Hasler Finals Saturday 28 September 2019

Southampton Canoe Club is kindly hosting this year’s Finals, and details for  can be found here on their website.

Please note that this year it is being run on a Saturday; it is not at Southampton’s usual race venue; and there will be no portages.

National Marathon Championships – Update

Please note this message from Norwich Canoe Club – the organisers of the National Marathon Championships this weekend.

“All Paddlers participating in the National Marathon Championships are reminded to bring with them their Buoyancy Aid or Personal Flotation Device. They should also check that their boats have sufficient buoyancy.
There is a scenario where the Race Organisers will require all participants (regardless of Marathon Division) to wear their Buoyancy Aid or Personal Flotation Device in order to be able to race. Therefore to avoid disappointment please make sure your bring your Buoyancy Aid or Personal Flotation Device with you.
The Race Organisers are reviewing the situation regarding high-winds this evening at 6pm Thursday and 11 am Friday.
Any updates will be posted on the Nationals Website www.nationals.norwichcanoeclub.co.uk, via the NMC2019 Newsletter and via social media.”

ACM Agenda and Papers

Please find below the Agenda and papers for the 2019 ACM which will be held at Norwich Canoe Club on Saturday evening at 6pm for 1 hour.

There will be some copies of the papers at the meeting but, in the interests of the environment, please try and access these electronically.

MRC 2019 ACM Agenda

Appendix A – 2018 ACM Draft Minutes

Appendix B – 2019 MRC Candidate Profiles

Appendix C – Treasurer’s Report

Appendix D – Copy of 2017-18 Final Accounts

Appendix E – Coaching Update

Appendix F – U12 Racing Feedback and Update

Appendix G – Changes to Selection Policy


MRC Elections – Candidate Profiles

The following have volunteered to stand for election to the MRC at the ACM.

CHAIR – One Candidate:

Stan Missen, Bradford on Avon CC

Proposer: Mick Nadal.  Seconder: James Smythe

I believe that our sport needs openness and clarity, and I have tried to bring that during my past few years as Chairman of the MRC.  Having been involved in Marathon for many years and being from one of the smaller regional clubs myself, I have also tried to ensure that everyone’s concerns and opinions are brought to, and are shown equal importance, in the work of the MRC.  I am willing to stand for another term if required.

MEMBERS – Four candidates for five positions:

David Enoch (NOT)
Graham Warland (BAN)
Dyson Pendle (NOR)
Nanette North (CAM)

 Nanette (Nettie) North, Cambridge CC

Proposer: James Smythe.  Seconder: Kat Wilson

My apologies that I cannot make the ACM in person as I’m still on my way back from Sella.

For those that don’t know me, I’ve been a sprint – marathon – DW – descent paddler for 25 years now; a coach at Cambridge Canoe Club for the last 4 years; and treasurer there for the last 3.  I would be happy to volunteer my time to further build the work of the MRC, to give back to a sport that I have enjoyed for so long.


Graham Warland, Banbury Canoe Club.

Proposer: Mick Nadal.  Seconder: James Smythe.

I am chairman and trustee of Banbury and District Canoe Club as well as a coach and paddler.  In addition I organise the annual Banbury Hasler race and the Ross Warland Memorial Canal Challenge.

My current roles on the MRC are as follows:

1.     Marathon race calendar compiler.  I liaise with all the clubs to create the race/event calendar on the MRC website.  I also include sprint events on the calendar as I see it all as flatwater racing, which usually involves the same clubs and individuals.
2.     Race Records Officer.  I process all the Hasler races on the MRC database and update the ranking list on a weekly basis during the racing season.
3.     Jointly organising Junior Development Squad activities.
4.     International travel administration.  I work with all the athletes who have been selected to race abroad – from the development squads to the World Championships, to collate all their travel documentation.

I am standing for another term on the MRC, partly to continue with these roles, but I also have a personal interest in the development of young paddlers especially from the lower divisions and smaller clubs that do not have the coaching resource or expertise.


David Enoch, Nottingham Kayak Club.

Proposer: Norman Mason.  Seconder: David Belbin.

I have been a member of the MRC for many years and have fulfilled a number of posts such as Secretary, Nationals Co-ordinator and International Logistics Manager.  I see serving on the committee as a way of putting something back into the sport that has given me so much pleasure.  I feel my organisation skills are helpful in the running of our discipline.

For the last 10 years I have been Treasurer and have served on the International Selection Panel.  I would hope to continue in these posts if re-elected.


Dyson Pendle, Norwich Canoe Club

Proposer:  Graham Warland.  Seconder: Siobhan Urquhart

Current MRC committee member, Head Coach at Norwich CC and previously Regional Coach for British Canoeing until April 2017. Current role with MRC: managing national teams, logistics, selection committee, junior athlete development and team kit.

The MRC is made up of people that have the best understanding of marathon racing and guides marathon down a progressive pathway that includes all its competitors and their regions under most of its own funding.

2018 development for young athletes:

Co-ordinated by the MRC (Siobhan Urquhart, Kat Wilson & Graham Warland)

Elmbridge skills day: Wash riding and group paddling-Ivan Lawler)

Longridge skills weekend: wash riding, group paddling and portage approach. Classroom discussions on time management and understanding what it means to be an athlete. (Ivan Lawler, Scott Hynds)

Norwich Regional training race course education day: Crew boats K2 (portage analyzing, group approach, turning points, positioning) (Tim Pendle, Luke Shaw)

Elmbridge Regional Skills day: (Scott Hynds)

I have been involved in all of the days except the latest Elmbridge regional one.  The focus has always been on education and not training, so that coaches and athletes can take away new skills and practise them in their own environment.  I believe that is the best way for the MRC to support our athletes, coaches and clubs.