British Canoeing Regional Marathon Training Days

Regional training days are being organised across the country this winter, to create an opportunity for young athletes to train hard together and improve their racing skills. The days and regional recommendations will also provide the basis of inviting an U16 team to the Gent Marathon on 28th March.

These days are normally open to junior athletes ranked in Div 6 or higher, and seniors ranked in 5 (for women kayak & men canoes) or 3 (men kayak) or above. Junior/senior women canoes of any ranking would also be welcome.

The following has been organised by region. Please contact the named organisers for more information or check back on this page for updates:-

NORTH WEST AND YORKSHIRE
Organiser: Melvin Swallow
Dates & venues: tbc

EASTERN
Organiser: Dyson Pendle
Dates & venues: Sat 13 Dec (Norwich), Fri 2 Jan (Norwich)

SOUTH WEST
Organisers: Bill Sharpe, Brian Greenaway
Dates & venues: Sun 25 Jan (Exeter CC)

SOUTHERN
Organiser: Ollie Harding
Dates & venues: Sat 17 Jan (Longridge)

LONDON & SE
Organiser: James Smythe, Phil Gunney
Dates & venues: tbc

MIDLANDS
Organiser: Dan Golder
Dates & venues: tbc (Oxford)

British Canoeing National Marathon Training Day, 6th Dec

Athletes on the invitation list who are planning to attend the Saturday 6th December training day at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes should register their attendance on this form.

Coaches of athletes in the group are welcome to attend, and should also register on the form.

The day will run from 9am for a 9.30 start until no later than 4pm. The venue on a watersports lake has been chosen to avoid the flooding problems we have had in recent winters. There is a centre we will be using with changing rooms and a lunch/class room.

We don’t have to pay for the car park but drivers MUST leave their car registration number when booking in at the watersports building next to LA Fitness.

For non-participants there is a path for running round the lake, a pub by the lake and a five-minute drive to central Milton Keynes.

National Marathon Training Group, winter 2014-15

The MRC athlete development sub-committee has decided to nominate a group of athletes invited to take part in the national marathon training activities during the winter of 2014-15.

The list is comprised of current GB squad members (those who competed for Great Britain in 2013 or 14 and who will be eligible for selection in the same age group next year), and a longer list of those invited to train with the group. The additional invitations have been made using the Handicap points system developed at Elmbridge and applied to the major domestic marathon K1/C1 races this year.

The next national training day at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes on Saturday 6th December is open to those on the lists below:-

NATIONAL SQUAD
CATEGORY NAME CLUB YEAR OF BIRTH
SF LIZZIE BROUGHTON RIC 88
SF FAY LAMPH WEY 88
SM KEITH MOULE CLM 80
SM EDWARD RUTHERFORD ELM 90
SM TOM SHARPE EXE 90
SM ANDREW DANIELS LON 88
SM TIM PENDLE NOR 89
SM JONATHAN SIMMONS WEY 86
SM PAUL YATES WEY 89
U17M TREVOR THOMSON EAL 98
U17M LUKE HARDING LON 98
U17M MAGNUS GREGORY LON 98
U18F ELISE PIERCY ELM 97
U18M JAMES RUSSELL CLM 97
U18M LUKE BOWYER ELM 97
U18M ZYGGY CHMIEL NOT 97
U23F SAMANTHA REES-CLARK BAS 95
U23F AMY WARD ELM 95
U23F JENNY ILLIDGE WOR 92
U23M MARK WILKES CLM 92
U23M SAMUEL PLUMMER LBZ 95
U23M ALBERT HICKS NOR 94
U23M NICHOLAS ROMAIN RIC 95
U23M JONATHAN TYE WOR 93
INVITED TO TRAIN WITH NATIONAL SQUAD
CATEGORY NAME CLUB YOB
SF JENNY SWALLOW CHE 91
SM MICHAEL GOODALL ACU 85
SM PHILIP THOROGOOD ELM 89
SM TOM DANIELS LON 87
SM SHAUNE WALSH NOT 86
SM JONATHAN O’GRADY RUN 89
SM NICKY CRESSER WOP 81
U16F REBEKAH SOLWAY ELM 99
U16F ELIZABETH GRAY LIN 99
U16F SASHA DYKE WEY 99
U16M JOE PETERSEN BAN 99
U16M JOE HANSELL BAS 99
U16M CHARLIE SMITH LBZ 99
U17M DAVID HATTON CHE 98
U17M KAYNE WILKINSON ELM 98
U17M STEFANO DI GREGORIO ELM 98
U17M JOSHUA WESTWOOD LBZ 98
U17M MAX LITTLEWOOD NOT 98
U17M WILLIAM SMITHSON RLS 98
U18F MELISSA JOHNSON CLM 97
U18F LUCY LEE-SMITH NOR 97
U18M BEN HANSELL BAS 97
U18M DECLAN STRONG CLM 97
U18M SAM GLOVER FOX 97
U18M ALEXANDER KHLAF RIC 97
U23F EMMA RICKETTS ANK 96
U23F EMMA HORNER WEY 94
U23M JAMES MISSEN BOA 96
U23M MATTHEW PARKES BSF 96
U23M SIMEON ENGLISH BSF 96
U23M MATTHEW BOWLEY BUR 94
U23M DAN JOHNSON CLM 94
U23M LEWIS DUFFIELD CLM 95
U23M MATTHEW JOHNSON CLM 96
U23M THOMAS STANWAY CLM 95
U23M ROSS MCMULLEN ELM 96
U23M CONNOR PETERS FOY 96
U23M BRUCE JONES HER 95
U23M ASHLEY NOBBS NOR 96
U23M TOM LUSTY SOL 94
U23M EDMUND HAWS WEY 96
U23M JACK CHILDERSTONE WEY 96
U23M JOE BEEVERS WEY 93

Charles Hicks Canal Challenge (Basingstoke)

The now annual Charles Hicks Canal Challenge is on Sunday 23rd November.

Ideal for a pre Christmas Watersides warm up, get used to canal paddling, the bottom drag the leaves and the wild life.

The full 16.6 miles out and back or a less challenging relay by two paddlers of 8.3 miles each.

The start is from the Canal Centre in Mytchett and full details can be found here: http://www.b3c.org.uk/flatwaterracing/

Or download the entry details here: http://www.b3c.org.uk/flatwaterracing/challenge%202014.pdf

National Training Day Update

Longridge CC hosted an extremely demanding first national training day of the winter on Saturday 8th November.

The day opened with 3 x 3.5km races, divided into a Div 1 and a Div 2+ group. The results demonstrated slightly different winter training strategies among our athletes, with some clearly still very paddling-fit, and others held back by a heavy weight training programme at this time of the year. Nevertheless there were familiar faces at the top of the standings, with Lizzie Broughton, Keith Moule, Dan Johnson, Ziggy Chmiel and Elise Piercy topping their respective categories.

Tom Daniels then led us on an optimistically titled 30-minute cross country run, including some extreme uphills that made the Crestuma portage look like a mole hill.

Over lunch we held a discussion on how to better promote GB Marathon Canoeing – this led to loads of interesting and workable ideas, more news as soon as we can bring some of them to life.

We finished the day with a 10km pursuit, starting in reverse order from the best 3km TT time. This made for roughly 3 hours of exercise time over the course of the day, and an indication of the training volume and intensity that athletes need to be able to cope with to compete at this level.

The aim of these days is to bring together athletes who have represented Great Britain in Marathon over the last couple of seasons, and those who we hope will be chasing places in the forthcoming season. We appreciate this is a bit ambiguous, so starting from this training day, The “Elmbridge Handicap”  system is being used to define who will be invited to participate in national training squad activities. The handicaps will be drawn up from 2014 assessment, National Championships and Hasler Final K1 results and a list will be published later this week.

RACE TIMES

Banned substances warning

Athletes should be very aware of the British Canoeing guidelines on what constitutes a banned substance, and their PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to be compliant with those guidelines.

It’s important to spell out the implications for everyone, even those not on funded programmes or subject to out-of-competition controls and whereabouts notification.

Any participant may be tested at any canoeing event – even an ordinary marathon race or training day. If that competitor has taken a banned substance, albeit one which they think wouldn’t improve their canoeing performance, they put their entire canoeing career in extreme jeopardy. This includes recreational drugs like cannabis and synthetic variants.

Despite being illegal, they might seem like harmless fun to some people. But there is growing scientific evidence linking lower-class recreational drugs to mental health problems later in life, which is not something you want to have to live with. If you’re still prepared to take that risk, consider how it would feel to be banned from the sport you love as well.

Midlands Duathlon Series

The Midlands Duathlon series starts at Anker Valley on 23rd November. This series of races involve a continuous run/paddle/run of varying distance depending on marathon ranking, and attracts many of the region’s top paddlers.

The full series dates are:-
SUNDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 14 ANKER VALLEY
SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER 14 LEAMINGTON SPA
SUNDAY 18TH JANUARY 15 GAILEY
SUNDAY 1st FEBRUARY 15 LEICESTER (OUTDOOR PURSUITS CENTRE)
SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY 15 BURTON

Details can be downloaded here