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PCC Annual Award Ceremony 2016

On the 27/1/16 the Club held its annual award ceremony at the January social evening.

PCC Awards Ceremony

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Gary wins the Adult Touring Trophy & Zainab wins the Coaches Awards

Annual Touring Awards

Club certificates were presented to all members who had paddled more than 25 Miles (Bronze), 50 Miles (Silver) or 75 Miles (Gold) during 2015. In addition BCU Annual Touring Awards were presented to any club members who had paddled over 100miles (Bronze) during 2015. These included Lauren Staples, Sam Kenny, Adrian & Julia Barclay, Phil Newson & Phil Milman.

The Adult Touring  Trophy was presented to Gary Staples who paddled the most miles on Club trips over the year (158.50 miles). He said he had been trying for years to get this award and finally he did it!!!. The Junior Touring Trophy was presented to Harrison Mattin who paddled 24 miles with the club during 2015.

Alan Goodman was presented with a BCU Silver Annual Touring Award for paddling 442 miles during 2015. Marion Quemby was presented with a BCU Gold Annual Touring Award for paddling 1012.50 miles during 2015 and in addition she was awarded a BCU Bronze Strand Touring award for paddling over 1,000 miles.

Coaches Award

The Coaches award was presented to Zainab Kenny for all her hard work developing her kayaking skills over the last 12 months, in particular her development of her white water skills.

Inter Club Touring Award

The Club achieved 2nd place in the Inter Club Touring Award for achieving 3897.80 miles/ points during 2015, with 50 paddlers. Hampton Canoe Club came 1st with a total of 10871 miles/points with 24 paddlers.

Well Done Everyone for their achievements!!!!

A full break down of the miles paddled by each club member is  available by clicking here as is a comparison of previous years.  A list Previous Winners is also available.

You can keep up to date with you current mileage by visiting the Adults or Juniors touring page.


New Year Paddle / walk

On the 10/1/16 we went down to Yalding to paddle the River Medway as our annual New Year Paddle.

Medway in flood

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Looking downstream from Yalding

The original plan was to have a small paddle in the morning, come back to the Anchor pub for cheesy chips at lunch time and go for another paddle in the afternoon. Adrian was leading the group, and Lauren, Mark, young Jonathan, Brian and myself all joined him on the trip.

Red Boards are up on the Medway

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Red Boards are up on the Medway

However when we got to Yalding it was clear the river was in flood and tanking it down. The Lock cut looked calm and still but we where a little worried when we saw the “Red Boards” up on the canoe portage point, warning us not to paddle. We walked to the bridge over the weir and the river was really flooded as you can see from the pictures below. There was no drop where the weir should be and the river was very high.

So we decided to play safe and not paddle, but go for a walk along the tow path instead just to see what the river was like. We walked up to the main road bridge which crosses the river and then walked back to the pub, about a 2 1/2  hour walk. The pub was very kind and they let us eat our sandwiches outside on their patio, providing some of us brought some cheesy chips and some drinks. Adrian and I enjoyed our chips.

After lunch  we all decided to go home early but we had a nice walk along the river and it was quite an education for some people about what the river looks like, when it is in flood. However I think Adrian should have listened to Gary who suggested the day before  about paddling another river as the Medway may be flooded.