Hereford Kayak Club has been established since the mid-1970s starting on the banks of the river Wye by a few like-mined people. It moved into its current premises at Hereford Rowing Club during the 1980s and is now an affiliated club, enjoying the facilities that are available at the Rowing Club. We house our club boats and safety equipment along with individuals' personal boats in one of the Rowing Club's sheds.
Over the years the focus of the Club has changed and now we specialise in the racing side of the sport, however many of our members still kayak for pleasure and as a means to keep fit or enjoy the Wye and its wildlife. Members range in age from 11 years to 60 plus, so there is opportunity for all.
The Club has several qualified club coaches and is currently working towards club mark status, a nationally-recognised standard.
The Club participates in the West Midlands Marathon System. Clubs from our region host races, which are divided into ability divisions, so there is scope for all ages from beginners to international level. Races start from 4 miles.
Club members also have the opportunity to race at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham to compete in the five nationally held Sprint regattas in 200, 500, and 1,000-metre race.
Over the years members from Hereford Kayak Club have competed in many internationally-acclaimed events: Yukon River Quest (Canada), Sella descent (Spain), Liffey Descent (Ireland), Artic Canoe race (Finland), Around Madeira sea race and the Devizes to Westminster 125-mile race achieving many podium positions and earning the Club a reputation for competing in endurance events.
Members have also been selected to represent Great Britain in both Sprint and Marathon events travelling as far a field as Brazil, South Africa and Australia, where they have won world championship individual medals in both disciplines.
During the summers months a time trial is held on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. This is run over a 3 measured distance depending on ability. This is a personal gauge of your performance. In the winter a 10-kilometre time trial is run on Sunday mornings starting at 10am.
Sessions are available on Monday evenings with BCU Qualified coaches.
We also have club evening on Friday and various training sessions over the weekend.
This is a West Midlands event that we hold annually on the Wye attracting 100 plus competitors from throughout the region.
We hold several social meals in which all family members are included.
Cardboard canoe Race/Float is a fun evening where members make and paddle their own home-built craft. A BBQ finishes off the event. This is usually in July/August.
The Club is not large but very friendly and likes to encourage all family members to participate in club activities even though only one member is a paddler, so why not come along and give us a try.