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Descent Races

Post by mharrall » Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:13 am

I'm trying to put together a calender of descent type races to fit in around our trips this winter. I doubt that I/we will compete in all of them but I wanted to make the list as complete as possible anyway. I haven't been able to find dates for all of the races, so I thought people out there might be able to help me with that, also if anyone konows of any that I've missed please let me know. Here's my list:

Liffey Descent - 3rd September - Straffan to Trinity Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin (18 miles).
River Usk race - 11th September - Newbridge on Usk to Hanbury Arms Hotel, Caerleon (7 miles).
Avon Descent - 6th November - Stratford on Avon to Bidford (10.5 miles).
Exe Descent - 20th November - Tiverton to Exeter (19 miles)
Stour Decent - 4th December - Sturminster Mill to Blanford School (15 miles)

Taff river race - I don't have any details for this one.
Parrett river race - ditto

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Post by RossC » Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:47 am

Can't supply any more information but if you can add links or contacts for organisers that would be really helpful.

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Post by mikemoxon » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:14 am

Division B Wild Water races are also possible to do in plastic boats and you don't have to paddle as far as the descent marathons (although you won't be competitive without a long boat - I wonder if they would allow marathon boats ?) The races are listed on www.wildwater.org.uk.

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Tyne decent

Post by Tyne decent » Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:30 am

There's also the tyne decent race I think on the 5th Novemeber, which is part of the tyne tour (4th to the 6th Novemeber).

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River Axe race

Post by Bod » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:23 pm

You should add the 5 mile River Axe race in East Devon. Details on page 15 of this PDF link:

http://www.bcusouthwest.org.uk/informat ... %20001.pdf

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Post by mharrall » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:34 pm

Liffey Descent - 3rd September - Straffan to Trinity Rowing Club, Islandbridge, Dublin (18 miles). http://www.liffeydescent.com/
River Usk race - 11th September - Newbridge on Usk to Hanbury Arms Hotel, Caerleon (7 miles). http://www.creektech.co.uk/croesycanoe/urr.htm
Avon Descent - 6th November - Stratford on Avon to Bidford (10.5 miles).
Exe Descent - 20th November - Tiverton to Exeter (19 miles)
Stour Decent - 4th December - Sturminster Mill to Blanford School (15 miles)

Avon, Exe & Stour organiser details are all in here http://www.bcu.org.uk/pdfdocs/MarathonCalandar2005.pdf

Taff river race - I still don't have any details for this one. Anyone? I'm sure it exists, unless it was just part of the WWR calender.

Parrett river race - I think I've got the Parrett mixed up with the Axe, see Bod's post above for details.
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Post by mharrall » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:45 pm

Sorry meant to add this to the list but forgot:

Tyne tour race details:
http://members.aol.com/stevohanso/tt2003/race.html

Looks like it's only the 2004 details but you get the general idea.

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Post by Pete C. » Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:08 pm

A slightly different race type for you as well - in early June the Conwy Ascent runs. It starts at Conwy and ends up at Dolgarrog bridge, 15km UPSTREAM on the Conwy. It runs on a high tide when the current's flowing the wrong way on the race course so though you're paddling up the river, you're racing with the current.

I haven't paddled it for years (even though the course is about 15mins from my house) but I remember the flow giving some real challenges to some of the marathon boats contending. Definitely worth remembering...

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Pete Collins Memorial Race

Post by mharrall » Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:10 pm

There used to be a race on the Barle called the Pete Collins Memorial Race, does it still run? If so, when?

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Pete Collins Race

Post by Steve B » Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:45 pm

Yep, the Pete Collins Race is still going strong - Sunday 30 October this year.

Will we see you there? Numbers have been down a bit the last couple of years, after a peak of around 100 which was pretty amazing for a little local event.
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Taff

Post by mikemoxon » Tue Aug 09, 2005 1:53 pm

Taff, Exe,Dart, Symonds Yat (or Frome), Usk are all on WWR calendar.

Conwy Ascent was 11th June

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Post by Andy jacko » Tue Aug 09, 2005 4:54 pm

This is all I could get on the Taff:
30 January
WWR Taff 1, Wales. Classic Div B
and Open. Race 1 U12/U14/U16.

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Post by mharrall » Wed Aug 10, 2005 8:13 am

Yep, the Pete Collins Race is still going strong - Sunday 30 October this year.

Will we see you there?......
I hope so, I seem to have picked up an anoying elbow injury at the moment though. I'm hoping that it's going to have cleared up before all these races come up, as I'm not getting any paddling in at all at the moment :-( Not even on flatwater.

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Post by Chaucer » Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:05 am

There used to be a Dart descent down to Totnes I think. I also think it was in February or March. This is going back a few years mind.
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Post by NickB » Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:10 am

Dart Descent was Buckfastleigh to Totnes and organised by Totnes Canoe Club, but I haven't heard anything about it for a number of years.
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Re Dart Descent

Post by mharrall » Tue Aug 16, 2005 8:17 am

No, sadly I think that one died out like the Wye descent before it. I'm told that the Dart Descent had a monster huge weir on it, I never actually did the race myself so I don't know the course at all.

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Wed Aug 17, 2005 2:34 pm

For the Dart race, if it started at Buckfastleigh, it may have taken in Buckfast weir which is quite big but an easy run down if you pick the right route. However the stepped weir by the old get-out would be a definite portage and the kindly anglers have now erected close boarded fencing and barbed wire which make the walk round extremely difficult. make sure you take a saw and wire cutters. That'll teach em!

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Re: Descent Races

Post by jmmoxon » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:49 pm

Unfortunately the Exe (last run 2006?) & Avon (2017) no longer happen, but the Stour will be on 1st Dec this year:
https://stourvalleycanoe.club/stour-descent/

Anyone know about the others (apart from Liffey, which just had it's 60th running)?

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Re: Descent Races

Post by Jim » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:39 pm

Tyne Descent (not on Martin's original list) is getting bigger again, around 30 boats last weekend, all WWR's for a change (there was a creek boat in the regional classic the following day) but still open to all boat types.

No idea about the others, a bit far south for me these days...

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Re: Descent Races

Post by Poke » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:07 am

Jim wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:39 pm
Tyne Descent (not on Martin's original list) is getting bigger again, around 30 boats last weekend, all WWR's for a change (there was a creek boat in the regional classic the following day) but still open to all boat types.
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Re: Descent Races

Post by Jim » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:30 pm

There have been duos in recent years, fairly sure there was one last year, I think this is the first year (since it moved to the shorter route) I haven't seen any touring boats at all on the start line.

Usually members of the organising club enter in touring boats, I think they were all too busy with different aspects of the event organisation this year since Lorraine passed away in August. They have done amazingly well coping without her for the last couple of months.

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Re: Descent Races

Post by jmmoxon » Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:56 am

Marathon now has a website similar to the WWR one (listed above): http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/
It includes the Weaver Descent in March, Conwy Ascent in June & Wye Descent in August

There was supposed to be a Tryweryn Descent during the summer, but it was cancelled as there was too much water for a release.

Lower Barle this weekend: https://exmoorcanoeclub.org.uk/blaze-the-barle/

& Axe in March (not the one that is near the Parrett): https://www.axevalecc.co.uk/Events/Rive ... e-race.htm

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Re: Descent Races

Post by Jim » Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:18 pm

Tay descent will be back next year:
https://www.canoescotland.org/tay-desce ... kWGLxlJvdw

Don't believe the hype about stating in 2010, I beleive it was re-invented in 2010 and actually goes back a lot further, I remember people talking about doing it in marathon boats in the '90's, possibly over a slightly different course (current course is Dunkeld to Perth, with optional shorter distances).

There has also beed a Leukeamia marathon on the Tay many times in the past (Kenmore to somewhere, maybe Tully, maybe Perth?), SCA Sprint & Marathon are not running that any more but there has been discussion about whether SCA WWR would like to take it on rather than lose it completely - if people are interested in keeping it going best write to SCA WWR committee sca.wwr@canoescotland.org expressing interest, or pleading with them to run it. it is not currently on the calendar. We are a little short of people to run races so the calendar looks pretty sparse at present, although I'm sure I was talked into helping run a race on the Teith which is not on the calendar yet.

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Re: Descent Races

Post by jmmoxon » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:57 am

There certainly was a marathon run on the Tay back then, but don't think it was sold as a Descent Race (even though it actually was):
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