Guidance

PADDLER ELIGIBILITY Paddlers may compete in races specified for those of a higher ranking but will not be allowed to compete in races specified for those of a lower ranking. (E.g. an Under 18 may race as an Under 23 or Senior but not as an Under 16 or Over 34.)

Senior and Veteran Women paddlers may compete in a doubles crew in Senior and Veteran Men kayak races of the same or higher ranking.

AFFILIATION All paddlers must prove current comprehensive BC/SCA/CW/CANI with membership or youth membership of an affiliated club.

All competitors must be valid members on race day.

Proof needs to be confirmed by Team leaders before sending entries to race organiser through HRM or with copy of membership card.

Individual entries should send a copy of their membership with their entry form and payment.

New memberships or those expiring between entry and race day must bring proof of valid membership to the event, otherwise the competitor will not be allowed to race.

A competitor who has not raced before may buy an Event Ticket, but only one Event Ticket per season.

A competitor claiming to have membership but unable to provide evidence may also purchase an Event Ticket.

OVERSEAS PADDLERS Entries are welcome from overseas paddlers who are members of their own ICF affiliated federation.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE ELIGIBILITY An athlete must be a member of BC/SCA/CW/CANI as well as been a member of a UK club for a minimum of 2 years, regardless of whether they hold a British Passport or not.
SELECTION RACES The following National Championship races will be used to assess paddlers for selection for the World Championships in Brandenburg as part of the ongoing assessment series of races that have taken place during 2016.

Senior Men K1
Senior Women K1
Under 23 Men K1
Under 23 Women K1
Under 18 Men K1
Under 18 Women K1

Senior Men K2
Senior Women K2
Under 18 Men K2
Under 18 Women K2

If an Under 23 wishes to be assessed on their performance at the Nationals for the SENIOR team then they will have to enter the Senior race. If they wish to be assessed for the Under 23 team then they should race in that race. This will also enable them to compete for the Under 23 National Championship title.

In the interests of clarity if an Under 23 chooses to race in seniors they will still be considered for Under 23 selection based on their performance in the senior race along with their performance throughout the season.

All junior kayak paddlers seeking selection for the World Championships should enter the appropriate Under 18 Men or Under 18 Women race. Under 16s wishing to be considered for World Championship selection should race in Under 18 classes or rely on their performances earlier in the season. Performance in Under 16 classes at the National Championships will NOT be considered.

All canoe paddlers seeking selection for the World Championships should enter the appropriate Senior Women kayak or Under 18 Women kayak race.

As always the process of assessment is continuous from results achieved throughout the year and the final selection will be made to achieve the best possible team, taking into account all performances.

All paddlers are reminded that a Marathon Racing Online Availability Form must have been completed and submitted by 23rd July 2016 for consideration for selection.

RACING RULES The Marathon Nationals is a GROUP A Divisional race and all of Part A rules 1-18 and rules 42-48 of the Canoe Sprint & Marathon Handbook
CLUB VESTS Paddlers must race in their club vest to be eligible for points and trophies.
PROMOTIONS/ DEMOTIONS The British Canoeing Marathon Committee reserves the right under rules 32-33 to promote or demote on the basis of the results at this event.
BOAT NUMBERS Team leaders will be given a pack of pre-numbered vertical plates for all boats. Paddlers must only use these number plates

Number plates must be returned to race control after respective races.

DISPOSABLE DRINK SYSTEMS All paddlers using disposable drinks systems are required to mark them with their boat number.  Paddlers will not be allowed to proceed through boat control with un-numbered bags and un-numbered bags will not be allowed in the feeding lane at the portage.  Paddlers found with un-numbered bags at any time on the water will be asked to leave the course.

During the course of a competition any items discarded by a competitor anywhere other than in a proper bin, must be recovered by the athlete, their support crew or coach immediately. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that this has happened.

An event official witnessing non-compliance with this rule shall report the infringement to the race organiser and the offending competitor will be disqualified from the competition.

Any repeat infringements by the same competitor shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings by the Marathon Racing Committee.

BUOYANCY AIDS These are compulsory for all paddlers U10 and U12 paddlers and those ranked in Division 7, 8 and 9 irrespective of the race you are entered in.

This applies in singles and doubles races. Team leaders should decide if other paddlers should wear them according to prevailing conditions. Life jackets must comply with either the European Standard ‘EN393 or 395 or the International Standard ‘ISO 12402’. RCC Race organisers may require life jackets or buoyancy aids and spray covers to be worn and will have the FINAL say as to who should wear them (except where this is covered by rule 5a(v)) depending on weather and water conditions. Such equipment must be provided by the competitors. The penalty for infringing any safety rule is disqualification from the race.

BOAT CHECKING All paddlers and boats must go through boat control before racing.

All boats must display the correct race number.

All boats must have sufficiently buoyant to remain afloat and to support the crew in rough water in the event of capsize. No boat will be deemed to be sufficiently buoyant purely as a result of its construction (e.g. vac bagged/sandwich or other construction) to fulfil this requirement, additional fixed buoyancy will be required in the form of foam, air bags and/or sealed bulkheads.

Once boats have been checked they must all remain in the pre-race holding/launching area.

If you are taking part in the ‘B’ races, do not present your boat for checking before the ‘A’ races have started, ‘C’ races before ‘B’ race starts and so on.

Once a boat has passed through boat checking it will be assumed that the paddler starts their race. If a paddler does not then race it is their responsibility to notify race control.

Failure to notify control will result in your club incurring a penalty point. Failure to go through boat checking will result in disqualification from the race.

RETIREMENTS Please let race control know ASAP if you retire.

Failure to do so will delay results being processed and your club will incur a penalty point for any notification not received.

GENERAL SAFETY Competitors must be able to swim adequately in the waters on which the race is being held.

All paddlers are required to render assistance to other competitors in distress.