Gent Marathon 2014 Invitation List

The following athletes have been invited to race under BCU colours at the Gent Blaarmersen Marathon on Saturday May 24th. Invitations have been made on the basis of commitment and performances over a difficult winter, so well done to those who have made the list. There were many more excellent candidates this year, but remember this is mainly for U16s and anyone younger will have one or more opportunities to be considered.

Charlotte Avery (CLM)
Rose Blackman (GAI)
Ava Dale (FOX)
Bronte Holden (FOY)
Renee Myburgh (ROY)
Laura Ruff (ROY)
Rebekah Solway (ELM)
Lily Wong (RIC)

Adrian Meikle-Briggs (RIC)
Ben Phillips (RIC)

Matt Hayward (NOR)
Timo Morris (FOX)
Joe Petersen (BAN)
Ben Powell (RIC)
Harry Shearer (NOR)
James Smithson (RLS)
Declan Strong (CLM)
Josh Westwood (LBZ)
Owen White (CLM)
Guy Willoughby (ADS)

Please note that athletes will receive full details in early May, including athlete code of conduct and contact forms, which must be returned along with the required athlete contribution to costs BEFORE the date of travel.

To help with planning, we will meet at Elmbridge CC at 7.30am for an 8am departure on Friday 23rd May, and return to Elmbridge at around 10pm on Saturday 24th. There will be the option to be collected from Maidstone services at around 9am for those coming from the East.

In case of any questions in the meantime please contact Team Manager James Smythe

U23 K1 races at Nationals will now be Assessment Races

The National championships in August will be used as the final¬†assessment event for senior and under 23 ‘s K1 as part of the ongoing assessment series of races that have taken place during 2014.

If an under 23 wishes to be assessed on their performance at the nationals for the SENIOR team then they will have to enter the senior race. If they wish to be assessed for the under 23′s team then they should race in that race. This will also enable them to compete for the Under 23 National Champion title. As always the process of assessment is continuous from results achieved throughout the year and the final selection will be made to achieve the best possible team, taking into account all performances.

Waterlands Marathon

The Waterlands marathon took place on Easter Saturday in Amsterdam, featuring a world class field and several British paddlers representing both the BCU Development Team and their own clubs.

A full report will follow, but the results can be found here and a YouTube summary (in Dutch) here

Planet Canoe 2014 – ICF e-zine

The ICF have published their 2014 e-zine Planet Canoe, including a review of the 2014 World Championships, an article on Tony Estanguet (you should know who he is!), Tim Brabants (ditto…?), Fernando Fernandes (you soon will), and the Dusi.

Here’s hoping their short article on the DW isn’t fortune telling, as it states “April showers caused almost 30 percent of the 450 entries in the 200km long Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race to fail to complete the course”. The copy must have been on the slow train to Lausanne as the race in question was 13 months ago. In March. And it was snow not rain.

ICF Marathon Newsletter April 2014

The ICF’s quarterly marathon newsletter includes details of:-

The new World Cups short-course competition

For K1s/C1s only, this will feature 3.6km races that include 3 turns and 2 portages in a (hopefully) fast and furious attempt to qualify for a final of 10 boats.

Major competition calendar to 2018

Including a return to Gyor in 2015, where GB has enjoyed a successful history, and out to Pietermaritzburg for the 2017 Worlds.

Longridge national team training day race results

Longridge training day, 5 April 2014

Here are the results from Saturday’s training day races for athletes in the current GB and BCU development teams. These times are not being used for international selection, but coaches and athletes may find them useful as a steer to relative performances at this stage of the season.

The first set are times from the 3 single international lap races (3.75km, one portage, 2 turns)

The second set are the final positions from the new world cup style knockout races (c. 3.6km, 2 portages, 3 turns)

BCU Team for Waterlands Marathon

The following team has been selected to race under BCU colours at the Waterlands Marathon on Easter Saturday. Athletes will receive more details the week after next.

Magnus Gregory
Albert Hicks
John o’Grady
Sam Plummer
Nick Romain
Shaune Walsh
Mark Wilkes
Paul Yates

Luke Bowyer
James Russell
Trevor Thompson
Kayne Wilkinson

Emma Horner
Jenny Swallow

Melvin Swallow
Sarah Akerman
Phil Gunney
Dave Sackman