During the summer the new Geoff Sanders format for U14 development racing was run successfully at a number of events. As we move into the 21/22 season the new format is now live. The first point scoring races will be Pangbourne and Shropshire this weekend.
We felt now was a good time to clarify a couple of points:
- The rules on the website are the most up to date. You can find them here from page 22: http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Marathon-Rules-SECTION-F1-July-21-v10.pdf
- In line with discussions at the ACM, Division C is open to all mini K1s (including lightnings).
- In Division B & A any boat that would be considered acceptable to race at a Hasler can be used, including lightnings, mini K1s, Standard K1s, C1s and Surfskis.
- There is the occasional race (for example at Oxford this year) where the timetable allows for a GS paddlers to race GS K1 and the Hasler in K2. We would like to highlight there is no rule that prevents this. While rule 25b prevents a paddler racing at 2 Hasler qualifying events this does not apply to Geoff Sanders races so Geoff Sanders paddlers are able to race GSK1 and a K2 at the same event, (this may include 2 GSA paddlers racing together in Div 9). It should be noted that while this is not prevented in the rules, there is no expectation that organisers should adjust timings to accommodate it.
Our overall aim is to get young people racing. We want to remove red tape and make it accessible whist also having a fair and fun competition. It is not just about points and prizes, it is about developing our future athletes and giving a load of kids some great racing along the way.
If you have any questions, feedback or ideas about the Geoff Sanders Series, please get in touch.
Evan, Julia & Kat
We are delighted to announce that the 2021-22 Hasler season has started, from 1st September. The inter-club Hasler competition and paddler qualification rules will re-start from the first races of this new season, with qualification towards the 2022 Hasler Final in September next year.
Hasler races will now be available to enter through the new Race Entry System
The start of the season will see one rule change: the first in-region boat in each division will earn 50 points (100 for K2s/C2s), with points decreasing by one for each position as usual. The reason for increasing the points is that some start lines see over 20 paddlers, so there will still be points to race for below this position. There will still be a 110% cut-off time, where paddlers outside this time will earn a single point.
An organising club and venue for the 2022 Hasler Final have been proposed – confirmation and announcement to follow.
The Standards for Racing table compares performances and times with Sprint and Marathon rankings, and the Handicap system.
It is used in the marathon race management system to guide promotions and demotions, with promotions to Div 3 and above decided by the MRC Rankings Officer, Roland Lawler. Coaches and paddlers can use it to understand and compare sprint and marathon rankings and potential performances.
STANDARDS FOR RACING (use for marathon racing)
Every time you enter a Hasler or other big race, some of your entry fee pays for something called the “Racing Levy” – but why do we have it, and what does it pay for? Read on to find out more.
The Racing Levy
The MRC and British Canoeing are organising an online workshop on Monday 16th August, 7.30pm to discuss changes to BC memberships, and how to enter marathon races. Continue reading “Marathon clubs workshop – BC memberships and race entry system”
Final race details for Sunday 25th are below. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO BRIEFING ON THE DAY – ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST READ THE ATTACHED DOCUMENTS.
Gloucester SC final race brief
The new Race Entry system makes it much easier to organise or enter a race. See below for a user guide to doing either.
Race Entry System
During covid there have been a number of changes that all Marathon clubs should be aware of and should take appropriate action. Obviously some clubs are already well ahead with their planning but we are aware there are still a number that have not realised the significance of some of the changes.
Taking no action may mean that some of your paddlers will find it difficult or impossible to enter a marathon event. Continue reading “British Canoeing Memberships and Club Affiliations”