Due to Covid-19 and the necessary restrictions
PERSHORE PHOENIX won't be paddling dragon boats about the place (sadly) for a while - however:
During the week virtual circuit training sessions via Instagram
members can book a time slot to take out single seat Outrigger Kayaks with safety cover in small groups; only:
- household groups
- max group size four
PERSHORE PHOENIX's National League Table Positions - End of 2019 Season
STANDARD CLUB DIVISION: 3rd out of 15 <-- Link to full BDA website table
Fantastic finishing position
WOMENS LEAGUE: 10th out of 17 <-- Link to full BDA website table
Brilliant considering Pershore Flyers paddled with relatively few paddlers compared to other teams
OPEN LEAGUE: 11th out of 23 <-- Link to full BDA website table
Great result considering Pershore paddled with a largely mixed crew
NEXT RACE: Cyprus International Dragon Boat Festival - Limmasol, Cyprus.
Not a league event ;- )
See EVENTS page.
CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL IN LIMASSOL IN CYPRUS - SAT 19th OCTOBER 2019
Medals for Pershore Phoenix at the Cyprus International Dragon Boat Festival
5 Medals for Pershore Phoenix. Pershore raced a Seniors boat, a mixed boat and an Open boat and took 5 medals from this friendly and tough competition in the sun. It was October but the temperature was 28 C to 32 C which seemed to suit the locals but for Pershore it was both difficult and a nice warm interlude away from the UK weather.
Going again next year ? The weather, the racing and the atmosphere was appreciated by everyone who travelled there.
We'll just have to wait and see - it certainly is a great event in a nice place.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PATTAYA IN THAILAND FROM WED 21st AUG to SUN 25th AUG
Medals for Pershore GB Paddlers at the Worlds – A Remarkable Achievement.
Pershore Phoenix Dragon Boat Racing Club was lucky enough to have three of our members qualify to paddle for GB at the IDBF World Championships in Pattaya in Thailand from Wed 21st Aug to Sunday 25th Aug. This self funded training and event (ie paid for by the paddlers and their families) involved training in their own time throughout the year, attending training days and weekends with paddlers from around Britain.
Pershore had two paddlers in the GB under18 squad and one paddler in the GB Senior B squad.
In total there were five GB squads that travelled to Thailand; the under18s, under24s, the Premier, the Senior As and the Senior Bs.
Competition at the Worlds in Thailand was fierce; two world records were broken; the under18 squad won two bronze medals and the Senior Bs one bronze. This may not seem so much until it is noted that these three medals were the only medals won by all of the GB squads put together – and all three came back to paddlers from Pershore Phoenix.
See the Gallery Page for photos from the event - paddlers, drummers and supporters.
Additionally the under 18 squad beat many of the teams historical records – qualifying them as one of the best ever under 18 GB Dragonboat Squads.
GB National Team - Results
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT - LONGEST DISTANCE PADDLED in 24Hours (April 2020)
Pershore Phoenix paddlers will be joining a world record attempt on the longest distance paddled in 24hours in April 2020.
To take place at Caldecott Lake in Milton Keynes the event will be assessed by the Guinness Book of World Records and will be attempted by four teams paddling in relay for 24 hours on the lake.
Training for this event is already running.
Sunday 14th July at Nottingham National League Race
Two Pershore Phoenix teams for the Milton Keynes race day. Pershore Flyers, the Ladies team, and Pershore Phoenix ‘Open’ team.
This time Pershore Flyers had 10 paddlers available - a very respectable performance was put in considering the Flyers were racing against teams of 13 and 14 - Flyers finished behind but not 'left behind' - great things expected from the Flyers.
The Open team did well getting into the Plate Major competition again, lost out winning the final to Amathus by only 1sec and recording their best 200m time of the day - good going. - see results page.
Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th July in Evesham – the Evesham Relay For Life
In aid of CRUK (Cancer Research UK) and in support of people involved.
A fantastic 24hour hour walking (running if you like) relay – each team entered maintains someone walking around a circuit from 10am Saturday morning until 10am Sunday morning.
Events and games held during the day, live music and then later Saturday evening a silent disco (headphones tuned to its own ‘radio station) while you walk. An event that really was fun and poignant at times too.
We all ended the event very tired indeed but having had a great time too.
Sunday 30th June in London at the London Hong Kong Festival on King Albert Dock.
A huge event with fewer races than usual however Pershore put in an excellent performance. See race results page for race times.
Team came away with (BLING!) a nice Trophy.
Sunday 22nd June Riverside in Pershore at the Pershore Bell Boat Regatta
Pershore Phoenix didn’t paddle at this event 'as a Pershore Phoenix team' but after a friend’s team lost most of their paddlers due to unfortunate circumstances a few that could, stepped in to help - that was after Sharon made it happen. The team – “Moreton 5 0” didn’t win but did surprisingly well for a team that until the last minute were going to have to drop out. Terrific fun to help out and a great day out in Pershore was had by all - well done to the organisers of the day. If it doesn’t clash would like to take part in the next one
Sunday 16th June at Liverpool National League Race
Pershore Phoenix race team could not attend due to availability of enough paddlers however quite a few did attend and paddled for other teams: Bristol Empire Dragons, Henley Dragons and Powerhouse (from Stockton).
The results are too numerous to list here (see: but an excellent day was had by all.
Saturday 1st June at Milton Keynes National League Race
Enough people were available for two Pershore Phoenix teams for the Milton Keynes race day. Pershore Flyers, the Ladies team, and Pershore Phoenix ‘Open’ team.
A great days racing with some pleasing results - see results page.
Sunday 5th May at Stockton-on-Tees National League Race
Pershore Phoenix race team could not attend due to low availability of paddlers however some of the team did travel to Stockton and were rewarded with seats in the St Neots boat: and the Henley boat, St Neots results below:
A fantastic days racing was had in beautiful weather racing aginst a breeze - some great contacts made with other teams.
The 200metre races were first.
1min 12.26secs with us, Pershore guests, not in the this race
1min 9.73secs result with ‘added Pershore’ (thank goodness the boat didn't go slowerer) – qualifying for Cup Semi 3
1min 12.59secs qualifying St Neots for the Cup Tail Final
1min 10.25secs making it 2nd place in the Cup Tail Final.
The team swapped many people in and out of the boat but the result was a very happy crew.
For the 500metre races the times were:
2mins 11.56secs (faster !) qualifying St Neots for the Cup Semi 3
2mins 16.50secs in the semi final (getting slower) but still qualifying for the Cup Tail Fianl
2mins 17.53secs making it 2nd place in the Cup Tail Final (a tired but again happy crew)
More Pershore Team people also joined the Henley boat however the results are too numerous to list here (see: an excellent day was had by all.
14th April 2019 - 1st race meeting of the Season
River Severn, Worcester
See results page for - Results.
Ladies Team – Pershore Flyers. This was the first league race for the Pershore Flyers. The Pershore team of 12 raced against other teams of 15 and 16 paddlers over a race distance of 200metres. The Flyers made a good start showing excellent timing, lower number of paddlers seemed to have made very little difference as the team kept pace with the opposition; in the middle section of the race however the number of paddlers began to show with Pershore dropping back slightly. Pershore crossed the line 3rd but a very respectable close 3rd. Pershore Flyers put in a good performance that the club are very proud of – grateful for the points too.
The Open Team took part in four 200metre races and finished 3rd in the Plate Major Trophy. The 200metre race results left Pershore about three quarters of the way down the leader board which was not the worst but this did not reflect what the Open team can really do.
The Worcester ‘City Loop’; a 1.8km race from the railway bridge downstream to the Diglis Hotel for a full speed race turn then back to the railway bridge. This time the Pershore team made a quick start and with the Thames boat in front as a target began with a purpose. Reeling in the Thames boat took some time but when Thames took the race turn a little wide Pershore made a competent turn and never saw the Thames boat again. Pershore picked up the pace and raced for the finish line taking another slower boat on the way. The team crossed the finsh line still strong to take 1st place; a satisfying result and placing the team closer to where the club expected
Many thanks to Worcester Dragons and the BDA (British Dragon Boat Racing Association) for hosting a great days racing.
Many thanks to Wayne from Henley Dragons for helping us out by helming the 1.8km race.
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