Change to Hasler Points system

The MRC has decided to change the system of Hasler Point allocation, with effect from the new season on 1st September. This change has been published in the 2020 marathon rules including the Racing Handbook.

From 1st September, the system will allocate 50 points per seat for a win, as opposed to the current 20. Points will fall by one per place as currently, up to the cut-off of 110% of the race winner’s time, after which all finishers receive 1 point. Other rules relating to point scoring remain unchanged.

The change is designed to encourage paddlers to continue to race for club points in bigger races (i.e. where there are more than 20 starters)

The Marathon Racing Committee

The Marathon Racing Committee exists to encourage club, regional, national and international marathon canoeing events.

The MRC committee comprises members elected by racing clubs at the Annual Consultative Meeting (usually held at the National Championships), and each member serves a two-year term (excepting the Chair who serves a one-year term). Its regulations can be downloaded here: MRC REGULATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

The MRC meets several times a year. If you have any questions or issues to raise, please contact the Chairman or Secretary. Members for 2019-20 are as follows:-

Stan Missen (Chair), Bradford on Avon CC

Mick Nadal (Vice Chair, Rules, Regions Co-ordinator, Event Safety), Nottingham KC

James Smythe (Secretary, Chair of Selection Committee, Comms), Bishops Stortford CC

Siobhan Urquhart (Comms, Jnr Athlete Development), Banbury CC

Kat Wilson (Safeguarding, Selection Committee, Snr Athlete Development), Reading CC

Nanette North (Club Development, Comms), Cambridge CC

David Enoch (Treasurer, Selection Committee), Nottingham KC

Scott Hynds (Coaching), Elmbridge CC

Roland Lawler (Rankings, Selection Committee)

Dyson Pendle (Selection Committee, Intl Kit)

Tom Sharpe (Race Management, Intl Event Planning), Richmond CC

Graham Warland (Intl Logistics, Calendar, Race Records, Race Organiser Liaison), Banbury CC

Dan Seaford (Race Management), Reading CC

Richard Ward (Coaching), Exeter CC

David Sackman (Intl Logistics), Reading CC

BC update on competitions etc

British Canoeing have announced they are extending the cancellation of all domestic competitions, events and gatherings until 31 July 2020.  The full announcement can be found here.

Update from British Canoeing 2 April

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.

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/british-canoeing-coronavirus-update-on-events-and-gatherings?fbclid=IwAR2lIlRxYcc8uLraX8itZPO2ZiwOXVWuR4EaZN8naHn-Shd5NOC_2ydRaRA

Redistribution of Regions

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