This year paddlefest was held on the River Irwell, at Burrs Country Park, Bury, Greater Manchester. The accomodation in the bunkhouse made a pleasant change to sleeping in tents, and 49 members descended upon the bunkhouse from all parts of the country making the whole weekend a very enjoyable experience.
The slalom course was set up on the Friday afternoon, so it left Saturday morning for 3 hours of coaching, giving the competitors some river skills for the slalom and the river race. After lunch we all took to the river, even though it was at a very low level, for the slalom course. Only 1 competitor took to the water for a little swim, and some great times were achieved on the slalom course. The whole afternoon was enjoyable, and a lot of questions were asked by the general public as they watched events taking place. Saturday evening we had a BBQ outside the centre before the Annual general meeting.
Sunday saw the river race take part on the river which started above the weir, with paddlers going up river and returning to the weir. As the water level was very low, it was decided it would be safe for all paddlers if they wished, to go over the weir and paddle down the river to the road bridge, making it an exciting experience for the young paddlers. The weekend finished with presentations of certificates and trophies, and a fantastic talk and service.
Thanks to everyone who helped in every way to make this a really fantastic weekend.
You can see some pictures of the weekend on the gallery page here.