In 490 BC Pheidippedes ran from Marathon to Athens, a distance of 24.85 miles, to deliver his victory message and then promptly collapsed and died. On the 6th of June 20015 six Hamptoneers paddled 26.2 miles (the modern marathon distance since the 1908 London Olympic games) from Godalming to Bell Hill and survived. Just! Read Andy Garbett’s full account here.
After deciding late last year to give the Great Glen Canoe Trail a go and getting some invaluable information from Emily and tips and advice from Barnet and Dan, Richard and I found ourselves standing at the far end of the Muirtown Basin in Inverness. We stood there looking out over the Clachnaharry Works Lock and Railway Bridge towards the North Sea. The sun was out, it was a clear day but the wind was blowing strong. Both of us were thinking that the next time we see this sight we would be making our final portage after completing our 65 mile canoe trip…. read Pete’s full account here.
Congratulations to Derek Heath, Christine Bockett, Daniel Bownds, Andy Garbett and Andrew Wallace on completing the 26.2 miles from Godalming Bridge, down the Wey Navigation and Thames via the loop back to Bell HIll on Saturday. It was a great day out with sunny weather and no capsizes!
Many thanks to our drivers Paul Scott and Yan/Derek for the lift in the morning.
Dave Kew has kindly written a light hearted account of the event which members can read from the members page. Photos still to be uploaded.
Six Hamptoneers paddled to Runnymede the site in 1215 of the meeting between the Barons and King John and the sealing of the Magna Carta. Amanda, Andrew, Norma, Phil (our trip leader) and I paddled from Chertsey Bridge, a round trip of 11.5 miles.
Peter Loy, who is really clocking up the miles, paddled from the club and met us at Chertsey. The get-in at Chertsey is tricky with either a steep vertical bank with two scaffolding poles obstructing your way, or a grassy bank with inconveniently placed rock in the water – take your pick!
The rain held off, but we had a stiff headwind on the outward journey, which assisted us on the return leg. We virtually had the river to ourselves, with a couple of rowers and not a single motor boat on the outward leg.
It is a beautiful part of the river and Phil took us down an interesting backwater as we approached Runnymede round an island called imaginatively ‘The Island’. We had a well deserved coffee break at the café before turning back.
As we approached Penton Hook another canoe club paddled out of the lock, so we took their lead and paddled through the lock ourselves. Peter left us at Chertsey to paddle back to the club, whilst the rest of us had a pleasant lunch at the Kingfisher.
Thanks to Phil for a well organised and enjoyable trip.
A small group of Hamptoneers went with the flow and the ebbing tide down to Isleworth last Sunday. Read Amanda’s report here.
Last weekend Sarah, Stephen and Dan explored two different sections on the Wey and Arun canal. See their report here. Pictures of paddle from Pullborough now added.
The latest Westward has now been published. Click on the link from the members page to read it.
Stephen is planning a trip to the river Arun for Sunday 19th April to join the annual boat rally to demonstrate the right of navigation on the river. It’s a 7-8 mile round trip with a nice tide to help. See his emails for more details about the trip and here also for more information.
This is the Wey and Arun canal trust website
The new Improver’s sessions schedule is now available here. More sessions will be added soon. The Wednesday sessions will be in the early evening.