Five Star World Championships for Marathon

The GB team has enjoyed its best set of World Championship performances in a paddling generation, returning from South Africa with one world title and four other medals. The following is merely a summary of some of the races, with athletes across the board doing their sport and their clubs proud.

The highlight must be GB’s first world marathon title since 2010, with Lani Belcher (club credits to Elmbridge, Nottingham and even a nod to Brisbane!) winning the Women’s K1. Lani had come into the race after being narrowly beaten by multiple world champion Renata Csay at the Europeans, but a confident and dominant performance saw her sprint to gold ahead of Hungary’s new star Vanda Kizsli and Ireland’s Jenny Egan, who is a familiar face at UK clubs and races.

Lani also doubled up with Nottingham team mate Hayleigh Mason to take bronze in the Women’s K2. Two 26km races in the space of less than 24 hours is a hell of a task, but the Normplan stars’ Clifton world record had clearly set them up well.

Leighton Buzzard’s Charlie Smith took silver in the junior men’s K1, continuing a strong tradition of British performances in this race. It was an exciting one with two Hungarians smashing the field on the first lap, but with the help of a young South African, Charlie was able to catch and overhaul one of them to take second.

Longridge CC’s Alex Lane has been a revelation, launching herself from beginner to world bronze medallist in the U23 Women’s K1 in a handful of seasons. This time in 2015, Alex was falling in a few times a week and training for a non-stop DW – six months later she’d broken the women’s K2 record in that race and another six months on, was racing her first world champs. Like Nottingham, Longridge is a club with a great vibe and a world-class, but entirely voluntary coach.

Chelmsford’s Emma Russell and Richmond’s Freya Peters took bronze in the Junior Women’s K2. This crew have managed a string of great GCSE results as well as two major championship medals this year, juggling both with great support from their parents, coaches and clubs. And still only 16!

The whole team have performed brilliantly this season, so congratulations to all those also racing for GB at the Worlds:

Joe Petersen (Banbury) and Oscar McKittrick (Elmbridge) – 4th JMK2; Magnus Gregory (Longridge) – 10th in U23MK1, and 11th in SMK2 with Charlie Smith; Flo Duffield (Norwich) – 13th in JWK1; Lizzie Broughton (Richmond) – 7th in SWK1 and 13th in SWK2 with Alex Lane; and Keith Moule (Chelmsford) – 23rd in SMK1.

And a final note to all those behind the scenes who made it possible to get the team there: Dave Sackman (Reading) and Graham Warland (Banbury) who sorted all the remarkably complex logistics, Dave Enoch (Nottingham) on chequebook, and Dyson and Ali Pendle who travelled with the team. It was a difficult task but the team have rewarded you all with excellent results.

ICF athlete nationality changes deadline

If you’re a non-British or dual nationality athlete who would like to be eligible to race for GB next year, then you must make an application to British Canoeing by 1st November.

This only applies if you have previously raced for another country, or are a non-British athlete resident in the UK, and seeking international selection for the first time. Athletes would be expected to have been BC members for at least the last two years.

For more information please contact James Smythe

Quick report from Spanish K4 international series

The Spanish K4 series is a two-race international event, with races in Valladolid and Sanabria. This year we entered two teams, a Women’s K4 of Lani Belcher (ELM), Hayleigh Mason (NOT), Fay Lamph (WEY) and Alex Lane (LON), and a Men’s K4 of James Russell (CLM), Matt Johnson (CLM), Nicky Cresser (NOT) and Zyggy Chmiel (NOT).

A summary from the team manager, Paul Dimmock:

A well attended event with Argentina, Czech, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Hungry and of course Spain all competing.

Both British crews performed well, in Valladolid the men’s race GB were 5th, after problem with a lean which was causing Zyggy at stroke a lot of problems and consequently weren’t as competitive as we believed they could be. A change around with James driving for the race on Sunday resolved the lean issue and the boys were very strong, on the first lap they were in a comfortable 2nd/3rd spot with the Spanish, the Argentinians who won on Saturday looked to be in control and the Hungarians just behind, but sadly on the top (island) turn we bumped the rudder and couldn’t steer effectively for the last 1/2 of the lap and dropped back. The women were very strong all round, won on Saturday much to the disappointment of the Hungarians who claimed an impingement by the GB boat, the Spanish officials weren’t impressed with the Hungarians and so the result stood, on Sunday a great race and the Hungarians just took it from Team GB followed by Spain, a really good race and great effort.

All in all, the team were excellent, they were well organised and supported each other with running boat repairs, and general support. The Federation looked after us well, although one boat was broken when we arrived the two crews used the one larger boat on Saturday, however Sunday with the both men and women on the same start line the repair man struggled to get the women’s boat ready in fact 25 minutes prior to the start, but as I say the team were true professionals and got organised.

GB Team for 2017 World Marathon Championships

The European Championships has ended with excellent performances across all classes contested. With the Worlds in South Africa this year, the MRC originally budgeted for only eight places, which would have resulted in some top athletes being denied the chance to compete at this level. We have decided therefore to allocate additional spending to accommodate more athletes with medal potential. There have still been some tough decisions, but the following athletes have been selected to race at the World Championships:-

SWK1 – Lani Belcher (ELM), Lizzie Broughton (RIC)
SWK2 – Belcher/Hayleigh Mason (NOT); Alex Lane (LON)/Broughton
U23WK1 – Alex Lane
JWK1 – Flo Duffield (NOR)
JWK2 – Freya Peters (RIC)/Emma Russell (CLM)
SMK1 – Keith Moule (CLM)
U23MK1 – Zyggy Chmiel (NOT); Magnus Gregory (LON)
JMK1 – Charlie Smith (LBZ)
JMK2 – Joe Petersen (BAN)/Oscar McKittrick (ELM)

Staff: Dyson Pendle (Team Manager); Ali Pendle (both NOR)

Spanish K4 series – GB teams confirmed

The teams selected to represent GB at the Spanish K4 series are as follows:-


F Lamph (Wey), L Belcher (ELM), H Mason (NOT), A Lane (LON)


Z Chmiel (NOT), J Russell (CLM), M Johnson (CLM), N Cresser (NOT)

Manager P Dimmock (WEY)

GB Team for the European Championships

European Championships, Portugal. 29 June – 2 July

Lizzie Broughton (RIC)
Lani Belcher (ELM)

Lani Belcher (ELM)/Hayleigh Mason (NOT)
Lizzie Broughton (RIC)/Alex Lane (LON)

Alex Lane (LON)

Tim Pendle (NOR)

Tim Pendle (NOR)/Keith Moule (CLM)
Zyggy Chmiel (NOT)/Nicky Cresser (NOT)

U23 MEN K1
Zyggy Chmiel (NOT)

Florence Duffield (NOR)

Freya Peters (RIC)/Emma Russell (CLM)

Charlie Smith (LBZ)

Joe Petersen (BAN)/Oscar McKittrick (ELM)

STAFF Jo Bates (Team Manager), Dyson Pendle, Melvin Swallow.

Report on the GB development team at the German National Championships

GB sent a development squad of 12 out to the German National Championships in Rheine. The race course was set around a 5km lap with a nice pontoon portage, the seniors had to completed 6 laps (5 portages) and juniors 4 laps (3 portages).

First race off was the juniors men k1 in which we had 8 entries. Philip Miles (RLS) won the start convincingly, and six of the boys made the front group. After a couple of regroupings and swims from 4 of the boys the field spread out a lot. Will Scammell (LON) made a charge from the back and picked up a few of the other Brits on the way. By this point James Smithson (RLS) was in the lead group and he managed to sprint in for the win. All the British Boys came in within the top 12.

Next off was the junior girls K2 of Bronte Holden (FOY) and Steph Hutchinson (LON); due to a small field the senior ladies crew had to race down to the junior girls race. Bronte and Steph had a good start and managed to drop all other boats other than a C2 within 2 laps. The girls unfortunately managed to damage their rudder on the last portage so struggled with the last turn with just 500m to go to the finish so came in 2nd but top women’s K2 crew.

The senior men of Robert Poole (LBZ) and Luke Bowyer (ELM) had a very fast start Robert managed to paddle straight into the lead V wash, with Luke onto the lead 5th. Robert managed to stay with the top group of 5 for just over a lap but then dropped off. Luke and Robert then worked together and dropped the Germans in their group and finished in 5th and 6th.

Day 2 racing saw all the athletes on the water at the same time, boys and men in k2 and the girls in their K1s. The men’s k2 start line included the German pair who came 5th in last years’ World Championships, Poole managed to get their K2 straight into the lead V. The boys were dropped from the lead group but fortunately for them the lead K2 got a 30 second penalty and after a lap or so all four top boats were back together. The top four then split into two but the British boys managed a smooth last portage and sprinted in for 3rd place.

Junior boys K2 race also had a very fast start from the Germans with Tim Dowden (NOR) & Kieran Haywood (NOR) aswell as Philip Miles (RLS) & James Smithson (RLS) making the front group. With a bit of grafting from Will Scammell (LON) & Dougal Glaisher (EXE) and Tim Gannicott-Porter (CLM) & Alex McIntyre (CLM) they chased down the front group and we had all four K2’s finish in the top 7.

In the Junior Women’s K1 both Steph (LON) and Bronte (FOY) made the front group but unfortunately after two laps Bronte had to pull out due to injury, Steph had an excellent race and managed to spend a fair amount of time in the V wash and then lead the group into the last portage and left the Belgians and Germans for dead and convincingly took the win.

Thanks to all the parents and coaches of the athletes as well as the support staff on the trip Phil Gunney, Sam Simpson and Dave Sackman who gave up their free time for the trip.

Senior men K2 : Robert Poole and Luke Bowyer 3rd

Senior men’s K1: Robert 5th Luke 6th

Junior ladies K1: Stephanie Hutchinson 1st

Junior ladies k2: Steph and Bronte Holden 1st

Junior boys k1: James Smithson 1st, Tim Gannicott-Porter 4th, Philip Miles 7th, Will Scammell 8th, Timothy Dowden 9th, Alex McIntyre 10th, Kieran Hayward 11th, Dougal Glaisher 12th.

Junior boys k2: Phil and James 3rd, Tim D and Kieran 4th, Will and Dougal 5th, Tim GP and Alex 7th

Katie Williams, Team Manager


GB Team for World Cup Marathon, Hazewinkel, Belgium

The following team has been selected to race for Great Britain at the Canoe Marathon World Cup in Hazewinkel, Belgium on 26-28 May:-

Jenny Withers (ELM)

Albert Hicks (NOR)
Robert Poole (LBZ)
Luke Bowyer (ELM)
Sam Plummer (LBZ)

Bronte Holden (FOY)
Samantha Martyn (WEY)
Georgia Carmichael (LON)

Oscar McKittrick (ELM)
Joseph Petersen (BAN)
Tim Gannicott-Porter (CLM)
Alex McIntyre (CLM)

Kerry Duff (NOR)
Tom Daniels (LON)
Ollie Harding (LON)
James Smythe (BSF)

Congratulations to all those selected, you will receive details by post in the next week. If you have any queries in the meantime please email the team manager James Smythe

Team selected to represent GB at the German National Championships

Following yesterday’s assessment race, a team of 14 athletes has been selected to represent GB at the German National Championships on 6th and 7th May.

Senior Men Kayak
Luke Bowyer (ELM)
Bob Poole (LBZ)

Junior Women Kayak
Bronte Holden (FOY)
Steph Hutchinson (LON)

Junior Men Kayak
Tim Dowden (NOR)
Tim Gannicott-Porter (CLM)
Dougal Glaisher (EXE)
Kieran Hayward (NOR)
Alex McIntyre (CLM)
Philip Miles (RLS)
Will Scammell (LON)
James Smithson (RLS)

Athletes will receive full details by post or email in the next few days.