Marple Slalom Report
- Written by Michael Stringer
Last weekend saw the club site at Marple buzzing with activity as our home canoe slalom event took place. During Friday afternoon the training gates on the river were slowly replaced by race gates as a challenging course took shape. Saturday and Sunday saw paddlers of all abilities test their skills on the river as they negotiated the gates as quickly and cleanly as possible.
While the water was full of sleek slalom boats in a multitude of colours, the air was full of shouts of encouragement (and the occasional chuckle) as friends, family and coaches ran down the bank supporting the competitors. Between runs was the opportunity to study the course looking clues on how to shave off precious seconds, touches or (in some cases) just get to the bottom of the course upright!
There was a great turnout from our Marlins with many of them gaining promotion or valuable points towards promotion. Many of the Marlins who have already been promoted out of division 3 still took to the water in a second category, swapping their familiar K1s for C1s or C2s. The club C2s were in constant demand as numerous crews, both old and new, tackled the course with varying degrees of success.
Off the water the rain wasn't enough to deter people as the event gave the club's slalom community an opportunity to catch up and socialise. The main room in the clubhouse was transformed into a canteen stocked full of nutritious baked potatoes, bacon butties, drinks, snacks and, of course, delicious cakes.
At the end of the weekend it was time to tear down the course and return the club site to normal as if nothing had happened. From the hive of activity during the race the club site returns to it's tranquil state until the next time...
A big thank you to everyone who helped out over the weekend and to Gemma Killick for organising the event. Without the help of these volunteers we couldn’t run events like this.
The club is holding a second event on the 17th-18th September so if you missed it this time come down to the club that weekend to watch, help out or even have a go!