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Preparation starts straight away. Michelle makes sure the important stuff like making sure all the forms n bits are done properly. Gary gets stuck in to making a shelter, who needs Ray Mears with him about! One of our four legged friends is annoyed that there isn’t a canine section of the race and decides to take it out on Michelle’s trouser leg! It’s time to get the gear off the tops of the cars and make the trip along the pathway to the start of the race just a short distance from the bottom of the weir. Paul gets Dean’s boat ready and the ever cheerful Peter makes the trek along the muddy path to the start with boat on shoulder.
The edge of the water at the burrs is mostly stony. The Kayaks are a colourful lineup at the edge and there’s a flurry of activity as everybody gets themselves in and settled. Claires ‘weapon of choice’ for the day is a pointy slalom speed machine kayak with a cool celtic looking pattern design on the back which acts as a ‘go faster’ stripe!(she’s pretty fast anyway and doesn’t really need the stripe) Before they move off at least one of the crew manage a smile for the camera. As far as facial expressions are concerned, this is as good as it gets, once the business end of the river takes hold all manners of grimacing and face pulling can be seen. The polite way to put it would be ‘concentration faces’. Joking aside, genuinely a reflection of the serious determination that went in to the paddling.
Once the course of the race had been checked out there’s time for a short break. This is where you see how much graft had gone in behind the scenes. A gazebo had popped up, the cooker was on full blast and the kettle was ready to go!! Gary was fryin up some eggs n bacon and all the mums, dads and friends had come prepared with pots of stew, soup and a variety of goodies. Paddling is a hungry business. Sadie the dog made an appearance and is rapidly becoming our trip mascot, a few walkies and a walk to watch the paddlers and she’s happy. Practice done, a quick bite to eat, time for racing would be soon. So, boats on shoulders again it’s time to get a move on!
Having moved the boats back to the start, there was a fair bit of time to spare. The river levels were fairly low and the weir itself wasn’t too forceful. Paul had decided he was going to have go at it and it be within the abilities of others to try if they were up for it! Well a few of our courageous youngsters were up for the challenge and the pictures say it all. This was also probably one of the brightest parts of a generally mild day and as good a time as any to try the weir out. Paul talked the others through it first and then made his way up for a look and to get position right. The weir is stepped one side and when its really flowing these seem to be where most go over because there can be a big stopper in the bottom over the other side when the volume is higher. The centre seemed good today. The term whitewater is particularly appropriate in the images as Paul(and the others) are momentarily surrounded by pure white and briefly disappear into the water below. This is where some of the facial expressions start to change. Fine at the top, then as speed picks up g-force grabs hold, bit of adrenalin and a buckets worth of cold water in the face at the end.
Dean earns his own little bit of the report here. Under the watchful eye of Dad Paul, this feisty little chap decided he was going for it too. It earned him a big cheer from people at the top watching over the railings. It also shows the four faces of the weir very clearly. 1. I can do this! 2. Whoooa!! 3.AAAAArgh!!!!!!!!! 4. Splosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Where's the photos ? I'll adding them to the gallery shortly. IRM)
An update about temporary access arrangements at Halton Rapids on the River Lune near Lancaster has been published.
For information about this update, please visit the Canoe England Web site by using the following link:
4th November 2013 - Temporary Access Arrangements - Halton Rapids <http://canoe-england-northwest.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e9256e92ef&id=1aa236cab6&e=42cfa502de>
Your help in distributing this information to paddlers would be greatly appreciated.
Northwest Regional Development Team
No it's not about two seconds you get for touching a gate in a slalom. Two Friends of Allonby girls took part in the recent slalom at Rhug and both came second in their respective classes - Claire in Div 3 and Isobel in Div 4. Izzy was 5 seconds faster than a Div 4 K1 man promoted to Div 3 so Izzy was promoted to Div 3 too. Well done.
Monday Evening Liverpool Novice Leagues Monday 16th September
The following teams are due to play this coming Monday 16th September Collingwood 6.00 p.m.
Liverpool Canoe Club
Friends of Allonby Girls
Friends of Allonby B
I have now taken over the running of Division 1 Yorkshire. I have been sent the playlist and the game times have been moved from 10min to 6mins each way. What do people think of this??
I have attached the current playlist.
Could you all make sure you reply so I have your correct email.