Mercia Canoe Club helped Cardinal Wiseman School raise funds with students completing a sponsored paddle for the Malawi Trust:
The group set off from the Club and made their way out to the Navigation Bridge before hot chocolate and the use of the MacDonalds facilities at Gallagher Retail Park over the road. This also coincided with closure of the footpath for further works. The bank support had to be directed across the City to meet us at the coiled snake pocket park off Harnall Lane. It was a good paddle for all as most had little previous paddling experience.
Club members took part in an April canal clear up. Working from the Basin up to Bridge 3 we collected 25 bags of rubbish, one TV and a road barrier from the canal and the banks. We then continued up to Swan Lane Wharf and met the Canal Society who had been working south from Hawkesbury. A skip was stored there to pick up the rubbish. Well done a good team effort. Yet again it was incredibly windy and paddlers struggled in to the headwind on the way back.
Warwick Sprint race was a great day’s paddling. One of our young paddlers got to meet some of the GB Team, including Lani Belcher. Robin her dad, ran Mercia Canoe Club in the early 80’s! There was also a chance to steer a Rocket K4 with a World Championship paddler at the back and even do a bit of racing themselves.
A reminder to visitors and members that the parking meters outside the club are now active up to 6pm on a Monday to Saturday. – 18/06/2014
Mercia paddlers went the nine and a half miles from Shirley Drawbridge, through a 322m tunnel to Kings Norton Junction, through Selly Oak and into Gas Street Basin. Andy and David paddled with the scouts before meeting up with paddlers from other clubs who had travelled in on the other canals.
Congratulations to Joe, who raced the Barrow solo in a new “under 6” class on Saturday, in super high conditions and a menacing head wind that caused the organisers to shorten the course and had the seniors struggling. There was a good club turn out and special thanks for Adam and Sue, the safety paddlers who chased after him! In fact he even beat one of the girls in the “under 10” class. A good effort by all. Some pictures of the January event are in our picture gallery – Barrow III.
A small group of club paddlers went from the Avon Descent start, 4 miles, down over the first two weirs to Luddington. There was plenty of water and a playful stopper on the first Stratford Weir, after we removed the tree that was stuck on the top of the weir face. The second weir had plenty of options to shoot. After we removed the 4 x 2 timber with nails pointing out, there was one more!