Sep 30

Here’s what’s in this newsletter:

Hasler Marathon Finals

As said in a previous email, well done to all our paddlers who took part in the Hasler National Marathon Finals on the Thames at Richmond on Sunday 24th September.

Our best result was in the team Lightning class (under 12′s and 10′s) where we finished a creditable 6th out of 16 clubs, with Annabel Taylor finishing 6th out of 11 in the U10 girls. The older juniors and adults found the going tough against very strong competition, finishing 27th out of 34 clubs. You can view the team tables and individual times by clicking here

If you are inspired to have a go at marathon racing, the qualifying rounds for next year’s Hasler start on Sunday October 1st, so this time next year you could be competing in the finals!

Pictured below on the banks of the Thames are Hannah, Julian, Tom, Nicole, Ellie, Rebecca, Caitlin, Annabel and team captain Neil. Missing (loading the van) is Jim.

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Coaching Officer Neil Marley said: ” I am so proud of you all and what you have all achieved in such a short space of time. Bring on next year when we will be better prepared, a year wiser and with a years more training. Think what we can achieve!

Thank you all for putting in so much effort today and in all the training session that lead us all to be here today. Thanks also for the coaching time and effort put in by all the GSCC coaches that have coached you over the year, it has really paid off.

Well done to all of the GSCC marathon squad of 2017. Some of you couldn’t be here today but your Hasler points got this team here today and we had an amazing day”

Hasler Marathon Finals Photos.

You can view and download paddling photos of:

Annabel Taylor by clicking here
Caitlin Marley by clicking here
Ellie Beedham by clicking here
Julian Selby & Jim McCague by clicking here
Nicole Allison by clicking here
Rebecca Selby & Hannah Senior by clicking here
Tom Shoulder by clicking here
Sue and Graham (paddling for Lincoln but they train with us) by clicking here
You can view and download non-paddling photos by clicking here

This  photo shows 250 plus paddler lining up at the start in their divisions for the morning races, just waiting for our Annabel to reach the start line!

Fancy Dress Torch-lit Paddle

Don’t forget to come in fancy dress for our last river session on Thursday 5th October. Bring a head torch and glow sticks, and don’t forget to decorate your boat too (you can tape battery or solar powered fairy lights to your boats). Please remember to add your name to the equipment list to reserve a boat. The list will be at the boathouse on Tuesday.  Priority for boats will be to those who have reserved one.

Last chance for tickets for the Fancy Dress BBQ

If you want BBQ food after the fancy dress paddle on Thursday 5th October you must pre-book a ticket. The deadline is Monday 2nd October and if you haven’t got yours yet please email Jean:

Pool Season Boat Cleaning Saturday 7th October – Help Wanted!

We need to deep clean all the boats and kit that we will be using in the pool for the winter pool sessions. We also need to tidy the boathouse after the summer season, and check all spraydecks, helmets etc, for damage. Volunteers helpers are welcome! If you can help, please meet at the boathouse at 9:00am (or anytime after).

Safety Cover for Ancholme Rowing Club

Once again we are providing safety cover for Ancholme Rowing Club’s big event “The Ancholme Head” on Sunday Oct 8th.

We are looking for people experienced and competent in an open canoe to volunteer to help us provide this safety cover. We will assist in marshaling and turning the competitors at the start, providing basic mechanical adjustments to their boats, and rescuing any capsizers.

There will be food provided at lunch time at the ARC boat house.

If you wish to help, please contact  Martin Heywood. Meeting times will be advised later.

Boats lining up for the start of last year’s race.

Sep 28

We’ve tasted the Hasler finals and want more! The new qualifying season starts this weekend on Sunday at the Wolferton marathon (I think it’s near Driffield), so if you want to be part of next year’s finals, please come along. Every paddler scores points! If you are interested please contact Neil Marley  ( or leave a message on our Facebook event page.

Sep 12

Fancy Dress Torchlit Paddle 2017
is Thursday 5th October!

Don’t miss our annual end-of-river-season Fancy Dress Torchlit Paddle! Dress up yourself and your boat however you like (but keep it safe, you still need your buoyancy aid!) and finish off with lots of lights (don’t forget your head torch!).

Please be at the river for our normal start time of 6:00pm, but don’t forget to allow plenty of time to decorate your boat. We will have judging on the bank before the paddle starts. There might even be a prize! Then we’ll  paddle upstream past the railway bridge and return in the dark!!

Please add your name to the attendance list in the boathouse. This will also reserve you your boat of choice (kayak or canoe) on a first come first served basis

Then it’s BBQ time outside the boathouse! (But you MUST have a ticket, available from the boathouse on any club night).

For inspiration see below, and click here to see last years entries!

Sep 7

Due to our Company Secretary standing down, the committee is looking to co-opt a volunteer in to this role until the end of the next election term

The role involves all Companies House responsibilities therefor the applicant shall meet the legal requirements of holding this post and be at least 18 years old.

The role of Secretary also includes the organisation of the Management Committee meetings, which includes the taking, recording, distribution of the minutes and agendas including the AGM.

The Secretary has no voting rights at any meeting; confidentiality will be required on sensitive matters that may arise

All committee members have BDS clearance checks carried out for safe guarding purposes

The Closing date for Volunteers is 12:00hrs on Monday 9th October

To put your name forward for this role please email a brief résumé to:

Where there is more than one volunteer an informal interview process will be arranged.

If you require any further information, then please see any Committee member or myself.

Kind Regards



Aug 26
It has been confirmed that we have won the Yorkshire Region Hasler Marathon series! We will be awarded the Trophy at the Calder Pennine Marathon on 10th September (2018 season). We will have photos of the presentation in a future email.

Details of this, and other marathon and slalom events in the next two months, can be found below. If you are interested in participating in any of these event, please contact Neil Marley for more details. The 2018 Hasler marathon series starts at the Calder marathon and new racers are always welcome. Don’t forget that throughout September we have racing training on a Tuesday evening after the main session. (approx 7:00pm start)

We are of course attending the Hasler final in London on September 23rd, but only paddlers who have raced in enough qualifying events can race in the final.

Details of future club events, including the end of river season fancy dress paddle, will be announced later..

Aug 16

Club Kit

If you have ordered kit recently, a new delivery has arrived and Vicky will be distributing it this Thursday evening (17th) at our boathouse.

Fancy Dress Paddle BBQ

Tickets are now on sale for our end of season BBQ after the Fancy Dress Paddle on Thursday 5th October at £3 per person.

More details of the family dress paddle will be announced nearer the time, but there is no harm in planning your boat decoration and costume now!  Don’t forget our very own publicity officer Martin has won best adult two years running  (with a little help from his canoe partners Nicole, Maddie and Izzy, and totally un-biased judges fromthe leisure centre staff!) so he needs some competition this year!

Martin (Best adult 2015 winner!) and Nicole.
Martin (Best adult 2016 winner!) and Maddie & Izzy.

Aug 12

Hasler Yorkshire and National Finals

We are pleased to announce that our marathon paddlers have finished top of the table in the Yorkshire Region Hasler Series and so will be racing at the Hasler finals on the Thames at Richmond Canoe Club in September!

Some of our marathon paddlers at the Derwent Marathon earlier this year.

The Hasler Series.

The Hasler Trophy is the National Team League Championships for marathon canoeing. Clubs compete within their regional clubs throughout the season to win the right to race at the Hasler Final, held in September each year.

The Hasler Series is named after Herbert “Blondie” Hasler, who led Operation Frankton, a WW2 commando raid in double kayaks on the port of Bordeaux. The story of this raid was made into a 1955 film, The Cockleshell Heroes.

In the Hasler series you are awarded points for your finishing place for the division you are entered in, and the club with the most points at the end of the season wins the right to race in the finals. Most of our paddlers are in division 9, or if under 12, in the Lightning class. Marathon racing distances are:

Division 1,2,3 20.4 km,
Division 4,5,6 13.2 km,
Division 7,8,9 7.2 km,
Lightning U10, U12 3.5 km

Our Qualifiers

Individuals can only represent the club if they have competed in three qualifying events. These can be in any region.  Our paddlers who have three qualifying events are:
Neil and Caitlin Marley, Jim McCague,  Julian and Rebecca Selby, Fred Pattinson, Tom Shoulder, Alison Cooksey, Ellie Beedham, Nicole Allison, Hannah Senior, and Annabel Taylor.

Club Vests

All competing teams at the finals must where club vests, so we are now offering for sale vests in navy and white with your name and our logo on the front and GSCC in red on the back. Cost is £12 for all sizes (XS to XXXL. As a guide, Annabel is XS, Caitlin is Medium, Neil is Large). Any club member can buy a vest, you don’t have to be in the finals squad. Please order through Vicky. The vests are worn OVER your buoyancy aid, so bear that in mind when ordering yours.
This is the front of the vest. The folded shirt is to illustrate what the logo and name will look like on the vest.
and this is the rear of the vest. The folded hoody is to illustrate what the club’s initials will look like on the vest.

The Final Venue

The final is on the 24th September at Richmond Canoe Club on the River Thames. Race Venue:Ham Riverside, Ham Street, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 7RS

More details can be found here:

If you want to come and support your club, please come along. We are currently investigating accommodation options, so please contact either Neil Marley, Donna Allison or Gail Shoulder for the latest.

Here’s some images from a previous Hasler final at Richmond:

Jul 25

August Sessions

August river sessions are “Pay and Paddle” on a first-come-first-served basis for kit. There is no need to book but it would help us if you could let us know that you will be paddling in August so we can gauge numbers. If a session is full when you arrive, we will do our best to put on a second session if you don’t mind waiting.

We do this because of it being the school holidays and many of you (and our coaches) will be away at some point.

Cost is still £5 per person and we will still be putting you in groups so you can carry on with your awards.

Contacting our Bookings Number

When contacting our bookings number (07759 623258), can you please send a text message rather than trying to phone and speak to Frankie in person? This number is for the club only and Frankie checks it regularly for messages.

Signing in

Can ALL paddlers please sign in at the desk before joining your group or getting on the water. This applies to social paddlers too. We need to know how many are on the water under our Duty of Care.

Social Paddling

Can we please remind all paddlers that if you are “social paddling”, that is, you are not on a course, that you must adhere to the club rules:

  • You must be of 2 star or Discovery standard (not necessarily having your 2 star or Discovery). It is at the senior coaches discretion that you can paddle
  • You have signed in
  • You have paid you £2. The charge is because you are using the club’s facilities, (changing, launching, third party insurance etc), and you still are under the clubs Duty of Care. It is also to only fair and reasonable to pay a small charge when others are paying the full £5 for a course.

Thanks for you co-operation, and we’ll see you in August!

Jul 8
Here’s the Latest “Class of 2017″ photos up to and including last Tuesday’s session..We currently have 38 girls and 38 boys, so it’s neck and neck at the moment! Have we got any duplicates and is anyone missing? Let Martin know and we’ll get you added/removed!With our 17 registered coaches (I think) that makes 93 paddlers this year, but there must be more!

Ignore the date on the poster, that’s when the folder they are in was created.

Jul 7
Our Members’ Handbook can now be downloaded by clicking here or on the cover below.

You can read it on your favourite device, and clicking on any item in the index will take you to that section.

It is also designed to be printed on A4 paper as an A5 folded booklet. To do that depends on your printer (it needs to be able to print double sided and have an option to print as a booklet). Note that on some printers the default margin compresses the page and our logo looks oval! (my Hewlett Packard for one). On Xerox printers prints fine.

Please let me know of any errors!