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
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
Clubs are required to complete risk assessments and submit them to the RMA in their region. These are forwarded to the MRC who collate them.
Two examples of good practice risk assessments can be found at the bottom of this document Continue reading “Risk Assessments”
At all GROUP A races, published in the Racing Handbook and/or the calendar published on the MRC website, there will be a race levy of £3.00 for each senior and veteran paddler by age, as recognised by their British Canoeing, Canoe England, WCA, SCA or CANI membership, and £2.00 for each junior paddler by age, as recognised by their membership.
The levy to be charged on all paddlers checked in irrespective of whether they start or finish the race. The race levy for all categories of races is to be remitted by the Race Organiser to the Treasurer within 7 days of the race. Cheques should be made payable to BC Marathon Racing Committee and sent to
102 Bingham Road,
Nottingham NG12 2GT
Those clubs wishing to pay the levy by electronic transfer should remit to
Barclays Bank Sort Code: 20-63-33
Account No: 73066665
Account name BC Marathon Racing Committee.
When making electronic transfers please also email David Enoch with the race name and amount of levy to email@example.com
The 2019 National Championships will now be held at Norwich on 10th/11th August, to accommodate a clash with another event on the Broads. Continue reading “Revised Date – National Championships 2019”
Some worrying incidents at recent Hasler races have highlighted the need for the whole marathon racing community to put safety first. A collective approach is the best possible way to maintain this focus and avoid mistakes escalating into serious incidents. Please read on… Continue reading “Race Safety”
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.
British Canoeing have issued a GDPR Toolkit to clubs, to help them work out whether any of their practices must change with the arrival of the new data protection regulations on Saturday 26th May.
For race organisers, until specific advice comes from British Canoeing, the MRC would advise a common-sense approach.
Continue reading “GDPR and Race Entries”
Please be aware that it has been the policy of the MRC for several years, not to adjust Club Points as a result of promotions or demotions made after the official results have been published on the MRC Website.
*In practice, this means that only promotions decided by the race management system (not subsequently by the Rankings Officer) are included in points calculations. The Rankings Officer may have the opportunity to add promotions before the final results are published, but these shall not have an effect on club points.
Continue reading “Club Point Adjustments”