Month: September 2023

IMPORTANT – Hasler Finals 2023 Safety Update

River levels are forecast to rise over the next few days in Worcester. We are monitoring the situation closely with Worcester Canoe Club as organisers so please look out for updates here and in pre-race briefings on the day.

As a contingency, please could you ensure ALL paddlers bring buoyancy aids as they may become mandatory for all competitors to wear due to river conditions.

Junior Development Squad Winter Training Days 2023/24

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and British Canoeing Talent Department are excited to publicise the Junior Development Squad Winter Training days for the 2023/24 winter period.

The Junior Development Squad was established by the MRC many years ago to provide a supportive and enjoyable experience for juniors across the country to come together to develop skills, build confidence, create crew boats and form friendships. Over the last two years, the JDS has evolved into a collaboration with the SRC and BC Talent to ensure a joined up strategy towards junior development in the UK as well as engaging with and encouraging coaches within the flatwater community.

For further details on the JDS and the criteria for juniors to attend, visit the JDS website here.

Masters Racing 2023: World Canoe Marathon Championships Report

Jel, Denmark, 28th August & 29th August 2023

This year the British Masters Team was made up of 34 paddlers, even bigger than the 30 paddlers we had in Portugal in 2022. The growth doesn’t seem to be just for our team either! The number of paddlers entered and racing was far bigger than in most of the recent World Masters Championships, with many of the starts having over 30 paddlers on the start line and causing some very intense racing!  

Similar to last year when Denmark hosted the European Championships, the weather was un-predictable. Monday was windy and Tuesday was rainy, with short sharp showers in the afternoon.

As typical, the Monday was dedicated to the K1 races and we soon showed that our strength was not only in numbers. Brian Greenham (Reading Canoe Club) got the Gold in the Men’s 70 -74 K1 with Gilbert Speirs (Linlithgow Kayak Racing) winning the bronze medal.

Not to be out-done, Edgar Boehm (Reading Canoe Club) got the Bronze in the Men’s K1 45-59 category.

Tuesday saw the K2 and C2 races.  Edgar Boehm (Reading Canoe Club) and Juan Abellanas (Barking & Dagenham Canoe Club) showed the way with a gold medal in the  35-39 Men’s K2 race after a dominant performance.

Our team was made up of some experienced British Masters paddlers and boosted by some of our International novice paddlers who showed that they were equal to the challenge. We were honoured to have Ivan Lawler (Elmbridge Canoe Club) join us on the water as well, when his commentating duties permitted.   

Full results

Men’s K1 65-69:

  • 15th – Derek Marshall (Linlithgow Kayak Racers)
  • 18th – Peter Gorman (Wey Kayak Club)
  • 21st – Kenneth Fraser (Independent)
  • 27th – Bryn Price (Maidstone Canoe Club)

Men’s K1 70-74:

  • 1st – Brian Greenham (Reading Canoe Club)
  • 3rd – Gilbert Speirs (Linlithgow Kayak Racers)
  • 18th – Gordon Bullock (Barking & Dagenham Canoe Club)

Men’s K1 75-79:

  • 8th – Robert Scholey (Chester Canoe Club)

Women’s K1 65-69:

  • 10th – Jane Millar (Nottingham Kayak Club)

Men’s K1 35-39:

  • 6th – Juan Caruncho (Barking & Dagenham Canoe Club)

Men’s K1 55-59:

  • 15th – Onno Bokhove (Cambridge Canoe Club)
  • 27th – Calum Urquhart (Nairn Canoe Club)
  • 28th – Donald Gardner (Linlithgow Kayak Racers)

Men’s K1 45-49:

  • 3rd – Edgar Boehm (Reading Canoe Club)

Men’s K1 60-64:

  • 20th – Mark Blatchly (Nottingham Kayak Club)

Women’s K1 45-49:

  • 7th – Gina Moullec (Gloucester Canoe Club)

Women’s K1 50-59:

  • 10th – Kelly Barkway (Broadland Paddle Sport)

Men’s K2 65-69:

  • 5th – Brian Greenham (Reading Canoe Club) & Peter Gorman (Wey Kayak Club)
  • 6th – Kenneth Fraser (Independent) & Gilbert Speirs (Linlithgow Kayak Racers)
  • 12th – Andy Nevitt (Worcester Canoe Club) & Julian Gilbert (Worcester Canoe Club)

Women’s K2 45-49:

  • 4th – Gina Moullec (Gloucester Canoe Club) & Emma Watts (Wey Kayak Club)

Women’s K2 50-54:

  • 7th – Kelly Barkway (Broadland Paddle Sport) & Caroline Banson (Broadland Paddle Sport)

Men’s K2 35-39:

  • 1st – Juan Caruncho (Barking & Dagenham Canoe Club) & Edgar Boehm (Reading Canoe Club)

Men’s K2 55-59:

  • 7th – Simon Derham (Runcorn Canoe Club) & Ono Bokhove (Cambridge Canoe Club)
  • 9th – Calum Urquhart (Nairn Canoe Club) & Mark Blatchly (Nottingham Kayak Club)
  • 10th – Donald Gardner (Linlithgow Kayak Racers) & Derek Marshall (Linlithgow Kayak Racers)

Mixed K2 65+:

  • 4th – Brian Greenham (Reading Canoe Club) & Ann Green (Australia)
  • 8th – Bryn Price (Maidstone Canoe Club) & Jane Millar (Nottingham Kayak Club)

Thank you to Bryn Price for his help in putting this report together. We look forward to hearing all about the Master’s adventures in the 2024 season next year.

Paracanoe Program Education Day

This year has seen so much success for Paracanoe paddlers, from Paralympic Quota spots booked, Sprint World Championship medals and a hugely successful Marathon World Championships. The Paracanoe department at British Canoeing want to continue to grow and develop such performances and opportunities by sharing insights into how you can make this possible within your environment. As well as enhance your coaching knowledge, which is applicable to any areas of coaching you may be involved in!

Following the successful first interactive day, the Paracanoe department at British Canoeing are laying out another face to face day that will cover a range of topics and workshops to help facilitate knowledge and share expertise.

The venue is yet to be confirmed but you can sign up here if you are interested in attending.

If you have any questions, contact Hannah Brown here.

Hasler Finals 2023 – Final Countdown

Worcester Canoe Club are now making their final preparations for the 2023 Hasler Finals taking place on Sunday 24th September. The final countdown is on!

You only have two more days to get your entries in with the closing date being this Saturday. You can find the full details of the event and enter here. Make sure you don’t miss out.

Live entries can be found here.

Reminder, you need to have qualified to race. Check the full details in the racing rules here. The qualifying clubs for each region are below. Who will take the overall win next weekend? Will Elmbridge Canoe Club retain their title or will another club be successful?

The winning club for the 2023 Geoff Sanders Competition will also be announced at this event.