Pangbourne/Adventure Dolphin Cane Club… Race group news

Pangbourne/Adventure Dolphin Cane Club… Race group news

This year’s Waterside Series, run by Newbury Canoe Club (CC), kicked off on 4th February participants racing from Great Bedwyn to Newbury (13.5 miles).

Adventure Dolphin’s (AD) members paddled in K1, K2 and C2 classes under the Pangbourne Canoe Club team name, with other members and friends supporting paddlers and volunteering in various roles including marshaling or in the kitchens providing food for all.

Our paddlers got off to a good start, especially our Junior K2 pair; Tommy F and Owen B, and Jarvis M who is paddling with another junior from Reading CC. Ruth S took on the series in K1, having paddled K2 for the past two years with Jim L, who is now supporting her having helped so much with her training this winter.

Categories include:
Juniors: under 19
Seniors/veterans: over 35
Masters: 50 upwards

2018 is a special year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the first series. An invitation went out to those who had paddled in the first series back in 1968. Four “LEGENDS” paddled on Sunday, sadly none of them where AD members, but the occasion was celebrated in style with a short presentation before the prizegiving,

The following weekend saw seven paddlers do the Thameside 1- hosted by Reading CC. Racing from Aldermaston upstream to Reading CC’s club house, with a major North Westerly wind to boot, making the last two miles a true challenge!

The second race in the Waterside series was Newbury/Aldermaston/Newbury, 18miles which took place on Sunday 11th February. The Thameside 2 is on 25th February – racing down the Thames from Reading CC to Longridge Activity centre, near Marlow (20 miles)

Now, half way through the series, the last two races are on 4th and 18th March. Please check the results for all the races. There may be prizes for those who do all 4 Watersides, and don’t forget, we are always grateful for your support. So, if you find yourself able to give a bit of time please do volunteer, Bill Whitaker runs the Volunteer team, so please let him know via email:

Waterside series:
Thameside 1 and 2:

For further information about Pangbourne Canoe Club contact: Vicky Metcalfe at:

Leaders/helpers’ day success

More than 60 of Adventure Dolphin’s leaders and helpers came together for their annual training event (Sunday 28th January 2108) which included a range of outdoor activities and club updates.

The morning session, run by Outdoor Academy reminded coaches and helpers alike what it’s like to try something new for the first time as they introduced participants to a mobile caving system, field archery (like clay pigeon shooting), kelly kettling and the climbing wall.

Following a superb lunch whipped up by our volunteer catering team, the afternoon covered a series of topics including DBS checks, volunteer hours, the future of Dolphin Centre, amends to coaching qualifications from British Canoeing and the latest marketing initiatives that are being undertaken.

Helper, Ollie Hatchett said, “It was my first training day and I was surprised by how good it was. The caving was brilliant, I loved the chilli and the updates were really helpful.”

The day was organised and run by Trustees Kevin Dennis and Ed Edwards with input from Group Co-ordinators, , Chairman – Clive Williams, Trustee – Tim Metcalfe, Coach – Claire Hardwick and Marketing – Donna Hatchett.