News from Solihull Canoe Club

A challenging first Hasler race of the 2018 season

2018 Ben
A smaller team than usual started the first 2018 Hasler race at Leamington. This year only a few hardy paddlers started this challenging race. The Leam & Avon rivers were flowing fast and unpredictablably, the river was high and the portage was slippery and difficult. 

Well done to Ben who came 3rd in division 6 and just missed out on a promotion. Adam & Tom won division 8 K2 and Alex did well to finish her division 7 race. Well done everyone & hopefully the conditions get warmer and better.

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!


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