Big thanks to all that turned out today for the Hare 'n Hounds, we did think we'd get very wet but we were very fortunate the wind kept the rain away and it even felt warm for a November day!
15 paddlers, which is a great turnout with just 1 race left in the 2015 Series. James Roberts paddled very well and took some catching, he went on to win TT1 and got promoted to the next category '6'. Carol and young Olli paddled K2 and came home strongly in 2nd place closely followed by Jean, David H. is still going strong and came 4th. Followed by the category 6 paddlers Bob, Jess and Rona (k2) just broken up by Milan, then Roger. Jake had blown up on the straight after several sprint bursts. Graham B. was also having a steady paddle and got demoted to 10. Meanwhile Jelly in her 3rd H 'n H did yet another PB and took another minuet of her time, no stopping her she'll be moving up to the next category soon at that rate! Parky brought up the rear smiling as usual enjoying every moment!
David H. went onto win TT2 with Milan in 2nd, followed by James, Roger overtook Bob, but Bob overtook Jess and Rona. Jean came next followed by Jake anf finally Graham.
Ray Stamp is still in the lead for TT1 with 37 points, and David for TT2 with 39 points ... one more race left, Ray may take some catching but TT2 is still wide open!
Big Thanks to Ian Crozier and Steph Snowden (Jelly and Olli's Mum) for helping with the timing and to Carol and Jean in the Soup Kitchen, just one more race left Sunday 29th November ... 5 races to count this year!
After Racing many paddlers stopped for a Club House/Garden Tidy, it was amazing how much we did in just 2 hours, the Club looks 'loved again' special thanks to Mark Roberts and his power scrubber and Ian's Strimmer, this made it much easier for the rest of us! Everyone's help was very much appreciated Thanks again!
See 'Results' for points and placings.
The timed sessions on a Tuesday night are over for another year and the final results are attached. Let me start with a big thank you to Carol Hatton, Helen Marriott and Pete Connor who between them did virtually all the timing throughout the summer.
Competition was very keen in both the men and women's series. In the men Richie Rogers seized the title in the final session, overtaking Mark Tidman who was joint second with Melvin Swallow and Roger Williams was one point further back in fourth place. The fastest time of the year was recorded by John O'Grady (Runcorn) with 10m 12s. Jenny Illidge (Worcester) won the Ladies by just two points from Jenny Swallow with Jean Ashley in third place.
The Junior series were more clear cut with David Hatton taking the boy's from Jake Oldfield and Rona Fishburn winning the girl's from Jess Crozier.
A new name heads the list in the division 1-3 category. David Hatton takes the series win for the first time and also recored the fastest time of the year (39m 59s). Melvin Swallow was in second place with daughter Jenny in third.
The division 4-6 group saw Roger Williams run away with the series with Bob Scholey and Jean Ashley some way behind in second and third places.
Over the shorter course (division 7-9) Ray Stamp was victorious for the umpteenth year with Dave Madeley and Rona Fishburn in second and third positions.
See 'Results' for Final Standings
Tuesday night sessions will continue through the dark evenings in a variety of formats but will not be timed and those taking part should remember to use lights back and front and wear buoyancy aids when appropriate.
Chester Canoe Club has a rich history in canoeing circles and is probably guilty like many such clubs of relying too heavily on a small group of members to run it. That small group must be thanked for their contribution and encouraged to remain engaged and help develop / sustain the club.
I would like to solicit everybody’s view on what they want from the Canoe Club in 2016 and beyond. Below are some thoughts but the committee need your feedback as this club is run for you. Its members, therefore it is pointless the committee deciding what to do without your input.
We also have paper copies at the club. Please return this survey before 20th November.
There is a meeting for all members young and old to review the feedback that we receive and discuss what the Club will do in 2016 on Thursday 26th November after paddling, it will start at 8.15pm and last for one hour. We need all members to attend this meeting including the parents of our junior members.
Below are some of the activities and events that have happened over the last few years. What is would like to gather from this is what is it that you want the club to provide / support for you it’s members in 2016.
Many thanks for your feedback.
Ian Crozier (proposed Canoe Leader)
The Club AGM is on Tuesday 17th November at the Club House, Sandy Lane.
The Sailing and Canoe Club Dinner Dance will be at Vicars Cross Golf Club on 27th November £25 Adult, £20 under 21