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From the MRC site...

Preventing the spread of non-native water species and disease

The Waterways and Environment Team at British Canoeing are keen to educate paddlers on the risks of non native species in our rivers and canals and how best to prevent them spreading.

With regard to the use of disinfection – there is no disinfectant that has been tested on non native species…therefore there are no guarantees for any disinfection to be effective to prevent the spread of these species. The following should be adopted where it is practical and reasonable to do so:

Check all your equipment and clothing for living organisms and plants fragments. Pay particular attention to areas that are damp and hard to inspect.

Clean and wash all equipment, clothing and footwear thoroughly away from water source… Wash down on site using available clean fresh water and leave any organisms or plant fragments at the water body where you found them OR on a hard standing or grass area away from a water source or drain system.

Completely dry out all equipment and clothing before going to a new site – particularly effective at killing crayfish plague fungal spores. Some species can live for many days in damp conditions

If any paddlers have specific questions relating to this issue please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at British Canoeing"

IN ADDITION- there are notices on the boards at the centre .... please read and take positive steps when you go paddling.

Waterside C was 2 weeks ago, provisional results can be found at http://www.watersideseries.org.uk/...

So this weekend, March 22nd, is Waterside D- Devizes to Newbury- Good Luck to all taking part and look out for the series results too .

Newbury are always grateful of help from volunteers - if you find that you can spare some time on Sunday please contact Clive Williams ...This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2 weeks time will see paddlers from all over the country and outside of the UK racing in the Devizes to Westminster race.

Will keep you posted as to club members taking part... and  the support crews.



An extremely blowy and blustery day, with a strong flow on the river saw very large fields set off from Caversham to Longridge .

Well done to Peter Walker who  was 2nd in vet K1.

Read more about it at reading-canoe.org.uk. 



ALL Pangbourne paddlers had a great race last Sunday - Waterside B- Newbury to Aldermaston and back.  The weather  certainly became more challenging as the day went on!

Well done Catherine W- 3rd in ladies K1 and named Fastest Junior lady K1- an amazing result.

Full set of results can be seen at  http://www.watersideseries.org.uk/results/2015resb.pdf.

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