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”
The Elmbridge Handicap system is an extremely well-established way of benchmarking an individual’s performance level using one distance, and using it to predict their performance (and those of others) over other distances. The GB marathon team training group is using Handicap scores this winter as a way of helping athletes measure their current performance and set targets, but it can be applied to paddlers at all levels.
Click here for an Excel-based calculator, with instructions, that you can use to apply handicap scores to your own races or time trials.
The Environment Agency website has a flood warning page and a river levels page. Neither will tell you how fast the river is flowing but they are a useful guide to whether your skills and equipment are up to the conditions.
There is also a dedicated Thames page showing the flow and advice for boats – red boards will usually mean no paddling is permitted.