Venue

Thames Promenade, Richfield Avenue, Caversham, Reading, RG1 8EQ Map

Directions

Once in Reading follow signs to Caversham. Richfield Avenue is accessed from the roundabout immediately south of Caversham Bridge, adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The race site is accessed via the public car park next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Richfield Avenue.

Car Parking

This is available within the marked areas on the Thames Promenade (£3 per vehicle per day, or £5 per vehicle for the full weekend).

Car Park gate will be locked at 22:00 and there will be pedestrian access only after this time.The gate will re-open at 07:00.

If you require disabled parking please contact the organiser in advance to ensure that suitable space can be made available.

Note that there is no parking available at Reading Canoe Club, except for Team Leaders booking in on Friday evening.

Facilities

Toilets and drinking water will be available on site. Disabled toilets will be available on site on the Promenade and at Reading Canoe Club.

Changing areas and hot shower facilities are available at Reading Canoe Club on the north bank, accessible via canoe ferry, and also at Rivermead Leisure Centre which is next to the event car park (£2.55).

Dogs are allowed on site but please keep them under control especially around the portage area and ensure any fouling is cleared up.

Refreshments

Paddler refreshments will be issued free to all competitors. Paddlers will need to bring their number board to the race food tent to exchange it for their refreshments.

Hot and cold refreshments will be available to purchase on the Thames Promenade site throughout the day.

Waitrose Supermarket and Tesco Express in Caversham are less than 10 minutes’ walk.

Spectator access

The courses are lap-based. Race starts, finishes and one portage may be viewed from the Thames Promenade site.
The majority of the course can be followed by bicycle.

Camping

Camping is available on Friday and Saturday night (£3 per head including a drinks voucher) within the marked area at the race site on Thames Promenade.  It is officially open from 19:00 Friday.  Earlier access by arrangement only.

Caravans and campervans are welcome but there is no access to electricity.

Breakfast baps and drinks will be available for purchase at the catering tent on Saturday and Sunday morning from 08:00.

Please note that no open fires or disposable BBQs are allowed anywhere on site. This is a requirement from Reading Borough Council and also for safety reasons due to the heat and dry ground.

Local accommodation

Plenty of  accommodation is available in the Reading area, some very close to the site. A few options close by:

Crowne Plaza
Premier Inn Richfield Avenue
Premier Inn Central Reading
Ibis Hotel
Crown Lodge
Rainbow Lodge ‎
The New Inn Kidmore End
Joe Daisy Guesthouse