Doug sets of to make his record breaking score


Thanks to everyone who came along to support the Blastathon this year. We had a record number of entries and it was especially good to see so many members of Riverside come along to join in with KCC and Pathfinders.

The river levels were just about perfect, the revised scoring system seemed to word and the weather was great for the BBQ and award ceremony afterwards. Congratulations to everyone who took part either by competing or helping out with the organising. Well done to everyone who won a prize, Louise in the womens class, Joe in the under 18’s, and um, me who won the mens and overall!

More photos can be found here:

26th September 2009 Update

nenesept081Monthly Meeting

The next meeting is Wednesday 7th October in the Fox Inn, Steventon at 8:30ish. Come along and see what’s going on.


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Wednesday Night Hut Duty

 Wednesday (30th Sept) will be the last officially organised paddle of the season though I’m sure some of us will be heading straight to the weir for a while yet.

Forthcoming Trips:

If you can help with arranging anything along these lines then please let me know and if you need help or support with the organisation we’ll do our best to assist. Remember the club can only work with the help of its members so if you can help with any of these then please let me know.

* I sent out the booking forms for Tony’s trips in a separate e-mail. if you’d like me to send them again just let me know.


This is provisionally booked at Wantage Cricket club for 2nd November, more details soon. In the meantime if anyone has an idea for a presentation to accompany the debate(s) please let me know. We were thinking of a ‘what everyone in the club has been up to this year’ slide show, if anyone would like to contribute to this then let me know.

Also we need nominations for the club trophies. Please send all nominations to the Chairman (Lousie Royle) or me. The following require owners:

  • Waterline Cup for the year‟s best beginner
  • Julian Howells Trophy for the most improved paddler
  • KCC Trash of the Year Award for the most spectacular swim
  • Outstanding Achievement Award

Other Goings on

Pathfinders Youth Canoe Club presentation Evening, Monday Sept 28th at Abbey Sailing Club, Wilsham Rd, Abingdon.
You are invited to an evening to present what Pathfinders Youth Canoe Club has been doing over the last twelve months.

The programme is still being finalised but will include

Presentations on activities on the river locally and on trips
Presentation by Team Slovenia
Pathfinders The Movie –Premiere!!
All Pathfinders, parents, friends, canoeists, kayakers and others are welcome. In order to help with catering please let me know if you intend to come on

If you have any dates for trips and or courses you would like added to the cub calendar then please let me know. The calendar is here if you’re interested:

In the post: Freestyle British Championships

3/4 October – Holme Pierrepont whitewater course.The BCU Freestyle Committee would like to invite your club to come along to this years British Championships as there will be lots of extra features which we hope will be of interest to your members and coaches. Alongside the normal competition we will be running a club championship and are planning to offer a new Jackson kayak to the winning club.
Points will be won by individuals in a freestyle event – either the main competition for the experienced or the novice competition for newcomers – and in a Team Boater Cross event. Now that the course has been rebuilt it offers a wide range of features and lends itself to running several events concurrently.

We are also planning to run coaching sessions where you can learn skills as a paddler or pick up top tips for introducing the new 3 Star Freestyle Award as a coach. Demo boats will be available to try if you don’t have your own.

It should be an exciting weekend of action with all the top British Freestylers showing off their skills and offering encouragement. Where else can a novice measure his achievement against a World Champion?

Please register your interest by e mailing or and we will send out further information as it becomes available.

Tim Ward

BCU Freestyle

If you have any other news or information you would like distributed to the club then please let me know.

Ock BoaterX and Wavehopper Event and BYO BBQ

Ock BoaterX and Wavehopper Event and BYO BBQ, Sunday 20th September 2PM KCC/PYCC Abingdon.

WavehopperSunday 20th September 2PM KCC/PYCC Abingdon.

Pathfinders, Kingfisher and Riverside are invited to this event. There are two classes. The Boatercross involves racing any boat shorter than 2m down the Ock from the Drayton Rd. back to the club. Head to head at 30 second intervals. Usually 15-20 minutes.

The Wavehopper Race involves specialist whitewater racers over the same course. I hope to have ten of these available. If you would like to race one of these speak to me in advance. I will be holding a Wavehopper familiarisation session on the Thursday before (17th) for anyone interested in using these boats from 6-8 at the club at Wilsham Rd. Abingdon. If there are more than 10 potential Wavhopperees, preference will be given to those attending this session. Pathfinders came away with four medals from the WVH race at Stratford Upon Avon!!

Meet at Kingfisher/Pathfinder Club, Wilsham Rd Abingdon at 2pm to register and shuttle boats.

After the event we will have a BYO BBQ. We will provide the charcoal, paper plates, cutlery and cups. You bring everything else.

This is a fun event in which everyone can take part, so it would be good to have a good number. It would be very helpful to have an indication if you are going to take part so that I know I will not be there on my own.  If you don`t want to take part but can come along to help that would be really appreciated. Please note that I really do need to know IN ADVANCE whether you can help as there are many important jobs both on and off the water that I need to know I can cover.

Please help by letting me know in good time if you can help with this.

Please contact me: – 01865 373115