Geoff Sanders Trophy Result 2015-16

Banbury CC are confirmed as the winners of the Geoff Sanders Trophy for 2015-16, with Glasgow CC second and Norwich CC 3rd.

Norwich achieved their 3rd place with a team of only nine, averaging 7 finishes and 72 points each over the season. Southampton CC’s team of 8 averaged a huge 10.75 finishes each.

Final club standings

Pre-Season Notice for Race Organisers and Team Leaders

Team leaders, race organisers and paddlers are reminded that:

  • Entries should be made using HRM using the most recent Ranking List where at all possible, as this will enable up to date rankings in most cases
  • The rankings on the official results, published on the MRC website, are the ones to take note of (all other results are provisional only)
  • D? notices on results need activation by team leaders via RMAs if they are appropriate, before they will be applied. They are NOT automatic.
  • Applications to adjust published rankings should be made by team leaders through RMAs with appropriate evidence
  • Race organisers – The completed HRM file with results should be forwarded to your Regional Marathon Advisor (RMA) by the Tuesday after your event with CC to the Ranking Officer, the Race Records Officer & Jo Bates
  • Also please note the addition to the recommended start order:

With the addition of Div 3 K2, an adjustment to Rule 4 is necessary as show below. A further review of the recommended start order is taking place and in some circumstances, organisers may have good reason to make adjustments to the order to avoid races interfering with each other. It is strongly recommended that sufficient time gap between starts is allowed, to minimise the effect.

Rule 4a)   The following is the recommended start order. Not all these classes will necessarily run at any one race.

Division 1 K2

Division 2 K2

Division 1 K1

Division 3 K2

Division 2 K1

Division 4 K2

Division 3 K1

Division 5 K2

Division 4 K1

Division 6 K2

Division 5 K1

Division 7 K2

Division 6 K1

Division 8 K2

Division 7 K1

Division 9 K2

Division 8 K1

Division 9 K1

 

Re-introduction of Div 3 K2 – new recommended start order

The following is the new recommended start order where classes run at a Hasler race:-

Division 1 K2
Division 1 K1
Division 2 K2 *if an inquorate Div 1 K2 puts any Div 1 K2s onto this start line, it is recommended to start this race before Div 1 K1
Division 3 K2
Division 2 K1
Division 4 K2
Division 3 K1
Division 5 K2
Division 4 K1
Division 6 K2
Division 5 K1
Division 7 K2
Division 6 K1
Division 8 K2
Division 7 K1
Division 9 K2
Division 8 K1
Division 9 K1

Changes to Rules applying to Regional Hasler Events to take effect from 1st September 2016

During the course of the 2015/2016 season there have been a number of concerns about combining Divisions when races are not quorate, particularly with regards to Div 2_2 K2s. In order to respond to some of these issues, the MRC are making the following adjustments to the rules for regional Hasler races. These will apply for the start of the season as follows:

Introduction of Division 3_3 K2

For the forthcoming season, Division 3_3 K2 of 12 miles will be introduced. All other Divisions will remain the same as last season. (This will change Rule 24.)

20km     K1 Divisions 1, 2, 3            K2 Divisions 2_2, 3_3

13km     K1 Divisions 4, 5, 6            K2 Divisions 4_4, 5_5, 6_6

6.5km K1 Divisions 7, 8, 9              K2 Divisions 7_7, 8_8, 9_9

(All distances approximate.)

Combining races for inquorate Divisions in both K1 & K2

When there are less than 3 boats in a Division the following should happen:

  1. The inquorate race should be combined with another race with these conditions
    1. If a division is inquorate it should be started with the closest ranked quorate division of the same distance if this is possible. (If not, it will need combining and starting with a lower division.)
    2. If more than one consecutive division is inquorate, they should be combined to make a quorate race.
    3. Races made of combined divisions should be started together.
    4. The combined races should be kept separate in the HRM system from now onward.
  2. The points and any promotions/demotions are affected as follows:
    1. As the races are only combined for starting purposes, there is no effect on points, promotions or demotions. These will be awarded on the same basis as if the races were quorate and started separately.

This will change Rule 27 and have bearing on other related rules. Rule 26 still applies.

The MRC considered a number of measures to address the concerns and have altered the rules to try and respond to them. It is recognised that no change can take account of the widely varying circumstances from one region to another and that race organisers together with Regional Marathon Advisors will still be called upon to apply the rules in a way that is both possible and within the intention of them.

It will still be the case that some divisions will be inquorate particularly in smaller regions. In the past, where clubs have communicated with each other about entering events, particularly in higher divisions, inquorate entries leading to combined races have largely been avoided.  This practice is to be commended, particularly in upper Divisions.

As the alterations to the rules require inquorate races to be combined for starts, but remain separate in the HRM system and on results, the MRC wish to reiterate the hope that prizes are awarded in the spirit of Rule 29) as we know many organisers already do.

Appropriate rules will be reworded for the 2017 handbook.

HRM software updated

Please note that the HRM software has been updated to make promotions fairer, and discount Divs 1-3 from promotion calculations. The new software v. 12.2 for Excel versions 2007-2013 inclusive can be downloaded here with accompanying notes here

New racing rule on disposable drink containers and food packaging

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.  This is something the ICF are also considering and we have decided to make our stance very clear in advance of any international racing rule changes that may be introduced.

It is vital that we do our part to protect the environment and the waters that we enjoy.  There have been concerns expressed that paddlers are being careless with drinking bags, energy bar wrappers and gel sachets.  Such items must be disposed of properly and it is totally unacceptable that they are left littering the bank or left floating in waterways.

Therefore the MRC racing rules will, with immediate effect, be revised to include the following wording:

During the course of a competition any items discarded by a competitor anywhere other than in a proper bin, must be recovered by the athlete, their support crew or coach immediately. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that this has happened.

An event official witnessing non-compliance with this rule shall report the infringement to the race organiser and the offending competitor will be disqualified from the competition. Any repeat infringements by the same competitor shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings by the Marathon Racing Committee.

The main focus of this rule change is to target the problem of discarded single use drink bags.  The MRC will continue to review the unnecessary waste associated with their use and encourage athletes to adopt the reusable systems that are readily available.