Results data project – request for ideas

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online database of race results, where you could track your results over time or compare yourself to the rest of the country?

The MRC has compiled a database of six seasons race results. We’re looking for keen data analysts in the paddling community to help us work out how to get more from this data in future.

The database can be accessed in Google Sheets here. The MRC is seeking ideas by 18th October, to discuss at our all day meeting of 18th November.

Any questions please email James

Ladies Racing Training Day

Reading CC are hosting a racing training day for women and girls, on 14th October. Sign up here and maybe you’ll get to train alongside one of our new World Championship medallists! 🙂

Racing levy for 2018

Following discussions at the ACM at Pangbourne in July, the committee would like to increase the race levy for seniors & veterans from £2.00 to £3.00 from 1 January 2018, but to leave the levy for juniors at £2.00.
This would enable the committee to continue providing the current levels of support and services to both domestic and international racing whilst maintaining a balanced budget, as required by British Canoeing.

This decision is expected to be ratified at the MRC meeting of 18th November and implemented from 1st January. If you have any comments or questions please email the MRC Secretary.

Five Star World Championships for Marathon

The GB team has enjoyed its best set of World Championship performances in a paddling generation, returning from South Africa with one world title and four other medals. The following is merely a summary of some of the races, with athletes across the board doing their sport and their clubs proud.

The highlight must be GB’s first world marathon title since 2010, with Lani Belcher (club credits to Elmbridge, Nottingham and even a nod to Brisbane!) winning the Women’s K1. Lani had come into the race after being narrowly beaten by multiple world champion Renata Csay at the Europeans, but a confident and dominant performance saw her sprint to gold ahead of Hungary’s new star Vanda Kizsli and Ireland’s Jenny Egan, who is a familiar face at UK clubs and races.

Lani also doubled up with Nottingham team mate Hayleigh Mason to take bronze in the Women’s K2. Two 26km races in the space of less than 24 hours is a hell of a task, but the Normplan stars’ Clifton world record had clearly set them up well.

Leighton Buzzard’s Charlie Smith took silver in the junior men’s K1, continuing a strong tradition of British performances in this race. It was an exciting one with two Hungarians smashing the field on the first lap, but with the help of a young South African, Charlie was able to catch and overhaul one of them to take second.

Longridge CC’s Alex Lane has been a revelation, launching herself from beginner to world bronze medallist in the U23 Women’s K1 in a handful of seasons. This time in 2015, Alex was falling in a few times a week and training for a non-stop DW – six months later she’d broken the women’s K2 record in that race and another six months on, was racing her first world champs. Like Nottingham, Longridge is a club with a great vibe and a world-class, but entirely voluntary coach.

Chelmsford’s Emma Russell and Richmond’s Freya Peters took bronze in the Junior Women’s K2. This crew have managed a string of great GCSE results as well as two major championship medals this year, juggling both with great support from their parents, coaches and clubs. And still only 16!

The whole team have performed brilliantly this season, so congratulations to all those also racing for GB at the Worlds:

Joe Petersen (Banbury) and Oscar McKittrick (Elmbridge) – 4th JMK2; Magnus Gregory (Longridge) – 10th in U23MK1, and 11th in SMK2 with Charlie Smith; Flo Duffield (Norwich) – 13th in JWK1; Lizzie Broughton (Richmond) – 7th in SWK1 and 13th in SWK2 with Alex Lane; and Keith Moule (Chelmsford) – 23rd in SMK1.

And a final note to all those behind the scenes who made it possible to get the team there: Dave Sackman (Reading) and Graham Warland (Banbury) who sorted all the remarkably complex logistics, Dave Enoch (Nottingham) on chequebook, and Dyson and Ali Pendle who travelled with the team. It was a difficult task but the team have rewarded you all with excellent results.

Communications and media volunteers required to support marathon racing

  • Are you looking to build a career in media or journalism?
  • Or do you have a background in working in communications?
  • Maybe you are looking for a rewarding volunteering opportunity in your sport?

If this sounds like you then the Marathon Racing Committee and British Canoeing would be interested in discussing media volunteer opportunities with you

As part of Stronger Together – the new strategic plan for British Canoeing – improving the profile of paddlesport and communications throughout the sport is one of the 11 ambitions in the strategy.

In order to achieve this ambition British Canoeing, in partnership with the discipline committees, is looking to recruit media volunteers and build capacity to create more reports, features and stories.

What we are looking for:

The ideal candidate would currently be involved in canoe marathon and be knowledgeable about the sport, either as a competitor, parent or club volunteer. The candidate would potentially have:

  • A background working in a communications role, public relations or the media.
  • Or is studying, or planning to study, a media related course and is looking for practical experience.
  • Or is enthusiastic to try and learn new skills and take on a different challenge.

What the role will require:

  • Initially the role is to report on major races taking place throughout the season, including National Championships and Hasler Finals. This would involve writing a race report, interviews with competitors and social media activity.
  • There would also be an opportunity to write features on competitors and clubs within the marathon community.

What you will receive in return:

  • Training and guidance from the British Canoeing communications team
  • Travel and subsistence expenses
  • A member of a proposed British Canoeing communications group, comprising executive staff members and volunteers from other disciplines.
  • Your name printed as the reporter on British Canoeing and Marathon Racing channels.

More details:

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity please contact Robert Knott, Head of Marketing and Communications at British Canoeing at

National Racing Coach Seminar, 11th November – register by email

On behalf of Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director and Mike Chandler Head of Performance Coaching, British Canoeing we would like to invite you to a racing seminar for all coaches across the country on  November 11th 2017

The seminar designed with some of our club coaches will be a mixture of interactions including presentations and coaching discussions to keep building and spreading our knowledge across the sport to help continuously improve our athletes.

We’re still working on logistics for the day but I can share some early thoughts on the agenda, which is likely to include:

  • Welcome and update on the Sprint programme with Paul Ratcliffe
  • A session on the philosophy and understanding of building successful crew boats with Rene Olsen
  • Understanding the Technical Model of Forward Paddling
  • Insight and Q&A into understanding the training principles that have produced some of our recent junior medallists and Olympic successes
  • Strength and Conditioning for the developing Athlete

The seminar will be free to attend and a venue will be confirmed in due course, but will be easily accessible from the M25 and M40 as this is most central to clubs.

We’d love for you to join us to help keep improving this sport together. There will be up to 100 places available and please let Mike Chandler know by email above if you wish to take part by Friday  29th September. If clubs decide to send one email with attendees then please send me the list including full name and email address for all those who wish to join us. If clubs decide to send one email with attendees then please send me the list including full name and email address for all those who wish to join us.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon

Kind Regards

Paul and Mike