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
Organiser: Dyson Pendle
Dates & venues: Sat 13 Dec (Norwich), Fri 2 Jan (Norwich)
Organisers: Bill Sharpe, Brian Greenaway
Dates & venues: Sun 25 Jan (Exeter CC)
Organiser: Ollie Harding
Dates & venues: Sat 17 Jan (Longridge)
LONDON & SE
Organiser: James Smythe, Phil Gunney
Dates & venues: 25th Jan (Wey); 14 Feb (Elmbridge)
Organiser: Dan Golder
Dates & venues: tbc (Oxford)