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

Alan and Christine Laws present new Laws Trophy

Alan and Christine Laws presented the Laws Trophy for the first time at the 2019 National Championships to Tim Pendle of Norwich and Charlie Smith of Leighton Buzzard.

This trophy for the Senior Men’s K2 championship has been renamed in recognition of Alan and Christine’s long service to Marathon and the sport as a whole. Alan stepped down from the MRC following half a century of service last year.

Pictured: Alan Laws, Steve Missen (MRC Chair) and Christine Laws