Issues to raise with the MRC

The MRC will next meet on the 24th March.  If there are pressing issues that you wish your committee to consider, relating to Marathon Racing or Marathon Policy, whether individual or from a club prospective please contact the Secretary – James Smythe or Chair – Stan Missen.


Alan Laws has made the decision to step down from the Marathon Racing Committee, and as Chairman of Selectors, following nearly half century of voluntary work for our sport, at national and international level.

Alan was appointed to the MRC for the first time in 1969, and apart from a period as Chairman of the BCU has been a member ever since, serving as Chairman for 28 years. During this time Alan also served on the International Canoe Federation’s own marathon committee for 34 years, steering the sport from its first World Championships (held in Nottingham in 1988), to the highly professional, multi-day championships that they are today.

We will all have done a race which would never have happened without Alan’s, and his wife Christine’s work, and the MRC cannot express its gratitude sincerely enough for what they have done for our sport over the years.

Marathon Racing Committee 2017-18

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 2017-18 are as follows:-

Stan Missen Chair
Alan Laws Vice Chair, Chair of Selection Committee
Mick Nadal Regional Marathon Advisers co-ordinator; Secretary (Rules)
David Enoch Treasurer; Selection Committee
Graham Warland Race Records Officer, Calendar Compiler; International Logistics
Kat Wilson Athlete Development; Safeguarding; Website
Roland Lawler Rankings Officer; Selection Committee
Dyson Pendle Selection Committee
James Smythe Secretary (admin); Website; Selection Committee
Keith Moule  Athlete development
Dan Seaford National Championships and Hasler Finals Co-Ordinator (co-opted)
Richard Ward Coaching Development; Athlete Development (co-opted)
Jim Taylor-Ross Coaching Development (co-opted)
Alice Clarkson roles tbc
Andrew Daniels roles tbc


New BC Club Partnership Grants

British Canoeing’s Talent Pathway team is offering Partnership grants to racing and slalom clubs, in the form of part-funded coaching positions.

The criteria can be found here, and clubs should note that the deadline for application is OCTOBER 23RD.

Please contact Mark Hoile of the Talent Pathway team with any questions.

Results data project – request for ideas

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online database of race results, where you could track your results over time or compare yourself to the rest of the country?

The MRC has compiled a database of six seasons race results. We’re looking for keen data analysts in the paddling community to help us work out how to get more from this data in future.

The database can be accessed in Google Sheets here. The MRC is seeking ideas by 18th October, to discuss at our all day meeting of 18th November.

Any questions please email James

Racing levy for 2018

Following discussions at the ACM at Pangbourne in July, the committee would like to increase the race levy for seniors & veterans from £2.00 to £3.00 from 1 January 2018, but to leave the levy for juniors at £2.00.
This would enable the committee to continue providing the current levels of support and services to both domestic and international racing whilst maintaining a balanced budget, as required by British Canoeing.

This decision is expected to be ratified at the MRC meeting of 18th November and implemented from 1st January. If you have any comments or questions please email the MRC Secretary.