The MRC has conducted a review of its international strategy and selection policy, and made some changes with the aims of:-
- making the selection processes and athlete “pathways” clearer; and
- increasing the opportunities for top senior athletes to progress by competing abroad.
This document summarises the policy and changes for 2019. It is not the Selection Policy, and must be considered as GUIDANCE ONLY. The full policy is published on the MRC website here: MRC Selection Policy 2019 final, and details the full process, team composition, selection criteria, eligibility and appeals process.
Continue reading “Selection policy for 2019: guidance for athletes, coaches and parents”
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”
Following consultation last year, the MRC has agreed a revised set of rules for U12s marathon racing, to be adopted from 1st September 2018. Continue reading “New rules for U12 marathon racing”
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”
During the season so far, a number of incidents have been drawn to the attention of the MRC relating to capsizes. These may have been through instability, or lack of skill, consideration or unnecessarily aggressive behaviour on part of other paddlers.
The MRC would like to remind all paddlers, team leaders and race organisers of the following points:
Continue reading “Safety and mutual responsibility in races”
Following a rise in littering during races, the MRC have decided to take immediate action to minimise the impact of our sport upon our waterways.
Continue reading “New racing rule on disposable drink containers and food packaging”
There has been some discussion recently about competition ‘day tickets’.
The sole purpose of such a ‘ticket’ is to provide temporary insurance cover to take part in an event, normally issued by a race organiser in respect of their own competition.
Continue reading “Competition “event tickets””
Please remember that new rules on number boards came into effect on 1st January. Race organisers are free to disregard the results of anyone using a different number board to those in the rules.
Boards can be bought from retailers including Marsport and Mike Clark
For clarity promotions can take place at non-divisional events. Such races are one of the few occasions that all divisions race over the same distances in the same conditions and are thus useful ‘leveller’ against which performances can be compared. Such races can also however be subject to adverse river levels and weather conditions which may be taken into account and mean that no promotions are appropriate.