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

MRC International Selection Committee

The MRC International Selection Committee sets the International Strategy on behalf of the MRC (although this is approved by the Committee as a whole), and meets to select GB and England representative teams.

The Selection Committee is comprised as follows:-

James Smythe (Chair), Bishops Stortford CC

Kat Wilson, Reading CC

David Enoch , Nottingham KC

Roland Lawler, Elmbridge CC

Dyson Pendle, Norwich CC

Independent, non-voting observers are involved in the setting of the Strategy and Selection meetings:-

Pete Wilkes, Fowey River CC

Gemma Wiggs, British Canoeing

Molly Green

From Kirton Kayaks:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad passing of our beloved Grandma, Molly Green. She slipped away peacefully this morning in the presence of her close family.

Behind the scenes, Molly was the backbone of Kirton Kayaks. Alongside husband David Green, she contributed locally and nationally to canoe racing for almost 50-years. She was a great organiser and was involved in the early development of the sport when Marathon was called Long Distance and board meetings were held in living rooms. She was in charge of the award ceremonies at the very first World Championships and similarly, the prize giving at the Nottingham Sprint regattas around that time. She could turn her hand to any needlework and for years operated a sewing shop at the factory making quality spray decks, cags and bags.

She will be sadly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing her.

All of the Marathon Racing Committee are greatly saddened by Molly’s passing, and thinking of David and the family at this time. She was a great volunteer for our sport, but more importantly someone who truly cared for every member of our community. Of all the people you could meet at a canoe race, Molly could lift your spirits the highest. We will all miss her.

BC changes to Club Affiliation

British Canoeing are in the process of revising Club Affiliation and Associate Membership, and what this means for waterways licensing, insurance and competition.

The latest state of the plans can be downloaded here in a letter sent to clubs this week.

The implications for marathon competition are not very clear yet, so MRC will be discussing practical details and feeding back to BC after our November meeting. In the meantime, any clubs with a comment on these plans are invited to forward these to the MRC via the Secretary.

SUSPENSION OF HASLER INTER-CLUB POINTS UNTIL JANUARY 2021

As the sport tentatively approaches a return to racing, Hasler races may start to happen again this autumn if the organisers are able to take appropriate COVID safety precautions.
However with local lockdowns some clubs may not be able to attend races at other venues, some may not feel ready to travel, and race formats may need to be adapted to COVID needs.
Therefore, the MRC has decided that Hasler club points will not be awarded in any races until the start of 2021.

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National marathon racing events

The MRC, and Reading CC have decided that it will not be possible, at this stage, to run the national “return to racing” event provisionally planned for 4th October.

While it may be possible to run a format which limits the size of groups racing, ensuring that national events are COVID-safe “on the bank” is more complicated. The riverside at Reading is publicly owned and open to the public. Events which do not involve national or cross-regional travel, or where large on-the-bank gatherings can be avoided, also constitute a lower risk while the virus still needs to be controlled.

The MRC is nevertheless working with Regional Marathon Advisors to identify ways we can get clubs racing each other again, even if at a local level at this stage.