News from Solihull Canoe Club

2017 Hasler Marathon Finals on the Thames


As one of the top Midlands clubs, Solihull Canoe club was invited to the Hasler finals on the Thames on the weekend! And we did well, coming second in the Midlands in the points standing. The starts were very busy with over 50 kayaks in some of the starts and 8 of us from the club had a great day in the sun on the Thames. And thanks to the family & friends who came down to support the paddlers. And top marks went to Adam and Ellie who came second in the Div 8 K2's! It was a fitting end to another good racing season for the club.

Fighting our way through the Penk and Sow!

After being fortified by an excellent cooked breakfast, ten of the touring group fought their way through the undergrowth on the Penk and Sow. Thanks to Ian and David who had to saw through a number of branches we made it through! A fallen tree across the Sow was a particular challenge. Once again we were lucky with the weather and the trip was very enjoyable.

A great set of results at the 2107 National championships!


The Cooks and Tom Lusty all excelled in the National Kayak & canoe championships at Nottingham last weekend. Matthew Cook won the 200m lightning paddleabilty gold medal. Oliver Cook won the boys U18 200m and 500m canoe silver medals. And Tom Lusty won all 4 gold medals for being the men's National K1 and K2 500m and 1000m champion, then picked up a silver medal in the 500m K4. To put Tom's achievements into perspective, the other national men's champion in the picture with Tom is Liam Heath, who is the current K1 200m Olympic, world and European champion!

Canoe sailing on Lake Bala

he touring group had a great trip to Lake Bala on Saturday 2 September. Eleven club members set off paddling 6 canoes on a lovely sunny day. After a pleasant stop for lunch, Mark rigged up some sails and we sailed back. There was not as much wind as we would have hoped for so we made quite slow progress on the way back - but we didn't have to paddle so it was relaxing a great fun.
Another great trip. Many thanks to Mark for organising!

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