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

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