Category: Athletes

Masters Races at the 2024 ICF World Cup Canoe Marathon in Brandenburg

For those Masters considering entering the 2024 World Cup Masters event in Brandenburg, please see the attached bulletin and entry form.

As with previous internationals, there is the option of Masters boats being taken on the main team trailer if space allows. This will be at an additional cost.

Any questions, please contact our Masters Racing Lead Bryn Price here.

2024 FISU World University Canoe Sports Championships

On very short notice we have been made aware of an exciting opportunity to race Canoe Marathon at the World University Canoe games in Portugal on the 24th August.

A team of up to 8 athletes will be selected to complete in the following classes: C1W 12km, C1M 16km, K1W 16km, K1M 20km.

BUCS manage the entries and have requested the athlete nominations be completed by 30th March and delegates pay in full by the 12th May. Due to this tight enforced deadline, the only assessment to make the athlete selections is this Saturday, 23rd March, at the K1 / C1 Assessment in Norwich. We apologise for the short notice, however, this was unforeseen and the Selection Committee was keen to offer athletes the opportunity to represent at this event.

All athletes seeking selection must take note of the following:

  • Read the full selection policy which outlines the eligibility criteria, event details and selection process: World University Canoe Marathon Policy
  • Enter and complete at the K1 / C1 assessment on the 23rd March. Entries can be found here: Norwich Assessment Entries
  • Complete an athlete availability form by 22:00 on the 23rd March. The form can be found here
  • Complete a BUCS athlete nomination form by the 30th March. The form can be found here

For full information, please refer to the selection policy as published (link above). If you still have any questions, please direct them to the Chair of the Selection Committee, Nanette North:

World Cup & Waterlands International Team Selection

On the 23rd of March, Norwich are hosting the first assessment of the 2024 season. This assessment will be used as continuous assessment for the 2024 season and will be the selection event for the following international trips:

  • Waterlands – 20th April: Under 23 and Junior Development Team
  • World Cup – 1st-2nd June: Senior and Under 23 Development Team

Athletes seeking selection for either of these events must complete the below Availability Form by 22:00 on the 20th March 2024.

To enter the assessment race in Norwich, visit our entries page here. Late entry fees apply from 13:00 on the 21st March.

Details of the events and the selection process can be found in the 2024 International Selection Policy. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Chair of the Selection committee, Nanette North, at

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.

Open for Consultation: Selection Policy 2024

The MRC Selection Policy has been published for consultation. You are invited to review the document and share your feedback. Consultation closes at 12:00 noon on the Friday 2nd February 2024.

All feedback should be shared directly to Nanette Kelly, Chair of the Selectors, via


JDS Winter Series 2023/24 – Day 2 Sign-up

The Marathon Racing Committee, Sprint Racing Committee and BC Talent Department are excited to announce the sign-up for the second JDS Winter Series 2023/24 day is now open.

Run from Papercourt Lake, near Guildford, the day is a K2/C2 day with both sessions led by Ivan Lawler. The day will focus on marathon skills, with the sessions seeking to develop portaging, turns and wash hanging skills, amongst others! 

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 24th November 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 because of a technical issue with our membership platform, after completing sign up using the link above, you will be contacted directly via email to provide some further information which we require ahead of the event and cannot currently collect. We would appreciate it if you could complete this ASAP and ahead of the closing deadline of Friday 24th November. 

If you have any issues with sign up, please contact

Coaches are also encouraged to sign-up to support the day but also gain some CPD by working with other coaches as well as our coach developer, Scott Hynds. There will be an additional online coaches briefing in advance of the day on Tuesday 28th November at 19:30.

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.

World Championships 2023 – How to follow along and cheer on the team!

Our 2023 World Championships team has successfully arrived in Denmark ahead of racing starting tomorrow. Our paracanoe athletes will be first on the water on Wednesday afternoon while the rest of the team competes over the remaining four days, finishing on Sunday 3rd September.

Start lists and live results for the para events can be found here, whereas all over events can be found 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 Recast Channel. For full information on how to use Recast, visit our watch canoe marathon page. Recast is currently offering a 7-day pass for 450 credits, which will give viewers unlimited access to all PlanetCanoe streams for the next 7-days. Visit the main channel page for further details on how to access it.

Wednesday 30th August Schedule & Live Stream

14:00 BSTVL2 MenShaun Cook (Norwich)

Thursday 31st August Schedule & Live Stream

07:30 BSTJunior Women K1Greta Roeser (Wey)
Isla Bethune (Elmbridge)
10:00 BSTSenior Women K1 Short Course Heat 2Melissa Johnson (Chelmsford)
10:25 BSTSenior Men K1 Short Course Heat 1James Russell (Chelmsford)
10:45 BSTSenior Men K1 Short Course Heat 2Matthew Johnson (Chelmsford)
16:45 BSTSenior Women K1 Short Course Final
17:15 BSTSenior Men K1 Short Course Final

Friday 1st September Schedule & Live Stream

07:50 BSTJunior Women K2Greta Roeser (Wey) & Sienna Payne (Chelmsford)
10:35 BSTKL2 MenJonathan White (Exeter)
10:40 BSTKL3 MenTimothy Lodge (Wey)
Charlie Knowlden (Royal Leamington Spa)
13:30 BSTU23 Women K1Isla Bethune (Elmbridge)
15:45 BSTU23 Men K1Luke Shaw (Norwich)
Matthew Collinge (Fowey)

Saturday 2nd September Schedule & Live Stream

07:50 BSTJunior Men K1Harry Freeland (Reading)
13:15 BSTSenior Women K1Melissa Johnson (Chelmsford)
15:30 BSTSenior Men K1James Russell (Chelmsford)

Sunday 3rd September Schedule & Live Stream

07:50 BSTJunior Men K2James Ross & William Short (Elmbridge)
13:00 BSTSenior Mens K2Matthew Johnson & Alex McIntyre (Chelmsford)
James Russell (Chelmsford) & Luke Shaw (Norwich)

European Championships 2023 – Race Report

Although it now feels longer after all the action that happened at the National Championships last weekend, the European Championships were only two weeks ago! A 13-strong team of athletes travelled to Slavonski Brod, Croatia, bright and early on Tuesday 11th July to be greeted by sweltering hot temperatures.

The racing took place over four-days, with the first day dedicated to short course racing for both Junior and Senior athletes for the first time. Long course racing in both K1 and K2 categories took place over the next three days. It was set to be very competitive with 307 athletes representing 23 European Countries.

The European Championship Team at dinner after the opening ceremony.

Short Course Racing – Thursday 13th July

Day one of the 2023 ECA Canoe Marathon European Championships saw some impressive and tight short course distance racing, resulting in one gold medal, one silver medal and one bronze medal.

The morning events consisted of short course heats for our junior and senior men. Some strong racing resulted in James Russell (Chelmsford Canoe Club), Harry Freeland (Reading Canoe Club) and Arthur Morley (Wey Kayak Club) automatically qualifying to their finals in the afternoon and Matthew Collinge (Fowey River Canoe Club) earning a best time qualification place too.

The Junior Women K1 Short Course was the first final of the day with British representation in Greta Roeser (Wey Kayak Club) and Sienna Payne (Chelmsford Canoe Club).

A powerful start for Greta allowed her to claim a lead position with the front group. Throughout the 3.4km course, she was consistently able to show her dominance within the field and after going clear from the rest of the field at the first portage, the European Champion title was hers for the taking. She claimed a magnificent gold and the first British medal of the competition with a time of 00:15:41.

Speaking after being crowned European champion, Greta said, “I’m really pleased, it is such a positive result and I’m very happy with gold. With the course being on a river, you’ve got flow and you’ve got different angles of the portages and different locations of the buoys. It creates a different technical event, which is quite interesting because I was having to think about my next move and the next turn as well as putting in the strength and power. It’s been a great first day for the team, the junior team are just flying at the moment and I think we are all very proud of our accomplishments. It’s all due to some great training throughout the winter. I’m excited and looking forward to the long course. I hope it will be similar because that would be great, but there are a lot of quick people out there so I’m hoping to get on some quick washes.”

In her international canoe marathon racing debut with one year still to go as a junior, Sienna had a brilliant race that saw her claim the bronze medal. As well as being a strong paddler, she was also very fast paced over the 100m portages, making up a few places on her first portage. She came into her second portage in third and a quick run saw her get back in the water and comfortably maintain the third place position round the final lap before she crossed the line bringing the bronze medal home.

Speaking after her bronze medal finish, Sienna said, “It’s very overwhelming and unexpected to be honest, I’m quite pleased and happy with the result. I hope the rest of the weekend goes this well. It’s been nice so far, although very hot. The course is good and I really like the length of the portage, that is a big positive for me.”

The Juniors continued to shine in the Men’s K1 Short Course Final. Harry Freeland (Reading Canoe Club) had a great start to the 3.4km race. He established his place in the front group in the opening lap, taking up the lead going into the first portage. An impressive run made him the first boat back in the water. He broke away from the rest of the field with the Spanish boat of Pazos. An epic sprint finish saw the two boats cross the finish line within a second of each other. Freeland secured silver and third medal of the day for the Brits with a time of 00:14:06.

Speaking after his race, Harry said, “My race went really well. It was a race where I knew where I was going with the portages and the turns, so overall the race really went my way. I was surprised with how I compared to my competitors. After last year’s results I thought I might be towards the backend of the group. It gives me the confidence for Saturday’s long course that I can be up there. I spoke with Charlie Smith about portaging before I started to get some advice. He said to take your time and spending that extra second to get yourself in the right position will help you get a better race. With junior boys, it can be so unpredictable, so it’s about staying calm and staying clean. I’ve practised portaging quite a lot and I do a lot of running, so it’s definitely my strong side.”

Arthur Morley (Wey Kayak Club) was close behind his teammate, putting in a solid effort in the middle of the field. He secured himself a top ten finish in ninth place with a time of 00:14:55 in his international debut.

Fay Lamph (Wey Kayak Club) was representing Britain in the Senior Women’s K1 Short Course race after five years away from international marathon competition. She had a good start to her race, gaining a comfortable position in the second V wash of the lead group. However, she consistently found herself on the fifth wash of the group and ultimately finished in a strong seventh with a time of 00:15:48.

The Senior Men closed off the day with a highly contested K1 Short Course race. James Russell (Chelmsford Canoe Club) was joined by U23 paddler Matthew Collinge (Fowey River Canoe Club) as they lined up in a stacked start line.

A powerful start from Russell saw him secure a promising front V wash position. He maintained his position within the leading group around the opening laps and into the first portage. This put him a particularly strong position as the reining European Champion, Mads Pedersen, had got caught up in a series of crashes and incidents off the start. A solid run saw him obtain third position out of the first portage. However a lead group of three started to break away, made up of two previous short course champions with Pedersen managing to catch up just in time, leaving Russell in fourth. A battle around the final lap, solidified the fourth place position for Russell, bettering his sixth place finish at the European Championship last year by two places. He finished with a time of 00:13:45.

Speaking after his race he said, “I’ve got mixed emotions, no one likes finishing fourth, but it’s an improvement on last year and I’m heading in the right direction. There is a lot of flow on the course, which is similar to the River Trent in many respects which helps as I train there a lot. But starting on the left hand side certainly didn’t help things. I just had to really commit to the first turn to make sure I could get out in front of all the carnage that was going to happen. I did that, but it cost a lot and I was really just hanging on from there on in. I was annoyed to turn around and see Mads (Pedersen) catch up again.”

Matthew Collinge also put in a dedicated performance around the course to finish in 16th position with a time of 00:14:21 in his international marathon debut as well as still sitting within the Under 23 age category.

Long Course Racing

The long course racing kicked off bright and early on Friday morning with the Junior Girls K1 event. Yet again, Greta Roeser (Wey Kayak Club) and Sienna Payne (Chelmsford Canoe Club) lined up to represent Great Britain.

A brilliant start for Greta saw her establish herself on the side wash of the leader. In the opening laps of the race she settled into the lead group of four boats, alongside two Hungarians and a Spaniard. The group put in a strong effort to create a massive gap between them and the chasing pack. After the first portage, Greta and the two Hungarians broke away from the Spanish boat, confirming themselves as the top three boats of the race. It was lap four that saw Greta and the Hungarian boat of Szerafin go clear. They completed the remaining laps as a duo until the final small lap when Roeser dropped back and confirmed her second place finish. A fantastic second race for the Wey Paddler that saw her become a double European Championship medallist, bettering her two bronze medals from last years championship in Denmark. She crossed the line completing the course with a time of 1:32:49.

Speaking after her silver medal win, she said, “It feels great, I’m very pleased and pleasantly surprised again. I was up against some quick girls out there. I knew it was going to be quick off the start and it quickly broke away into different groups after the first turn, which was nice. I was just trying to maintain speed and try to expect what move was going to come next. I knew there was a chance I could be in contention for the top group. The plan was to get into one of the front four positions of the diamond and then I was just going with the flow.”

Unfortunately for Sienna, a bustling start to the junior race ended in a capsize within the first 200 metres. She showed perseverance and continued on for a few laps before retiring from the race in order to rest up for her K2 race the next day.

The afternoon saw temperatures well over 30 degrees for the Under 23 K1 Long Course races. These temperatures had major impacts on the performances of many athletes within the two races.

Samantha Martyn (Wey Kayak Club) secured a top ten finish at her debut at a European Championship. She had a strong start, after successfully avoiding a collision that occurred within the group off the start line. It was a rocky race and a collision for Martyn later in lap one caused her to drop back. Martyn exhibited brilliant perseverance as she advanced around the 22.6 km course solo for the majority of the race. She managed to fend off the group behind her and maintained a strong speed so they couldn’t catch her up. She was the tenth boat across the line and finished with a time of 1:55:00.

The U23 K1 Men’s race rounded off a hot day of racing. Matthew Collinge (Fowey River Canoe Club) and Luke Shaw (Norwich Canoe Club) lined up on a highly competitive start line ready to battle it out over 26.3km. It was a fast paced start to the race and both Brits got off well. As a lead group formed off the line, both Collinge and Shaw were able to establish strong positions within it. Matt claimed the V wash, with Luke taking up the front side wash. Shaw put in a big effort leading the race around a large part of lap two. 

The paced increased coming away from the first portage which caused Collinge to start dropping back from the leaders. His perseverance shone through as he pulled it back and joined team mate Shaw and the Irish boat, Foley, in a chase group. The Brits teamed up to paddle as a duo in lap five of the race before Shaw dropped back and Collinge put in a gruelling effort to complete the remaining distance paddling solo. His efforts were rewarded with a strong top five finish. Collinge was the fifth boat across the line with a time of 1:56:38.

Speaking after his race, Matt said, “I’m feeling really happy because I was only hoping to get a top ten finish. That was my aim and I didn’t really know exactly where I was going to be within the field, so I’m really happy with a top five result. At the start I was reasonably confident because my sprints have been going quite well recently, so I knew I should be able to get up there off the start. The group did like moving around a lot and they did a few annoying burns I didn’t enjoy as much. I just tried to minimise the amount of burns I had to do, so when they all started an ‘up’, I just tried to ride the wash back into the group again to avoid doing burns when necessary. It’s really tough paddling solo, but then again, I grew up training at a small club in Cornwall and when I used to race, there was virtually no one to race against, so I would do it pretty much on my own anyway. I’m quite used to time trialling. It was very hot today. I was just trying to take on as much liquid as possible to help with that. The flow of the course is quite like Nottingham (where Matt currently trains) in terms of tactics, like hugging the bank due to the fast flow. There were a couple of sections with rocks sticking out, and I had a close call at one point in the race. Overall it was challenging, but in a good way.”

After a favourable first half of the race, Shaw found himself in the middle of the field in the closing laps as the weather conditions caught up. He continued to endure on to complete the race in eighth position with a time of 1:59:37.

Saturday saw the longest days of competition for our British team with racing starting early in the morning and the last finish not finishing until the evening. Our team staff were certainly kept busy!

It was an early start for the Junior Men in the morning for their K1 long course race. Silver medalist Harry Freeland (Reading Canoe Club) and Arthur Morley (Wey Kayak Club) were back in action over the 22.6 km distance. 

Both Brits got off to a flying start. As a large lead group formed off the line, they both established good positions. Freeland put in an effort during lap one to lead the race. However, the Brits dropped back to the chasing pack coming into the first portage. Morley displayed great determination as he powered around the course. He matched his short course result from Thursday, crossing the finish line in ninth with a time of 1:44:42.

An impressive top ten finish from the Wey paddler at his first major international championships. Speaking after his race, Morley said, “I’m happy with how long I managed to stay with the first group. I’d like to have stayed with them after the first portage but it was a big group and struggled to make my way into that front four. The pace was a lot slower today, it was nice to use washes and because it was bigger laps, we didn’t have the portages splitting us up quite as soon.”

Freeland had a tough second half of his race, with temperatures already hitting 30 degrees early this morning. He persevered around the course and finished in 17th with a time of 1:47:55.

The next race on the course saw Greta Roeser (Wey Kayak Club) and Sienna Payne (Chelmsford Canoe Club) team up for the junior Women’s K2 long course, joined by fellow brits Matilda Enoch (Nottingham Kayak Club) and Isla Bethune (Elmbridge Canoe Club).

A swift start for the Enoch and Bethune saw them secure a position in the lead group of four boats in the opening lap. Payne and Roeser settled into the chase pack off the line. The two Hungarian crews broke away in lap two, forcing the Nottingham and Elmbridge team to keep the pace high as they chased them down. 

Roeser and Payne proved their running skill in the first portage, overtaking every other crew boat. They were the third boat back in the water behind the two Hungarian, with Enoch and Bethune were right behind them going into lap three.

The Chelmsford and Wey team put in a huge effort to chase down the second place boat and put themselves in contention for silver in lap four. They crossed the line seventeen seconds ahead of the third place boat after storming ahead of them on the last portage. They completed the course in a time of 1:27:28.

Greta adds another silver to her K1 gold and silver medals and Sienna adds to her K1 bronze. A fantastic display of talent from the junior girls. This was the first time Greta and Sienna had raced together in a crew boat, making the silver medal that much more impressive.

Speaking after claiming her second silver medal of the championships Greta said: “It feels really great. I’m so pleased. We had 20 minutes of practice yesterday and the first half of the race was more or less getting used to the boat, but I think we did really well.”

Sienna continued, “This was the first time we’ve been in a crew boat together. I thought we were great, I loved every second of it. I’m so pleased. It has been a bit of a roller coaster of a trip for me. Lots of ups and downs. It’s been good to learn how to deal with both good results and bad results this weekend.”

Isla Bethune (Elmbridge Canoe Club) and Matilda Enoch (Nottingham Kayak Club) finished in sixth position in a time of 01:30:53, after a tight battle to the finish line.

It was then time for Fay Lamph (Wey Kayak Club) to line up for her second race of the championship. After her seventh in the short course, she improved her result by two places over the longer distance with a top five finish. She established herself in the lead group off the start and battled to maintain her position around the first two laps, only dropping off around the first portage.

In her final long lap, she put in a strong effort to close the gap to the chase group, consisting of the silver and bronze medal positions, by herself. She came heartbreakingly close as the group picked up the pace and moved away from her again.

A fantastic fifth from Fay rounded off her racing at the European championships. She completed the 26.2 km course with a time of 2:09:29.

Speaking after her race, Lamph said, “I enjoyed the race, it was very tough for the first few laps and I really struggled to come of the fifth was, luckily I’m used to this from the Wey club training sessions. It’s really great to be racing on a proper river rather than a lake, it’s a very technical course which has made it interesting. I have been guzzling a lot of water and electrolytes and I really began to struggle as I ran out of drink with 5k to go. It was really tough.”

James Russell (Chelmsford Canoe Club) was last on the water in the K1 Men’s long course race. With the sun blazing and temperatures still above 30 degrees at 17:15 local time in Croatia, it was a tough race for the athletes competing. 

Russell had a brilliant start and as a group formed off the line, he claimed the V wash. Within one lap, the pace was still incredibly hard as Mads Pedersen (Denmark) was determined to stripe the top group away early on. James stayed with the crazy high pace until the group reformed. However, the combination of the heat and pace started to hit around the first portage, when he started to drop back. Russell retired from the race on lap five due to the extreme heat at the course.

The final day of competition saw only Joe Enoch & Huw Singleton (Nottingham Kayak Club) race in the Junior Boys K2. Temperatures were already reaching highs of 26 degrees at 8:45am local time, as the boys lined up ready to battle in out on the 22.6km course. They got off to a flying start and formed a large leading group with eight other crew boats, finding good positions on the wash.

The Nottingham crew had a strong first lap, keeping pace with the leading group. However, it started to become clear that something wasn’t right when the crew began to drop to the back of the field in lap three. After putting in a commendable performance, the duo unfortunately had to retire from the race in lap three due to sickness. Gutting for the boys who had put themselves in great positions at the start of the event.

Speaking to the Team Leader, Katie Williams, about the teams success and challenges over the past four days of racing in Slavonski Brod, she said, “It’s been a very busy and full on weekend of racing for the whole squad, especially those who have come straight from sprint worlds. The course is a very technical course on a river, and it has been very interesting to watch. Overall the team has done fantastically but obviously the heat has really affected quite a few competitors. It’s been about 30 degrees for most races and some raced even at 35 degrees. It’s been lovely to see Matt, Sienna and Arthur at their first major championships doing so well and to see Fay back racing after 5 years away from internationals. We’ve been really lucky to have so many supporters come out to watch too which has really helped the team. It’s been a learning curve for some about how to manage paddling in bigger groups at times and the importance of getting nutrition and hydration right. I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to getting back home to train for World Champs selection in slightly cooler weather.”

It was a tough championship for our British team with the conditions but lots of lessons learned for all and a clear eagerness to build on the performances for their next races. Well done to the whole team.

We also would like to thank the team of staff who volunteered their time to ensure that the athletes were well looked after during their time away and were able to focus on their racing. Thank you to Katie, Peter Gorman, Bryn Price and Iain Bainbridge.

Our attentions now turn to the World Championships at the end of August and we wish the team selected all the best of luck. We look forward to cheering you on as you race in Denmark.

French Nationals Championships 2023 Selection Announcement

Following the Marathon National Championships in Norwich on the 22/23 July, the MRC Selection Committee has chosen a team to represent British Canoeing at the French National Championships.

Congratulations to all.