Report on clubs consultation

Below is a link to a summary report of a survey conducted in July, and completed by 148 people from 43 racing clubs, on the subject of their clubs’ relationships with the British Canoeing Performance Department.

It collates the personal views of these survey respondents and does not necessarily represent the views of the SRC, MRC or their members. This report is being shared with the Performance Department with the shared intention of improving these relationships and the communication between us.

Survey feedback report

Great Britain team for the 2015 Marathon World Championships

Following the final round of selection races at the National Championships this weekend, the following athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Canoe Marathon Championships in Györ, Hungary from 10th-13th September:-


Senior K1: Lizzie Broughton (RIC); Sam Rees-Clark (B3C)
Senior K2: Lizzie Broughton/Fay Lamph (WEY); Jenny Illidge (WOR)/Jenny Swallow (CHE)
U23 K1: Sam Rees-Clark; Jenny Illidge
JK2: Melissa Johnson (CLM)/Elise Piercy (ELM)

Senior K1: Keith Moule (CLM); Billy Butler (LON)
Senior K2: Tim Pendle (NOR)/Andy Daniels (LON); Keith Moule/Tom Sharpe (RIC)
U23 K1: Lewis Duffield (CLM); Sam Plummer (LBZ)
JK1: Magnus Gregory (LON); Zyggy Chmiel (NOT)
JK2: Magnus Gregory/Luke Harding (LON); Zyggy Chmiel/James Russell (CLM)

James Smythe, Ali Pendle; Dyson Pendle; Jo Bates; Melvin Swallow

New Race Records Officer

After many years of painstaking service to the MRC and to marathon canoeing, Rosemary Illinesi has handed over the task of keeping the marathon database up to date to Graham Warland
The Marathon Racing Committee would like to say a huge thank you to Rosemary for her hard work in keeping on top of the endless changes that are needed to a database of over four thousand paddlers. It is this Rankings List that makes the Hasler Series run as smoothly as it does, so is an incredibly important job. Many thanks, Rosemary.
Imagine trying to keep track of those who spend their time racing, getting promoted, changing their BC number, their name or their club with no thought to the hassle this causes – best of luck, Graham!!
Diane Bates
MRC Secretary

Report on the National Women’s and Girls Training Day

The MRC along with Lizzie Broughton and Jenny Swallow organised a female only training day to help increase participation in female canoe marathon racing. We had 37 senior women and junior girls turn up to take part in our training day. With the lack in numbers this year in all of the assessment races we feel this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

There are hundreds of women and girls across the country taking part in regular Hasler races, but the question is why haven’t they wanted to step up to be more competitive in assessment races? We had two excellent paddling sessions, the first session being in K1’s doing short races around an island in three groups. All the girls were trying really hard racing around the washes and practising the fast turns. The second was a K2 session where 19 K2’s took to the water. This session concentrated on fast changes around the washes with some races on the way back. During the lunch break we had a fantastic talk by the precision hydration boys informing the athletes the importance of hydration during training and racing.

We split the group in to smaller focus groups to have some informal conversation around participation in marathon racing. Each group were given a questionnaire to prompt the conversations. Here are some common themes found across the group.

What motivates you to go canoeing?

• Fun/ enjoyment
• Meeting new people/ making friends
• Keeping fit
• Sense of achievement
• Competition and doing well.

What do you enjoy about racing?
• Seeing new people across the country
• Competition
• Winning
• Achieving goals
• Self-improvement
• Racing on different rivers

What are your goals for this year?
• Medals at Norwich/ July regatta
• Promotion
• Selections
• Getting faster
• Getting on to a squad

What can we do to encourage more girls/women to take part in marathon racing?
• More female only training day/ training weekends/ training camps
• Facebook page
• Make assessment races less intimidating
• Publicise entries before assessment races
• Make Facebook group to help communication between girls before assessment races
• Squad set up

Here are some ideas that we can consider for the future;
• More female only training day/ weekends/ camps
• Set up a Facebook and other sources of social media to allow a space for ladies racing and interested in racing to discuss future races and allow more experience paddlers answer any questions anyone may have (this has been done!!)
• Non-assessment competitive female only races – 8-12 mile races with portages open to senior, under 18 and under 16
• Regional/national squads – something for the development of younger paddlers, university students and women coming in to the sport as a senior who may need more support and encouragement to take part

Thanks for reading!
Jenny Swallow

Future Venues for National Marathon Championships

The Marathon Racing Committee is keen to source new venues for the National Marathon Championships, in particular we do not currently have a venue for 2016 and welcome any enquiries about possible venues. We have recently drawn up a set of requirements to give those considering running the event more of an idea of what is needed. They are currently in draft being tested out his year and can be downloaded here. It is a major undertaking but can also be a challenge that brings a club together and can provide a source of income to boost club funds.

If you have a suitable venue but think you may not have enough members within your club you could consider running the event with another clubs support. Talking to Graham Warland of Banbury about how this is working for the Hasler final this year might be helpful.

If you think your club might be able to run the event please contact Sue Hawthorn (National Champs Co-ordinator) or any member of the MRC for an initial chat and / or further information.

Hargas Memorial Race, Slovakia

Invitation from the organisers of the Hargas Memorial Marathon in Slovakia:

It is our pleasure to invite your athletes to participate on the oldest canoe/kayak sport event held in Slovak Republic – HARGAS MEMORIAL, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year.

HARGAS MEMORIAL 2015 is four-day marathon event taking place on 23rd – 26th of September, 2015. It is located on the Danube River, in the area from Bratislava to Šamorín.


The first 8 boats in the finish will be rewarded with the prize money as follows:
15.000,- EUR for K2 Men
10.000,- EUR for K1 Men
10.000,- EUR for K1 Women
10.000,- EUR for C1 Men

5.000,- EUR for K1 Men
5.000,- EUR for K1 Women

We are kindly asking you to inform your athletes to make entries by themselves through the web page

Closing date for all entries is 13th of September, 2015.
After the receipt of the entries we will directly contact all competitors regarding further
necessary information.

Accreditation of competitors will be held in area of the ELEMENTS RESORT in Šamorín.

For more information do not hesitate to contact us by email:

Best regards,

Boris Bergendi
Slovak Canoe Association

European Marathon Championships – results summary

Congratulations to the GB team on their results at the European Canoe Marathon championships at Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, and especially to Mags Gregory, European Champion in the Junior Men’s K1 category, Zyggy Chmiel, silver medallist in the same race, and Lizzie Broughton, silver medallist in the Senior Women’s K1.

Full results are available at and a team manager’s report will follow, but to summarise:-

Gold – Magnus Gregory (Longridge)
Silver – Ziggy Chmiel (Nottingham)

7th – Jenny Illidge (Worcester)

6th – Sam Plummer (Leighton Buzzard)
8th – Nick Romain (Richmond)

Silver – Lizzie Broughton (Richmond)
5th – Fay Lamph (Wey)

11th – Keith Moule (Chelmsford)
13th – Jon Simmons (Wey)

4th – Zyggy Chmiel/James Russell (Chelmsford)
8th – Magnus Gregory/Luke Harding (Longridge) *including having their rudder broken by a falling Norwegian

4th – Fay Lamph/Lizzie Broughton

7th – Tim Pendle (Norwich)/Andy Daniels (Longridge)