Month: February 2024

JDS Winter Series 2023/24 – Day 4 Sign-up

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are excited to announce the sign-up for the fourth JDS Winter Series 2023/24 day is now open. This is the final winter skills day of the 2023/24 season.

Run from Reading Canoe Club, the day is a K4/C4 day with a focus on helping paddlers develop comfort and adaptability within these boats through increased exposure and time.

For more information about the JDS, including entry criteria and to sign up please click HERE. As a reminder, the cost is £10. Sign up closes on Friday 8th March at 17:00. Late entries won’t be accepted.  Please also check the criteria for athletes attending and if in doubt, contact Charlie Barwis and Holly Mobbs using the emails on the website.

Please note that due to the ongoing difficult weather conditions, we are monitoring the river at Reading and will make a final decision on the event on Monday 11th March. If cancelled, we will of course issue refunds.

If you have any issues with sign up, please contact

Coaches are also encouraged to sign-up for the day. Coaches attending will play an important role in supporting the delivery of the sessions planned within smaller groups. As such, by signing up you may take the lead of a smaller group or play a supporting role to another coach, whichever you are most comfortable with. Scott Hynds will be there on the day as coach developer and he will be facilitating informal learning throughout the day. As usual, there will be a coaches briefing ahead of the day. This will take place on Tuesday 12th March at 19:30.

All coaches attending will receive 10 CPD points. To sign up to attend the coach development aspect of the day please click HERE

Master Marathon Racing Vests for 2024

Following the decision by the MRC to standardise the Great British race vests for all paddlers racing at marathon internationals, we need to know who is planning to race at any of the following international events this year:

  • Waterlands Marathon
  • World Cup in Brandenburg, Germany
  • European Masters Marathon Championships in Poland
  • Worlds Masters Marathon Championships in Croatia

Please let Bryn Price, our Masters Racing lead, know if you are planning to attend any of the above and your vest and shirt size.

GB-ONE Junior Conference 2024

As part of our working partnership with British Canoeing Talent Department, the MRC are keen to promote the upcoming GB-ONE Conference at Wey Kayak Club on Saturday 2nd March.

The GB-ONE conference aims to create an event where coaches can come together for the day to share knowledge and experiences. Whilst the focus of the coaching conference will predominantly deliver on aspects identified in the Sprint Strategy, the content of the sessions will be applicable to the development of athletes across flatwater racing. 

A buffet lunch will be provided.

To ensure numbers are correct, please sign up here. Sign-up closes on Tuesday 20th February.

Non-Hasler Marathon Races in 2024

Do you want to try something different this year? Are you bored with the divisional racing format? Try one of the many Non-Hasler Marathon Races taking place throughout 2024. Below is the current list of confirmed events, with more being added to our calendar on a regular basis. Full details can be found on our calendar or our entries system.

Do you want your event listed on our yearly summary post in 2025? Make sure you secure it within the marathon calendar by January 2025.

Staff Wanted for 2024 International Marathon Races

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 2024 season:

  • Waterlands Marathon – Amsterdam – 20th April – Juniors, U23’s and Seniors
  • Marathon World Cup – Brandenburg, Germany – 1st-2nd June – U23’s and Seniors
  • European Marathon Championships – Poznan, Poland – 25th-28th July – Juniors, U23’s and Seniors
  • World Marathon Championships – Metkovic, Croatia – 19th-22nd September – Juniors, U23’s and Seniors
  • French National Marathon Championships – Date and venue tbc – Juniors

Staff are urgently required for the Waterlands Marathon.

Please find further details below: