Lisburn City Paddlers or LCP was formed in October 2008 by a small group of paddlers from the Lisburn and Greater Belfast areas. In 2012 this grew to 70 members and we are now renowned as one of the most active clubs in Northern Ireland. A cross community club, we have members come from all areas and backgrounds with representation from Ukraine and France. A third of our membership is female and we are committed to increasing this. LCP are currently working towards SportNI, Club Mark status and are fully affiliated to the Governing Body The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI).
Members are interested in most aspects of the sport including whitewater kayaking, surfing, open canadian canoeing (both touring and flat water) and canoe slalom. The emphasis at present is on river running, sheltered flat water paddling and surf.
Now that the winter nights have drawn in we have abandoned our Wed evening sessions at Shaw's Bridge and commenced Pool Sessions at the Shankill Leisure Centre on Thursday nights where usage of personal boats is not as restrictive. In the last 12 months the club has organised three white water trips; Tyne Tour, The French Alps and in Oct 2012 Crana Weekend:
LCP and Belfast Kayak Club were both awarded the SportNI ClubMark NI Accredited Club award on Monday 11th February 2013 at the CANI AGM. Both clubs worked together to achieve the award organising and running junior courses beginning in the warm water of the Olympia swimming pooling advancing to running grade 2 white water on the Upper Bann, Blackwater & Cusher rivers. Congratulations to all involved.
Written by Tim Craig
This year, after years of prompting from individual members, the club decided en-masse to check out the Crana Canoe Weekend organised by Just Kayak in Buncrana, Donegal. Looking at the planned activities there appeared to be something for everyone with expert coaching sessions, races, freestyle and sea kayaking all available.
To make the most of the weekend, seven of us headed up early on Friday morning to run the River Roe, unfortunately we hadn't realised it was one day before the end of fishing season so to avoid any unnecessary conflict we consulted the famous Irish Whitewater Guidebook and decided to try the Glenelly River in Plumbridge. This was a beautiful, natural river which joins the Owenkillew just in time for the gorge section for some added excitement.
After a relaxing start to the weekend it was time to head up to Buncrana and, after a few U-turns, we found our accommodation at Tullyarvan Mill Hostel. As avid paddlers the first thing we did on arrival was run to the sound of rushing water but alas it was too dark to see the river properly so we had to settle for a quiet evening at O'Flaherty's Bar on Main Street.
Written by Paddy McGlone
This Sunday morning a group of paddlers from LCP jumped on board the new LCP Team Bus provided by Tim and made their way up to the orchard county to paddle the Benburb.
The ‘Benburb’ is located on the blackwater river and is a relatively short paddle with a number of interesting features that can be easily portaged or ran several times J
The river was flowing at a slightly lower level than expected however this didn’t faze the paddlers with Mark and Owen T paddling the ‘Burb’ for the first time in their new boats. Owen T does get a special mention for keeping up with Tim and only using one blade – however detachable beard as well as adjustments to the seat will be present for the new preludes next outing.
The LCP was joined today by a friend from ‘Daves’ club in Durham – Penny, who was a welcome addition to the party.