Marathon Racing Regions for 2020

The document below explains the MRC  review of distribution of clubs in the Midlands and South West . The reasons are given and the issues that may arise are listed.  The main ones are that Midlands has a disproportionate number of clubs in comparison to other regions, and that distances to races in both regions can also involve several hours travelling.  It is hoped that the redistribution will ease both these issues.

Adjustment of Marathon Racing Regions for season 2020


Marathon National Training Squad

Following the success of the MRC Junior Development Squad (JDS), the MRC has launched the Marathon National Training Squad (NTS).

This squad will be aimed at athletes who are ready to progress out of the JDS all the way to our top international paddlers; bringing these athletes together to offer opportunities and progression that will support our current and future international success.

Congratulations to the athletes who have been selected onto the squad and we look forward to welcoming more on during the 2020 season.

Click here to see the list of squad members and full details of the NTS.

Volunteer Staff for International Trips

A reminder that the MRC is looking for volunteers to help the GB teams on their various international trips during 2020.

It should be a fun but challenging few days supporting our international paddlers, and helping them perform to the best of their abilities.

We usually need 3 or 4 staff per event, either flying with the team or driving overland with the minibus and trailer.    All staff expenses are paid and team kit is provided.

Please complete the form below if you are interested, or email Graham Warland for more information.

MRC Junior Development Squad 2020

After a successful first year (thanks to all those who gave up their time to coach), the MRC will be running the JDS again in 2020.  All those who were on last year’s squad should have received an email recently, with the link to re-join (if not, please check your spam boxes).

The qualification criteria remain the same – Boys U18 – Div 3, Boys U16 – Div 4, Girls U18 – Div 4 and Girls U16 – Div 5.  For Canoeists, the divisions would be one lower for each category.

ALL members need to re-join for 2020 – the form is here.

For those who attended any of last year’s events, there is also a feedback form here.

Events planned for 2020 at this stage are:

  • Saturday 21 March –  Elmbridge – national training day
  • Saturday and Sunday 18/19 April – 2 day residential camp, Longridge (limited numbers)
  • Saturday 30 May – Pangbourne – national training day

Coaches – we are keen to have as many as possible involved, of all levels.  This is partly to help run the events, but also to use them as an opportunity to learn together.  To this end, we are planning to hold coaching discussion sessions over the lunch breaks this year.

U12 Women’s K1 trophy needed

Does anyone have a good-quality trophy at home which could be used for the U12 Women’s K1 race at the National Championships?

Currently, all the junior age group and open championship classes have a trophy for the winner except this one. If you are able to donate one, please contact Siobhan Urquhart