Polo Success

By Molly Slaygnar on Tuesday 1st May 2018

A massive congratulations to everyone who competed at BUCS polo. It was an amazing result, with the men's team coming second and the ladies achieving a fantastic first place! Even the Old Boys team put up a decent show, finishing 10th.

Polo Success

Scotland: Swims, Sunshine and Scenery

By Molly Slaygnar 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! (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.

Scotland Success

By Molly Slaygnar on Saturday 1st April 2017

With only three swims, this year’s trip up to Scotland can probably be called a success. Arriving at Roybridge at gone midnight didn’t stop us from getting up and paddling some great rivers the next day, and the rivers didn’t stop being fun all trip (although the Meig could be argued as being more rock than river!). Even the snow didn’t dampen people’s mood and it was with great spirit that we decided to visit a whisky distillery instead that morning! The free samples didn’t stop us from getting on a river that afternoon, although several people ended up in other people’s boats. Everyone paddled amazingly well and I think it’s fair to say that everyone had a good time.

National Student Rodeo 2017 -- not the end of the world!

By Max Topp-Mugglestone on Sunday 12th March 2017

Last weekend was the British university freestyle kayaking competition, the National Student Rodeo. This took place in HPP, Nottingham, on the lake next to the whitewater course as the whitewater course had, as a result of the rain causing the water quality to drop substantially, been forced to shut down and would probably have given us some kind of nasty disease... Potentially worse than any hangover, although some of us endeavoured to challenge that. In competition news, congratulations are in order to Molly Agar, who not only was one of only two people who got up in the morning to compete in an event but also qualified for the Women's expert final in k1, and took first place in Women's c1, only partly by virtue of being the only girl in a c1 -- she displayed some excellent moves in the final, including a flatwater flatspin (aka: a turn), but the real highlight was delivering this joke to the crowd "How many canoeists does it take to change a lightbulb? One to get on and do it, three to stand around and lie about the size of the hole." Molly and I also took first place in the c2 competition - the only issue with which being the lack of a c2 competition, so although we didn't actually win a real event I like to think we won the hearts of the crowd with our valiant efforts against the k2s in the boatercross. The Imperial Cruiser might have started to go the way of the Titanic, but this isn't the last you'll see of it.

The other -- very much welcome -- surprise appearance over the weekend was that of the sun, meaning that this NSR was actually surprisingly warm and nobody got hypothermia or felt the desire to spoon with nine other people in a tent (to the group's general chagrin).

As a new form of competition for this year's NSR, I, ex-captain Liam, and social sec Philippa came up with a list of Extra Credit Points (ECPs) for activities performed over the weekend -- tasks including swapping clothes with a stranger, binning people, stealing a stranger's costume, maintaining possession of the Duck of Doom, and telling a big deal “I can’t believe you’re sponsored! I’m so much better than you!”

Points were also deducted for crashing cars, chundering, requiring ambulances, injuring oneself, and complaining about the cold -- which, despite the sunshine, still happened frequently.

Josh took an early lead at the Friday night party with the ECPs, managing to take fifty points from selfies with strangers and the safety team. However, Ronan was quick to catch up on the second day by binning an entirely immoral number of paddlers as part of his safety team duties. However, the judges' decision ruled against this -- as the spirit of NSR is more in the variety and less in the repetition of the same ECP (as in the original BIGDEALS rules). The game was well and truly afoot by now and would all be decided in the Saturday night party -- eventually to be won by Laura who not only had possession of the 200pt Duck of Doom on Sunday morning but also managed to complete the greatest variety of other ECPs.

That said, we respect the sheer volume of people binned by Ronan and as such he is awarded a special prize -- the "Tsar Nicholas II Award for Being a Mean Bastard"

A further honorable mention goes to Molly again, for a grand score of 350 points (potentially second place; counting is hard) -- picking up some of the more obscure ECPs including getting a shoutout from the NSR announcers ("Hide and Seek Champion of NSR 2k17" -- ask her for the story).

For our winner and runners up, several exciting prizes are on their way, to be presented at a later social.

Durham take victory at the 2016 Tyne Tour party

By Max Topp-Mugglestone on Sunday 13th November 2016

Continuing this year's excellent competition record, putting weekends worth of training into practice, Durham University won the Saturday night party at Tyne Tour after a stellar performance in the Ceilidh. Seeing that the best tactic to win the party might begin with eliminating the opposition, this involved going old-school on the dance floor, old-school meaning mediaeval and mediaeval meaning imitating a battering ram in the midst of dancing couples. Star appearances include: Dani, for her excellent role as party car owner and noble self-sacrifice to her own door; Laura and Javier for crushing the descent of the river; Josh for the loudest snoring of all time; Captain Liam for his iconic - if stupid - hairstyle; and Ant for his swim.

Durham Success at Adidas Sickline

By Anthony Stewart on Friday 14th October 2016

A massive congratulations go to Durham alumna, Sandra Hyslop, for becoming World Champion at the Adidas Sickline.

You can watch her incredible run below:

Welcome to Durham University Canoe Club

By Mark Ledger on Thursday 22nd September 2016

Hello and welcome to Durham University Canoe Club,


We have lots of exciting plans for this term for you to check out:


From the 8th to the 19th of October we will be running a series of FREE taster sessions both at Maiden Castle in Durham and the Holliday building in Stockton. These are relaxed sessions where you’ll be taught the basics of paddling and play some games to hone your new skills. So whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced paddler that wants to meet the club, why not come along and see what we have to offer? Book your place on the events page ( All equipment is provided free of charge, just bring a towel, swimsuit/shorts, old shoes you don’t mind getting wet and an extra layer for under your wetsuit. 

On the club’s Facebook page ( there are also links to our social events, which are a great chance to get to know the club better. There are currently plans for a themed bar crawl, BBQ and a club meal, so keep eye out for each week’s activities.

Finally, a big date for the diary, whether you’re a new or existing member is the return of Tyne Tour. On the 4th-6th November the club will be travelling to Hexham (that’s 50min north-west in case you’re new to the area) to attend the biggest canoe/kayaking festival in Europe. Two days of paddling exciting rivers (suitable for beginners), good food and drink, and a Ceilidh. Sign-up ASAP as places will fill up fast.

Other events, including our BUCS events (inter-university competitions) and weekly sessions can be found in the events section of the website, under the regular sessions tab ( The Wednesday recreational session and the beginner’s pool sessions are particularly suited to new paddlers

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