Month: May 2024

World Cup 2024 – How to watch

The 2024 Canoe Marathon World Cup team have successfully arrived in Germany to compete this weekend. Our team of athletes will be racing on Saturday 1st June in the Short Course Distance and Sunday 2nd June in the Long Course Distance. Full schedule can be viewed below in the images.

Start lists for all events can be found here and live results should appear via the International Canoe Federation website page here. Any live updates from our British team will be shared via our social media platforms.

All racing will be live streamed via the PlanetCanoe YouTube Channel. To find out more about how to join as a member, visit our “How to watch Canoe Marathon” page here. Click the link below to find the live stream on the day.

Selection Note for the European Championships and Sanabria 2024

Following the conclusion of the May assessments, the Selection Committee met to select the European Championship team, including the Para Demonstration event, and the Sanabria K4 team. The Selection Committee would like to thank Elmbridge Canoe Club for hosting the K2/C2 and K1/K2 races as well as Reading Canoe Club for hosing the Junior Women K2 re-run. The Short Course Nationals, held at Peterborough, was also used to inform these selections.

The Europeans team was selected first. Funding was available for up to five paracanoe athletes, and with four strong athletes available, all were named onto the team. For the Championship event the team size was increased to 16 (from 14) this year to enable the new “first-past-the post” policy. The application of the revised policy saw 13 athletes automatically securing their places. 3 places were released back due to athletes doubling up and only one canoe available. These 3 places were filled using benchmarking across classes. Finally the Selectors optimised the team using the Team Profile Table. Where the program allows, additional entries may be added using the athletes already selected in their lead events. This will be done post announcement after discussion with the athletes, their coaches and the event team leader.  

Finally the Sanabria K4 was selected. For the SMK4, this was selected from the two fastest K2s not selected for the Europeans. For the SWK4, the lead assessment of the K2 at Elmbridge was used with supporting evidence from the Short Course Nationals.

We would like to congratulate the athletes on their selections to their respective teams.


As per the 2024 Selection Policy (published here), any requests to review the selections must be made in writing to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North at Marathon Selectors within 48 hours of the publication of this document, i.e. by 5pm on Friday 31st May 2024.

Election of Committee Members: Recruiting now!

The MRC will be re-electing committee members at the ACM on the 8th July. 

We are always looking for passionate people to join the committee and help drive positive change forward within the sport. 

If you are interested, please get in touch ASAP at

There are various roles available with differing levels of commitment. 

We’d love to hear from you!

Notice of 2024 Marathon Racing Committee ACM

Please note that the Marathon Racing Committee ACM will be taking place on the 8th July at 8pm. 

Each club needs to nominate a representative to receive voting rights during the ACM. This can be done on the link below and should be done by 10pm on Monday 1st July:

The ACM offers a formal space for the marathon racing community to engage with the committee and support the development of the sport further. We strongly encourage ALL clubs involved with marathon racing to attend and nominate a representative to vote. We also encourage ALL members of the marathon racing committee to attend even without voting rights.

Incidentally, the MRC are looking for feedback on increasing participation at the Short Course National Championships and would be delighted for any feedback from individuals/clubs before the ACM. Please also ensure this is complete by 10pm on Monday 1st July so that your views can be heard!

Feedback can be shared here:

Thank you!

Re-schedule of the Junior Women K2 Assessment Race Details

The Junior Women K2 assessment race has been scheduled for Sunday the 26th May at Reading Canoe Club. Please find the following details:

  • Race will run immediately after the Div 1-6 Start
  • Briefing will be at 13:45
  • Start will be at 14:10
  • See the event information on the entries website for information on the venue:
  • The course:
    • 3x 6K laps with 3x downstream portages.
    • Start upstream outside the club
    • Turn above the first island (Fisheries)
    • Portages will be on each lap going downstream opposite the club
    • Bottom turn is around the second island below Caversham Bridge (Demontford Island)
    • Finish will be at the end of the third lap, upsteam outside the club

All athletes who entered the JWK2 at Elmbridge have been contacted and their entry has been transferred. If you need any further information on this event or did not race at Elmbridge but would like an entry, please contact The Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North on

Marathon Selection Committee Statement

The Marathon Selection Committee and MRC would like to thank Elmbridge Canoe Club for hosting the K2 assessment race on Saturday 4 May. Congratulations to all the athletes on some close and high quality racing. 

A number of athletes were observed to be racing without their club vests. Please may we remind all athletes that they should wear their club colours for assessment races: you should be proud to represent your clubs at this level, and it aids selectors and spectators in identifying you.

Unfortunately there was an issue regarding the Junior Women K2 where the course was not completed as intended and this resulted in all athletes receiving a DNF. The Selection Committee, MRC and race organisers acknowledge how the course information given has contributed to this unfortunate situation and would like to offer a joint apology to those athletes involved. We will reflect on this to ensure that lessons are learnt and improvements made for future races.

In order for a fair selection process to occur, the Junior Women K2 assessment will be re-run. The provisional date is 26th May. Full details of this event will be published as soon as possible.

European Championships & Sanabria Availability Form

The athlete availability form has been published for the following team selections:

  • Sanabria K4 on the 6th July
  • European Championships and Para Demo event 24 – 28th July

The selection form can be found here: 2024 Euros & Sanabria Athlete Availability Form

To be considered for selection for any of these events, an availability form for each athletes number have been received prior the selection meeting. The deadline for this form is 22:00 on the 17th May.

If you have any questions about or issues with the availability form please direct them to Kat Wilson For information on the selection process and assessment dates, please refer to the 2024 Selection Policy found here. If you have any further questions, please direct them to Nettie North, chair of the Selection Committee, on .