New BC Club Partnership Grants

British Canoeing’s Talent Pathway team is offering Partnership grants to racing and slalom clubs, in the form of part-funded coaching positions.

The criteria can be found here, and clubs should note that the deadline for application is OCTOBER 23RD.

Please contact Mark Hoile of the Talent Pathway team with any questions.

National Schools Kayak Championships, 19th November

The National Schools Kayak Championships 2017 takes place on 19th November at Wokingham (aka Dreadnought Reach for DW fans)

Combining an innovative mix of K2 sprint time trials and knockout competitions with a marathon, this event is organised by the DW Committee and designed to broaden its success in promoting kayak racing in schools.

Details can be found here

For the third consecutive year, Chelmsford Canoe Club win the Marathon Canoeing Hasler Finals

By Siobhan Urquhart, Banbury CC

Last Sunday, 24th October, saw the culmination of the inter-club marathon race season, with Chelmsford winning the Hasler Final for the third consecutive year, ahead of second-placed Royal Canoe Club – in their first final in 40 years – with event hosts, Richmond, third.

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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

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