We understand that some clubs have recently had their race permissions returned from the CRT saying that they/BC did not have enough insurance, which may be due to supplying the wrong document. The CRT require ÂŁ10,000,000 and the BC insurance is structured as ÂŁ5,000,000, that is then insured with another ÂŁ5,000,000, and which is confirmed in this document – To Who It May Concern Letter.
The 2023 Canoe Marathon World Cup team have successfully arrived in Bulgaria to compete this weekend. Our team of athletes will be racing at the following times over the two days:
Saturday 3rd June at 10am BST – Senior Women K1 Short Course Final
Saturday 3rd June at 10:30am BST – Senior Men K1 Short Course Final
Sunday 4th June at 08:40am BST – Senior Women K1 Standard Distance Final
Sunday 4th June at 12pm BST – Senior Men K1 Standard Distance Final
Start lists and live results for all 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. To find out more about Recast and how to set-up your account, visit our “How to watch Canoe Marathon” page here. Click the links below for the relevant live stream for each race.
The annual development trip to German National Marathon Championships fielded a twelve-strong team of juniors and under 23â€™s after successful selection from the long course assessment race in April. Consisting of seven juniors and five under 23â€™s, the team traveled to Rheine to take part in three days of racing two weeks ago.
After a long travel day, the team took on the short course distance on Friday evening as a warm-up to the long course events on Saturday and Sunday. Short Course marathon racing consists of a 3.2km course over small laps. In the junior boys category, the British team produced a dominant 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th finish order with Arthur Morley (Wey Kayak Club) taking the overall win. Flynn Holt (Royal Canoe Club) finished in the bronze medal position, Lukas Schleiter-Nielsen (Falcon Canoe Club) in 4th position and Alex Worgan (Royal Canoe Club) in 5th.
In the junior girls race, Chloe Ritchie (Wey Kayak Club) had a lightning start with Nerys Hall (Wey Kayak Club) and Beth Hall (Southampton Canoe Club) benefiting from her wash. A tough fight at the front of the race resulted in Nerys taking the silver medal with Beth Perry and Chloe Ritchie not far behind in 4th and 5th position respectively. Elise Montagna (Royal Canoe Club) had a consistent race in the senior womenâ€™s category to finish in 4th position.Â
In the senior menâ€™s race, a fast pace off the start line broke the race up quickly. Matthew Collinge (Fowey River Canoe Club) made the break into the front group and was able to battle it out to achieve the silver medal. Tim Dowden (Norwich Canoe Club) finished 7th, James How (Norwich Canoe Club) in 8th and Tim Gannicott-Porter (Chelmsford Canoe Club) came in 9th.
Saturday saw the turn of the long course K1 races and the results of the previous day were almost completely replicated. Racing over a 19km course, Arthur Morley took the gold medal again, with Flynn Holt replicating his short course result with another bronze medal. Lukas Schleiter-Nielsen finished in 5th and Alex Worgan secured 9th position, despite racing up an age group from under 16â€™s. The juniors girls also competed over a 19km course. Nerys Hall secured a hard earned silver medal, despite having issues with her boat pump, and Beth Perry secured 4th. Chloe Ritchie ended up retiring after a frustrating incident involving a post in the water.
Elise Montagna competed over a 19km course and had a successful sprint finish to secure herself another fourth position. The senior menâ€™s race was another packed field with a quick start. Matthew Collinge finished the 24km course in silver position again, with Tim Dowden not far off the pace securing fourth. Tim Gannicott-Porter finished in 6th and James How in 7th.
As tradition for a canoe marathon national weekend, Sunday was the turn of the crew boat with all our athletes combining into K2â€™s. Yet more podium positions and medals were secured, despite a chaotic move of a race start that disrupted some of our paddlers’ later breakfast!Â
In our junior races, our strength in crew boats nationally showed, with every boat entered securing a medal. Chloe Ritchie and Beth Perry won the start and continued the form to take the silver medal behind an experienced German K2. In the junior boys race, the two K2â€™s of Arthur and Flynn, Lukas and Alex, dominated the field and made an early break away from the rest of the boats to secure a first and second place finish order. Nerys Hall raced up to the senior race, partnering with Elise. A disappointingly small field meant that they didnâ€™t experience the race they would have enjoyed but they still managed to earn a silver medal. In the senior menâ€™s race, a fast paced front group of four challenged our two K2â€™s through some tight portages, with Matthew and Tim securing the overall victory and a gold medal. Tim and James finished in fourth.
A successful weekend of racing which enabled all athletes to put their hard winter training to the test away from home. Thank you to all volunteers who made the trip possible, especially our trip staff of Nanette, Suzanne, Charlie and Graham.
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:
Official DW Organisation Twitter Account
Official DW Organisation Facebook Page
Official DW Organisation Instagram Account
Senior Doubles Tracking
Stages Race Tracking
For further details on how to spectator appropriately, visit the DW Organisation Website here.
Based on athlete feedback, the Marathon Racing Committee are excited to announce the addition of a Division 1 K2 to a select few Hasler Races. In recent years, there has been no provision for Division 1 standard K2’s to race on a regular basis due to lack of engagement from paddlers historically. This addition will allow Division 1 ranked paddlers, as well as Division 2 ranked paddlers, to race K2’s outside of assessment and selection. This could be with a potential selection-worthy boat, supporting younger juniors to race up or to race mixed boats.
The following races have agreed to host a Division 1 K2 race during the 2023 season:
Nottingham Hasler – Sunday 30th April
Worcester Hasler – Sunday 14th May
Norwich Hasler – Sunday 21st May
Reading Circuit Hasler – Sunday 28th May
Falcon Hasler – Sunday 25th June
Richmond Hasler – Sunday 18th June
These events have been selected due to timing’s in the racing calendar, location in reference to current Division 1 paddlers and course specifics that will allow for good racing.
The MRC would strongly encourage Division 1 and Division 2 paddlers to engage with this provision.
For more details on how Division 1 K2 will work at the above Hasler’s, visit our race organisers information document below.
Are you wanting to try something different this year? Check out our below list on some of the non-Hasler races happening nationally this year! This is not an exhaustive list but should give you a flavour of what is on offer.
Most race details can be found via our entries page here or our racing calendar here.
EDIT: Worcester Ring Challenge typically takes place is a 21 mile loop race taking place in July.
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