Many thanks to all the Club Members that helped make the Chester Hasler a great success this weekend. Well done to all the paddlers that took part on such a tough, windy wet day! There were more than 85+ paddlers racing with some sterling performances from club members.

DIV 2 David Hatton Won, Jake Oldfield 4th

DIV 3 Melvin Swallow Won, Jenny Swallow 2nd

DIV 4 Victoria Swallow Won, Promoted to 4

DIV 6 James Roberts 6th Promoted to 5, Steve Chorley 8th, Jess Proctor-Crozier 11th

DIV 7 Rona Fishburn 4th, Ray Stamp 6th

DIV 9 Jess Snowden 2nd 

JUNIORS U12 Oli Snowden 3rd, U10 Iggy Rogers 3rd

Special thanks Race Organizer Richard Rogers and all the marshals, time keepers and kitchen staff ... Great Work Chester!

See you all at Chester Hasler 2 on October 9th.


Jenny Illidge produced a personal best of 11m 13s to win the Ladies race on a warm but breezy evening with nine paddlers out. New member Timea also put in a creditable effort in the Ladies with 13m 26s. Fastest paddler overall was junior David Hatton who came within three seconds of his personal best with 10m 34s.

See 'Results' for full details.

It was a Great Success ... despite a cold wind and choppy conditions, at least the sun came out in the afternoon and it warmed up a little!

We had a good cross section of ages 10 - 56, male and female paddlers, some took to it really well and we had an excursion up the straight, whilst others stayed in plastics and Canadians around the club and Sandy Lane. The 'Chester Team' organizers were very grateful to the help of our volunteers, it was very handy to have one to one tuition in quite challenging cold conditions! We did have a couple of capsizes and one or two didn't really enjoy it,  but based on the feedback forms, we delivered an enjoyable, and friendly introduction to Kayaking. Many people have expressed an interest in joining the club and I am sure that some will join up. We had a couple of very enthusiastic juniors who never stopped smiling and commented 'it was far better than playing on his xbox, and he wanted to paddle on the river every Saturday!' .... that comment to me, made it worth running the course and 'bimbling' about on the river most of the day,  and Im sure the coaches would agree too!

On behalf of the Canoe Club, I must say a 'Huge Thanks' to the brilliant support from our paddlers that made it happen, Ian Crozier 'Team leader' supported by Jean and Carol. Superb coaching from John Hatton and Graham Wells, both very knowledgeable and very worthy coaches!  Excellent support on the water from Bob Scholey, Ray Stamp, Helen Marriott, Colin Cartwright, plus Jean and Ian.

It was also great to see our youngsters giving back so much, to the sport they love by motivating and encouraging the new paddlers .. big thanks David Hatton, Jake O'connor, James Roberts, Rona Fishburn, Jessica Proctor-Crozier, Eleanor Colston, and James Plant! A special mention must go to Jess who managed to capsize a C1, giving us all a smile as she managed to rescue a pair of training shoes too!

Also Big Thanks to the wonderful lunch organized by Stella Crozier. Homemade Chili, soup, jacket potatoes and wonderful filo cheese pastries, guacamole and soured cream, all supplied by Stella, Carol and Jean. Thanks also to Carmel Corr for keeping us supplied with hot drinks and flapjacks in the afternoon! It was certainly worth turning up just for the food!

Must also thank safety boat captain Mark Ian Roberts for being out on the river too. Plus John Hatton for bringing some Free 'British Canoeing' goodies for us all too! An excellent Team effort and some lovely feedback from the paddlers ... lets hope we've made a difference and we get some new recruits!

We hope to get some New Recruits from the day ... but they will need coaching, if anyone is interested in helping out hear, or knows of a coach who may be interested please let us know. We are thinking this could be a paid coaching role, for blocks of 6 week courses.

Message Ian Crozier, Jean Ashley or Carol Hatton if you are interested ... Thanks.

Once Again many thanks to all .... and as we've said before 'Together is Better'

A large contingent of paddlers turned out on a lovely evening on Tuesday for the Time Trial. New members Timea and Cameron paddled the course but did not portage on this occasion. Some of the well established members also missed out some or all the portages, no excuses for them!

James Roberts competing in his first time trial battled valiantly with the mud to finish third over the div 4 to 6 course behind Jean Ashley and Steve Chorley.

Over the more demanding div 1 to 3 course (4 portages rather than 2) David Hatton was quickest (39m 58s) taking one second off his personal best and Jenny Illidge was second in 42m 3s also a personal best.



See 'Results' for full details.


The river was high last night and so for reasons of safety we turned at the suspension bridge for the barrel races thus it was a short course. Jess Crozier took a while to sort out the best way of making her turn in the swift river conditions but managed to improve her time on each run as did Milan Ulrich our visitor from Germany. David Hatton was fastest paddler of the night.

See 'Results' for full details.