24th October – Stone Div 3/4 – Richard, desperate to find just 9 points for promotion, trekked up to Stone Slalom. It all paid off when he came 4th with two clear runs and is now in Div 2 K1 ready for the new season.
17th/18th October – Symonds Yat Div 2/3 – Results were needed at this slalom as the season draws to a close. And three members were hunting down positions for promotions. Katie came 2nd on Sat & Sun meaning she gained promotion to Div 2 K1 ready for next year. So did Sadie earn enough points for promotion to Div 2 K1. And Tom came 3rd in C1 on Saturday meaning he was promoted to Div 2 C1 on Sunday. Unfortunately for Richard, even with pretty good results he was still just 9 points away from promotion to Div 2 K1.
10th/11th October – Llandysul Slalom Div 1/2 – Very respectable results were achieved for TCC. Harvey and Ben came 39th and 40th respectively out of 74 competitors in Div1 K1. There were so many paddlers competing, practise runs had to start as soon as the sun came up (7.15am).
3rd/4th October – Darley Abbey Slalom Div 2/3 – TCC scooped a trunk load of trophies. Special mention to Sadie – 1st in C1 and K1 on Saturday followed by 1st in K1 and 2nd C1 on Sunday. Also there was a first for Tom in C1, a third for Richard in K1, two firsts for Clive/Leonie in C2, a second for Ben/Katie in C2 and good results for Lucy and Katie in K1 Div 3. Only a couple of competitions left in the season but just a few points needed for Sadie, Tom, Kyle and Richard to gain promotions. Come on TCC!
12th/13th August – Cardington Interclub Championships 2015 – TCC was presented with a shield for the highest scoring team without a Div 1 or Prem paddler (as at the cut off date). We came 15th out of 23 teams from around UK. The team runs were a lot of fun and a new experience for the younger paddlers.
29th/30th August – Grandtully Div 1 – Harvey stormed into his first Div1 competitions taking away 896 points and his dad with just 383.
29th/30th August – Cardington Div 2/3/4 – Great result for Ben Shattock. He came third, earning enough points for promotion to Div 1.
8th August – Llandysul Div 2/3 and 4 – Fantastic results once again for TCC.
- Ben Shattock won Div2 K1 Men and the Geoff Allen trophy for fastest junior.
- Harvey and Tom won the C2 and earned enough points to be promoted to Prem/Div1 C2!!
- Clive and Leonie had to stand in third place on the podium next to them.
- Harv won C1 Div 2.
- Well done to Kyle and Tom for 2nd and 3rd C1 Men Div 3.
- Great paddling by Will in K1 and C2 on significantly bigger water.
25th & 26th July – Bala Div2/3 – Great results for TCC including promotions to Div 1!
1st place – Katie Div 3 K1W (only her second competition and first on bigger water)
1st place – Clive Div 2 K1M (promoted!!)
4th place – Harvey Div 2 K1M (getting close on points)
5th place – Ben Div2 K1M (only half a second behind Harvey)
1st place – Harvey&Tom Div 2/3 C2
For more detail see results for Saturday.
1st place – Harvey Div 2 K1M (promoted!! – beating 37 competitors in his class)
2nd place – Ben Div 2 K1m (very close)
3rd place – Harvey&Tom Div2/3 C2
For more detail see results for Sunday.
Well done also to the other TCC members that aren’t mentioned – Alastair, Dan, Steven, Kyle, Lucy
4th & 5th July – Ironbridge Div 2
Well done to Kyle on being promoted into Div2 on Saturday by beating 40% of Div 2 men.That meant he was actually paddling in the Div2 competition on Sunday. Good results from everyone. Well done Sadie for ‘paddling up’ in a Div 2 competition. Likewise, Tom in C1. Finally, Harvey should be proud of coming 7th out of 64 Div2 men on Sunday.
13th & 14th June – Cardington Div 2/3/4
Weekend Slalom Highlights : Kyle won div 3 k1m both days! Sadie managed to stay in her boat, Tom didn’t! After a good result Saturday, Harv managed to get two 50’s in k1 on Sunday. Good competition between Kyle and Tom in C1. Good weekend, all in all, although it rained from 0600 until 1800 on Saturday.
6th & 7th June – Langham Farm Slalom, Frome Div 3/4
Amazing weekend with Taunton CC submitting 42 entries over the 2 days. As always, Frome Canoe Club organised a great event and even supplied good weather for the two days.
There were so many success stories from our paddlers. Here are a few:
- Harvey Merrifield clocked the fastest runs on both days.
- Kyle Spooner picked up 1887 points for a 2nd and 3rd Div 3 K1 (fingers crossed for promotion soon)
- Lucy Keitch came 3rd in her first Div 3 K1 event
- Daniel got promoted at his 1st Div 4 event
- Will Spooner has finally got his promotion to Div 3 K1 after coming 4th on Sunday
- Katie Shattock came 3rd on Saturday and was promoted to Div 3 K1 ready for Sunday
- Alastair Lloyd came 2nd in C1 and was promoted to Div 3
- Richard Walling gathered over 1400 points in Div 3 K1
- Tom Merrifield and Kyle Spooner took 2nd and 3rd Div 3 C1, respectively, on both days
- Well done to Anya/Rob and Sam for taking part in their first events
There was fierce C2 competition on Sunday with TCC submitting 8 of the 16 partnerships.
- Merrifield/Merrifield (H&T) came 2nd,
- Merrifield/Merrifield (C&L) 3rd
- Sedge/Hoskin 5th
- Walling/Spooner 6th
- Fear/Lloyd 7th
- Shattock/Shattock 9th
- Ping/Keitch 15th
- Saunders/Ping 16th
16th May – Winchester Slalom Div 4 / Open
Well done to Lucy on her 2nd place and promotion to Div3 K1W. Also congratulations to Katy on being the fastest J12 K1W. The next Div3/4 slalom is at Langham Farm, Frome on 6th and 7th June. It will be an ideal opportunity to try slalom on some moving water.
18th-19th April Washburn Slalom Div 2
Despite the long drive to Washburn, Halifax, our youth paddlers were raring to get on the water. However, some of those faces did look a little more concerned once the dam water was released. It was a challenging course, fit for the Div 2 slalom (some said fit for a Div1 event). There were varying degrees of success with some swimmers taking quite a bashing on the fast flowing section. A good experience.
8th March Dulverton Slalom Div 4 / Open
Extract from Bideford Canoe Club’s slalom report.
“Among the winners, Harvey Merrifield from Taunton CC, aged 12 years, beat all the adult competitors and his brother Thomas, aged 10 years, came fourth in a field of eleven. The brothers must have a bright future and are an example to us all!
In the Open C1 event, where people kneel and paddle with a single paddle, young Harvey narrowly beat his club mate Kyle Spooner from Taunton, to gain a second trophy.”