Issues to raise with the MRC

The MRC will next meet on the 24th March.  If there are pressing issues that you wish your committee to consider, relating to Marathon Racing or Marathon Policy, whether individual or from a club prospective please contact the Secretary – James Smythe or Chair – Stan Missen.

Thameside 2 – arrangements for assessment race classes – CORRECTION

Crews wishing to have their Thameside 2 result considered as part of the assessment race programme should enter according to the race organisers’ instructions. i.e. any paddler of Div 3 or above will not be allowed to start in the slow start. “Racing up” is optional for paddlers ranked below Div 3.

For start timings please refer to the organisers’ website

Please note that if you wish to be considered for selection to a GB team, you must complete an availability form. The first deadline prior to selection of a team for the German National Champs is Sat 24th March. You do not need to have completed a form prior to the Thameside 2 race for this result to be considered.

England Racing Skills Day hosted at Worcester Canoe Club

Worcester Canoe Club in partnership with British Canoeing are delighted to be running a racing skills day on Saturday 17 March 2018 at Worcester Canoe Club.

(link to registration form)

This is the second of the Racing Skills Programme (RSP) days. The first Racing Skills day which took place at Reading Canoe Club last month was a great success with coaches, athletes and parents coming away from the day very positive. The whole idea of the RSP is to encourage those athletes who love to paddle whether it be in Sprint, Marathon, WWR, Paddle Ski etc and who would like to develop their skills in different environments whilst meeting different paddlers and coaches to learn from each other.

Racing skills looks to bring coaches, athletes and parents together to share knowledge and to allow those to be better informed to aid the growth of the young paddler in a fun and inventive way. This day will mostly be aimed at athletes aged 12-18 years old.

There is no one way to develop talent and with the knowledge within the room, there could be a coach who could help you with any thoughts or challenges you may have as a club coach.

The Theme of the day:

For Coaches and Athletes
Training zones – What are we trying to achieve by training at different training zones?

What would different sessions look like and how do you know if you are achieving the desired outcome for each of your sessions? This 2 hour workshop will give you an 18 month update to your CPD.


There will be a 45 min presentation once the athletes have started their 1st Session.

Please see here for information on the upcoming racing skills day and please click here for more details about the England Racing Skills Programme, to register an interest in this day please use the online registration form.

Any questions relating to the England Racing Skills Programme should be directed to Mark Hoile (Talent Pathway Manager – Canoe Sprint), or contact Daniel Thompson for any administrative questions you may have.


Alan Laws has made the decision to step down from the Marathon Racing Committee, and as Chairman of Selectors, following nearly half century of voluntary work for our sport, at national and international level.

Alan was appointed to the MRC for the first time in 1969, and apart from a period as Chairman of the BCU has been a member ever since, serving as Chairman for 28 years. During this time Alan also served on the International Canoe Federation’s own marathon committee for 34 years, steering the sport from its first World Championships (held in Nottingham in 1988), to the highly professional, multi-day championships that they are today.

We will all have done a race which would never have happened without Alan’s, and his wife Christine’s work, and the MRC cannot express its gratitude sincerely enough for what they have done for our sport over the years.

2018 international team availability form

Complete in the window below or at this link

You may complete multiple forms during the season as your availability becomes clear, but the LATEST form will alwaye be the one considered by the selectors.

Assessment race dates and venues can be found here