Short Course National Marathon Championships 2022

The MRC is delighted to announce a new Short Course National Marathon Championships, to be held on 30th April 2022 at Gunwade Lake, Peterborough.

Those of you who have watched international racing recently will have seen how exciting and dynamic short-course racing can be. Richmond’s Lizzie Broughton has already claimed two World Championship medals at this distance.

Entries can be made here

Race details here

Current entries listed here

JDS Skills Day 22 January at Reading CC

The next JDS event is taking place on Saturday 22nd January 2022 at Reading Canoe Club. This is open to junior athletes and coaches.

JDS January 2022


For all the details of the event and to sign up, please follow THIS LINK to the JDS website. If you are a coach, please click on the coaching tab to find all relevant information and the sign up link.

Sign up will close at 17:00 on Tuesday 11th January 2022,  and entries after this time won’t be accepted.   Additionally, coaches who want to attend MUST sign up through this system. We need to accurately account for the coaches attending on the day and properly assign coaches to groups. Coaches who do attend will receive 10 CPD points

The JDS Steering Group is aware of the rising cases of Covid-19 and will be keeping a close eye on government guidelines in the lead up to the event.  We are in the process of finalising our guidance depending on different circumstances, and this will be published on the JDS website shortly.  This guidance will be sent ahead of the event to all attendees, with clarity on what the expectations and requirements are for people to comply with any rules imposed.

If we have to cancel the event due to Covid-19, we will of course issue full refunds to those who sign up.

Any queries or questions for the event please contact the MRC JDS members at and/or

Des Capps

Sad news has reached us that Des Capps, of Windsor and District Canoe Club, has passed away.

These words are copied from a post by his son Duncan:

“My father Des Capps, a stalwart of the marathon racing scene and especially the veterans and masters events, died peacefully at home on 29 November just a few days after his 90th birthday after being ill for some months.

He completed DW a number of times and with Paul Mayhew held the veterans record for a time.

He was still involved with Windsor Canoe Club and was paddling well into his 80s.”

JDS Day – November 6 November

The next Junior Development Squad day is on Saturday November 6 at Holme Pierrepont, focusing on crew boat skills.  For more information and to sign up, please use the QR code on the poster.  These days are for both athletes and coaches, and are being run jointly by the MRC, SRC and BC’s Talent Department.

JDS November 2021



Geoff Sanders/U14 Racing Format for 2021/22

During the summer the new Geoff Sanders  format for U14 development racing was run successfully at a number of events. As we move into the 21/22 season the new format is now live. The first point scoring races will be Pangbourne and Shropshire this weekend.

We felt now was a good time to clarify a couple of points:

  1. The rules on the website are the most up to date. You can find them here from page 22:
  2. In line with discussions at the ACM, Division C is open to all mini K1s (including lightnings).
  3. In Division B & A any boat that would be considered acceptable to race at a Hasler can be used, including lightnings, mini K1s, Standard K1s, C1s and Surfskis.
  4. There is the occasional race (for example at Oxford this year) where the timetable allows for a GS paddlers to race GS K1 and the Hasler in K2. We would like to highlight there is no rule that prevents this. While rule 25b prevents a paddler racing at 2 Hasler qualifying events this does not apply to Geoff Sanders races so Geoff Sanders paddlers are able to race GSK1 and a K2 at the same event, (this may include 2 GSA paddlers racing together in Div 9).  It should be noted that while this is not prevented in the rules, there is no expectation that organisers should adjust timings to accommodate it.

Our overall aim is to get young people racing. We want to remove red tape and make it accessible whist also having a fair and fun competition. It is not just about points and prizes, it is about developing our future athletes and giving a load of kids some great racing along the way.

If you have any questions, feedback or ideas about the Geoff Sanders Series, please get in touch.

Evan, Julia & Kat

2021-22 Hasler Season starts

We are delighted to announce that the 2021-22 Hasler season has started, from 1st September. The inter-club Hasler competition and paddler qualification rules will re-start from the first races of this new season, with qualification towards the 2022 Hasler Final in September next year.

Hasler races will now be available to enter through the new Race Entry System

The start of the season will see one rule change: the first in-region boat in each division will earn 50 points (100 for K2s/C2s), with points decreasing by one for each position as usual. The reason for increasing the points is that some start lines see over 20 paddlers, so there will still be points to race for below this position. There will still be a 110% cut-off time, where paddlers outside this time will earn a single point.

An organising club and venue for the 2022 Hasler Final have been proposed – confirmation and announcement to follow.

“Standards for Racing” table

The Standards for Racing table compares performances and times with Sprint and Marathon rankings, and the Handicap system.

It is used in the marathon race management system to guide promotions and demotions, with promotions to Div 3 and above decided by the MRC Rankings Officer, Roland Lawler. Coaches and paddlers can use it to understand and compare sprint and marathon rankings and potential performances.

STANDARDS FOR RACING (use for marathon racing)