Harlesden Winter Sessions
Saturday Morning 10:30am Saturday race boat sessions at Harlesden Canal side take place on Saturday morning at 10am. Please check session is running before attending – as we sometimes cancel to attend events.
Harlesden Work is Finished!
The Canal is Accessible Again The very long ongoing work at Harlesden Canalside has a long last been finished and the building site returned to public use. We hope to start running sessions there is the very near future.
Age Group Champion
Richard Davis Congratulations to Richard Davis in becoming the 2023 Over 80s and over 85s National Masters Slalom Champion.
Harlesden Update October ’23
Canalside Improvements and a New Boat. 2023, has been a difficult year for The Sharks at Harlesden as we have not been able to operate properly at the site, whilst prolonged improvements have been undertaken; but now we can see some tangible benefits …
Help Make The Sharks Even Better
We need some voluntary help The Sharks has grown, and continues to grow, we need a few volunteers to help co-ordinate some of our activities and other tasks. If we can grow these ideas, we may even be able to pay. Interested email: email@example.com or call/text 07951 770241.
Harlesden Autumn Sessions
Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm We are going to restart our Harlesden session on Monday 18th September at 5pm. They will be open to anybody and will cost £6 per person, we accept cash, card, PayPal, or a bank transfer. We will be introducing more sessions in the following weeks.
An August Month!
A very good month for paddling The weather in August was patchy, but the attendance at Shark activities was defiantly not, we were involved in a lot of sessions with partner groups across our sites, delivery Summer holiday activates for people of all ages.
Harlesden Holiday Club ’23
Canoeing Sessions held in NW10 During August 2023, we were able to host free paddling sessions in Harlesden thanks to the support and funding of KSP (GLi Urban Life) and we would like to share some pictures of people having faun on the canal.
Harlesden Summer 23
Monday 10:30pm We will be running sessions for school ages children on Mondays at 10:30am during August, please email: Sprint@thesharks.org.uk or call/text 07951 770241 to let us know you are coming. These sessions are free and are run in partnership with KSP Urban-Life.
Urban Life – GLi Partnership
Supporting Paddling in NW10 We are pleased to announce our partnership with GLi (also know as KSP) is to be extended and expanded. We are very grateful for the support GLi through their Urban Life Project, have given us over the past year and look forward to an exciting Summer in Harlesden.
Barrow March 2023
Final Barrow Race of the Series Liah Boyle and Neal Underwood, were there on a very strange day, the sun was out, there was snow in the fields and the river was in flood!
Barrow February 23
Another Fine Race Just two Shark paddlers at this race, but what great results they had. Liah Boyle winning the under 16s and Neal Underwood winning the over 60s!
Melksham WWR – February 23
Super Sharks! A great day of racing and fun at the Melksham Wild Water Race, just four paddlers, but, what a four the were!
Wild Water Racing A small team traveled to the Barrow-upon-Soar Race on Saturday, the first time The Sharks have raced Wild Water for a while, too long. Hopefully this marks the beginning of our return and again become one of the Country’s top clubs.
Harlesden Canalside gets the go ahead! After a long slog, planning permission has been granted for the development at Harlesden Canalside, meaning that improvements to our facilities at Harlesden, NW10 will now happen.
Please Support us
To improve Harlesden Canalside Planning is being sort to make significant improvements to Harlesden Canalside, which will enhance what we at The Sharks can offer and do, the improvements will also benefit the wider community and canal users in general.
Improving Our Environment
Harlesden Reedbeds The Sharks are committed to maintaining and helping to improve our environment, which is why on Wednesday 16th March, we spent a very wet day helping Canal and River Trust install some reedbeds on the canal at Harlesden,
London Youth Games 2022
Want To Represent Your Borough – 14th May We would like as many Shark Paddlers as possible representing the Borough the either live in or go to school in. There are sprint races and a slalom event. In the past we have had LYG winners from The Sharks.
Harlesden Canal Side Consultation
Have your say and help The Sharks Get more for Paddlesport After months of planning and talking with stakeholders, including The Sharks, The Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation are going through a public consolation process and want your views.
Exciting things happening in NW10 2022 is the year things will be happening along the Canalside in Harlesden. The Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation are working with local groups, including The Sharks to upgrade this area for the local community.
Young Brent Foundation
Another Partnership To Get People Active The Sharks have affiliated to the Young Brent Foundation, so that between us we can help provide more opportunities for young people in the Borough of Brent.
Clean Up 2
Clearing Rubbish from The Waterway We were back helping to keep the waterway clean at the weekend, working with Canal and River Trust as local volunteers.
Cleaning the Canal at NW10
With C&RT and Square Mile Farms On Friday 8th October, The Sharks were working with Canal and River Trust, and Square Mile Farms, using the Open-Canadian to get rubbish out of the canal.
Paddler Times at NW10
Best Times for paddlers at NW10 Includes Race Times, Time Trials and training times. All times start form Acton Lane Bridge.
Another Week, Another 508 people
A new weekly high In the seven days culminating with the Bank Holiday Monday, we had 508 different people coming to try paddling with The Sharks, we had though we had done well with 412!
Sharks at London Youth Games
Good Luck Two Shark paddlers are racing in this year’s London Youth Games on Saturday 311st July at Fairlop Waters.
London Youth Games 2021
Saturday 31st July We are looking for paddlers interested in taking part in the kayaking events of the London Youth Games. In slalom or Sit-on-Top racing over 50 metres. If you are available contact us, soon 07951 770241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impromptu Race Results
NW10 We decided t hold a race on Sunday morning with those who turned up for our first Sunday Session at NW10, part of our plan to expand and build a great racing team suitable for all abilities.
NW10 Time Trials June 17th
The First of Many We had an impromptu time trail at NW10, Harlesden/Park Royal on Thursday 17th June, just four paddlers on what had been an indecisive weather day. But great to kick start our programme get NW10 racing.
Training Distances From Our NW10 Base
Distances From Acton Lane Bridge Paddling, cycling, running (jogging), and walking distances from the Acton Lane Bridge adjacent to our Harlesden/Park Royal Base
Principles of Training
How to Improve your performance Our Slalom Coach, Rick Moore has written the following information in order to help our paddlers, get fit, stay fit and generally improve their performance.
We are Back – Again!
Yes, We are Paddling Again – Are YOU? The Sharks are back paddling again after Lockdown 2.0, we were back in action on Saturday 5th December at Southall and NW10 and on Sunday 6th December at Harefield.
It is always good to be Headline Act!
The Sharks are the talk of other people’s websites There are plans to improve the canalised in Harlesden and when you want a good picture for your website where do you go?
To all our Staff The past few months have been a trying and testing time for all of us, The Sharks were up and paddling within days of the lockdown lifted at first with experienced paddlers and then gradually introducing other socially distanced sessions.
Let Us Look Ahead The dates for National Sprint Regattas have been announced for 2021, this may seem a long time off, but it gives us something positive to look forward to at this difficult time.
Just How Fast Can You Go Canoe Sprinting is about making the boat go as fast as you can on flat water normally over distances of 200 metres or 500 metres.
Pushing Yourself to the Limit Long Distance Racing in canoes and kayaks takes a number of forms, but it is exhilarating, tactical, fun and rewarding. At entry level races are just a few kilometres on flat water.
Small Beginnings The Open House Weekend events organised by OPDC (Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation), included two days of canoeing at NW10, Harlesden/Park Royal and was a great weekend, so thanks to everyone involved.
We are in NW10 We have finally made it, we now have our container in the Disraeli Road Carpark, NW10 7AE, adjacent to the canal, so we are now fully functional and running sessions in the Stonebridge Park Ward of the London Borough of Brent.