Small Clubs Network

Alice Murphy of the SRC and Banbury CC is working to set up an ideas-sharing and support network for smaller racing clubs.

If your club would like to be involved, please contact Alice

Good news: National Championships 10-11 July, Reading

Reading CC have indicated their ambition to host the 2021 National Marathon Championships on the weekend of 10-11 July.

This event will hopefully include a full programme of championship races, however the organisers and MRC will be keeping a close eye on the local and national situation and may need to restrict the programme if necessary.

This event will also serve as the first GB team assessment race of the season.

Details will follow in due course.

International assessment programme for 2021

The MRC hopes to be able to announce plans for the resumption of racing soon, we are waiting on formal guidance from British Canoeing and ultimately Sport England and DCMS.

Nevertheless, the assessment events planned for 25th April (Norwich K1/C1) and 2nd May (short-course races at the South Cerney regatta) are both cancelled. The latter will be re-scheduled.

Changes to Geoff Sanders Trophy and U14 racing

The MRC has finalised plans to replace the current U12 lightning series (for the Geoff Sanders Trophy) with an U14 racing series.

This new structure will give beginner U14 athletes of all ages and capabilities an opportunity to have an introduction to flat water racing. Progression through the new divisions is based on speed and ability with athletes having the opportunity to race K1s and Mini K1s prior to being promoted into the Hasler divisions.

Please email Kat Burbeck with any questions

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2020-21 Hasler season

When we suspended the Hasler points competition until the end of 2020, we had been hoping for a return to competition and completion of the second half of the season. However this looks extremely unlikely, so the MRC has decided to suspend the Hasler points competition for the remainder of the season (i.e. to end August 2021).

Clubs may still organise Hasler races if restrictions allow, there will simply be no points collected towards the Hasler Final.

In place of a traditional Hasler Final, the MRC hopes to run an inter-club competition, provisionally on 19th September, and open to all clubs.

New anti-doping code

On 1 January 2021, a new version of the World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect. The Code is an essential document which harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations around the globe and impacts all athletes, coaches and sports organisations.  As a result UK Anti-Doping, the ICF and British Canoeing have all updated our anti-doping rules to align with the new code.

A summary of the WADA Code changes can be found here