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Stour Descent – Payments and last minute update

Hi All

One of the last updates about Stour Descent 2018. 

Weather.  Forecast looks wet and River Stour level on Sunday should be sufficient for the race. (however for us, organisers Thursday river cleanup might be challenging).

Payments. At this point we advise still to register online (deadline is Friday midnight), but probably won’t be enough time for the checks to arrive before Saturday. In this case we’ll accept either cash or check on the day (which I think is more convenient for both sides). Still, if you’re preregistered online entry fee is £12.

I want to stress that for all of us is more convenient to have as many participants registered online before the race. This way we can plan a slightly better start, we can group together people who want to paddle as a groups and you have less stress queuing etc. 

Shuttle. You have to remember that parking spaces are limited at the start in Sturminster Newton. Please note, that SVCC is not providing shuttle from Bryanston School to Sturminster and back. In the past years that wasn’t a problem and people usually organised that by themselves.

Happy paddling!

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Stour Descent updates and information

If this is your first Stour Descent please note that ‘on the day’ registrations take place at Sturminster Newton Mill DT10 2DQ starting at 9.00am. We recommend that you arrive early as parking is limited and then proceed as follows:
Collect a registration form from my colleagues who will be found under a large gazebo. 
Complete the form in full making sure to identify both your racing category and classification
Return the form to one of three registration officers- Rachel for SUPs, Slalom, C1 and C2, Jackie for K1 touring and K1 and Tina for K2- ensuring that you have the correct entry fee or completed cheque to hand
Rachel, Jackie and Tina will check your form and then present you with a rubber wrist band. The band will be labelled with an A, B or C and a number. The letters correspond to the arches on Sturminster Newton Bridge through which you will pass at the start of the race- they will be clearly labelled- whilst the number to the minutes past 11.00am at which you will start the race- it is a time trial. Whilst SVCC provides marshals who will prompt competitors to make their way to the race start it is your responsibility to ensure that you are on the water and adjacent the bridge in time for your start- slowest categories start first.
Those who have pre-registered will be able to collect your wrist bands from Carol.
At the race finish competitors are expected to alight their craft, run to the timekeepers and hand them the wrist bands- this is the point at which race finishes and times determined.
I have received a number of enquiries about shuttles. SVCC does not provide a shuttle service for competitors. However, in previous years we have routinely witnessed competitors negotiating between themselves shuttles to the race finish at Bryanston Boathouse- it is about a 45minute round trip so if you are racing make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete this journey and get yourself to the race start on time.
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Viewing Points for Stour Descent

Those wishing to view the race have the following options:
Drive to Fiddleford Manor DT10 2BX- there is a car park on the left as you journey down Calf Lane. Then on foot follow road round to the left walking past the Manor House. Continue on- you’ll see the river ahead of you- the path takes past an Archimedes Screw Generator then some sluice gates and eventually to a bridge that stradles the Weir- this provides a wonderfull vantage point from which to witness those brave souls who attempt to shoot is inviting feature!
Drive to Hammoon DT10 2DA- parking is difficult but Bournemouth Canoes will be providing safety at the Weir which lies immediately underneath the bridge that crosses the river as you leave the village and they will advise you where you might leave your vehicle. Most competitors shoot this Weir and hence there is a good deal of entertainment to be witnessed from the bridge!
Drive to Haywards Bridge DT11 0QY- there are car parks either side of the Railway Bridge that stradles Haywards Lane shortly after you join this road from the A357. Once parked you can walk up Haywards Lane to the bridge that stradles the river- this marks the halfway point of the race.
Drive to Durweston and turn into Mill Lane- please park at the top of this road as residents of the flats that are to be found at the end of the road will not be happy if you occupy there paid for bays! Once parked walk down Mill Lane and round to the left. Continue past the Mill’s sluice gates- a footpath takes you around the mill pond to your right- until you come to a footbridge that stradles the main river. This will provide you with a view of competitors probably looking a little fatigued as they attempt to get back up to racing speed having just portage Durweston Weir.
Finally, you can choose to drive to Bryanston School DT11 0PX and follow the road to the Boathouse where there is an extensive parking area and of course the race finish.
Happy viewing 
Tony Fowler- Race Controller
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Stour Descent 2018 important update

A number of would be Stour Descent competitors have been asking why when the Stour Valley Canoe Club is encouraging people to register online it is not making available an online payment service like PayPal or WebCollect! Well the short answer to this question is that this year water levels on the Stour have been until a few day ago at historic lows. The river requires significant flows during the autumn in order to flush through the reeds which in recent summers have been increasingly densely populating long stretches of the river through which the race proceeds. Consequently, there is a very real chance that the we may not be able to produce a navigable channel in time for race day- we have already had parties out on the course undertaking extensive clearance work. If this is the case then we will have to cancel this years race and refund entry fees. Therefore we have taken the decision to hold competitors cheques until we are certain that the race will go ahead. Rest assured that we will be doing our utmost to ensure that the race does go ahead, but please pay attention to the updates we will continue to posts in the run up to Sunday 2nd December. The Stour Valley Canoe Club would also be grateful if would be competitors share this message and other posts with the wider racing community- websites, Facebook pages, etc.

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Stour Descent 2017 – Summary

Another very successful ‘Stour Descent’ thanks to so many SVCC members!

Yet again I received many compliments from competitors at the end of yesterday’s race leaving me feeling both proud and humble!


This year members went well ‘above and beyond’ to ensure that we provided competitors with a course that was both exciting to paddle but also safe – Ron with his tractor that’s even older than him, Jules leaping head first into the banks of decaying reeds whilst the male members of the clean-up crew looked on somewhat shame-faced and many others you know who you are- thank you.

And then we had Ray and his team- Carol, Rachel, SARAH (lest I forget), Charlotte and Jackie- all overseen by Jess registering competitors at Sturminster Mill whilst Paul controlled the traffic, thank you.
Paul and Nick sent competitors on their way before journeying down to the finish to join Austen, Richard- and his friends – and yet again Ray. 

Here times were kept and processed in an efficient manner- we’ll forget the

odd hiccup- so thank you. Thank you Tia and Haidee for also helping out at the finish.

Thanks also to Ado and Marcel, our camera crew- their efforts have added yet another dimension to the race and is already proving to be very popular. Thanks to Terry Mullen for sharing his photos from Hammon weir.


And finally, thank you Marshalls- Callum, Matt, Grant, David, Pete, Rob, Tim, Simon, Sam, Josh, John, Ron- and this team the ‘Pig’- Ben, Lewis, the other Ben, Jules, William, Brian and Charles.

Keep paddling!

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Stour Descent 2017 – Hamoon weir photos

Big thank you to Terry Mullen, for the amazing shots from Hamoon weir yesterday. This is just a missing piece of puzzle as we didn’t manage to get on time from Start line to Hamoon.

Below is just “teaser” of  what you can find HERE

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Stour Descent 2017 Photos part 1

all images in zip file 250MB

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Stour Descent 2017 – Results

1 K 1 Touring Male Junior 25A – Tom Holland 2:19:29
2 K 1 Touring Male Junior 24B – Joe Dodds 2:21:13
3 K 1 Touring Male Junior 22B – Arron Lennard 2:27:11
4 K 1 Touring Male Junior 22C – Toby Evans 2:27:27
5 K 1 Touring Male Junior 27C – Rory Anderson 2:31:09
6 K 1 Touring Male Junior 24C – Jamie Russell 2:36:34
7 K 1 Touring Male Junior 23A – Michael Preston 2:39:32
8 K 1 Touring Male Junior 23B – Alistair Brown 2:56:03
9 K 1 Touring Male Junior 27A – Jonathan Cox 3:17:10
1 K 1 Touring Male Senior 24A – John Dyke 2:23:50
1 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 26A – Victor Copeland 2:23:20
2 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 26C – Tony Smith 2:27:53
3 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 23C – Richard Davis 2:32:25
4 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 27B – Allen Westerby 2:36:59
5 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 22A – Tim Spring 2:51:30
6 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 21B – Mike Smith 3:06:09
7 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 25B – Alan Kerridge 3:07:43
8 K 1 Touring Male Veteran 28A – David Macbeth 3:14:40
1 K 1 Racing Male Junior 37A – James Lewin 2:01:52
1 K 1 Racing Male Senior 38A – Phillip Pearse 1:51:23
2 K 1 Racing Male Senior 37B – Tom Dawson 1:54:48
3 K 1 Racing Male Senior 36C – Harry Armytage 2:15:27
4 K 1 Racing Male Senior 25C – Jonathan Tye 2:15:39
1 K 1 Racing Male Veteran 36A – Paul Kingman 1:54:57
2 K 1 Racing Male Veteran 26B – Andy Coomes 2:10:40
3 K 1 Racing Male Veteran 36B – Mark Rainsley 2:12:57
4 K 1 Racing Male Veteran 37C – Jerry Conway 2:13:17
1 K 1 Touring Female Veteran 21C – Zoe Cox 2:52:06
2 K 1 Touring Female Veteran 21A – Andie Smith 3:06:38
1 K 2 Touring Male Senior 53C – Orfeas Tsouroplis 2:56:16
1 K 2 Touring Male Veteran 31A – Gary Jone & Garrick Smith 3:10:33
1 K 2 Racing Male Junior 51B – Freddie Brown & Matthew Hinves 1:58:51
2 K 2 Racing Male Junior 50C – Toby Kerby & Archie O-Shaughnessy 2:14:12
3 K 2 Racing Male Junior 50B – Minglin Li & Ollie Stewart 2:21:14
4 K 2 Racing Male Junior 51A – Will Emerson & Finn Wylie 2:39:21
1 K 2 Racing Male Senior 54A – Michael Wright & Tristram Turner 2:00:31
1 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 49C – Richard Lewis & Callum Gingell 1:46:48
2 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 52B – Andy Blow & David Blow 1:48:42
3 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 48C – Richard Kent & James Hinves 1:57:48
4 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 53A – Fred Taylor & Christopher Marett 2:00:16
5 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 46A – Simon Kay & John Kavanagh 2:10:44
6 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 46B – David Seward & Ian Martin 2:11:44
7 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 49B – Selwyn Richards & Thomas Richards 2:11:48
8 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 48A – Max Woods & Ben Mason 2:17:01
9 K 2 Racing Male Veteran 47A – Stephen Bourne & James Bourne 2:29:03
1 K 2 Touring Female Veteran 31C – Lisa Davis & Jenny Sinclair 2:50:18
1 K 2 Racing Female Senior 48B – Charlotte Creamer & Katy Dixon 2:31:38
1 K 2 Touring Mix Veteran 31B – Mike Rogers & Sue Wynn 2:31:31
1 K 2 Racing Mix Junior 50A – Felix Hawkings & Lula Petch 2:21:32
1 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 47B – James Treadgold & Shirley Keeron 2:01:43
2 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 52A – Louise Henry & Chris Lay 2:08:52
3 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 47C – Lucy Cottrell & Peter Maycock 2:12:10
4 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 53B – Emma Desborough & Enda Ryan 2:12:46
5 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 49A – Sharon Cruse & Mark Spruce 2:13:58
6 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 46C – Jon Boakes & Anabel Boakes 2:19:59
7 K 2 Racing Mix Veteran 51C – Jose Guerra & Mia Rushen 2:42:42
1 C 1 Male Veteran 11B – Ross Pearton 2:20:34
2 C 1 Male Veteran 11C – Phil Brown 3:03:31
3 C 1 Male Veteran 11A – Peter Bryan 4:04:30
1 C 2 Male Senior 18B – Tom Fryer & James Prowse 2:08:12
1 C 2 Male Veteran 19B – Tim Fuggle & Paul Stenning 2:10:44
2 C 2 Male Veteran 18C – David Fryer & Mike Thornton 2:11:15
3 C 2 Male Veteran 17C – Richard Parrott & Claude Bailey 2:11:27
4 C 2 Male Veteran 17B – Tom Barnard & Lyndon White 2:20:28
5 C 2 Male Veteran 15B – Stephen Windmill & Angus Fitchet 2:29:51
6 C 2 Male Veteran 14A – Mike Carson & Dan Alder 2:31:36
7 C 2 Male Veteran 14C – Scott McEleney & Steve McEleney 2:37:50
8 C 2 Male Veteran 14B – Barnet Healey & Richard Fisher 2:50:21
9 C 2 Male Veteran 16A – Hew Marsden & Bill Richmond 2:56:27
10 C 2 Male Veteran 15A – Mike Habberfield & Nigel Eldred 3:17:45
11 C 2 Male Veteran 19A – Ian Hughes & Graham Norman 3:27:12
1 C 2 Mix Veteran 17A – Gary Corr & Ginette Corr 2:28:55
2 C 2 Mix Veteran 19C – Jason Klug-Horsnell & Katja Klug-Horsnell 2:38:19
3 C 2 Mix Veteran 16C – Peter Hobby & Jenny Dennet 3:02:07
4 C 2 Mix Veteran 15C – Mathew Harris & Lorna Harris 3:05:32
5 C 2 Mix Veteran 16B – Jen John-Chuan & Dan Bownds 3:11:37
6 C 2 Mix Veteran 18A – John Holland & Sally Holland 3:21:25
1 Slalom 1 Male Junior 06A – Paddy Wilkins 3:14:31
1 Slalom 1 Male Senior 07A – Conor Ruckman 2:50:21
2 Slalom 1 Male Senior 06C – Henry Tauton 3:13:54
1 Slalom 1 Female Veteran 06B – Susan Templeton 2:50:23
1 SUP 1 Male Senior 02A – Russel Farrington 3:06:06
1 SUP 1 Male Veteran 02B – Mark Bickford 3:06:26
2 SUP 1 Male Veteran 01C – Chris Turner 3:41:05
3 SUP 1 Male Veteran 02C – Duane Aubrey 3:47:52
1 SUP 1 Female Veteran 01B – Emily Oldridge 4:16:15
2 SUP 1 Female Veteran 01A – Lynn Boakes 4:16:15

If you’ll find any errors in results table please let us know.