Robert Harrison

Canoe Englands Coaching Conference comes to Wakefield

2012 Canoe England Coaching Conference

Improving performance and inspiring participation

24th – 25th November 2012 Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield

This year’s conference “Improving performance and inspiring participation” aims to enhance coach activity in developing existing paddlers and encouraging new paddlers into the sport. The programme includes a selection of seminars, workshops and training courses delivered by leading presenters from around the country and is supported by a range of exhibitors.
For details of this year’s guest speakers and workshop choices please view the Conference Programme and book now by completing and submitting the Booking Form. Places on each workshop are limited so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
To exhibit your products and services at this year’s event please submit the Exhibitor Registration Form
For more informatio….


Yorkshire Newsletter

Hello all,

I’ve  attached an early copy of the October newsletter  RDT Oct Newsletter

Please could you forward on to all your club members

Reminder: The Annual consultative meeting is on Monday the 29th October at Ossett Sports Club, the bar will be open from 7.15 and we’ll be starting at 7.30. (directions in the attachment)

Hope to see you there on the 29th!

Yorkshire RDT Chair

Burrs Wild Water Race Sunday 18th Nov

Dear All,

Please find the latest  details for Sunday 18thWWR Risk Assessment Burrs River Irwell – Copy  & Burrs WWR November 2012

I’m also running the Dee Race on 3/4th November. Whilst it is a Div a we will be running a race from below Serpents Tail and all races will finish above town falls. I’ll also be running a Wavehopper race on the Sunday alongside the Sprint – so there should be something for anyone wanting to take on some more challenging water. Any questions please drop me a line


Peter Schofield

ChairmanGB Wildwater Canoeing

07790 494110

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From Moorland to the Sea : River Esk Tour 13.10.2012

The Almost Perfect Paddle?

On the morning of Saturday 13th October, five of us met at Egton Bridge in the Esk Valley.

The rain of a few days previous ensured a reasonable depth of water on the river which flows through the North York Moors to its estuary which forms Whitby Harbour. However, on the morning in question, the sky was a deep cloudless blue and the sun was shining as it was to do for the rest of the day.

The River Esk was a new experience for us and seems to be rarely paddled – but it proved to be full of surprises. The upper reaches twist and turn through a picturesque wooded valley and as we followed its course we were delighted to discover that every few hundred metres involved a feature such as a small drop, a weir, or rapids (some of which were quite long.)  Beyond Grosmont, the river shares its route with the railway line used by the North York Moors Railway, so we were accompanied on our progress by the sound (and occasional glimpse) of steam trains.

Although, in this section, we encountered nothing beyond Grade 2, it wasn’t a leisurely sedate paddle and finding our way between the many rocks, demanded our full attention. There was no time to get bored!

Negotiating this feature-laden part of the river took us all morning and into the early afternoon. As we moved downstream, the river eventually began to open up and become deeper, slower and wider bringing us eventually to the weir at Sleights. Following an inspection, we concluded that the advice we had read on this weir, that it should not be shot, was correct and we decided to portage. As we carried our boats the short distance around this drop, we were startled to see huge numbers of large (1-2ft+)  Salmon leaping right out of the water in an attempt to make it up the weir.

We continued downstream on the now fairly placid river towards Ruswarp and it’s riverside pubs and cafes. There is an extensive weir  at Ruswarp which can easily be shot. However, the fun way to get down is launch down the chute which runs at 45degrees down the weir! This has a walled arrangement which means it is difficult to use a paddle and is more akin to being on an amusement park log flume!

Below Ruswarp, the Esk becomes tidal and we had purposely timed our trip to arrive at this point along with the high water. As we moved beneath the impressive disused brick viaduct which spans the valley, and past the remains of wrecked timber sailing ships, we were greeted with what proved to be a wildlife extravaganza! As a heron watched us from a tree branch, we noticed something grey and shiny moving towards us. This proved to be an inquisitive seal! After a close inspection of us, he continued upstream, presumably hunting the salmon we had seen earlier. Almost at the same time, we noticed a cormorant perched in a tall overhanging tree. Then, as we looked carefully, we realised that there wasn’t just one – but seven or eight! These large seabirds, standing upright and black in the trees gave the river an almost exotic atmosphere.

The whistle of another steam train thundering past gave us the signal to move on. The next curve took us into Whitby Marina, where we ran ashore on the slipway. But we weren’t finished with the Esk yet! After a short rest, we set off downstream, under Whitby’s famous swing-bridge and into the Harbour proper. We paddled past the yachts, fishing boats and pleasure craft to end up at the beach behind the East Pier. After a short bob about in the swell, we returned upstream, now struggling against the ebbing tide and into the low afternoon sun back to the slipway where we finished for the day.

As we sat on the banks of the Marina beneath the still cloudless skies, we reflected on the huge  variety of paddling the Esk had provided, the wonderful sights we had seen and the ideal weather. In short, we all came to the decision that kayaking doesn’t come much better than this!

(Julie will post photographs separately)

Chris Halligan



Pennine A start their title defence

Pennine A & B polo teams started their Yorkshire League Season last night. Players were trying to remember when Pennine last didn’t win the league. The A team’s start suggested whenever it was it’s likely there is another on the way. 7-4, 1-0, and 4-1 victories over FOA B, FOA A and White Rose A made for a reasonable start even if the team never really got out of 2nd gear.

The B team on the other hand still believe they are as good as they used to think they were. Disappointingly throwing away (literally) half time lead over FOA B to lose 7-2 and 2-1 defeat to rivals White Rose A, again conspiring in their own downfall passing to the opposition under their own unguarded net. The evening finished well with a 6-1 victory over FOA A and 12-3 victory over White Rose B. It seemed that for the first two games the team just didn’t turn up!

A Team:- Chris Newbury, Michael Smith, David Edwards, Andy Davision, James Longley and Chris Quinn

B Team:- Daniel Bailey, Andrew Carden, Robert Edwards, Matthew Street, Tim Bland and Peter Beverley

Goal Scorers on the night for Pennine

James Longley 7

Daniel Bailey 7

Chris Newbury 2

Chris Quinn 3

Tim Bland 4

Andrew Carden 3

Robert Edwards 2

Peter Beverly 2

Matthew Street 2

Andy Davison 1

Michael Smith 1

David Edwards 1

Next Tournament is 10th Nov


If your intrested in starting to play canoe polo email


Regional Coaching

It’s that time of year when the coaching team step up the pace on your behalf to create some fantastic opportunities. First up, the Skills Weekend –November 16-18th 2012; building on the success of Team North’s weekend for coaches here is Yorkshire’s variation, a Skills Weekend for all being delivered by a team of aspirant level 5 and level 5 coaches from across the country. The weekend has been heavily subsidised by the Yorkshire Regional fund to bring you a FULLY residential weekend based at Aldwark Scout Activity Centre for only £79.95 per person! (See attached for more information).


Where else can you get food, accommodation and top class coaching for only £79.95 per person (National Centres change > £150)!!

For more information/the programme of events and to make a booking, check out on the YORCIE Coaching Website or email myself.


John W Lucas, Regional Coaching Organiser

Regional ACM

forget the the regional ACM takes place on Monday 29th October at the Ossett Sports Club, on Dimple Wells Road, Wakefield, WF5 8AP.


Message from the regional Chair John Bates

Hello all,
I’ve  attached an early copy of the October newsletter. This will be going out to the full yorcie mailing list over the weekend.
Please could you forward on to all your club members?
Reminder: The Annual consultative meeting is on Monday the 29th October at Ossett Sports Club, the bar will be open from 7.15 and we’ll be starting at 7.30. (directions in the attachment)
If you could drop me a quick note with how many will be coming from your club so we can arrange enough pie and peas. I’ve attached a taster pic for the slideshow ‘Celtic Wind and Waves’.
Hope to see you there on the 29th!
Yorkshire RDT Chair

Yorkshire RDT ACM Minutes October 2011, RDT Oct Newsletter, ACM Slideshow – Celtic Wind and Waves


Regional Roadshows

A series of roadshows is running across Yorkshire in October, giving an overview of ‘what we do’ at the Regional Development Team (RDT), and we’ll be asking you to feedback and help us to shape plans for the future.

If you are an active paddler, club member, or club helper we would love to see you there. This is a great opportunity for you to socialise with some of the volunteers who help organise canoeing across Yorkshire, both at a club and regional level. Phil Scowcroft (Paddlesport Development Officer) will also be available to help out with any of your questions. The second part of the meeting will be chaired by the Local Coaching Organiser (LCO) who will give a coaching update followed by questions.

It would be great to see at least one representative from each club attending their local roadshow.

Please can you email the contact below to book yourself in to your local meeting.This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

West Yorkshire Roadshow – Tuesday 16th October (6.45 for 7pm start)

Barnbow Social Club, Old Manston Lane, Leeds, LS15 8AD

LCO Dick Constable –