National Student Rodeo 2015
By Liam Price on Monday 9th March 2015
Last weekend the club ventured down to the white water course at Holme Pierrepont near Nottingham to take part in the largest kayaking event in the world (apparently). For those of you that haven't been/heard about NSR, it's a this weekend of partying that happens to have a playboating competition added on the side. For the boating side of things we had fairly solid representation this year, in a decent range of classes. We had an highlight with our captain Harry Ward reaching the beginners final, and while we were thoroughly entertained by his efforts, he could not compete with pie throwing and baguette paddling for the win. We had Ben Roberts performing valiantly to represent the club in the intermediate section, despite having virtually never playboated (maybe a word) before. Ant Stewart definitely deserved his place in the expert category, with loops, a helix and even a space godzilla being thrown about. For those that wish for demonstrations of this and other fabulously named tricks have a trip to the barrage and I'm sure Ant will be more than happy to demonstrate (cheeky session plug). I on the other hand thoroughly did not deserve my place with the experts, though I was happy to liven up the afternoon of the safety crews, who were looking a little bored at the time. Ellie Bacon showed much keenness in the women's intermediate section, it only took Harry's suggestion to start and enter the wave to get her going, determined to get an immediate adventage over her rivals. This would have course been a good plan had the run actually started. A decent duo run by Dan Sheppard and last minute sub Jason Pompeus meant they reached the duo heats. A rather large stick was inserted into the rotating bike wheel of life when the duo was on a car picking up Erica from the station at the time of the aforementioned heat. Our final result came from Ant gatecrashing the C1 competition in a boat borrowed from Newcastle uni, where he would have come third, had he bothered to pay for an entry.
As a plug for next years NSR, I highly recommend it, whatever level of paddling ability you have, you will fit in somewhere, whether its throwing mad shapes at the pro end, or having as much fun as possible getting wet in the beginners! There are some great prizes up for offer as well, from boats, paddles to your very own throwline to show off to all your friends. Another reason to come is the rodeo rabbit, which upon tackling to the ground will give you some prizes, as opposed to the restraining order you would normally get in other circumstances. The party mentioned earlier must of course get some more words written about it. On the first night on the Friday everyone has a good time and definitely does not swear off all alcohol ever again the morning after, absolutely does not miss their run due to a hang over and most certainly does not injure themselves jumping off ledges. On the Saturday is the themed night, so this year it was carnival theme, so we all purpled up our clothes and acquired purple hair and scales courtesy of Eleanor and Emma to make our dragon. This evening was one of moderation, which caused no one to get up in the afternoon only when tents got taken down and it can be categorically be stated that no one managed to arrange their airbed so that they fell asleep sitting upright. An unlikely positive outcome of the weekend was the discovery of the joy of waking up to the animal hospital theme on repeat, endlessly. For those that have not had this distinct privilege of this, I encourage you to venture to youtube (other video streaming services are available) to try it on for size. The weekend was ended with lengthy discussion in Sambuca (other restaurants named after drinks are available) about whether jaffa cakes contain apricots or not, initiated by Mark's brithday cake. Despite it being a rather tiring weekend, it was great fun and would really recommend it to everyone in the club, I hope to see many of you there next year.
Changing of the exec
By Liam Price on Wednesday 4th March 2015
This last saturday was the day of the AGM, the momentous day when the new exec is voted in. In a much more democratic way than when Valentinian I became the Roman emperor on the same day in 364, it must be said given that question will inevitably be asked. The club gathered in the hallowed seat of democracy that is Elvet Riverside 141 to assess all the candidates. Such questions as if you were a vegetable what would you be or can you roll yet tested the wits of the candidates to the very limit. This was followed by a round of voting for each position. It is with great pleasure that I can inform any of you that haven't heard of the results of the new exec:
Captain: Harry Ward
Vice-captain: Ant Stewart
Vice-captain (Stockton): Alastair Paterson
Treasurer: Issy Braddock
Trip officer: Ben Roberts
Kit and safety officer: Steve Hopkins
Social sec: Eleanor Bacon
Info sec: Liam Price
A large amount of thanks must be given to the previous exec for the work and effort they have put in this past year. We must of course now look forward to what will hopefully be a great year for the club and all the paddling it may contain!
Durham Paddlers secure third overall in BUCS River Race
By Daniel Robson on Monday 24th November 2014
At the 2014 BUCS River Race this weekend, the Canoe Club finished on the podium behind Loughborough and Newcastle after two days of solid racing on the river Washburn in Yorkshire. On Saturday competitors raced in the classic race, a time trial lasting approximately ten minutes on white water rapids, including a steep drop that most would describe as a small waterfall. Several different classes of boats compete in the race, with Durham fielding a strong well rounded team spread across the different classes.
This year was one of the most competitive events of the past few, with medal places being split by fractions of seconds.
Durham had a mixed bag of results on day one. In the C1M category Alastair Paterson was on track for a very fast time until the handle snapped off his paddle, making it impossible to put down maximum power. Hoping to regain some points, Alastair and Mark Ledger teamed up to defend their title as C2 champions. Alastair's luck didn't change and at a pivotal point in the race his second paddle snapped clean in half.
In the K1M category Edmund Hawes was looking good until the waterfall section where his boat took an impact from a rock, cracking it open and sinking the boat. Ed's misfortune was soon to be shared with his sister Alice who was entered in the mixed team with Daniel Robson, Alastair Paterson and Mark Ledger. Under similar circumstances Alice's boat was also broken and what was looking like a medal winning run was brought to a halt.
Durham's luck then started to change, with Open Team 1 (Daniel Robson, Mark Ledger and Edmund Hawes) finishing first in an incredibly competitive field. Open Team 2 (Daniel Taylor, Matt Fletcher and Alastair Paterson) finished in seventh and Open Team 3 (Steve Hopkins, Anthony Stewart and Jordan Price) finished tenth.
In the C1 category Durham continued their newfound momentum with Mark Ledger finishing second and Anthony Stewart finishing fourth. Durham finished Saturday's racing with a solid second place finish in C2 from Daniel Robson and Anthony Stewart.
On Sunday competitors raced the sprint course which lasts approximately one minute, still on white water rapids. In the K1M category Durham represented itself well with four paddlers finishing highly; Mark Ledger (fifth), Daniel Robson (tenth), Matthew Fletcher (eleventh) and Edmund Hawes (twelth)were split by only three seconds.
In the K1W Sprint Alice Hawes successfully defended her title as fastest woman finishing first, meanwhile in the C2 Sprint category Durham took second (Daniel Robson and Anthony Stewart) and third place (Mark Ledger and Alastair Paterson). Finishing off the weekend in the C1s category Mark Ledger finished third and Alastair Paterson fourth.
BUCS River Race!
By Harry Ward on Tuesday 4th November 2014
Less than three weeks to go before the first BUCS event of this academic year! Get excited guys... if you're not competing be sure to sign up as a volunteer to help cheer Durham on! With a great party on the second night and an all-weekend BBQ it's sure to be a great one. Message any member of the exec for more info!
Two river trips this weekend!
By Harry Ward on Wednesday 22nd October 2014
This week we are running two river trips - on Saturday we are going to High Force, Low Force (or Huffaluffa), a real club favourite complete with a waterfall for you to try out! We're leaving at 8am and intend to be back for about 2/3pm. We recommend having a little white water experience, but so long as you don't mind a swim you're more than welcome!
On Sunday we have more of a whole day river trip, leaving at 9am from MC. We're doing the South Tyne from Alston. This will be a really nice fresher trip and easier than Saturdays, but still with a fair amount of white water - so make sure you've been to a couple of Wednesday sessions or at least a pool session.Plus we have our meal out afterwards, so even if you don't come out on the river come for some food!
So... join us for at least one or the other... or even better - BOTH!
By Anthony Stewart on Tuesday 7th October 2014
Best of luck to Mark Ledger, Steve Hopkins and Anthony Stewart who are applying to take part in the British Universities Kayaking Expedition this year.
Durham has a good history at the event with Jamie Conn and John Tomlinson attending the previous expedition and Sandra Hyslop taking part in the one before that.
A video from Sandra's venezuala trip can be found here:
Fresher's weekend away!
By Harry Ward on Sunday 5th October 2014
Ever wanted to get in to kayaking or canoeing? Want to get out of the Durham bubble for a couple of days? Join us for this year's freshers weekend away, we're heading to Ambleside in Northumberland for a chilled-out intro to paddling. The total cost is £40 including transport there and back and breakfast/lunch on both days. Be sure to sign up quickly as places are first come first served!
Canoe Polo World Championships
By Anthony Stewart on Friday 19th September 2014
Best of luck to our three athletes competing at the Canoe Polo World Championships this year, Matthew Fletcher, Daniel Robson and Olivia Hithersay.
Keep up-to-date with how they do by following @durhamunicanoe on twitter.
Golden weekend for the Canoe Club
By Charlie Jefferson on Wednesday 27th November 2013
Last weekend saw Durham University Canoe Club (DUCC) claim victory over
24 other universities in order to win the BUCS Wild Water Racing Championship.
A feat not achieved for nearly 10 years.
The team fought hard to win 16 medals overall, had 21 top 10 finishes and
were placed nearly 70 points clear of the main rivals Loughborough University.
Enduring what was to be another cold weekends paddling thirty DUCC
members set off to battle it out at this years Championship held at the River
Washburn, North Yorkshire. The Championship is an annual
inter-university competition that sees canoeists, from Universities from all
over Britain, racing for the fastest time down a section of white water.
event is run by the Club’s alumni, Friends of Durham University Canoe Club, who work incredibly hard to organise a superb competition, and this year was no
exception with around 300 competitors vying for the medals in individual and
team races across both canoe and kayak disciplines.
The first day involved the classic race where competitors race down a 1
km series of rapids in as little as seven and a half minutes. The day finished with DUCC on top but the sprint races on the Sunday were set to be tough with Loughborough and Nottingham Universities traditionally performing well.
Another cold days racing later and a brilliant performance from the team
saw Durham placed a brilliant first overall in the rankings. While the whole
team performed incredibly well, Mark Ledger stole the show winning 3 golds, 1
silver and 2 bronze medals.
While much of this success must be attributed to the hard work put in by
individual athletes, the performance has built on a strengthening racing
programme over the last few seasons that has seen Durham climb the tables in
recent years. With the support of the Clubs Friends Group (FoDUCC) two new
racing boats were purchased in the last year helping to give Durham the extra
edge when it came to racing. In addition to the new boats a specific white
water racing training day, which was kindly funded by Team Durham, helped to polish
race technique in the lead up to the championship.
Thanks to the great dedication of Club athletes, the Club Committee and
the tremendous support of FoDUCC, Team Durham and our sponsors PWC the Club has
had a fantastic start to the year. Attention if now focused on training for the
Slalom Championship next term and the clubs strongest event, Canoe Polo in
Easter, where it is hoped a similar performance can be achieved.
BUCS Wild Water Race
By Mark Stillings on Monday 28th October 2013
Don't forget BUCS is only 4 weeks away. Why not go out and get some training in so that we can all smash BUCS again this year!!!
16 new Nomad polo boats!
By Erica Powell on Tuesday 1st October 2013
Thank you! Team Durham, and an even bigger thank you to the Friends Group for the funding!