With trips getting sorted for Nepal and India and the rivers running high in the UK we have still managed to find the time to sort a helping hand at the Charity Paddle on 6/7 Feb, check the website above for more assistance.

Its a busy time of stress for a lot of people but we hope to raise awareness for those who suffered in the recent FLOOD in Cumbria.

Rick and his team have done a great job running the event so come along, the program is below.

North West Charity Paddle Program of Events

Here you go everyone, a program of what will be going on over the weekend of the North West Charity Paddle. As you will see there is going to be some brilliant bits and pieces to delight you but the key thing in all this is you. The more we get the more fun we can have on and off the river.
As with anything paddling related, timings are approximate and if we get some final confirmations there may be other items thrown into the fun mix.
It is all shaping up to be a fantastic day and from feedback we have had from the many people who have contacted the NWCP team, everyone is looking forward to the fun.

Saturday 6th February

NWCP team members will be available at Burrs Country Park Bunkhouse to welcome you into your bunkhouse and for pre-registration for Sunday fun day.

Get your glad rags on for the trip into Bury for a few wee drinks. For anyone not wanting to venture into Bury town there is the Brown Cow Public House 75m across from the bunkhouse.

Sunday 7th February

10:00 – Registration. NWCP team members will be available in the reception area of the on-site cafe at Burrs. Please make your way to the reception area to make your donations, purchase your raffle tickets and, for anyone who wants to, enter the rolling competition.
Please note that this will be the only place that donations and raffle ticket purchases will be handled and then only by NWCP team staff. NWCP team staff can be identified on the day by their very fetching Hi-Vis vests with the vest sponsors logo on the back. The vest sponsor for the day is Smith Group UK Ltd.

10:00 – 12:30 River time.

A rolling competition will be held between 10:00 and 12:00 at the training pool. A chance for you all to show your rolling prowess.
£2 to enter and is restricted to a maximum of 50 entries.
Most Eskimo rolls you can do in 30 seconds
1st prize of a spray deck and a Pyranha goodie bag
2nd Prize of DVD and Pyranha goodie bag
3rd Prize of Otter box and a Pyranha goodie bag
Spot prizes also to be won for best effort so even those of you who aren’t so good stand a chance of winning something.

Along the river there will be coaches for advice on tips and techniques, just approach them and ask them what you want to know. Also there are past and present members of the GB Freestyle team who are on hand to offer instruction on playboating moves.

Whilst venturing along the mighty Irwell keep an eye out for a very pleasant gentleman in Speedos and a swim cap, yep, you guessed it, the man, the myth “Wildswimmer Pete” is coming along to show us just what a bunch of girlies we really are by doing a wild swim along the river. He and possibly some of his Wild Swimming colleagues will be on hand to give you an insight into the delights of Wild Swimming. Brrrrrr!

The RAC Motoring Organisation will be sending one of their patrols on the day where we are led to believe discounted membership may be available.

12:30 – Photography workshop. The one and only, paddling’s answer to Lord Litchfield Ryan Paschke has kindly offered to dig out his passport and make the long and dangerous journey from north of the border to put on this workshop.
He is putting on an excellent presentation of some of the basics and finer points of river photography and beforehand will be taking some snapshots along the river. He will also be available to answer any of those burning questions you will have on how to take some great shots. Just to give you some idea of how great Ryan’s skills are, check out his website at, you won’t be disappointed.

13:15 –
Presentation by the paddling god that is Daz Clarkson. For those few of you out there that may not know of Daz and even for those of you that do, what a treat we have in store for you with this presentation.
Daz has paddled many of the far flung places around the globe with all the stories that come with travel to these places. He is just at home in Wales as he is around the world and is well known for his excellent guiding skills. Check out his blog here to give you an idea of what makes this man tick.

14:00 – We also have the honour of being joined by Claire O’Hara to chat about her squirt boating and life at the World Championships. Claire is a sucessful kayaker, in both her freestyle boat and her squirt boat. Claire has had years of experience chasing the biggest waves arroud the world and standing at the top of podiums. Claire will be enlightening us on what it is that she enjoys so much about squirt boating, including a short video of her sinking and will have squirt boat for us to dribble over.

Claire maybe doing her presentation with Dave Bainbridge, 2009 C1 World Champion. Dave is a prolific freestyler, having been the leading C boater in the Uk for a good few years now, and now in the world. Dave will also be on the water through out the day.

14:45 – Presentation by Max Bilbow of fame. Well we have had snow recently with some gnarly UK snow melt *cough*. Wait until you see what our final guest speaker has for you from his recent trips to Russia. Words cannot describe the sheer pant wetting, heart pounding splendour that will be on show here from his eastern shenanigans. This is a show not to be missed that will leave you reaching for your passports and selling your children to raise the funds to follow in the footsteps of Max and his new comrades.

15:30 – The Grand Raffle. We have had some fantastic support from many people and organisations of which we in the NWCP team are truly thankful. So if you haven’t bought your raffle tickets by now then shame on you because you are going to miss out on some fantastic prizes. Tickets will be available from the reception area of the Burrs cafe from 10:00 and will be available up to around about 13:15.

Prizes up for grabs are:
Men’s IR Competition Jacket – Donated by Immersion Research
Yak Shortie Cag – Donated by Canoe and Kayak Magazine
DVDs – Donated by Gene17
African Revolutions Tour – Donated by River Roots (Rush Sturges)
Signed and Framed Polouse Falls Poster – Donated by Revolutionary Innovation (Tyler Bradt)
Alp Kit 60L Dry Dock – Donated by Alp Kit
Vouchers – Donated by Windermere Canoe and Kayak
Vouchers – Donated by UK Canoes (Brookbank)
Langer ACK BA – Donated by White Water Consultancy
2 Day WWSR Course voucher – Donated by Wild River
Four Tears of Everest Book and Voucher – Donated by Pure Land Expeditions
RAC Membership – Donated by the RAC Motoring Organisation
Otter boxes – Donated by SystemX
Dry Bags & Sunglasses – Donated by Lyon Equipment
A voucher for a Jackson Kayak of your choice (excluding the duo) – Donated by Eric Jackson
Loads of Spray Decks and Goodie Bags – Donated by Pyranha
along with many more.

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