Staff sought for Internationals

The MRC is seeking volunteer staff to support the GB team at its international races next year.

It’s a fun but tiring few days travelling with our best athletes, helping them achieve their best possible result. You will be an integral part of the team, helping in all sorts of ways like driving, general organising, drinks changes at portages, emotional support, and safeguarding. Teams are led by an experienced manager so new staff are well supported. All expenses are paid, and team kit provided.

Please email Graham Warland if you are interested in being on the GB Team staff for any of the following events:-

German Nationals, Kassel. Travel overland and ferry, 10-15 May inclusive.

World Cup, Portugal. Travel by air with the team 24-28 May inclusive. Driving minibus and trailer 21-30 May inclusive.

European Championships, Metkovic, Croatia. Travel by air with the team 4-9 July inclusive. Driving minibus and trailer 29 June – 11 July inclusive.

World Championships, Vila Verde, Portugal. Travel by air with the team 5-10 Sept inclusive. Driving minibus and trailer 1-12 Sept inclusive.

French Nationals, near Bordeaux. Travel overland and ferry, 13-18 Sept inclusive.

All staff will need to get a portable DBS Certificate with British Canoeing (or have one already), and pass the online Paddlesafe course. Staff with driving licences, especially those that allow you to drive with a trailer, are particularly welcome! If you passed your test before 1st Jan 1997 you will probably have this right without the need for a separate test.

Assessment Races for 2018

The MRC Selection Committee has decided on the following Assessment Races for 2018. Venues could be subject to change after discussion with race organisers:

25 Feb Thameside 2, Reading (K2/C2)
25 March Elmbridge (K1/C1)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for the German National Championships

6 May Worcester (K1/C1)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for World Cup 1

20 May Nottingham (K2/C2)
10 June Maidstone (K2/C2)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for the European Championships, and International K4 Cup

21-22 July, National Championships, Reading (K1, K2, C1, C2)
Following this race, selection of the GB team for the World Championships, and (by 30th July) for the French National Championships.

International dates for 2018

The  MRC has decided  on the following International engagements for 2018:-

12-13 May, German National Championships, Kessel, Germany. A junior and first year senior development team of approximately 12 plus 4 staff.

25-27 May, World Cup 1, Viano do Castelo, Portugal. A senior and junior development team of approximately 12 plus 4 staff.

5-8 July, European Championships, Metkovic, Croatia. A first-choice senior and junior team of approximately 16 plus 4 staff

6-9 Sept, World Championships, Prado Vila Verde, Portugal. A first-choice senior and junior team of approximately 16 plus 4 staff

15-16 Sept, French National Championships, Bordeaux, France. An U16 junior team of approximately 12 plus 4 staff

If invited, the International K4 Cup in Spain, July (tbc). A first-choice senior team of 8 plus 1 staff

England Racing Skills Day, 13th January, Reading CC

The racing skills day at Reading Canoe Club has been rescheduled to Saturday 13 January 2018.

Reading Canoe Club in partnership with British Canoeing are delighted to be running a racing skills day on Saturday 13 January 2018 at Reading Canoe Club.

Racing skills looks to bring coaches, athletes and parents together to share knowledge and to allow those to be better informed to aid the growth of the young paddler in a fun and inventive way.

Racing skills is open to those coaches, parents and athletes who wish to compete in racing kayaking or canoeing. It will mostly be aimed at U13 upwards.

Please see here for information on the upcoming racing skills day and please click here for more details about the England Racing Skills Programme, to register an interest in this day please use the online registration form.

Any questions relating to the England Racing Skills Programme should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager – Canoe Sprint) (’

New BC Club Partnership Grants

British Canoeing’s Talent Pathway team is offering Partnership grants to racing and slalom clubs, in the form of part-funded coaching positions.

The criteria can be found here, and clubs should note that the deadline for application is OCTOBER 23RD.

Please contact Mark Hoile of the Talent Pathway team with any questions.

National Schools Kayak Championships, 19th November

The National Schools Kayak Championships 2017 takes place on 19th November at Wokingham (aka Dreadnought Reach for DW fans)

Combining an innovative mix of K2 sprint time trials and knockout competitions with a marathon, this event is organised by the DW Committee and designed to broaden its success in promoting kayak racing in schools.

Details can be found here

For the third consecutive year, Chelmsford Canoe Club win the Marathon Canoeing Hasler Finals

By Siobhan Urquhart, Banbury CC

Last Sunday, 24th October, saw the culmination of the inter-club marathon race season, with Chelmsford winning the Hasler Final for the third consecutive year, ahead of second-placed Royal Canoe Club – in their first final in 40 years – with event hosts, Richmond, third.

Continue reading “For the third consecutive year, Chelmsford Canoe Club win the Marathon Canoeing Hasler Finals”

Results data project – request for ideas

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online database of race results, where you could track your results over time or compare yourself to the rest of the country?

The MRC has compiled a database of six seasons race results. We’re looking for keen data analysts in the paddling community to help us work out how to get more from this data in future.

The database can be accessed in Google Sheets here. The MRC is seeking ideas by 18th October, to discuss at our all day meeting of 18th November.

Any questions please email James