About Mini Sprints

The Mini Sprint Series are run alongside the National Sprint Regattas held at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham during  the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th National Regattas of the year.

The Mini Sprint Series has been specifically developed to suit the needs of young people, those that are aged under 12 on 1st January, who have chosen this discipline at this time. It is part of the Paddlesport Foundation which helps them progress into whichever discipline they may eventually choose. The programme has taken into account that full sized K1s, K2s and K4s are too large for this young age group.

Together, the Canoe England’s Paddlesport Participation Programme and the BC Sprint Racing Committee have formed the Mini Sprint Series which has evolved from the Lightning Series which was originally only a K1 event. Now as a weekend event it is purely giving racing experience on the national course with the idea that the paddlers have a smooth transition into the Class D events.

The aim of the series is

  • to introduce young paddlers to the venue,
  • to develop experience of sprint competition at a national event,
  • to develop teamwork,
  • to have the opportunity to develop competitive paddling skills,
  • to become motivated to progress through the main classes,
  • to meet and make friends with paddlers from other clubs,
  • to enjoy, have fun and become confident sprint paddlers.

Race categories

Category A (LTA) – for paddlers that can complete 500m in under 3 minutes 30 seconds
Category B (LTB) – for paddlers that can complete 500m between 3 minutes 30 seconds and 4 minutes

Mini Sprint Cup

Throughout the year points are accumulated from each event towards the Mini Sprint Cup culminating in the final, in September, where double points are awarded. Prizes are awarded to both boys and girls in each category and an overall club prize.

Mini Sprint rules and regulations

For rules and regulations, see Mini Sprint Regulations.


icon_pdf  Mini Sprint Series Overview
icon_pdf  Mini Sprint Series Team Leader Guide
icon_pdf  Mini Sprint Cup Rules