After a few technical problems Ivy’s account of the Penton Hook trip has arrived at the News Centre. Here it is:-
12th April 2014
A group of ten paddlers (Andrew & Norma in K2 Bernard & Ivy in Canadian , Andy, Clive, Val, Adam, Dan, Dave Q all in kayaks), led by Andy Garbett set off from Walton Bridge for the upstream trip to Penton Hook Lock. Still a fairly strong flow with headwind made the going slightly challenging. On reaching Shepperton Lock we all prepared to portage when the lock keeper appeared asking if we’d like to “go through” Bernard and Ivy said OH Yes Please! Whilst everyone else bravely portaged the tricky steps. but we all arrived together at the other side. (Thank you lock keeper)
Paddling on towards Chertsey lock was uneventful, the portage again went smoothly and a few paddlers took the opportunity to munch energy bars and have a drink. We paddled on reaching Penton hook in roughly two and a quarter hours. We then spied an ice cream van at the lockside, most of us took this opportunity to indulge in delicious ice cream cones, mmmmmmmm!
After half an hour, we set off downstream on the return trip to Walton Bridge, Clive vanished like a streak of lightening never to be seen again until Walton Bridge whilst the rest of us enjoyed a super fast easy paddle back taking only one and a quarter hours this time.
Jeff and Babs were waiting to greet us and we indulged in delicious bacon sandwiches before departing after yet another very enjoyable day together on the Thames.
22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS
Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.
You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)
Andrew and Barnet arrived at Bell Hill soon after 5pm to be met by a large group of well wishers and their support crew(s). They were fed and watered and with a quick change of clothes and lights fitted bow and stern they were once more on their way towards Teddington and the finish at Westminster.
Emily and Aidan completed the 125 miles from Devizes to Westminster this afternoon at 14:03 in a Wenonah canoe. They paddled non-stop for 30 hours and 44 minutes. An incredible and inspiring feat of endurance and bloody minded determination. Many Congratulations!
Facing torrential rain and battling the increasing flood tide Emily and Aidan have Westminster bridge in their sights as they pass the MI5 building.
Update 2:06pm – the SPOT tracker shows them arriving at Westminster : huge congratulations to you both on paddling the C2 the 125 miles in just under 31 hours!
Andrew and Barnet meanwhile are pushing on into the wind and rain with Windsor castle in their sights.
Sam Adams and Will Pope completed the gruelling 125 miles Devizes-Westminster race in a time of 24 hours and 21 minutes. A herculean effort guys, well done.
Sam and Will are doing the race in aid of the Royal British Legion, a truly fantastic charity supporting current and former servicemen and women and their families in a huge variety of ways. You can sponsor them by clicking this link 2TallMenInASmallBoat
Racing on through the wind and rain overnight Emily and Aidan made it to Hampton about 08:45 and Teddington by 10:15 to catch the ebb tide, they are now passing Twickenham. They have been paddling non-stop for an incredible 27 hours!
Will and Sam have kept up a good speed through the night passing Hampton about 07:00 and reaching Teddington at 08:09 in a fantastic time of 21hrs 38 mins. (38 in a field of 83 civilian crews) They should be at Westminster in the next 30 minutes!
Andrew and Barnet have set off again this morning and passed Marlow at 10:13. See you both at the club this afternoon!
8 mile kayaking trip on the Wey Navigation from the New Inn at Send to Stoke Lock and back.
Seven paddlers, Andy (trip leader), Jenny, Mark, Amanda, Dave, Chris and myself met at the club just before 9am and headed off to the New Inn at Send.
Once we were all ready we climbed down the steep bank into our kayaks and headed off up stream. The first lock we came across was Worsfold Gates which was open, this lock is only closed when the river is in flood. After about 3/4 mile we came to Triggs lock where a few of us practiced our back paddling after finding the bank to be very high … read Dans full report by clicking on the link on the trip report page.
Despite the brisk easterly breeze all three crews have made tremendous progress and are all on the Thames now.
Andrew and Barnet (398) reached Reading at 20:49 after 12 hrs 47 mins of paddling and will now be taking a break, while Aidan and Emily (364) in the canoe reached Reading at 21:09 after 13 hrs 49 mins solid paddling and continue on past Sonning.
Sam and Will in the K2 (414) took just 11hrs and 2 mins to reach Reading at 21: 33 and continue into the night towards Henley and points downstream.
The lead overnight boats have meanwhile reached as far down river as Marlow with the tail enders still in Newbury, a spread of some 35 miles.
Aidan and Emily got the earliest start from Devizes at 07.18 and have been going great guns in their Wenonah kevlar canoe to get to Newbury by 16:01, in an elapsed time of 8:42.
Andrew and Barnet started slightly later at 08:01 and have now almost caught up with the canoeists getting to Newbury at 16:08. (Planning to stop at the club house 17:00 ish on Sunday pm)
Sam and Will set off in boat 414 at 10:30, aiming to go straight through to catch the early tide at Teddington on Sunday morning (about 7am) and at the latest count were making good progress and passed Hungerford at 15:37. (They should be passing through Hampton about 6am on Sunday morning!)
Keep an eye on the trackers (click on each link above) to get an accurate idea of when each crew will be passing through Hampton if you want to go out and cheer them on.
Emily and I will be using my own SPOT for tracking our progress. It should update our position every 30 minutes or so, but it’s not perfect so don’t panic if we don’t appear to move for a while.
You can view it here:
or here: http://www.aidanharding.com/satellite-tracking/
We’re aiming to start at 7am on Saturday.
Hope to see you on the river!
Aidan + Emily
During the Easter weekend three crews are following the long tradition and representing HCC in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2014 in the senior doubles category.
Will and Sam, K2, Boat Number 414
Emily and Aidan, C2, Boat Number 364
Andrew and Barnet K2, Boat Number 398
All three crews are starting on the morning of Easter Saturday. Will, Sam, Emily and Aidan are aiming for the Sunday morning tide at Teddington, whist Andrew and Barnet are aiming for the Sunday evening tide at Teddington.
If you want to follow our progress there will be updates on the DW website:
http://www.dwrace.org.uk, this is the results page
plus Andrew and Barnet hope to use a tracking device which will plot their progress on the following website link (adjust the filter for custom date range from the 19th April):
Andrew and Barnet are aiming to stop at the club for a quick break on Sunday at 17.00
Barnet and Andrew will also be trialling one of the official DW trackers