Two groups took to the water late Tuesday afternoon. One with Club member Tia deciding to try out a SUP board for the first time coached by John. As you can see she got the hang of it very quickly. They were just short of a bit of relaxing music to accompany the impromptu yoga lesson that John held on the water. New paddlers, a mother and daughter, enjoyed themselves out on the water with Fran and have decided to become members after having a few trial sessions. Fran also spotted the Pyramid of Furness dominating the sky line at the docks.
The sun shone on us all day for the first wildwater race of the season. 21 club paddlers of all abilities and all ages competed in this fun event. The Crake had plenty of water in following recent rain. This made the paddle up to the start at Penny Bridge a bit of a slog for some. Setting off at 1 min intervals the run down was some what faster with some taking less than 5 mins.
Many thanks to Andy and his many helpers for making it a ‘grand day out’ (and to all participants that made the effort so worth while).
Special appreciation to the Crake Croquet Club for letting us access the river via their property.
Look at the club calendar to see the other WWRs we are running in Jan. March and April next year.
Pictures of the start by Carols grandaughter Nancy who took some great pictures while her nana was at the start. Full album can be found here
One member and competitor on the day wrote
"Andy, Thanks a lot for organising the river race. It was very well organised, inclusive and managed. I know these are very difficult times to be organising events but credit to the club and the volunteers who manage to deliver it regardless of the challenges faced. I particularly liked the safety briefing and going through the course I realised how apt it was. Really appreciate your efforts.
Abdallah and Aban"
Wednesday 7th Oct. saw 5 mid-weekers at Brown Howe, Coniston for about 4 hours / 14 km of mainly gentle paddling and exploring. It stayed mainly dry with calm / wind/ squalls/ sun and clouds - a typical day in the lakes.
Brown Howe is one of only 3 recorded Cumbrian sites for the fairly rare native wild pear. The mid-weekers go out once or twice a month on lakes or canal. Contact John to go on his mailing list. Pictures by John and David.