Scotland: Swims, Sunshine and Scenery
By Molly Agar on Sunday 25th March 2018
The Easter trip up to Fort William in Scotland can probably be termed a success. Despite the lack of water, we made the most of the beautiful weather we had, and (I, at least) had a really great time!
Swims were rife: on our first river, the Leny, Anna managed to swim above the falls, which led to some rather panicked 'get to the side' advice. Then there was the sticky hole further down, which claimed two more swimmers. We managed a whole trip down the Arkaig without any swims, but more than made up for it on a rock-bottom Spean Gorge, with something like six between two people... I think they both enjoyed it though...
It wasn't all getting wet and hypothermic. We spent a day up at the Allt a' Chaorainn (I may have had to look up that spelling) in glorious sun, falling into bogs and sliding down rocky slides. And then paddling over/jumping off Right Angle falls, the classic paddler's profile pic, the pool above which had been frozen over in the morning. And there was the paddle across to the remotest pub on the UK mainland. It was a really beautiful scenic paddle across from Mallaig Bheag to Inverie, with a distant seal and snow capped mountains encircling the loch. The pint of 'Remoteness' at the other end was well worth it.
Sadly we had to come back home, just as the rain arrived. And we didn't get to see the wallabies on Loch Lomond in the end. Ah well, maybe next year!
By Sioned Russell on Friday 23rd March 2018
We had a great time at the DUCK Race chasing hundreds of small plastic ducks down the river Wear which ran in support of the Great North East Air Ambulance, and DUCK's Local Charities Fund. Paddling 3-4km downstream we managed to collect almost all of the hundreds of ducks that were released, only missing a few to the weir!
Epiphany term 2018!
By Max Topp-Mugglestone on Thursday 11th January 2018
Durham University Canoe Club has even more exciting events planned for this term in all of our disciplines, so whether you're the keenest member of the polo squad, a skilled slalomist, pro freestyler, or the freshest fresher there's something on for you!
Our regular weekly sessions will be continuing, with our casual Wednesday sessions at 13:00, and the two pool sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings aimed at general skills (including rolling and freestyle) and polo-specific skills respectively! You can see more details of the regular sessions on the regular events section of the events page, or on our Facebook group.
Our first social of the term will be on Saturday 20th January, where we will be decreasing the leg count per capita by 0.5 before heading out on an epic quest through the bars of Durham and beyond (unless you consider Klute to be part of Durham in which case disregard the 'beyond')
Beyond that, there's some really fun events planned for this term, which include:
Refreshers' Weekend Away -- we'll be travelling over to the Lake District to spend a weekend staying in a hall and paddling some new rivers! There's also some fun and games planned for the evenings -- more details on that later. Sign up via the events page!
BUCS Slalom -- the university slalom competition! Another really fun event and a chance to try your hand at a new discipline -- you can compete in pretty much any boat, so don't worry if you've never paddled a slalom boat before; whatever your experience it'll be a really enjoyable day and even if you don't fancy paddling please come along to support! Again, you can already sign up on the events page.
National Student Rodeo -- the biggest student freestyle kayaking competition in the world! We'll spend the weekend in Nottingham, where there'll be an opportunity to try some freestyle paddling with competitions aimed at every level -- it's one of the most fun weekends of the calendar for everyone, regardless of freestyle experience! Added to that, both the Friday and Saturday nights will be some of the biggest and best parties you'll ever experience - so even if Freestyle's not your thing, this will be one of the best weekends of your life! Sign up via events page -- ticket prices to be released at a later date, but register your interest now.
You can also sign up for BUCS polo and our training week before that -- if you're interested in representing the university, sign up for those now! There'll be a lot of focus on training for polo this term, so make sure to come along to the Thursday sessions as well where we will really be focusing on building up those core skills.
That's all for now, but there's plenty more going on -- as always, keep track of the Facebook page and our events page for more details of everything we've got happening.
Michaelmas term 2017!
By Max Topp-Mugglestone on Monday 25th September 2017
Welcome to Durham University Canoe Club!
We've got plenty of
exciting stuff planned for you this term -- whether you're a returning
member or a fresher who's never been in a boat there'll be something for
you every single week. Keep an eye on the events tab and on our facebook group for more!
First up are our taster sessions! These are free to anyone who wants to
come along and have a go at canoeing and meet the club. All you need is
some swimwear, a towel, and a change of clothes! The dates are as follows below (beware of the printing mistake on our flier!)
Saturday 7th October, 13:00 - 15:00
Saturday 7th October, 15:30 - 17:30
Sunday 8th October, 13:00 - 15:00
Sunday 8th October, 15:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 11th October, 12:45 - 15:00
Sunday 15th October, 13:00 - 15:00
Sunday 15th October, 15:30 - 17:30
On October 10th is our first social of term -- come along and get to know us!
Look out for our fresher's weekend events, including a beginner's canoe
polo tournament and our Fresher's river trip -- you can already sign up
for the river trip if you're keen!
https://community.dur.ac.uk/canoe.club/event.php?id=720 (log in using your DUO username and password)
The weekend will culminate in a fantastic social -- details TBA!
Make sure to come and check out our stall at the sports fair on the 3rd
of October -- we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have, or
just to have a chat!
BUCS polo 2017
By Calum Spooner on Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Last weekend was the return of the annual BUCS polo
tournament, this year being held at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham. The Men’s A
team started off their weekend with a convincing 10-0 win against Surrey followed
by an 8-0 win vs. Lancaster; this concluded their games for Saturday. Sunday
also started with a slightly less convincing 4-0 win against London to secure
their spot in the semi-finals, where they came up against the previous
champions Leeds, Durham prevailed this time with an 8-0 win guaranteeing their
place in the final. The final saw Durham replay London, this time with 10
minute halves rather than 6. The final result was 10-2 to Durham A team – achieving
first place overall, but unfortunately not holding on to their clean sheet.
The Old boys’ team was not quite so successful with 2 wins
and 5 losses resulting in 11th place overall.
The ladies team got off to a slightly shaky start with a 1-0
loss to Liverpool John Moore’s (who ended up 2nd). However, a 5-0
victory against Teesside got them back on track, while the next game against
Cambridge was much more even; with the result being 1-1 at full time, it was
down to golden goal – although the golden goal time didn’t last long with
Durham winning the sprint and almost immediately scoring. The final game on
Saturday was soon after, against Warwick, which was much less even ending in a
4-0 win to Durham. Sunday got off to a good start with a 2-1 win against
Loughborough. However, successive losses to Bangor and Nottingham ladies
resulted in a 6th place finish for the Durham ladies.
The B team began their competition with a 5-0 win against
Swansea followed by a 1-0 loss to Nottingham, but they were quickly back to
their winning ways with a 4-1 win against Sheffield and a 2-0 win against
Loughborough to finish off their Saturday. Sunday started equally as good with
a 2-0 win against Southampton afterwards beating London 4-0 securing their place
in the final. However, a spanner was thrown in the works when Phil had to leave
before the final, meaning only a team of only 4 players against Nottingham.
Despite being a player down Durham still played fantastically with a final
score 7-2 to Nottingham meaning Durham B’s finished 2nd in B league.