The more serious paddlers are down at 6:30 PM every night of the week throughout the year and at week-ends when competitions permit. However they are usually pretty focused on their own training, but will join in on our Tuesday and Thursday sessions.
There are two main club nights of the week;
Tuesday: During British Summer Time, Time Trials and Barrel Runs take place on alternate Tuesday nights, come and experience the pleasure & pain (plenty of it) of our 5 mile Time Trial including portages! If that sounds a little too much, some of our recreational canoeists just go for a steady paddle.
Time Trials - Start is in reverse ranking order (i.e. slowest first) and start intervals are set with the aim of achieving a blanket finish. First paddler starts at 6.30pm. The Course is an upstream start by the clubhouse steps, clockwise turn at the top end of the landing stage below Red House, downstream to the moored boats above the weir, anticlockwise turn around the boats, and an upstream finish opposite the clubhouse. All times are recorded and points are awarded in each of the three categories;
Novice & Div 7-9: 1 lap, no portages
Div 4-6: 2 laps, downstream portage 1st lap, upstream portage 2nd lap
Div 1-3: 2 laps, upstream and downstream portages both laps
Barrel Runs -Starts are in reverse ranking order (i.e. slowest first) and start intervals are normally 30secs, first paddler starts at 6.30pm. The Course is a downstream start by the clubhouse steps, anticlockwise turn around the boats moored above the weir, and an upstream finish opposite the clubhouse. Paddlers can do up to three timed runs and the best time counts for points. All times are recorded and the best eight results are taken into account in each of the four categories - U18 Girls, U18 Boys, Ladies, Men. At the end of the season prizes are given for Time Trials and Barrel Runs, these are presented at the Dinner Dance or Chinese Banquet.
Thursday: Our main club night - come and join in with the training groups, we have a junior group, beginners and a marathon group. The marathon paddlers may split depending on abilities. They usually do a 6 or 8 mile interval session which varies weekly. Most of us enjoy a bit of a social afterwards in the bar and many people bring food along to make a bit of a night of it.
Saturday: Juniors Club Session 10.00
Sunday: Long Steady Paddle 10.00
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'
Please note if you are a newcomer Winter (Oct - Feb/Mar) is not a good time to start canoeing for the first time and we don't encourage complete novices to get on the water at this time - particularly in the week when it is also dark. But Thursdays is a good night to come along and get to know people and have a chat about canoeing. We run beginners courses during Spring and Summer for more information on these go to the Getting Started Page.
Club Trophies are presented at the end of each year these are our Winners
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