Ten people have been nominated for the seven Marathon Racing Committee positions coming up for election at this year’s ACM, and have written a few words below about why they would like to serve on the committee. If you care about the committee that runs Marathon, please ensure someone from your club attends the ACM meeting over the Nationals weekend. One person per club can vote for up to seven of the following:-
DAVID ENOCH I have been on the MRC for many years and since 2006 I have served as Treasurer. I am an international selector and also make all the arrangements for the International Team trips – booking minibuses & trailers, ferries, air flights, accommodation & food, accreditations and making the entries. I also look after all the trophies and medals for the National Championships and Hasler Finals and ensure that they are all engraved up to date. If elected for a further term, I would hope to continue all the above duties.
JAMES SMYTHE I’ve served a couple of stints on the MRC either side of starting a family, most recently for the last 2 years. This time round I’ve been particularly involved in Athlete Development, leading the creation of a new National Training Squad based on selected GB team athletes and those close to achieving this standard; helping to establish a stronger identity for the GB Marathon Team together with new kit and media communications, coordinating regional training activities in winter, managing the annual Gent development trip, (for nearly 10 years now), and acting as a member of the Selection Committee from this year. I also manage the MRC’s website and Facebook page to put information out to the racing community on the MRC’s behalf. Canoeing made a huge difference to me as a young person, giving me confidence and personal fulfilment. The chance to help other young athletes get the same thing out of the sport is why I enjoy what I do on the MRC, so I hope I’ll get the chance for the next two years.
NICK ADNITT Why should I be elected to the MRC? I have been racing kayaks and canoes for many years in slalom, white water, surfing, sprint and marathon. I have completed the DW four times. I have a particular interest in encouraging the canoe side of marathon racing. Seeing the need for a light weight, sit & switch, ICF-compliant canoe, I developed, designed and manufacture a unique carbon racing C1 which was used by the first women to complete and win the 2014 Waterside Series and DW. A C2 version of the boat becomes available this year. To further encourage canoe racing, I now promote a National series of ten mile time trials, working in conjunction with Hasler event organisers at club level. I would like to focus on the interests of canoeists on the MRC.
SUE HAWTHORN I am a member of Worcester Canoe Club and have been a member of the MRC for a few years now and have been the National Marathon Champs Coordinator over the past few years. I like to think that I bring a female paddlers’ perspective to discussions as well as that of a paddler in the middle divisions who coaches a lot of juniors. I am an enthusiastic supporter of the club system and clubs and how we get both juniors and adults enthused to compete in marathon races. I believe I have a reasonably well-informed and balanced layman’s view of Health and Safety, which I try to bring to discussions around this important topic. We rely on the many volunteers in the sport and I believe we must do everything we can to make sure they feel supported and valued both when they do the fantastic job they generally do but also when things don’t go quite to plan.
GRAHAM WARLAND I have been involved with Banbury and District Canoe Club since 1986. I am both club chairman and trustee and organise both our annual races e.g. the Banbury Hasler marathon race and the Ross Warland Memorial Canal Challenge. With respect to the MRC I am responsible for the club calendar and have recently taken over as the MRC records officer. I would like to think I represent the concerns and views of the smaller, less fashionable clubs and would like to see the MRC take a more active role in promoting athlete development at a regional level.
OLLIE HARDING I’m a lifelong paddler and junior coach at Longridge Canoe Club. I’m the club chairman too but am retiring this year. I have served on the MRC for 6 years and am currently coopted as one of the development coaches. On the MRC I have served in various roles including; calendar compiler, trailer driver, development coach and ad hoc team manager. I have been involved with the organisation of three National Championships and many residential training camps at Longridge and in Portugal. I represent the MRC on the English Coaching Management Committee (ECMC). I would like to continue serving the paddling community and the MRC.
TREVOR KIRKHAM I am a teacher at Langley School in Norfolk, which is affiliated to Norwich Canoe Club, and I run the school kayaking team. Student interest in both the sprint and marathon disciplines has built up over the last 5 years or so and we compete in as many events as we can. My interest started as a supportive parent but having found that the sport is run by too few volunteers I am more than happy to offer my skills and do my bit for canoe racing. I was one of the main organisers of the National Marathon Championships in 2012, and again in 2015, as well as all the Norwich Haslers over the last few years. I also sit on the Sprint Racing Committee and am a regular volunteer regatta official at Nottingham.
KEITH MOULE I have worked with the athletes over the last year to help raise the profile of the discipline. In that time we have managed to improve the communication with the wider canoeing community both domestically and internationally via social media. This has helped to celebrate the successes of the athletes and helped to secure sponsorship for the GB squad. This year we have managed to secure support / sponsorship for clothing, nutrition and hydration to support the development of athlete at junior, under 23 and senior levels. As a result of the support for the squad, the canoe clubs in Britain are also able to access discounted clothing for their canoe clubs. I would like to continue this work and further raise the awareness of the discipline and improve the experience of being part of the sport for all levels of the discipline. My focus is mainly on the elite level of the sport; however I believe that if this level improves, it will inspire new generations of athletes wanting to be part of the sport at the top level. I am also currently a member of the GB team and feel that having an athlete representative on the marathon committee will support the diversity of the committee; I plan to be a voice for the athletes to help raise the profile and enjoyment of our sport.
DYSON PENDLE The MRC is made up of people who have a wide knowledge of marathon racing and hope to guide and promote it so that we have wide participation, develop high level athletes and it is something people like doing. First elected in 2005, my aim was to promote development in marathon racing. I introduced training days and camps for young athletes wishing to develop their racing skills. I also wanted to make marathon racing more appealing to those young athletes that wanted to explore the limits marathon could offer and hopefully keep them involved in the sport for as long as Roland! We have further developed training days so that we now have a permanent winter training venue in Milton Keynes. Main achievements: to have Gent marathon and French Nationals as part of MRC’s development package. Continue the Spanish racing connection to have an insight from the top nation in marathon and flat water racing. (Each year I visit Spain during their summer series of races and act as team manager for the MRC). I also team manage other events or drive the bus to counties like Slovenia, Portugal etc.) I supported the introduction of compulsory wearing of team kit whilst racing and age group only classes at the Nationals Championships.
CAROL PARLANE I would like to put myself forward for the role of secretary to the committee. A little about me, I have been involved in paddling one way or another since 1984 when I joined Wey Kayak Club.