We are aware that some people have had difficulties making payments to the MRC – in particular for their entry for the short course championships, and also clubs paying their race levies.
When doing a bank transfer please use British Canoeing Marathon Racing Committee (NOT BC Marathon Racing Committee, as apparently the bank no longer likes that one!)
It has come to the notice of the MRC that there have been a small number of complaints regarding paddler behaviour during recent events, aimed towards other, slower crews taking part in the same event. It should be borne in mind that everyone is racing in their respective class, and faster crews should respect slower crews who will also be competing in their own race. Faster crews coming up behind another boat should try and indicate their presence and avoid conflicts with the crews they are catching and passing. A friendly warning shout is acceptable, aggression is not.
Additionally, at a recent event the starter was sworn at for not starting the race early, when most but not all crews were lined up. Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and could lead to disqualification from the event or a longer ban.
Please be courteous towards all other competitors and the marshals at events.
A copy of the letter sent to Race Organisers in December can be found here, and is also on page F32 of the Handbook.
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:
- The rules on the website are the most up to date. You can find them here from page 22:
- In line with discussions at the ACM, Division C is open to all mini K1s (including lightnings).
- 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.
- 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
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.
Updated in 2022 with new sprint promotion and demotion times
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 2022
The MRC has finalised plans to replace the current U12 lightning series (for the Geoff Sanders Trophy) with an U14 racing series.
This new structure will give beginner U14 athletes of all ages and capabilities an opportunity to have an introduction to flat water racing. Progression through the new divisions is based on speed and ability with athletes having the opportunity to race K1s and Mini K1s prior to being promoted into the Hasler divisions.
Please email Kat Burbeck with any questions
Continue reading “Changes to Geoff Sanders Trophy and U14 racing”
When we suspended the Hasler points competition until the end of 2020, we had been hoping for a return to competition and completion of the second half of the season. However this looks extremely unlikely, so the MRC has decided to suspend the Hasler points competition for the remainder of the season (i.e. to end August 2021).
Clubs may still organise Hasler races if restrictions allow, there will simply be no points collected towards the Hasler Final.
In place of a traditional Hasler Final, the MRC hopes to run an inter-club competition, provisionally on 19th September, and open to all clubs.
On 1 January 2021, a new version of the World Anti-Doping Code will come into effect. The Code is an essential document which harmonises anti-doping policies, rules and regulations around the globe and impacts all athletes, coaches and sports organisations. As a result UK Anti-Doping, the ICF and British Canoeing have all updated our anti-doping rules to align with the new code.
A summary of the WADA Code changes can be found here
The MRC has decided to change the system of Hasler Point allocation, with effect from the new season on 1st September. This change has been published in the 2020 marathon rules including the Racing Handbook.
From 1st September, the system will allocate 50 points per seat for a win, as opposed to the current 20. Points will fall by one per place as currently, up to the cut-off of 110% of the race winner’s time, after which all finishers receive 1 point. Other rules relating to point scoring remain unchanged.
The change is designed to encourage paddlers to continue to race for club points in bigger races (i.e. where there are more than 20 starters)