Reading K4 15th May

Details of the Reading K4 race can be downloaded here

This event is organised from the club side of the Thames so please park in a considerate manner. There is additional parking in Albert Road nearby.

New racing rule on disposable drink containers and food packaging

Following a rise in littering during races, the MRC have decided to take immediate action to minimise the impact of our sport upon our waterways.  This is something the ICF are also considering and we have decided to make our stance very clear in advance of any international racing rule changes that may be introduced.

It is vital that we do our part to protect the environment and the waters that we enjoy.  There have been concerns expressed that paddlers are being careless with drinking bags, energy bar wrappers and gel sachets.  Such items must be disposed of properly and it is totally unacceptable that they are left littering the bank or left floating in waterways.

Therefore the MRC racing rules will, with immediate effect, be revised to include the following wording:

During the course of a competition any items discarded by a competitor anywhere other than in a proper bin, must be recovered by the athlete, their support crew or coach immediately. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that this has happened.

An event official witnessing non-compliance with this rule shall report the infringement to the race organiser and the offending competitor will be disqualified from the competition. Any repeat infringements by the same competitor shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings by the Marathon Racing Committee.

The main focus of this rule change is to target the problem of discarded single use drink bags.  The MRC will continue to review the unnecessary waste associated with their use and encourage athletes to adopt the reusable systems that are readily available.

Team for 2016 Gent Marathon

Following this winter’s series of training days, and recommendations from regional coaches, the following athletes have been invited to race at the 2016 Gent Marathon.

IF YOUR NAME IS ON THIS LIST AND YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM GRAHAM WARLAND, PLEASE CONTACT HIM.

The decision has been a difficult one again, with at least three times as many applicants as places available. The inclusion of these individuals on the list reflects the commitment they have shown over the winter, their age, and the appropriateness of this experience at this point in their athletic development. Those who missed out may have opportunities in future years – the criteria we use to shortlist team can be found in this document.

ENYA DALE FOX
STEPHANIE HUTCHINSON LON
ZOE HURRELL ADS
ALICE BRAY FOY
EDWARD NIGHTINGALE BOA
THOMAS GOLDSACK  WEY
JAMES HOW NOR
KIERAN HAYWARD NOR
WILLIAM MCCRACKEN BAN
MAX HARPER BAN
SHAUN HARTE BAN
JAMES BELL LON
ALEX GREAVES  RLS
ALEXANDER BICKNELL WEY
DANIEL GRIMSEY SOU
PHILIP MILES RLS
ADAM SKIPPINGS CLM
ALEX MCINTYRE  CLM
ROBERT BARKWAY BPS
RYAN INGHAM ADS

Single use drinks bags

The Waterside series organisers have complained about paddlers discarding drinks bags in the canal. They have assumed it’s one of the faster crews, and they’re almost certainly right. The GB squad must lead by example so this is not good for the image of the team or our sport.

They’re not biodegradeable of course, and so to intentionally drop one or even lose it by mistake is a bad thing to do. If it carries on happening they might be banned, paddlers might get DQd and worse still, races and the sport generally might get in trouble with the Environment Agency.

The ICF are about to implement a 30-second ban for dropping these in the water at championship events. We may also have to consider penalties at assessment races for this, which should be totally unnecessary.

So, from today, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR DISPOSABLE DRINKS BAGS ARE ALL COLLECTED AND PUT IN THE BIN. If you see someone else’s bag, please bin it too.

Race Organisers: changes to HRM system

Race Organisers and Team Leaders please note: there have been changes to the HRM data entry requirements. Failure to follow the correct guidelines will lead to the entry being refused.

· The HRM will only accept entries with the correct membership number in the correct format, (e.g. 123456 with no letters, slashes or other characters) and proof from seeing a valid card that the membership is up to date. Organisers will still need to update expiry dates after they have seen this proof of membership.

· Junior Affiliated membership: Clubs should provide their paddlers’ Junior Affiliated membership numbers in a specific format – ABC/123 where ABC is the member’s club acronym and 123 the paddler specific number. The HRM will also refuse to accept entries with Junior Affiliated membership numbers for those entering division 6 and above.

· Event tickets: The HRM will only accept Event Tickets in the correct format starting with “ET” (e.g. ET BAN for an event ticket issued at the Banbury race), and will no longer accept multiple event tickets for one individual in a season. The date the Event Ticket was issued must be logged in the appropriate field next to the ET number field when the race entry is made. The Race Records Officer will be checking all event tickets shown in the results files and changing club points and the paddler eligibility to enter the Hasler Final if any repeat uses slip through.

GB Team for 2016 Waterlands Marathon

The following athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Waterlands Marathon in Holland on 16th April:-

Senior Women K1: Melissa Johnson (CLM); Lucy Lee-Smith (NOR)

Senior Men K1: Zyggy Chmiel (NOT); James Russell (CLM); Peter Wilkes (CLM)

Junior Women K1: Sam Martyn (WEY); Freya Peters (RIC); Ava Dale (FOX); Emma Russell (CLM)

Junior Men K1: Christopher Carson (WEY); Josh Westwood (WEY); Joe Petersen (BAN)

National Marathon training squad additions

Following their performances at last weekend’s assessment event, the following athletes have been added to the national marathon training squad for the 2016 season. They will join the group of athletes invited to marathon team training days:-

Ava Dale (FOX) (also promoted to Div 3)
Christopher Carson (WEY) (promoted to Div 2)
George Durden (ELM) (promoted to Div 1)
Oscar McKittrick (ELM)
Sophie Thompson (WEY)

Competition “event tickets”

There has been some discussion recently about competition ‘day tickets’.

The sole purpose of such a ‘ticket’ is to provide temporary insurance cover to take part in an event, normally issued by a race organiser in respect of their own competition. It is only payable by those unable to prove British Canoeing membership, and a marathon racer can use this facility only once in a season. The cost of the day ticket is remitted to British Canoeing directly. It is not something that is administered or collected by the MRC.

An Event ticket, which is officially the name, covers insurance only and is not a “day membership” or boat license for the use of waterways, as provided for most waters, with full British Canoeing membership.

Stan Missen, MRC Chair