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.

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Team for 2016 Gent Marathon

Following this winter’s series of training days, and recommendations from regional coaches, the following athletes have been invited to race at the 2016 Gent Marathon.

IF YOUR NAME IS ON THIS LIST AND YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM GRAHAM WARLAND, PLEASE CONTACT HIM.

The decision has been a difficult one again, with at least three times as many applicants as places available. The inclusion of these individuals on the list reflects the commitment they have shown over the winter, their age, and the appropriateness of this experience at this point in their athletic development. Those who missed out may have opportunities in future years – the criteria we use to shortlist team can be found in this document.

ENYA DALE FOX
STEPHANIE HUTCHINSON LON
ZOE HURRELL ADS
ALICE BRAY FOY
EDWARD NIGHTINGALE BOA
THOMAS GOLDSACK  WEY
JAMES HOW NOR
KIERAN HAYWARD NOR
WILLIAM MCCRACKEN BAN
MAX HARPER BAN
SHAUN HARTE BAN
JAMES BELL LON
ALEX GREAVES  RLS
ALEXANDER BICKNELL WEY
DANIEL GRIMSEY SOU
PHILIP MILES RLS
ADAM SKIPPINGS CLM
ALEX MCINTYRE  CLM
ROBERT BARKWAY BPS
RYAN INGHAM ADS

National Marathon Training & Assessment Day 27 Feb – race results

Well done to the 64 athletes who took part in the National Marathon Training Day on 27th Feb at Black Swan Lake in Wokingham, and thank you to the organisers, GB Team athletes, coaches and parents who collectively organised a very impressive and successful day. The times from the morning’s assessment races can be downloaded here.

Report – Junior Development Trip to French National Championships

Introduction

The event this year was held at Bouchemaine, near to Angers in the Loire valley, on the River Main. The event was held over the weekend of 26/27 September. The French organisers kindly invited us back after having attended their 2012 and 2013 championships.

The team was made up of u16 and u14 athletes, 6 boys and 8 girls, and four staff. We decided this year to race the athletes in the higher age categories so the u16’s raced in the u18 events and the u14’s in the u16 races. This was to ensure as far as possible that our athletes had good quality racing. It seems that the French marathon system is not as challenging as the UK system. As can be seen from the results the UK divisional system provides a challenging environment which particularly benefits our junior athletes.

Logistics

The team travelled in two minibuses with one trailer meeting up a Wey Kayak Club on Thursday afternoon. Once the boats were loaded on the trailer and the athletes assigned to the minibuses, to match the ferry booking, we set off for Portsmouth and the overnight boat to St Malo. Off the boat early next morning for the three hour or so drive to the event meant we arrived late morning. Dropped the trailer at the course and had a quick look at the river/portage and general layout albeit the infrastructure was being set up.

The team checked into the hotel 15 or so minutes away from the course. Hotel Kyriad at Ponts de Ce. We were on a two night stay and the hotel provided breakfast and dinner. The hotel proved to be more than adequate. Motel type rooms, quiet with sufficient facilities and the meals exceeded expectation. The making of a happy team!! Well-fed and watered!! On the two race days lunch was provided at the course which again was more than adequate.

The return trip would be overnight boat from Caen to Portsmouth and onward to Wey Kayak Club.

Race Preparation

After having had lunch the group returned to the course and were able get on the water to check the course out. The course was essentially a 5km lap with a portage at the end of each lap except for the last lap which was straight to finish. The race set up was good emulating what would be found at major championships. The portage was 100m or so grassed portage with a feeding lane and pontoons at each end. The pontoons could be accessed from both sides for racing. It was clear that the right hand side of the out pontoon was favourable but the left side whilst a little slower gave an advantage at the get in end. The left side being clear most of the time. The river was wide and deep with some flow. The section through the portage and finish area on the upstream leg had to be paddled straight up the middle of the river as the bend would have meant a significant increase in distance if taking shelter from the bank. Further up the course the river swept the opposite way such that taking shelter from the bank was the way to go.

Racing

The racing started in the early afternoon on Saturday. The first races for our group were the U16 boys and girlsK2’s followed in the afternoon, 16:00, starts the U18 boys and girls K2’s. All our crews fared well with podium positions in both girls k2 races and the U16 boys and a 4th position in the U18 boys K2.

Sunday brought the K1 races for our team and greatly increased fields. There had been mixed K2 classes for the juniors and cadets on the Saturday which were well populated. The U16 races were in the first starts, 09:30, and the U18 races in the second starts, 13:00.

The U16 boys had 50+ and the girls 30+ starters. The U18 boys had 40+ and the girls 20+….good sized fields for our development athletes to compete in.

The Competition Experience

The French ran their championships very much on the lines of what would be encountered at a major championships…..

  • 100 m portage with feeding lane
  • Boat and athlete control to get on to the water for the racing
  • Course umpires at turns and portage
  • Boat weighing for the first four boats in each class
  • Doping control (none of our athletes were called)
  • Formal podium prize giving

This coupled with working with team staff and the group as a whole gave our young athletes a good insight of what it would be like at a major championships.

Results

The medal highlights for our group were:

U16 Ladies K2 – 1st Freya Peters (RIC)/Samantha Martyn (WEY); 2nd Hafsa Kabeer (LON)/Harriet Quigley (WYC)
U16 Mens K2 – 2nd Fred Kemp (RDG)/Tim Dowden (RLS)
U18 Ladies K2 – 1st Florence Duffield (NOR)/Bronte Holden (FOY); 2nd Eloise Hall (LBZ)/Emma Russell (CLM)
U16 Ladies K1 – 1st Freya Peters (RIC); 3rd Harriet Quigley (WYC)
U18 Mens K1 – 1st Joe Hansell (B3C)
U18 Ladies K1 – 1st Emma Russell (CLM); 3rd Samantha Martyn (WEY)

The full results can be viewed at:

http://www.ffck.org/eau_calme/site/?p=3996

There is a French club video which has glimpses of some of our paddlers and excellent coverage of the starts and the portage can be viewed at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d-lMePlcEA

The full team was:

GIRLS
Flo Duffield (NOR)
Freya Peters (RIC)
Eloise Hall (LBZ)
Harriet Quigley (WYC)
Samantha Martyn (WEY)
Hafsa Kabeer (LON)
Bronte Holden (FOY)
Emma Russell (CLM)

BOYS
Joe Hansell (B3C)
Arthur Urquhart (BAN)
Matthew Callow (LBZ)
Finn Cadell (LGW)
Tim Dowden (RLS)
Fred Kemp (RDG)

Team Staff

Melvin Swallow

David Sackman

Katie Williams

Jenny Swallow

National Marathon Team & Training Squad, 2015-16

The MRC athlete development group organises a series of training events across the winter for the current GB marathon team, and athletes invited to train with the team based on their performances at assessment races and other major national races in the past 12 months. A programme of regional training days is also co-ordinated with the clubs and regions to support athletes building up to this level.

National Marathon Team training days are designed to offer our fastest athletes an opportunity to train and work on racecraft together. For those invited to train alongside the team, the days are an opportunity to improve their skills and develop to the level required to reach the GB team themselves. We limit the invitations only to those who have reached a clear Handicap standard during the previous season, which incentivises athletes to compete in the major K1/C1 races.

Training days for the National Marathon Team and Training Squad will take place at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes on 21st Nov, 12th Dec, 30th Jan, 27th Feb and 5th April (provisional)

This year’s national training squad is comprised of the following athletes (details on how the list has been compiled can be found at the end of this document)

GB TEAM 2014/15
AGE GENDER NAME CLUB YOB QUAL HC
U23 M ALBERT HICKS NOR 94 WCup15 5
U23 F AMY WARD ELM 95 WCh14 10
SNR M ANDREW DANIELS LON 88 WCh15 2
SNR M BILLY BUTLER LON 88 WCh15 2
U23 M DAN JOHNSON CLM 94 WCup15 2
SNR M EDWARD RUTHERFORD ELM 90 WCh14 3
U23 F ELISE PIERCY ELM 97 WCh15 13
SNR F FAY LAMPH WEY 88 WCh15 9
U23 M JAMES RUSSELL CLM 97 WCh15 4
SNR F JENNY ILLIDGE WOR 92 WCh15 9
SNR F JENNY SWALLOW CHE 91 WCh15 12
SNR M JONATHAN SIMMONS WEY 86 ECh15 2
SNR M KEITH MOULE CLM 80 WCh15 1
U23 M LEWIS DUFFIELD CLM 95 WCh15 2
SNR F LIZZIE BROUGHTON RIC 88 WCh15 8
U23 M LUKE BOWYER ELM 97 WCup15 3
U18 M LUKE HARDING LON 98 WCh15 3
U18 M MAGNUS GREGORY LON 98 WCh15 2
U23 F MELISSA JOHNSON CLM 97 WCh15 14
SNR M MICHAEL GOODALL ACU 85 WCup15 2
U23 M NICHOLAS ROMAIN RIC 95 ECh15 4
U23 M ROSS MCMULLEN ELM 96 WCup15 5
U23 F SAMANTHA REES-CLARK BAS 95 WCh15 9
U23 M SAMUEL PLUMMER LBZ 95 WCh15 2
U18 M TIM MORRIS FOX 98 WCup15 5
SNR M TIM PENDLE NOR 89 WCh15 1
SNR M TOM SHARPE EXE 90 WCh15 2
U23 M ZYGGY CHMIEL NOT 97 WCh15 2
MARATHON DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 2015/16
AGE GENDER NAME CLUB YOB HC
U23 F ALEX LANE RDG 95 12
SNR F ALICE MURPHY BAN 82 14
U17 M ARTHUR URQUHART BAN 99 7
U18 F AVA DALE FOX 98 14
U23 M BEN HANSELL BAS 97 5
U17 M BEN POWELL RIC 99 7
U16 F BRONTE HOLDEN FOY 00 17
U17 M CHARLIE SMITH LBZ 99 4
U18 M CHRISTOPHER CARSON WEY 98 8
U23 M CONNOR PETERS FOY 96 5
U23 M DANIEL HUNT NOR 97 6
U18 M DAVID HATTON CHE 98 6
U18 M DAVID STUBBS FOX 98 3
U23 M DECLAN STRONG CLM 97 6
U16 F EMMA RUSSELL CLM 00 15
U17 M FINN CADELL LGW 99 8
U18 M FRED HERBERT FOX 98 8
U15 F FREYA PETERS RIC 01 17
U23 M GEORGE DURDEN ELM 93 5
U18 M GEORGE HARRIS FOX 98 8
U17 F HAFSA KABEER LON 99 16
U18 M HARRY SHEARER NOR 98 7
U16 M HARRY WELLS RIC 00 9
U23 M JACK CHILDERSTONE WEY 96 6
U16 M JAMES SMITHSON RLS 00 9
U23 F JENNY WITHERS ELM 97 15
U16 M JOE 2 WEBB RIC 00 8
U17 M JOE HANSELL BAS 99 7
U17 M JOE PETERSEN BAN 99 7
U18 M JOSHUA WESTWOOD WEY 98 6
SNR F KATHERINE BURBECK NOT 85 14
U23 F LUCY LEE-SMITH NOR 97 15
U16 M LUKE SHAW NOR 00 8
SNR M MARK WILKES CLM 92 5
U23 M MATTHEW JOHNSON CLM 96 4
SNR M NICKY CRESSER WOP 81 4
U23 F NICOLE WILLIAMS ROY 95 14
U17 M OSCAR MCKITTRICK ELM 99 8
SNR M PETER WILKES CLM 92 5
SNR M ROBERT POOLE LBZ 89 4
U16 M SAM DRANE NOR 00 9
U16 F SAMANTHA MARTYN WEY 00 16
U16 F SOPHIE THOMPSON WEY 00 17
U18 M STEFANO DI GREGORIO ELM 98 8
SNR M TOM DANIELS LON 87 3
U23 M TOM LUSTY SOL 94 6
U18 M WILLIAM SMITHSON RLS 98 8

For inclusion in this year’s training squad, the following handicap thresholds have been set. Please remember that these are calculated on the basis of the assessment races, age group singles races and Hasler Final singles races only:-

KAYAK CANOE
SNR WOMEN U23 WOMEN JNR WOMEN SNR MEN U23 MEN JNR MEN SNR MEN U23 MEN JNR MEN
World Champion level 8 9 10 0 1 2 8 9 10
Range of 2014 GB Worlds team 8-10 8-10 14 1 2 3-4 N/S N/S N/S
Range for other 2014 GB internationals 10 11 14 2 3-4 5-6 N/S N/S N/S
Level required for National Training Group 14 14 (15 for U19) 16 (17 for u16) 5 5 (6 for U19) 8 (9 for u16) 14 14 (15 for U19) 16 (17 for u16)

*N/S = None selected in 2015.

 

Regional and Club Training Days, Winter 2015-16

A programme of regional and club training days is being organised over the winter, to provide opportunities for young athletes to train and compete with their peers and develop racing skills. Dates are still being finalised, and will appear in full in the Racing Calendar over the next month, with links to details.

Dates are as follows:-

NOV
28th – Elmbridge (K2 only)
29th – South West (Roadford Lake, Devon)
29th – Nottingham

DEC
6th – Banbury
12th – Women’s and girls’ training day, Willen Lake, Milton Keynes.

JAN
10th – Wey

FEB
21st – South West (Roadford Lake, Devon)

Report on the National Women’s and Girls Training Day

The MRC along with Lizzie Broughton and Jenny Swallow organised a female only training day to help increase participation in female canoe marathon racing. We had 37 senior women and junior girls turn up to take part in our training day. With the lack in numbers this year in all of the assessment races we feel this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

There are hundreds of women and girls across the country taking part in regular Hasler races, but the question is why haven’t they wanted to step up to be more competitive in assessment races? We had two excellent paddling sessions, the first session being in K1’s doing short races around an island in three groups. All the girls were trying really hard racing around the washes and practising the fast turns. The second was a K2 session where 19 K2’s took to the water. This session concentrated on fast changes around the washes with some races on the way back. During the lunch break we had a fantastic talk by the precision hydration boys informing the athletes the importance of hydration during training and racing.

We split the group in to smaller focus groups to have some informal conversation around participation in marathon racing. Each group were given a questionnaire to prompt the conversations. Here are some common themes found across the group.

What motivates you to go canoeing?

• Fun/ enjoyment
• Meeting new people/ making friends
• Keeping fit
• Sense of achievement
• Competition and doing well.

What do you enjoy about racing?
• Seeing new people across the country
• Competition
• Winning
• Achieving goals
• Self-improvement
• Racing on different rivers

What are your goals for this year?
• Medals at Norwich/ July regatta
• Promotion
• Selections
• Getting faster
• Getting on to a squad

What can we do to encourage more girls/women to take part in marathon racing?
• More female only training day/ training weekends/ training camps
• Facebook page
• Make assessment races less intimidating
• Publicise entries before assessment races
• Make Facebook group to help communication between girls before assessment races
• Squad set up

Here are some ideas that we can consider for the future;
• More female only training day/ weekends/ camps
• Set up a Facebook and other sources of social media to allow a space for ladies racing and interested in racing to discuss future races and allow more experience paddlers answer any questions anyone may have (this has been done!!)
• Non-assessment competitive female only races – 8-12 mile races with portages open to senior, under 18 and under 16
• Regional/national squads – something for the development of younger paddlers, university students and women coming in to the sport as a senior who may need more support and encouragement to take part

Thanks for reading!
Jenny Swallow