Club paddler John Clark will be participating in The Great North Paddle, a charity event which involves paddling (with the tide!) 13.5 miles from Scotswood Bridge through Newcastle/Gateshead to South Shields.
"I have booked to take part in this event, and have found what looks like a reasonably convenient campsite at Well House Farm near Riding Mill in Northumberland. I have also agreed with the organisers that I would check whether anybody else from MWBC is interested. And, if you are, it would be good to have your company on the water.
Alternatively, if you can’t make it to the event, I would be very glad of sponsorship in the form of contributions to PHASE Worldwide – the Rotherham-based charity which aims to improve health, education and livelihood opportunities people in isolated Nepalese Himalayan villages. There is more information about PHASE at http://phaseworldwide.org/ and my fundraising page is at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnClark15. Thanks for your help!
Details (including registration and payment forms) are on the Paddlesports Events CIC website - http://kayakathons.com/?page_id=994
If you want to talk about any of this, you can contact me on 0114 2351423; or 07905501671; or at email@example.com"
For once at a slalom we were blessed with beautiful sunny weather rather than cold driving rain. Saturday morning was spent setting up the course and running all of the wires for the "Tutti" timing and control system. One side effect of the recent spell of dry weather and low lake level has been the rapid growth of pond weed which needed to be cleared out before the race - a big thank-you to everyone who helped out with this unglamorous job! The rest of Saturday was "free practice" with many paddlers having their first go at paddling a proper slalom boat.
Sunday dawned bright and clear and gave paddlers a further chance to practice before the race started at 12 noon. We had a fantastic turn out from MWBC - sixteen club paddlers taking part in the event - with some of them racing in more than one class (e.g. K1, C2) we had over 20 entries from MWBC. There were lots of really good performances with Sam Wright, Chris Thomas and Jan Cassidy all winning promotion to Div 3.
Perhaps most important of all was that everyone had a great time and a lot of fun. Thank-you again to everyone involved whether racing, volunteering or supporting.
Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is a thriving multi-sport club based at Manvers Lake in South Yorkshire.