Post Olympics Paddle Challenge

by Ian Tokelove
Racing at the Royal Canoe Club

Racing at the Royal Canoe Club

The Royal Canoe Club, based on the Thames in Teddington, Middlesex will be hosting the world’s oldest canoe race, The Paddling Challenge, at 7pm on Monday 13th August, the day after the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

Run since 1874, this year’s race will be over a 10,000m circuit at Royal Canoe Club, with a downstream start and fully buoyed turns.

After the race, the club will be holding a Post-Games Party, to which all canoeists and canoe fans are welcome.

If you’re in London to watch or take part in the Olympic action, Royal Canoe Club have extended an open invite to come and join in the race and party. They may be able to arrange camping or makeshift accommodation at the club. Some boats may also be available for overseas competitors wishing to take part. Please email Miranda Churchill for further information.

Tickets to the Post-Games Party will cost £10 each. This includes the race entry fee, a plate of food and live music.

Details of how to enter this year’s Paddling Challenge can be found on the attached sheet. Send entries to: Miranda Churchill, 123 Granville Road, Southfields, London SW18 5SF or via email.

The Paddling Challenge is an historic canoe race. Previous winners include some of the World’s best-known canoeists, including Olympic and World Champions.

The race is for singles competitors, with the following categories: Men, Women, Junior Men, Junior Women, Canadian. There are separate prizes for the fastest Veterans in each class.

All entrants must wear Club or International Colours. Vertical number discs will be required.

The Royal Canoe Club would like to thank the British Canoe Union and also the International Canoe Federation for their support of this event.

Picture credit: Chris Churchill.

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