In response to the current Stay at Home measures issued by the government on 23 March, to address the Coronavirus pandemic, British Canoeing has issued a further update on events and gatherings, following the statement issued on Monday 16 March.
In the interest of the safety and well-being of all members of our community, it is with regret that we are extending the cancellation of all British Canoeing events and gatherings, until 31 May 2020.
Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, selection for the remaining Sprint Olympic and Paralympic team places will not take place in Spring/early Summer 2020 as planned.
The status of all selection processes will be communicated as the 2020 and 2021 domestic and international calendar becomes clearer.
The earliest there will be any resumption in domestic competition will be after 31 May.
This date will be further reviewed to align with further government and public health advice or legislation, recognising that decisions which affect activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taken by the devolved administrations.
The extension for events and gatherings is in line with advice issued by British Canoeing on Thursday 26 March that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.
At a Marathon Racing Committee meeting this weekend, the decision was taken not to re-organise the distribution of South West and Midlands Region clubs at this time.
The MRC considered all the arguments put forward by clubs, mostly against the proposed changes. In particular it was acknowledged there are fears that small clubs who organise races felt vulnerable from a possible reduction in numbers attending. It was also noted that some clubs would still have significant journeys and others would have the ones closest to them moved to a different region.
It was agreed that the regions should seek alternative ways to manage the distances covered by those attending races. At some stage in the future it is likely that all sports will be called upon to address their carbon footprint and in some regions travelling to events would form a significant proportion of this for our sport.
There were some helpful suggestions made by clubs who responded to the proposal. Some of these may be useful in the future. Some suggestions would drastically alter the nature of Hasler racing and an item will be posted on the MRC website in the future which details some of the changes that have happened over the years, the different issues that confront differing regions and how they are managed. It is clear from some comments made, that a wider perspective on these differences may be helpful.
Thank you to all the clubs who responded.
MRC March 2020
As many of you will have heard, James Smythe is currently unwell and starting a long course of chemotherapy which will see him unable to continue to act as our secretary until further notice. Please therefore address all MRC business emails to the official MRC Secretary email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) rather than James’s own personal email address.
I know that his many friends and colleagues throughout our sport are thinking of him at this difficult time.
Stan Missen, MRC Chairman
The document below explains the MRC review of distribution of clubs in the Midlands and South West . The reasons are given and the issues that may arise are listed. The main ones are that Midlands has a disproportionate number of clubs in comparison to other regions, and that distances to races in both regions can also involve several hours travelling. It is hoped that the redistribution will ease both these issues.
Adjustment of Marathon Racing Regions for season 2020
Thanks to new MRC member Nettie North who has taken on the newsletter which can be downloaded here or viewed below. Continue reading “MRC Newsletter December 2019”
Clubs are required to complete risk assessments and submit them to the RMA in their region. These are forwarded to the MRC who collate them.
Two examples of good practice risk assessments can be found at the bottom of this document Continue reading “Risk Assessments”
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
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)
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
102 Bingham Road,
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 email@example.com