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Pangbourne Canoe Club makes a splash

Over the final weekend of July, the Thames Valley around Pangbourne experienced several heavy downpours, not all of them courtesy of the weather. Over 1100 canoe marathon racers from 52 UK canoe clubs as well as several international paddlers descended on the peaceful stretch of River Thames between Mapledurham and Pangbourne to compete in this year’s British National Open Marathon Racing Individual and Team Championships.

The event, hosted for the second time by Pangbourne Canoe Club and multi-activity club, Adventure Dolphin on behalf of British Canoeing, was a huge success with over 50 races hotly contested and 49 overall champions crowned. The championships include races for different age classes and gender and vary in lengths from 3.5km to 26km with the longer distances including several portages – getting out and running with your boat for a minimum of 50 metres, which entertained the hundreds of spectators supporting alongside the riverbank.

Team GB were out in force throughout the weekend, with Lani Belcher and Tim Pendle winning the senior single titles. Record numbers of entries in the mixed doubles race saw 70 boats packed across the river for an eventful start. The highest scoring club over the weekend was Norwich Canoe Club who took home the team trophies for Under 12 paddlers and overall team points. Small but mighty Pangbourne Canoe Club picked up several medals over the weekend, finishing 12th club overall, with the Under 12 finishing 4th out of 23 teams.

The event, supported by local sponsoring partners, was organised and run by a team of 130 volunteers from Pangbourne Canoe Club, Adventure Dolphin, 1st Purley and Pangbourne Scouts and many other places including friends and family who all kindly gave up their weekend to help. With over 200 people camping on site and over 1000 people daily, the event covered several hectares of fields marked by an impressive array of flags and banners alongside various trade stands to make a colourful and impressive event setup.

Event organiser and member of Pangbourne Canoe Club, Vicky Metcalfe, said “We were delighted to host the National Canoe Marathon Championships for the second time. The event is a huge undertaking but thanks to our brilliant crew of volunteers, the weekend was a huge success. It was great to have a record number of boats on the water, which shows the strength and growth of marathon canoeing as a sport”.

Pangbourne Canoe Club host their annual canoe marathon race on Sunday 10th September and hope to beat entry records following the success of the National Championships.

Photos and videos of the event can be found on the Pangbourne Canoe Club facebook page.

The British National Open Marathon Racing Individual and Team Championships - 29 & 30 July 2017

Visit  www.natchamps2017.com   for all information, start lists & provisional results.

Junior K4 Rocket event - we have 16 K4 Rockets to fill. If you don't have a full team, let us know and we will try to make up crews. Send your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Campsite bookings - please call 01189428001 to book

Merchandise available at www.pangbournecanoeclub.co.uk/shop

Marathon Race Committee Annual Consultative Meeting - The ACM of the Marathon Race Committee will take place on site following the 5pm Prize giving on Saturday 29th July 2017. ALL ARE WELCOME.  

Come n Try session

Adventure Dolphin, of which Pangbourne Canoe Club is a part , is holding a general Open Day on Saturday April 2nd to find out more  please go to Adventure Dolphin (Pangbourne) Charity website for more details.

Pangbourne Canoe Club has a 'Come n Try our racing boats'session on Saturday April 29th. ... 10am til 12noon

More details from Vicky Metcalfe via Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 0118 942 8001

The session is free and no previous experience required, but we would like to know that you are coming !, so please contact Vicky- as above.

Open to  anyone aged 8 years upwards.

Bring a change of clothes just in case you get wet.

We look forward to seeing you at The Dolphin Centre, Pangbourne

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