Month: April 2023

Marathon Racing Major Events 2023 – Hasler Final Update

The MRC Major Event team are excited to finally announce the Hasler Finals 2023 date and venue. Thank you to Worcester Canoe Club for hosting another major event.

MRC Annual Consultative Meeting 2023 – Initial Information

The MRC Annual Consultative Meeting will take place online on Wednesday 28 June 2023, starting at 7.30pm.  This will include the elections for the 2023/24 committee.

Joining details for the meeting will be available on the MRC website nearer the time, as will a full set of papers.  Each BC affiliated club which has participated, or has an interest, in marathon racing is entitled to a vote, and that club’s voting member will need to be registered in advance.

In addition to the annual election of the Chair this year there will be an election for seven committee members.  

The following are due for re-election and have expressed an intention to stand again to stand again:

  • Stan Missen (Chair) – elected annually
  • Graham Warland
  • David Enoch
  • Evan Shephard
  • Holly Mobbs

Standing down mid-term or/not seeking re-election:

  • Dyson Pendle
  • Kat Wilson
  • Siobhan Urquhart

Anyone wishing to stand for a place on the MRC must inform the Secretary of their candidacy by 18 May 2023.  They must be a full member of British Canoeing and be proposed and seconded by two other full individual members of British Canoeing.  

Standing as an elected member of the MRC is a great way to make a difference to our sport and be involved directly in how it is run. Committee members are expected to attend around four meetings per year (there is usually an online option), and to play an active role in the administration of the discipline in between meetings.  Roles covered by those named above include:  Treasurer, Committee secretary, rules, short course, communications, junior development, secretary to Selection Committee, major events, safeguarding and race management.  If you are interested in standing and becoming involved in any of the above, please feel free to contact the Chair (Stan Missen) or Secretary (Siobhan Urquhart) by 18 May, supported by two full members of British Canoeing. 

Anyone wishing an item to be raised at the ACM needs to be a full member of British Canoeing and have submitted it to the secretary by 18 May 2023 supported by two additional full members of British Canoeing.

Other items may be discussed at the meeting at the Chairman’s discretion.

Email addresses:
Stan Missen – Chair –
Siobhan Urquhart – Acting Secretary –

Team Announcement for 2023 World Cup and German Nationals

The Selection Committee would like to thank Elmbridge Canoe Club for hosting the first assessment of 2023. Following the assessment, the teams for the World Cup and German Nationals 2023 have been selected. Please view the linked documents below for the full selection note and assessment results and HC data.

Congratulations to the athletes on their selections to their respective teams.

As per the 2023 Selection Policy (published here), any requests to review the selections must be made in writing to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North, within 48 hours of the publication of this document, i.e. by 10pm on Tuesday 25th April 2023.

Updated Race Details for Elmbridge Assessment Race tomorrow

In advance of the assessment race tomorrow and due to the current flow of the river, the organising committee have taken the decision to alter the course. Please see below for updated race details.

Briefing at 11:30am.

Start Order:

  • 12pm – 18 miles for Senior and U23 Men K1 – 6 long laps, 1 short lap, 6 portages
  • 12:01pm – 12 miles for Junior Boys K1 – 4 long laps, 1 short, lap 4 portages
  • 12:02pm – 15 miles for Senior and U23 Women K1 – 5 long laps, 1 short, lap 5 portages
  • 12:03pm – 9 miles for Junior Girls K1, Junior Boys C1 and Senior Women C1 – 3 long laps, 1 short lap, 3 portages

The course will take the following format:

  1. Start at the White House, heading upstream towards the back of the little island.
  2. Turn anti-clockwise around the 3 buoyed turn and head downstream on the same side of the island.
  3. Paddle back towards the White House, staying on the right-hand side of the separation buoy and around Desborough Island.
  4. Turn clockwise upstream around the 2nd term 250 metres downstream of Desborough Island and paddle towards the bottom cut bridge.
  5. The portage is a further 1000m upstream from the bottom turn, outside the clubhouse. It uses a floating landing stage as the get out and the existing landing stage as the get in.
    • There is a gap between the floating landing stage and the bank – paddlers need to be aware and careful!
  6. Continue upstream after the portage and turn above the little island and the 3-buoy turn, heading downstream again towards the White House.
  7. On the last short lap, you turn in the same place as normal after the portage (3-buoy turn) but finish at the bridge downstream of the club. This is roughly 500 metres from the 3-buoy turn.

Update to Marathon Selection Policy 2023

It was brought to the attention of the Selection Committee that the mitigating circumstances policy was not inclusive of the early selections from the first assessment in 2023. Please find the updated policy with changes made to section 4.1 via the link below. 

If you have any questions on the Selection Policy for 2023, please direct them to Nettie North, Chair of the Selection Committee, here.

Selection for German Nationals and World Cup – Update

This is a reminder that the first assessment race of the season is this Saturday (22nd April) at Elmbridge Canoe Club. Race details can be found here: Assessment Race Elmbridge 22nd April

Entries close on 19 Apr 2023 at 5 p.m. There will be no entries on the day.

This assessment will be used for continuous assessment for the 2023 major championships and for the selection of the following events:

  • German Nationals, Rheine – 19 – 21st May
  • World Cup, Bulgaria – 3-4th June

To be considered for selection for either of these events you must enter the assessment race AND complete the appropriate availability form by midnight on the 19th April (deadline extended by 24hrs).

Please familiarise yourself with the Selection Policy: Selection Policy 2023. If you have any further questions about the assessment or selection process, please contact the Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North.

Junior Development Squad Camp 2023 – Expression of Interest Open

After a highly successful summer camp in 2022, the Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and British Talent are delighted to open the expression of interest (EOI) form for the 2023 edition. The camp is once again returning to Norwich Canoe Club and will be taking place from Monday 14th August to Thursday 17th August.

The camp will have 28 places available to athletes, by completing the EOI, it provides you an opportunity to be selected to attend the camp. The camp is predominantly aimed at those juniors who have engaged in JDS this winter and who are most likely not to be competing internationally for GB this year. The EOI form will close on Friday 28th April.

Fill out the Expression of Interest Form here.

Devizes to Westminster 2023

The 73rd Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race is due to start this weekend and with fast river conditions and some exciting crews entered, it looks to be a thrilling edition to follow. Could the long standing senior doubles record be broken?

To follow all the action throughout, visit the following links below:

For further details on how to spectator appropriately, visit the DW Organisation Website here.

Good luck to all taking part this year!

National Short Course Marathon Championships 2023: Entries now open!

Entries are now open for the 2023 edition of Short Course Nationals. Spots are limited so get your entries in quickly by visiting our entries page here.