London & South East regional training day, 25th January (Wey)

The first of two LSE regional training days is being organised at Wey KC on Sunday 25th January 2015.

Details of the programme of regional days, and attendance criteria can be found here

The day will start at 9am with a briefing for 9.30 on the water. The first session will involve practising marathon racing skills in groups of similar abilities, and from just after 11am athletes will take part in the Wey KC Hare & Hounds race (roughly 10km with two portages)

All athletes hoping to attend MUST complete this online form at least one week before the event. Please also bring a £6 entry fee for the Hare & Hounds, and either money to buy lunch at the Wey canteen after the race or a packed lunch. You will need kit for two water sessions including portages, warm clothing, drink and a snack for in between sessions, and a number board for the race. Please also bring a buoyancy aid as the MRC or race organisers may deem this compulsory if the conditions require it.

Please contact James Smythe with any questions, although please note that registration must be done through the online form.

South West regional training day, 25th January (Exeter)

A British Canoeing marathon racing development day will be held at Exeter on 25th January. The training day will be held at the Haven Banks centre in Exeter, so unfortunately we will have to charge participants £5 each to contribute to the cost of using the centre. Athletes from the South West or neighbouring regions are welcome to attend, but must send the details below to this this email address:-

First name
Surname
DOB
JF/JM/SF/SM
Current ranking (with club coach recommendation if JF/JM Div 7)
Club
Mobile number
Email address
NOK contact (name and mobile number)

Full details can be downloaded here

Lizzie Broughton tops ICF World Rankings 2014

Richmond CC’s Lizzie Broughton has finished 2014 top of the ICF Canoe Marathon Rankings, after her silver medal at the World Championships and her win at the Waterlands Marathon (part of the ICF Classic Series) in April.

Tom Sharpe (also of Richmond) and Keith Moule (Chelmsford CC) were ranked joint 12th in the men’s list.

The ICF newsletter announcing the final tables also contains details of the ICF championships in the years ahead, and the 2015 series of classics. You can download it here.

Changes to Racing Divisions for 2015

At the recent MRC meeting it was decided to slightly alter the events offered at Hasler Divisional races:

From January 2015 K1 classes in all divisions will be offered at every race.

In K2 the following classes will also be offered:

  • Division 2
  • Division 3/4 combined (over 20 km)
  • plus all other K2 divisions as at present.

Race organisers will therefore no longer need to specify which event they will be holding for the upper divisions.

British Canoeing Regional Marathon Training Days

WHAT ARE THESE DAYS FOR?

Over the winter, the MRC organises athlete development days in as many regions as possible, with the following aims:-

  • develop athlete interest in competing internationally in marathon
  • allow aspiring future international paddlers to get together within their region, and develop their marathon racing skills with paddlers of a similar ability
  • explain the standards and process involved in getting towards GB team level in marathon, so coaches and athletes know what they need to do if they’re to reach this level in the future
  • make recommendations to the MRC on u16s from the region who could be invited to the Gent marathon in March

WHO IS INVITED?

Regional training days are open to any athletes who have reached the approximate standards listed below, and who have an interest in exploring their potential to reach an international standard in marathon racing.

The standards are not proscriptive, and clubs, parents or coaches are welcome to bring athletes outside these standards if they feel they have progressed quickly and will be able to participate fully. It is important that paddlers have the abilities to enjoy, and train safely in the conditions on the day. The MRC coaches involved in the day reserve the right to adapt or cancel training if conditions pose a risk for any of the participants, and may require the use of buoyancy aids by some or all participants.

The broad guidelines are described in marathon terms although sprint equivalents are laid out in the Racing Standards section of the Handbook:-

Kayak: JMK1 Div 5 or higher; JWK1 Div 7 or higher; SMK1 Div 3 or higher; SWK1 Div 5 or higher

Canoe: JMC1 Div 7 or higher; SMC1 Div 5 or higher; JWC1 or SWC1 any 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: Dec 20th (Chester); Jan 24th (Chester). Details here

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: 25th Jan (Wey); 14 Feb (Elmbridge)

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 BEN BROWN ELM 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