Alan and Christine Laws present new Laws Trophy

Alan and Christine Laws presented the Laws Trophy for the first time at the 2019 National Championships to Tim Pendle of Norwich and Charlie Smith of Leighton Buzzard.

This trophy for the Senior Men’s K2 championship has been renamed in recognition of Alan and Christine’s long service to Marathon and the sport as a whole. Alan stepped down from the MRC following half a century of service last year.

Pictured: Alan Laws, Steve Missen (MRC Chair) and Christine Laws

BC Annual Recognition Awards

The Annual Recognition Awards are open! DEADLINES 2ND & 13TH SEPTEMBER!
Please could you share so we can get as many nominations in as possible to celebrate our volunteers and clubs.
The link for the nominations:
Guidance for the nominations:
Please also remember that nominations for Vice Presidents, Awards of Honour, Outstanding Contribution Awards and the Award of Valour are open all year round so please ensure you keep those nominations coming too (the links above take you to these too)

Race Levy Scheme

At all GROUP A races, published in the Racing Handbook and/or the calendar published on the MRC website, there will be a race levy of £3.00 for each senior and veteran paddler by age, as recognised by their British Canoeing, Canoe England, WCA, SCA or CANI membership, and £2.00 for each junior paddler by age, as recognised by their membership.

The levy to be charged on all paddlers checked in irrespective of whether they start or finish the race. The race levy for all categories of races is to be remitted by the Race Organiser to the Treasurer within 7 days of the race. Cheques should be made payable to BC Marathon Racing Committee and sent to
David Enoch,
102 Bingham Road,
Radcliffe-on-Trent,
Nottingham NG12 2GT

Those clubs wishing to pay the levy by electronic transfer should remit to
Barclays Bank Sort Code: 20-63-33
Account No: 73066665
Account name BC Marathon Racing Committee.
When making electronic transfers please also email David Enoch with the race name and amount of levy to david.enoch2@btopenworld.com

Selection policy for 2019: guidance for athletes, coaches and parents

The MRC has conducted a review of its international strategy and selection policy, and made some changes with the aims of:-

  • making the selection processes and athlete “pathways” clearer; and
  • increasing the opportunities for top senior athletes to progress by competing abroad.

This document summarises the policy and changes for 2019. It is not the Selection Policy, and must be considered as GUIDANCE ONLY. The full policy is published on the MRC website here:  MRC Selection Policy 2019 final, and details the full process, team composition, selection criteria, eligibility and appeals process.

Continue reading “Selection policy for 2019: guidance for athletes, coaches and parents”

Race Safety

Some worrying incidents at recent Hasler races have highlighted the need for the whole marathon racing community to put safety first. A collective approach is the best possible way to maintain this focus and avoid mistakes escalating into serious incidents. Please read on… Continue reading “Race Safety”

New Race Management System

The MRC has a two-stage plan for developing a new race management system to succeed the HRM, which is being withdrawn from this coming weekend (6/7 October). This is being led by Tom Sharpe and Dan Seaford.

A new, temporary Excel-based system has been developed from scratch, and will be tested over the three remaining Hasler race weekends this year with support for race organisers. A race entry sheet for clubs that fits with this system will also be available after this weekend.

Tom and Dan are undertaking a review of the longer term needs of our discipline, and will ensure that a full and comprehensive solution for race management has been robustly developed, tested and put in place in time for the first races of 2019.

Please bear with us while these changes are put into effect. Race results, promotions and demotions may take a little longer than usual to be published.