Ben’s GoPro video – around the Ring in 2 minutes for a taster
Worcester Canoe Club invite you to take part in the fifth year of our special challenge event, the Worcester Ring Challenge.
The full 21 mile Ring departs from our clubhouse in Worcester, then joins the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, before paddling along the Droitwich Canals (which only reopened in 2011 following decades of campaigning and work by local people). On the way you will see Worcester Cathedral as you pass through the city, then out into the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. There are locks (lots of them), tunnels, weirs (to portage) and bridges, making it a great challenge event.
We normally also offer the Offerton Cruise, which is 15 miles with a shuttle to the start. Unfortunately due to Covid precautions we are unable to run this in 2021.
The event is fully supported and high quality. It will be timed and we will publish the results. Whether you want to try and get a quick time or just enjoy the challenge is up to you.
We look forward to welcoming K1 and K2 paddlers, Stand Up Paddleboarders, cruisers and tourers, and maybe people just out for a pleasant paddle. It is a tough event and not suitable for beginners unfortunately.
- Free car parking
- [Shuttle to the shorter paddle – not this year]
- Signposted and marshalled route
- Laminated route card
- Food stops en route
- Hot food at the finish [2021 – we are hoping to do this still but it will probably be outside and may be more of a snack than usual]
- Hot showers and changing rooms at finish [the plan is for these to be open but to encourage you to arrive changed if you can]
- Free Souvenir with the Worcester Ring logo
- Event timing
- Photos to download
Any questions just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments from the first year’s participants…
“We really enjoyed the event and will be back next year for more. The event was a pleasure to take part in.”
“The Marshalls were all extremely helpful as were all the officials in the club house, the food was great and so were the catering volunteers.”
“We will spread the message across our clubs and canoeing friends, that this is an event not to be missed.”
“Big thanks to Worcester canoe club for an excellent event yesterday at the Worcester Ring Challenge!!!”
“Superb course, well marshalled, great support points.”
“The refreshments along route and marshalling was excellent and it was nice to grab a shower at the end and have some hot food. I thought it was superbly organised.”
“It was really well run and we appreciated the friendly faces and words of encouragement at the food stops.”
“Thanks to all the organisers … who gave up their time to make this a very successful and enjoyable event.”
“Everyone we met was really friendly and supportive.”
And from 2017:
“Should be on ever paddler’s bucket list”