Spanish International K4 races 15-16 July

The GB team has again been invited to take part in the Gran Prix de Castilla y Leon K4 races in Valladolid and Sanabria, Spain this year. The even better news is that there will be a competition for women this year, so we will be selecting a Men’s and a Women’s K4 to represent Great Britain.

Athletes, if you have submitted an availability form that includes this event I will send you an email. Otherwise the deadline for availability forms for all remaining internationals this season is 30th May!

81st Descent of the Sella

If you’ve not got your summer holidays sorted yet, this one’s a must-have on your list of races to do before you’re too old. Entries for the Sella Descent open on 1st June at (new link coming as soon as we have it!)

Please note that you should enter as a club or “International” entry, not GBR, as this is a recognised ICF international race. The organisers have been asked to respect this also, so please let the MRC know if they don’t.

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.

Racing Abroad – revised!

Athletes wishing to race abroad at an event listed on the ICF calendar, representing their clubs must request permission in advance from Gemma Wiggs at British Canoeing.

Athletes may only race for GB at other races if approved by the MRC Selection Committee. This includes races like the Sella Descent and Liffey. If a race organiser wishes to record your entry as GB, please notify Alan Laws.

Gent Marathon 2017 BC athlete development team


Photo of the Gent team from 2012

On 25th March, a team of 19 young British athletes will be taking part in the 2017 Blaarmersen Marathon race in Gent, Belgium. Each year, the Marathon Committee’s athlete development team shortlists applications to invite a group of young athletes to be part of this event.

Those invited in 2017 are:-

Katie Brookes WOR
Molly Carter ROY
Esme Davison BAN
Molly Ede NOR
Melody Hills RIC
Kate Hipkins LON
Manon Kilvington ADS
Ellen Slack ROY
Rebecca Swift WEY
Rory Stewart ADS
Pascal Bauer WOR
Matthew Hinves SOU
Andras Kereszturi EAL
Perry Lewis WEY
Jordan Martyn WEY
Joshua Murad NOR
Joseph Rosenfeld EAL
Will Scammell LON
Thomas Steer FOW

As usual, we’ve not been able to allocate every applicant a place this time, as we only have 19 places available for 43 applicants. This is a very difficult decision every year, as we know the young athletes enjoy and benefit from the trip immensely. As the Gent team is not a standard GB representative team, we are not “selecting” the fastest 19 paddlers: the event is organised to invite a group of U15/U16 paddlers, who are showing progress, form and commitment, to try a first experience of being part of a team abroad and preparing for a race in an overseas environment.

For those unsuccessful this time, but still within the target U15/U16 age band next year, we would encourage you to apply again next time. This year we have included a few who missed out in 2016. For those U17 and older, we would encourage you to race in the Elmbridge assessment race on 26th March, and seek selection for the German Nationals event in May. That team will be an U16-U18 development team intended for those likely to gain full GB selection in the next year or two.

Gent Marathon 2017

The 2016 Gent Marathon will be held on 25th March next year, and each year the Marathon Committee uses this race as an opportunity to give promising young athletes aged between 14 and 17 a first experience of racing abroad as part of a national team.

If you would like your child/athlete to be considered for this event, please complete the application form below.

Team invitations are based on the criteria in this document. The key is to actively participate in local and regional training days and races throughout the winter, such as winter series, hare & hounds, duathlons etc.

Fill out my online form.