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 21
The Hasler Canoe Marathon National finals are this weekend and we are getting very excited! Over 500, yes 500, paddlers will be taking part in all divisions on the River Thames at Richmond, London, this Sunday 24th September. The forecast is 21 degrees and sunshine, so why not pop down and support your club mates?!

We can confirm our entries as follows:

Div 8 K1 :Tom Shoulder
Div 9 K1: Caitlin Marley
U12F Lightning: Nicole Allison
U12F Lightning: Ellie Beedham
U10F Lightning: Annabel Taylor
Div 8 C2: Jim McCague and Julian Selby
Div 9 K2: Rebecca Selby and Hannah Senior

Unfortunately Neil Marley has had to withdraw due to him fracturing his thumb at work. Julian Selby has moved form K1 to partner Jim in the C2 in his place. Our other qualifiers, Alison Cooksey and Fred Pattinson, are unable to attend.

Neil is of course in charge, and assisting is Martin Heywood, no doubt with help and encouragement from the parents

You can download the 2017 Race Programme by clicking here, and see the full entry list by clicking here. (We are aware of some duplicate entries of our paddlers).

A previous Hasler final on the Thames at Richmond.

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