of these races each year, 1 per month starting on New Years Day! They are mainly on Sundays but during race season they take place on Thursday nights. It is a Handicapped race for all abilities juniors and categories 10 - 7 do the 5km race TT1, whilst the categories 6 - 1 do the 8km race TT2. They are a great stepping stone to racing and we encourage paddlers to join in. They start at the Road Bridge, so we have a very social warm up before we start, and serve soup in the club house afterwards. We have 3 trophies to present at the end of the year, 'The Nut Brown Hare' - 'The Ashley Hound' - 'The Ashley Hares K2'
SUNDAY RACES Register 9.30, Paddle up 10.00, Start 10.30
Hot Soup in Club House afterwards Cost £1.00
THURSDAY RACES Register 6.00, Paddle up 6.30, Start 7.00
‘We are sorry to announce the death of Robin Witter on 5th December. He had been in poor health for some time and finally succumbed peacefully and
without pain at his home on Dee Banks. Robin had been one of the original members of CSCC , as a son of one of our Founders Colin Witter.
Robin was particularly active in the Canoe Section over many years in the 1960s, and was National Champion in the C2 slalom discipline on a couple of
occasions. Latterly he has been helpful to C.S.C.C. as a good next door neighbour in dealings with River matters.
We send sympathy and condolences to his family.’
His funeral arrangements are - Sung Requiem Mass at St Francis of Assisi, Grosvenor St, Chester 09.45
Thursday 22nd December followed by committal at Chester Crematorium 11.20am.
Thanks to Rodney Witter his Brother for this tribute.
I wanted to add a few words of my own as I wanted to highlight to canoe section members who didn’t know Robin what a huge contribution he has made to the world of canoeing and to our Chester club from the 1960’s onwards.
Robin organised the first National top division (then Division 1) Slaloms that were ever held in the centre of Llangollen on the River Dee from 1967 to 1971 and also International Slaloms on the same site. They must have been a massive task to organise not least because of having to put up the wires across that huge stretch of river for the slalom poles. He also got sponsorship to offset the costs and used the old Railway station to organise the even from as it was abandoned at that time. The Canoe section carried on organising this particular slalom into the early 1980’s.
Robin also owned and ran ACE Canoes initially based in Chester where he distributed distinctive plastic helmets that nearly all the competition slalom canoeists wore, and an early type of plastic kayak and canoe paddle. He then opened a factory in Deeside making the first plastic kayaks in this country. He carried on having an input into canoeing nationally through his involvement in canoe manufacturing.
An inspiration to us all, we will all have a story to tell about Rodney 'A True Gentleman'
I had a phone call from Mark Stallworthy today and I'm sorry to have to let you all know about the death of his lovely Dad,'Rodney' a great friend to us all, who had so much passion for life that he shared with so many of us.
He died on Tuesday November 1st "just shy of 87". Rodney has been probably one of our longest canoe club members, and goes back a long long way, he joined with his boys Mark and Clive in 'Chester's good old successful Slalom and White Water Days'. He competed for many years at Slalom, White Water and K1 racing, and gave up so much of his time organizing and timing many of our races. He always had a story to tell and could hold a conversation about absolutely anything!
Many tributes have come in on our Canoe Club's facebook page, apart from his epic canoe history, he skied, biked, hiked just to mention a few of his sporting attributes. He was also a scrabble king and maths genius linguist and took French lessons, once again just a handful of his many talents!
I'm sure as we think of 'Rodney' we will all have many stories and memories of him to tell ..... he will always hold a place in our hearts and we shall certainly miss Rodney, above all he was a True Gentleman.
We wish Mark and Clive and his family our kind wishes and condolences, we are thinking about them all at this sad time. The funeral is to be held at
South Chapel Landican Cemetery and Crematorium, Wirral, on Tuesday 15 November at 15:30.
I have had this message from Mark
'Clive and I would be very grateful if you could mention this to canoe club colleagues and forward the details of the funeral. If you wish to attend please contact us as soon as possible by email (below) so we can have an idea of numbers. Thank-you'
Funeral of Rodney Stallworthy - Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 15:30
South Chapel Landican Cemetery and Crematorium, Arrowe Park Road, Woodchurch, Wirral, CH49 5LW.
Family flowers only, donations if desired may be made for Cancer Research UK, C/O The Co-operative Funeralcare, 95 Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, CH42 9LJ
Reception afterwards - Toby Carvery Arrowe
Arrowe Park Road, Thingwall, Wirral, CH49 5LW
Yes it's that time of year again. Come and feed your face and see your friends get the canoeing trophies you should have won!
All for £7 payable on the night .... but notification of intention to attend is essential.
Everyone welcome old members, young, old and friends too!
CHINESE BANQUET & PRIZE GIVING
Thursday 15th December - 8pm in the Clubhouse
If you want to eat (£7) you MUST let Bob Scholey know in person,
Remember no notification - NO FOOD.
Looking forward to hearing from you Bob Scholey
Now that the dark nights have arrived the timed Tuesday night sessions have finished for the year. And it's nice to see one or two new names at the top ol the leader boards joining the usual suspects.
In the Barrel races Adele Blakeborough takes the Ladies prize four points ahead of Jenny Swallow with Timea Harris in third place while in the Junior Ladies Jess Crozier took first place with Rona Fisburn second. Mark Tidman comfortabley won the Mens races with Bob Scholey second and Ray Stamp third. For the last time David Hatton came first in the Junior Men with Jake Oldfield second (both of these are seniors next year) and James Roberts third.
For the umpteenth year in a row Ray won the div 7 to 9 category of the Time Trials with Rona and Graham Wells joint second. Moving up to the div 3 to 6 group James was first Bob second and Jean Ashley third. Finally in the div 1 to 3 competition Richie Rogers came out on top followed by Melvin and Jenny Swallow in second and third respectively.
None of these competitions could take place without the time keepers. So a big thank you is due in particular to Carol Hatton, Dave Madeley and Helen Marriott who have borne the brunt this year (again!).
Tuesday night sessions continue but without any organised timing in the dark. And please remember everybody, PUT ON YOUR LIGHTS.
See 'Results' for full details