Long Course Assessment – Change of Water

Due to circumstances beyond their control, Norwich CC have had to move this weekend’s Long Course Assessment Race from the lake to the river, and it will now start at 12.30.  The new race pack, including the maps, is here.

Notice for Junior Athletes competing in Marathon and Sprint

The MRC and the Talent Dept are aware that the marathon development trip to German Nationals is on the same weekend as the sprint team’s trip to the Brandenburg International regatta, and that there is a selection overlap for some U16s.

However, this is the ONLY group to be affected, as the Brandenburg trip does not cater for the developing U17/U18 athlete, whereas the German Nationals is an ideal event for this older age group.  As a result, we would highly recommend any U17/18s submit their availability for the German Nationals, and give the marathon assessment races on 23 and 30 April a go – we are already aware of a number of places becoming available on the team.


  • Brandenburg (sprint) selections will conclude this week (commencing 11 April)
  • Availability forms for the German Nationals (marathon) close on the 18 April
  • If an athlete has already completed the availability form for the German Nationals but subsequently chooses a Brandenburg selection, please let the MRC team know as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk

Making payments to the MRC

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!)


German Nationals and World Cup

German Nationals & World Cup Availability Forms

The availability forms are ready for the two spring internationals.  Due to the really tight turn around between the selection for these events and the date of travel, we need all the travel information up-front to allow for our team administration to be completed. This has resulted in the forms requesting significant information from each athlete. For the same reason, both forms need to be returned in full by midnight on the 18th April.

German Nationals: Link

World Cup: Link

If you have any questions on the availability form process, please contact Kat on katburbeck@yahoo.co.uk. If you have any questions about the selection policy/process, please contact Nanette, the Chair of Selectors, on marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk.

NB: An updated version of the Selection Policy is also now available here with the confirmed dates for the Nationals Championships & French Nationals. Amendments can be seen highlighted in yellow.

Race Etiquette

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.

2022 National Marathon Championships

We are pleased to officially announce that the 2022 National Marathon Championships will take place at Worcester Canoe Club on 27 and 28 August.

Many thanks to Worcester CC for agreeing to host the event again.

Long Course Assessment/WWR Selection Clash

We have become aware of a clash between the Long Course assessment on the 23rd of April in Norwich and the WWR Selection event that may affect a small number of athletes.  Please find below an update from the Marathon Selection Committee.

German Nationals:

For those athletes who wish to compete at the WWR Selection Event and therefore cannot attend the Long Course Assessment on the 23rd of April, we recommend the following course of action:

  • Email the Chair of the Selectors on: marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk with your mitigating circumstances outlined.
  • It has been agreed that for these athletes, competing at the Short Course Assessment on the 30th April will be sufficient.

World Cup & World Games:

The selections for these two internationals will be made from the following assessment races: the Long Course Assessment on the 23rd April and the Short Course Assessment on the 30th April.  If an athlete is not able to attend the Long Course Assessment due to competing at the WWR Selection event, these athletes may submit mitigating circumstances to the Chair as per the process in 4.1 of the Selection Policy.  We strongly recommend that you refer to the details in this section of the Selection Policy to understand how it will be applied regarding considering your selection for either event.

If you have any further questions, please direct them to the Chair of the Selectors:  marathon.selectors@vol.britishcanoeing.org.uk