Picture of the Month - December 2017

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Andy Grimwood and Richard Oliver at the Ross Warland Memorial Challenge on the Oxford Canal at Banbury.

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(Photo by Anna Mongan)

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03/12/2017 Although it was cold, there was virtually no wind for the final Feathered Blade event of 2017. In the Three Mile event Alexander Riley was first back, in his first race of the winter. With Dave Mylett not taking part, Lewis Andrews' 5th place was enough to give him the overall lead and so he is the winner of the Three Mile Feathered Blade Trophy for 2017.
The fastest time of the year over the three mile course was by Oliver Jackson, who recorded a time of 32 mins 56 secs at the Summer Marathon on 9th July.
In the Six Mile event, Ben Quittenton and Patrick Mongan teamed up in K2 and took the win, but it was Richard Mongan in second place who leapfrogged Lewis Smith to take the overall lead by 2 points and win the Six Mile Feathered Blade Trophy for 2017.
The fastest time of the year over the six mile course was 45 min 15 sec by David Oliver on 15th October, so he becomes the winner of the Norman Lilley Trophy for 2017.
For today's full results and the current points tables, see the Competitions page.
26/11/2017 The Ross Warland Memorial Challenge is held in memory of Banbury Canoe Club Member Ross Warland, who died of bone cancer aged only 21. The event is a 20 mile time trial on the Oxford Canal and can be done in either K1 or K2 and either all in one go or as a two boat relay. Ten Lincoln paddlers took part this year. Matthew and David Oliver raced with Richard Oliver and Andy Grimwood in the K2 relay and were the fastest team of the day, taking 2 hours 56 mins and 35 secs. Also in the K2 relay event were Theo Jarratt and Kyle Campbell, paddling with John Rennocks and Archie Miles and they came 7th in a time of 3h 26m 45s. Patrick Mongan was our only K1 entry and was a creditable 7th in 3h 19m 18s. Also at the event was John Astbury, racing for the RAF in the non-stop K2 event.
12/11/2017 Cold and windy conditions made the penultimate Feathered Blade event of 2017 very challenging, especially on the Brayford where the wind was very gusty and funnelled under the road bridge. Unsurprisingly, no records were set and most paddlers received a reduction in their handicaps. The Three Mile event is pretty well sewn up with Lewis Andrews having an unbeatable lead. With each paddler's lowest score of the year being discarded, the most Dave Mylett can improve by at the final event is 4 points, which would make him equal with Lewis if Lewis scores nothing. In the Six Mile event, Ben Quittenton's win moves him up to third place overall and Lewis Smith's second place puts him in the lead, two points ahead of Richard Mongan. This means that any of the current top four, all of whom could score the maximum 20 points, could take the trophy. For today's full results and the current points tables, see the Competitions page.
29/10/2017 The last Hasler Marathon race of 2017 was at Banbury, which is relatively close to Lincoln despite being in the Southern Region. Only Ben Quittenton, Patrick Mongan and Anna Mongan took part and, as none of them were leading contenders in the Bernard Worth or Bannister Trophy, the final placings are confirmed as:-
Bernard Worth Trophy
1st Lewis Smith 87 points
2nd Oliver Jackson 70
3rd Ray Simmons 69
Bannister Trophy
1st Conor Simmons 133 points
2nd Sophia Fernandez 66
3rd Amelia Greenwood 30
For the full list of contestants and points in these competitions, see the Competitions page.
8/10/2017 The annual Lincoln Hasler Marathon race attracted a good entry of 136 paddlers from all over the country with a record entry of 43 from our club, including 7 in the junior Lightning events. There were wins for 10 Lincoln paddlers, including 1, 2, 3 clean sweeps in divisions 4 and 7 K1, and 7 gained promotions to higher divisions. With such good results it is no surprise that Lincoln was the top placed club with 238 points from a potential maximum of 240.
There are lots of photographs on the club's Facebook pages and you can see the full results here
24/09/2017 Lincoln qualified for the Hasler Final, the culmination of a year of regional marathon races, by finishing in third place in the Midlands Region. Only a small team of 7 K1s, 1 K2 and 1 Lightning paddler travelled to Richmond, on the River Thames, for one of, if not the, biggest canoeing race of the year.
Conor Simmons was our only Lightning representative and took a great second place in the Under 10 Boys race. Jason Smith, racing as usual for the RAF, was the winner of Div 4, closely followed yet again by Lewis Smith. Both were promoted to Div 3 and Lewis was also presented with the Ross Warland Memorial Trophy as the highest placed junior in Div 4. Abbie Fisher raced in the largest field of the day, 56 paddlers in Div 7, so well done to her.
The winner of the Hasler Trophy is the club with the highest number of points from it's best 6 K1s and best 3 K2s. With only one K2 (Graham and Sue Simpkin) we were never going to do very well and finished in 24th place from the 35 clubs represented.
Historical note: Lincoln Canoe Club won the Hasler Trophy for four consecutive years from 1964 to 1967. This was a record which stood for 37 years. Lincoln was also placed second on two occasions, in 1986, when we hosted the event, and in 1989.
2-3/09/2017 The final Sprint Racing regatta of the 2017 season was the Senior, Junior and Paracanoe National Championships event. Four club members won 6 medals in age group categories to add to the 4 already won at the Masters National Championships earlier in the year. These were all in crew boats partnered by paddlers from other clubs. The most successful was Ben Quittenton with a Gold medal in K4 1000m and 2 Silver medals, in K2 200m and K2 1000m. Ben has also won the Beryl Oliver Trophy for the best performance at the National Championships. The other medal winners were Patrick Mongan (Bronze in K2 1000m), Lucy Guest (Bronze in K4 500m) and Abbie Fisher (Bronze in K4 500m).
In the Paddle-Ability classes, Oliver Jackson won Bronze medals in K1 200m and K1 500m and was placed 2nd overall in the Paddle-Ability Championships. Oliver also received an award for the Most Improved Paddler of the season and is the winner of the Ron Emes Blade Trophy.
For the Mini Sprint events, Lewis Andrews was ranked 2nd overall for the 2017 season and also wins the Flavell Trophy.
The final points tables for the Ron Emes Blade Trophy and Flavell Trophy competitions can be found on the Competitions page.
26-27/08/2017 Just for a change, there were two days of sunny Bank Holiday weather for the 2017 Club Championships. On the Saturday, 12 juniors competed in 3 different disciplines and Lewis Smith was awarded the Evans Junior Trophy, with a clean sweep of wins in all 3. Lucy Guest was the highest placed girl.
On Sunday it was the turn of the seniors and again there were 12 competitors. This time it was Peter Quittenton's turn to win all 3 events and the Knight Shield to become the overall Club Champion. Peter also won the Sgt. J. G. Smith Slalom Trophy. Nicole Wells was the highest placed lady and won the Washburn Cup.
Full results can be found on the Competitions page of this website and there are numerous photos on Facebook.
30/07/2017 For the first time since 2009, no one from Lincoln Canoe Club won a Gold medal at the National Marathon Championships, but there were some Silver and Bronze medals. This year's event was hosted by Pangbourne Canoe Club on the River Thames, near Reading, and 18 members took part in at least one race. David Oliver was our Silver medalist, in the 12 mile men's Over 39 K1 race. Lewis Smith and Richard Mongan teamed up in the Boy's Under 14 K2 event to take Bronze in a very close 3-boat finish. Also winning Bronze was Amanda Mylett in the Over 54 women's K2.
Lincoln was placed 13th from the 53 clubs represented.
16/07/2017 It was a wet start for the last race of the 2016/17 Hasler Marathon season, on the River Severn at Ironbridge, but the sun was out for the finish. Conor Simmons was our sole Lightning representative, but he beat off all the opposition, including the Under 12s. Only Ray Simmons paddled the four mile 'out and back' course, where he was placed 4th and was the fastest paddled not promoted. This also gave him enough Bernard Worth points to move up to joint first place. Everyone else raced the downriver course from Ironbridge to Bridgenorth, which includes the famous Jackfield rapids. There were some excellent results here, with first places for David Oliver in Div 2 and Nigel Stevenson / Dave Taylor in Div 5 K2. Taking second places were Matthew Oliver in Div 3 and Richard Oliver / Amanda Mylett in Div 6 K2, while John Rennocks / Archie Miles were 3rd in Div 5 K2. Unfortunately we had not fielded a full team of 12 and, as a result, scored only enough Club points for 4th place, which meant we slipped down to third place in the Midlands Club Rankings. One more paddler could easily have scored enough points for us to hold on to second place.
25/06/2017 Nobody from Lincoln raced at the Shropshire marathon, so, following another poor club showing at Hereford last week, our clear second place in the Midlands rankings has become joint second place. We are tied on 66 points with Burton Phoenix Racers, with Nottingham unbeatable on 81 points and Solihul only 4 points behind us. There is now only one event left in the current Hasler Season, at Ironbridge, so a big effort will be needed to keep this second place.
18/6/2017 Lucy Guest was the only Lincoln member to race at the Hereford marathon, paddling with her regular K2 partner Katie Brookes from Worcester. In a closely fought race they finished in 6 place, but were only 10 seconds behind the third placed crew and Lucy was promoted to Division 4.
11/06/2017 There was another good turnout for the Burton Marathon, with an excellent win by Lewis Smith and Nicole Wells racing together for the first time in Div 4 K2. Also on winning form was Lewis Andrews in Div 7 K2.
21/05/2017 Unsurprisingly, with it being our nearest event, the Nottingham marathon was quite popular with Lincoln paddlers, with 19 competing in the Hasler races and 3 in the Lightning event. As seems usual this season, the Lightning races were not very well attended and provided little opposition for our junior racers. Our only winners in the Divisional races were Nigel Stevenson and Dave Taylor in Div 5 K2. Lewis Smith paddled very well in Div 4 to take 2nd place, beaten only by Jason Smith (also of LCC but no relation) who was racing for the RAF. Also taking 2nd places were Christina Vassiliades in Div 8 K1 and Lucy Guest in Div 5 K2. Lincoln was the second placed Club from the 15 who were represented. This leaves us in 2nd place in the Regional competition, 9 points behind the leaders Nottingham but 12 points ahead of Solihul.
28/04/2017 Congratulations to Ben Quittenton and Patrick Mongan who have been selected to join the Sprint Racing Central Super Regional Squad.
09/04/2017 It was a gloriously sunny weekend for the first National Regatta of 2017 at Holme Pierrepont, but the Lincoln entry was disappointingly low compared to previous years. Lucy Guest paddled well in Girls D to take second place in the 500m and fifth in the 200m events and was promoted to Girls C for her efforts. Well done Lucy!
02/04/2017 The weather was cool but sunny for the Anker Valley Marathon, the third race in three weekends. With a full scoring team, including three more new paddlers racing for the first time, Lincoln was back where we usually are as second placed club. Only Conor Simmons in the U10 Lightnings took a win, but there were some excellent second places from Matthew Oliver (Div 3), Nicole Wells (Div 4) and Lewis Andrews (Div 9). Lewis was also promoted to Div 7, a remarkable achievement for a 10 year old. Christina Vassiliades was also promoted, to Div 8.
Oliver Jackson has scored well at all three races this year and has taken a good lead in the Bernard Worth Competition. Lewis Andrews' double promotion put him straight into second place, one point ahead of Alexander Riley. Conor Simmons now leads the Bannister Trophy competition with wins at all three events.
26/03/2017 Numbers were down at the Gailey Marathon and we didn't field a full team, leaving us down in 6th place. However, there were some good individual results, particularly from Lewis Smith who won Div 5 and was promoted to Div 4. Also in the medals were Oliver Jackson (3rd Div 8), Alexander Riley (2nd Div 9) and Graham and susan Simpkin (2nd in Div 8 doubles). Lewis A and Conor S also took first place in their respective Lightning races.
19/03/2017 There was a good turnout for the first Hasler Marathon race of 2017 at Leamington, including 22 Lincoln paddlers, some racing for the first time. There were some excellent results, including wins in the Lightning events for Lewis Andrews and Conor Simmons, first place and promotion to Div 2 for Ben Quittenton (see Picture of the Month), first place for Andy Doran, and promotions to Div 8 for Oliver Jackson and Amanda Mylett. Lincoln was the 3rd placed club and are now one point behind leaders Nottingham in the Midlands Regional competition.
25/02/2017 At the Diamond Jubilee Annual Club Dinner and Prizegiving the guest speaker was Emma Wiggs MBE, (see Picture of the Month February 2017). Emma is a Paralympic Gold Medal winner and five times World Champion Paracanoeist. As well as presenting the club's trophies to the winners for 2016, Emma also presented certificates to
Conor Simmons (Junior Club Colours) and Richard Oliver (Honorary Life Member).
08/01/2017 Three Lincoln crews entered the veteran class at the Frank Luzmore K2 race on the River Thames today.This is a 20.5km race, all of which is downriver, with 3 portages. Mathew and David Oliver took first place, in a time of 1hr 31min 22sec, with Andy Grimwood and Richard Oliver 11 mins further back in 4th place and Archie Miles and Kyle Campbell taking 12th place.
18/12/2016 Christmas Raffle 2016. Thank you to all who sold or bought tickets this year. Click
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04/12/2016 The weather was excellent for the final Feathered Blade event of 2016 and 28 members took part. Lindsey Lack had already clinched the overall Three Mile Competition and Oliver Jackson took advantage of Richard Mongan's decision to move up to six miles to take second place. Ben Quittenton was the only paddler to contest all 12 events this year and was rewarded with first place in the Six Mile Competition, closely followed by Lucy Guest.
Other Trophy winners now confirmed for 2016 are:
Neville Powley Cup (Fastest time over the 500m course) - Will Doughty.
Peter Wright Trophy (Fastest time by a female over the 500m course) - Nicole Wells.
Norman Lilley Trophy (Fastest time over the the 6 mile course) - Peter Quittenton.
Three Mile Trophy (Fastest time over the the 3 mile course) - Joe Banton.

27/11/2016 Nine Lincoln paddlers travelled down to Banbury today for the annual Ross Warland Memorial Canal Challenge. (See Picture of the Month December 2016). This event is a 20 mile time trial for K1 or K2 and can also be paddled as a two-boat relay. Andy Grimwood, Richard Oliver, Matthew Oliver and Patrick Mongan took the relay option and were the fastest team of the day, taking just over 3 hours. Paddling in the K2 non-stop section were Kyle Campbell and Dave Best (3hr 34min) and Andy Beeson and Theo Jarratt (3hr 52min). Archie Miles paddled the whole 20 miles in K1, taking 4hrs 23min.
20/10/2016 None of the leading contenders raced at the last Marathon of the season at Banbury, so the Bernard Worth and Bannister Competition points remain the same as after Lincoln. The 2016 trophy winners are confirmed as:
Bernard Worth Trophy - Joint winners Ray Simmons and Lewis Smith
Bannister Trophy - Lewis Andrews
See October's Picture of the Month for a photo of Alex at the Banbury race.
12/09/2016 During one of his frequent visits back to Lincoln from his home in Australia, Paul Hutchinson presented us with a certificate (see September 2016 Picture of the Month) to celebrate the "Twinning" of Avoca Kayak Club and Lincoln Canoe Club. Paul was a member of our very successful racing team in the 1980s before emigrating. He is still an Outpost Member of the club and comes for a paddle whenever he is in Lincoln, even racing at Holme Pierrepont occasionally.
24/07/2016 Congratulations to Abbie Fisher, who is our newest National Champion. Paddling with Emma Smithson (Leamington), Abbie won the U12 Girls K2 race at the National Marathon Championships, which were held on the River Thames at Reading. Another Lincoln medal winner was Lewis Smith, who took Bronze in the U14 Boys K2 event, paddling with Toby Booth from Bishop Stortford. In the non-championship Lightning events held at the same venue, Abbie again won gold in the U12, as did Lewis Andrews in the U10 Boys event. Also in the U10 Boys race was Conor Simmons, who took Bronze and then teamed up with Lewis in the U10 Hody K2 event to take Silver.
17/07/2016 Thanks to some good results from the team which raced at the final race of the 2015-16 Hasler series, at Ironbridge on the River Severn, Lincoln has finished joint second in the Midlands Region. This is our highest placing for a very long time, certainly since before 2004, and reflects the recent increase in interest in Marathon Racing. Well done to all who have contributed to this success and let's see what we can do at the Hasler Final at Worcester in September now that we have qualified for it.
07/07/2016 Congratulations to Lizzy Gray who won gold in the U18 Girls 1000m K1 event at the National Sprint Championships and has been selected to paddle in the 500m and 1000m K1 events at the Junior European Sprint Racing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria next weekend.
22/05/16 We had our biggest turnout of the year at the Leamington marathon, with 24 paddlers taking part. There were wins for Abbie and Lewis A in the Lightnings, but only Josh and Amelia took first place in the Hasler races, in Div 6 K2. Amelia was promoted to Div 6 while Patrick and Lindsey were only a few seconds away from promotion in their races. In the Club competition we were placed second, behind the home club but ahead of the current leaders Nottingham. Overall, this puts us in 3rd place, only one point behind Solihull.
16/05/16 Congratulations to Nicole Wells who has been selected to race at the World University Canoe Sprint Championships in Portugal in June. Nicole will compete in the 200m Womens K1 event.
28/03/16 Andy Beeson's attempt on the DW race was cut short when the organisers stopped the event at Teddington. The final day's 17 mile section on the tidal Thames was considered too dangerous due to severe weather conditions. Andy and his partner Ian Hammond were in 4th place, with a total time of 20h 02m 41s, when the race was stopped at the end of the third day.
27/03/16 It was cold and windy for the first Mini Regatta of 2016, but a good flow on the Fosse Dyke resulted in some fast times and several PBs. Lewis Andrews produced the biggest improvement over the winter, with a time 14½ seconds faster than last August, and Nicole Wells equalled the ladies' course record with a time of 2m 7½s. Ben Quittenton's 4th place was enough to hold on to first place overall in group A while Abbie Fisher moved up into first in group B.
20/03/16 It was an early start to the marathon season this year at Cambridge. This was out of our Region, so no club points, but reasonably close to Lincoln and a good venue. Abbie was the fastest girl in the Lightning classes (and beaten by only one boy) while Conor did well at his first U10 boys race with second place. Conor's dad, Ray, and Lindsey also had good races to come in the top half of a Div 9 field of 34 paddlers. Matt Oliver was surprised to be promoted back into Div 3 while Lewis S. missed promotion to Div 6 by only one second. Casualties of the very bumpy water and additions to the 2016 swimmers list were Paul Banton and Debbie Q. See our Facebook Group page for photos by Robyn and Anna.
13/01/16 At the 2016 AGM Laurence Oliver retired as Chaiman of the Club following over 50 years of service on the Committee. John Bannister also retired as Honorary Secretary, a post he originally held in 1970 and took up again in 2003.

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