MRC Communications

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  ( marathon.secretary@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk ) 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

Marathon Racing Regions for 2020

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

 

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

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The MRC has a two-stage plan for developing a new race management system to succeed the HRM, which is being withdrawn from this coming weekend (6/7 October).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

DRAFT minutes of the 2018 ACM

The draft minutes of the 2018 Annual Consultative Meeting, held on 21st July at the National Championships, can be downloaded here.

These minutes will be submitted for final approval at next year’s ACM.