Pangbourne Canoe Club Newsletter report October-November 2018
As the days shorten our Tuesday evening sessions are ending but by the time you read this newsletter Circuit Training will have started on Wednesday evenings from 6.00-7.00pm at The Centre. All members are welcome to this light-hearted work out. Our training sessions over recent weeks have subtly moved towards strength and stamina as we move into the autumn season where races are over longer distances.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothes” (Alfred Wainwright, A coast to coast walk)
Over the cooler months it’s important to wear warmer kit and perhaps carry an extra layer for training sessions as the water is getting colder as I found out when I had a sudden water emersion moment (swim) last Tuesday. Several members planning to enter the Devizes to Westminster Race over the Easter weekend are continuing to train in the evenings independently and they certainly carry extra kit.
Elmbridge Hasler was on Sunday 7th October. This is an out of region event so not one that many would attend. However, Peter W and Vicky M were keen to get out and race eight miles so why not enter? The distance was slightly over nine miles, and this suited Peter very well as he was able to gain ground in the last mile gaining third place in division 5 K1 in 1:23.15. This resulted in his promotion to division 4. Well done Peter. Vicky paddled in division 6 K2, coming in fourth in a time of 1:31.26. The boats ahead of her were all kayaks so I believe she was still in the fastest canoe on the water.
We held a time trial this month in which Simon TC broke the club record, completing the distance in 29:52. Joost took some photos – spot what’s odd here! No prizes for working it out.
As well as a pretty exhausting time trial there’s been time to play: Daisy had the energy for some seasonal conker collection – guess the number of conkers in this bucket (again no prizes).
Events coming up
Banbury Hasler is on Sunday 28th October and this will be the last Hasler until next spring. We look forward to a good turnout for this. Quiz and Chips is the evening before (5.30pm Saturday 27th October) if you feel you need to carbo-load and have an intellectual challenge as part of race preparation.
The Leighton Buzzard Remembrance Day Race is on Sunday 11th November.
Ross Warland Memorial Canal Challenge on Sunday 25th November.
Stour Descent on Sunday 2nd December.
Santa Run Sunday 9th December (good portage practice)
Frank Luzmore Memorial Marathon on Sunday 6th January.
Want to have a go?
If any Club members feel tempted to try their hand in a racing boat don’t be shy, get in touch with any of the race group coaches and we can arrange for you to have a go – you may well be pleasantly surprised at how many of your skills are transferable.