Month: January 2023

Marathon Selection Policy 2023

The Marathon Selection Committee are excited to announce the 2023 selection policy is now live on the international selection website page on the Marathon Racing Committee website.

Any questions on the policy should be directed to the chair of selection committee, Nanette North, via her email here.

GB-One Coaching Conference

British Canoeing have identified that there are not many opportunities for the flat water racing community, especially sprint community, to come together to create connections, enable conversations and to discuss learnings and work happening within the World Class Programme. Anything that involves club, community and coach collaboration is supported by the MRC.

Being hosted by Reading Canoe Club on Saturday 4th March, the GB-One Conference is completely free to attend. Sign up is now open and will close on the 17th February. Sign up here if you are interested.

British Canoeing Competition Hardship Fund

British Canoeing has created a hardship grant for eligible English athletes who are having financial difficulties, or whose family circumstances mean they are at a disadvantage relative to their peers. The grant can be used towards athlete contributions to international competition, travel and accommodation for competition and entry and accreditation fees.

For full details on the grant and the full policy, visit the British Canoeing article here.

Non-Hasler Marathon Races in 2023

Are you wanting to try something different this year? Check out our below list on some of the non-Hasler races happening nationally this year! This is not an exhaustive list but should give you a flavour of what is on offer.

Most race details can be found via our entries page here or our racing calendar here.

EDIT: Worcester Ring Challenge typically takes place is a 21 mile loop race taking place in July.

JDS Skills Day 3 – Reading

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are pleased to announce that our third JDS Winter Series event is open for sign up. The event will be held at Reading Canoe Club on Sunday 29th January and will be led by Tim Scott & Paul Dimmock. 

The day will have a crewboat focus, specifically K4/C4’s. The day will focus on improving technique and working better as a crew boat. The morning session will be focussed more on skills and drills with the afternoon an opportunity to put those skills into action. 

We have 14 K4s available for the day and as such, kayak numbers will be capped at 56. This will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Since its inception in September 2021, the JDS has proved hugely popular with our earlier event at Elmbridge attracting 70 juniors from 21 clubs. While the uptake has been fantastic, we are having to dilute the content to manage the varied ability levels. Additionally, this requires a high number of coaches to support the sessions. As such, we will be sticking to the standards set out on the website (and below) more rigidly than before. 

The eligibility criteria for Kayak paddlers is as follows: 

  • U13 or above 
  • Girls – Girls C or above (Sprint Division) and/or Div 5 marathon or above for U16’s / Div 4 marathon or above for U18’s
  • Boys – Boys C or above (Sprint Divisions) and/or Div 4 marathon or above for U16’s or Div 3 marathon or above for U18’s

The eligibility criteria for Canoe paddlers is as follows: 

  • U13 or above
  • Girls & Boys – Any paddler who has competed at a Sprint National Regatta

We have changed our sign up process from using a Formstack to using British Canoeing’s membership system, JustGo. This will require you to create an account if you don’t already have one. For those with British Canoeing membership, this should be your normal account details. 

To sign up for the event, please click HERE. As a reminder, the cost is ÂŁ10. Sign up closes on Friday 20th January at 17:00. Late entries won’t be accepted.   

2023 UK Anti-Doping Prohibited List

Check the Prohibited List ? – Not knowing is not enough.

The 2023 Prohibited List is available to read now and comes into effect on 1 January. Read about the Prohibited List over on UK Anti-Doping‘s website below.

Support Staff Wanted for 2023 International Marathon Races – Call to Action!

The Marathon Racing Committee are seeking volunteer staff to support the GB team at its international races this year.

It’s a fun and rewarding but tiring few days travelling with our best athletes, helping them achieve their best possible result. You will be an integral part of the team and help out in a variety of ways potentially including driving, general organising, drinks changes at portages, emotional support, and safeguarding. Teams are led by an experienced manager so new staff are well supported and all forms of experience are welcome to volunteer. All expenses are paid, and team kit provided.

We are looking for support staff for the following international trips in the 2023 season:

  • German National Marathon Championships – Rheine, Germany – 19th-21st May
  • Marathon World Cup – Ruse, Bulgaria – 2nd-4th June
  • European Marathon Championships – Slavonski Brod, Croatia – 13th-16th July
  • World Marathon Championships – Koldingvej, Vejen, Denmark – 31st August – 3rd September
  • French National Marathon Championships – Decizes, France – 23rd-24th September

Please find further details below: