Its been very quiet for the last 2 months with river levels being so high in December and January! A few of us have been paddling on the canal, some at Runcorn and others in the gym, lets hope with a dry spell coming up we will be all be back out on our river very soon!

The New committee has been set up now and can be seen under 'contacts' on our webpage. Ian Crozier has taken on the role of Canoe Leader and he has the support of several members who are sharing the tasks between them. We are always open to any offers of help, so please come forwards if you can offer your services no matter how big or small. We have had 3 committee meetings since December and there has been some good progress in the hope we can move our Club forwards! Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for future updates!

We have a few dates for the 2016 Diary coming up, so lets hope these will motivate you all into getting back out on the river and coming back to the club!

Sunday 21st February HARE'N HOUNDS - Register 9.30, Paddle up 10.00, RACE START at Road Bridge 10.30 prompt £1.00 soup in Club House afterwards!

Friday 11th March PADDLES, PIZZA & PORTAGES - A social club night, chating about paddling, portages and eating Pizza, video footage and chit chat!At Club House 7.00pm - 10.00pm (Cost Aprox £5)

Sunday 13th March Junnior/Beginner Club Training Day 10.00 - 3.00 more datails to follow

Sunday 20th March Irwell WWRace

Saturday 16th April OPEN INIVATION 'INTRODUCTION TO PADDLING' 10.00 - 3.00 An open day, to introduce beginners to paddling, open to anyone who wishes to learn how to paddle, and is thinking about canoe marathon racing, adventure racing, quadrathlon or is looking to use our sport of a way of keeping fit. Use our river like a trip to the gym!

These are just a few events for your diary, we are putting together a target list of races, and events. These include NW Haslers including our own on May 1st and October 2nd. Plus our Cheshire Ring Challenge 18/19st June, and a weekend at the Mawddach Paddlesports Festival, Barmouth 25th June (including MTBiking and Paddling). Thats just the start, so hopefully now you feel inspired and you'll be back to paddling very soon! Looking forward to seeing you ... and dont forget Hare 'n Hounds Sunday 21st!

We also have a New Range of Club Kit available, all excellent quality with embrodered logos front and back. We have -

Hoodies NAVY/HAWIIAN BLUE £25 (Juniors £20)

Superb Soft Shell NAVY Jackets, full zip, (durable, water repellent and windproof) Cost £24 (logo front only) or £32 (front and back)

Excellent SPIRO Airflow Sports Gilet (2 layer soft shell, windproof, breathable, quick dry) BLACK with logo front and back Cost £32.

All the information is on the notice board at the club, so come along and take a look and contact Jean if you wish to order anything BEFORE 31st March!

Notes / Minutes from Chester Canoe Club Meeting 26th November – The Way Forward


Attendees: Ian Crozier; Carol Hatton; David Hatton; Jake Oldfield Conor; Colin Cartwright; Dave Cartwright; Melvin Swallow; Sarah Swallow; Adele Blakeborough; Margaret Blakeborough; Andy Parkinson; Graham Bulmer; Steve Chorley; Ritchie Rogers; Andy Evans; Denise Oldfield Conor; Helen Marriott; Graham Wells; Jean Ashley; Bob Scholey; Dave Madeley; Ray Stamp.



Committee Members


Canoe Leader

Ian Crozier



Carol Hatton



Andrew Parkinson

Dave Cartwright


Colin Cartwright

Jean Ashley

Race Coordination

Ritchie Rogers

Bob Scholey

Equipment Site

Graham Bulmer


Development / Coaching

Melvin Swallow

Graham Wells

John Hatton


·         First Committee Meeting should ideally before Christmas 2015.

·         Need to produce a plan for 2016 for submission to main club committee for funding.

·         All committee members must have a clearly defined role in the club.


Events for 2016

·         Hasler 1 & 2

·         Cheshire Ring

·         Tuesday TT

·         Tuesday Barrels

·         Hare & Hounds

·         Chester Coaching Days – this could be

§  External coaching day – look into viability - costs

§  Video work

§  Invite other NW Clubs to attend – fee for attending

·         Pool Sessions

§  Rather than organise our own join Peninsula CC @ Caldy

§  Graham Wells to communicate after Christmas

·         WW Tours

§  Three lakes trip

§  Llangollen Slalom Site

·         Family Tours

§  Farndon to Chester

·         Sea Kayaking     

§  Anglesey Weekend

·         Canoe Polo

§  Put up a simple goal on one of the slalom gate arms.

·         Canoe Duathlon

§  Canoe / Run Meadows / Canoe - Adele


Social Events

·         Make the social events for informal – not dinner dances

§  Open the bars for the Canoe Club

§  Curry night at Wetherspoons

§  Film night

§  Watch the Worlds?

·         Aim for 4 social events in the year.


Beginners / New Members

·         Open Day

§  Advertise

§  Cater

§  Come and try policy

·         Promote club to other sports clubs in the area

§  They already involved in competitive sport – this is just another one

§  Quadrathon – promote to TriClub?

·         Friends & Family approach

·         Find out what has been done previously

§  Ensure this is supported by all members

§  Even look at external help?


Boat Repairs

·         If we cannot do it – get external help



·         Race as a club for the NW Hasler events not as individuals

§  Participate in the events that get Chester the most points – K2s etc.

§  Nationals – try to make this a club event – camp as a group with Barbecue etc.?

·         Invite Peninsula CC to summer events and races

·         Make the Club House the central point for the club

§  Yoga session in winter

§  Pilates in winter




All Annual Trophies and Hare 'n Hound Prizes

Thursday 17th December at 8pm in the Clubhouse

If you wish to have the Banquet Cost is £7.00

Please Let Bob Scholey know if you are coming

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or phone 0151-336-6367)
please let Bob know - otherwise there will be no food for YOU.

42mph winds forecast to start at 10am just as we start ... with the rain weve had also the river is still fast flowing ... not a good combination for our Hare 'n Hounds, so I have decided to cancel the Race today ... sorry everyone, but don't want to take the risk.


Big Thanks to all the Hare 'n Hound'ers a fantastic turnout for Race 7, 17 paddlers (including 2 K2’s) in total, lovely calm conditions too. Great to see the juniors joining in especially ‘Olli’ and his sister ‘Jelly’ both showing determination and strong paddling!

Colin Cartwright and David Hatton set off last (Cat 1) they let nothing get in their way as they powered past everybody and came home well clear of anyone else. Colin was just 1 second ahead of David, then 13 seconds behind Jake in 3rd. James Roberts had another fantastic paddle, having just moved up to Cat 7 he held onto Jake and came a close 4th. Ray still holding onto the lead of T.T.1. came 5th paddling well. There was a little break of 30 seconds and then a steady flow of paddlers came in. John Hatton in his WWR in 6th, and then Milan 7th joined us in his first Hare ‘n Hounds. The Cat 6’s came in within 12 seconds of each other, clearly all working hard and utilizing each others washes. Jess/Rona in 8th, with just seconds between Adele 9th, Bob 10th and Steve 11th.  Carol Hatton paddled K2 with young Olli, it was the furthest he’d ever paddled, they were right in amongst the action and both enjoyed themselves. Roger Williams, just back from injury struggled to make any ground and he was demoted to Cat 6, I’m sure he’ll bounce back again soon! Graham came next and finally Jess (Jelly), she came across with a beaming smile having just done a PB by 5 minuets … an excellent effort well done Jess!

Most paddlers continued onto T.T.2, there was no stopping Colin and David they continued their lead, Colin once again taking 1st, Jake held onto 3rd but Milan showed his strength and almost caught Jake just 2 seconds behind. James paddled well to come 5th. Adele 6th started to break up the Cat 6’s and paddled strong to take Ray on the line, followed closely by Bob. Jess and Rona (not having there best of days) came 9th, Roger overtook Steve Chorley and Graham brought up the rear. Great effort from all as everyone is fighting for the final few points … just 2 races left!
A Big Thanks to Ian Crozier and Olli/Jellys Mum for helping me with the time keeping ... manic today as it was so close on the finish line! Plus Carol and Jean for the soup kitchen and John for making the lovely fire ... it was lovely to see everyone enjoying time in the club house afterwards, and great to have a couple of ‘Wags’ joining us too! THANKS Everyone!

The next Race coincides with the Burrs WWRace, so I will move it to ensure we get another good turnout and so you all can race … the date will be either 8th Nov or 22nd   I just need to check my weekend activities!!!
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