Selection policy for 2019: guidance for athletes, coaches and parents

The MRC has conducted a review of its international strategy and selection policy, and made some changes with the aims of:-

  • making the selection processes and athlete “pathways” clearer; and
  • increasing the opportunities for top senior athletes to progress by competing abroad.

This document summarises the policy and changes for 2019. It is not the Selection Policy, and must be considered as GUIDANCE ONLY. The full policy is published on the MRC website here:  MRC Selection Policy 2019 final, and details the full process, team composition, selection criteria, eligibility and appeals process.

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Weil’s Disease

Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis)

Following the recent announcement of a paddler in the East Midland’s region being diagnosed with Weil’s disease (Leptospirosis) on Saturday 17th November, please click here for some helpful information.

Race Safety

Some worrying incidents at recent Hasler races have highlighted the need for the whole marathon racing community to put safety first. A collective approach is the best possible way to maintain this focus and avoid mistakes escalating into serious incidents. Please read on… Continue reading “Race Safety”

New Race Management System

The MRC has a two-stage plan for developing a new race management system to succeed the HRM, which is being withdrawn from this coming weekend (6/7 October). This is being led by Tom Sharpe and Dan Seaford.

A new, temporary Excel-based system has been developed from scratch, and will be tested over the three remaining Hasler race weekends this year with support for race organisers. A race entry sheet for clubs that fits with this system will also be available after this weekend.

Tom and Dan are undertaking a review of the longer term needs of our discipline, and will ensure that a full and comprehensive solution for race management has been robustly developed, tested and put in place in time for the first races of 2019.

Please bear with us while these changes are put into effect. Race results, promotions and demotions may take a little longer than usual to be published.

New DW Preparation Race Series

The DW Committee and the Marathon Racing Committee are working together to promote a set of “classic” marathon races, which can be used by prospective DW paddlers and their support crews to better prepare themselves for the challenge.

We are also very keen that more races should be promoted in the north of the country. Hence the races being organised by Pennine Canoe Club, Canoe Scotland and Runcorn Canoe Club.

Click here for race details and links