The event is operating within the government’s Covid restrictions and a full risk assessment has been developed. You are required to abide with the policies and procedures.

Please DO NOT attend if you, or any member of your household or support bubble, have any Covid symptoms or you have been asked to self isolate.  A list of the government’s recognised Covid-19 symptoms is available here. If you are unable to attend please email

We strongly encourage all eligible attendees without Covid symptoms to take advantage of the government’s free Covid-19 testing program, details of which are found here. Please take advantage of this option and test prior to attending the event. 

The Covid-19 Officer for this event is Hannah Sealey. 

Phone numbers must be provided on entry: All contact information will be retained for 21 days for test and trace purposes. NB: if you are entering on behalf of someone else, you are responsible for having contact information for those individuals that you can provide to Test and Trace if required.

There will be a marked area defined as the field of play (FOP), inside this area group sizes should be kept to an absolute minimum and no more than 30. This area is only to be accessed by race organisers and competitors and, where absolutely necessary their guardians, when preparing to launch

Please do not enter the FOP until your race is called.  Please then get on the water quickly via the entry funnel and warm up downstream of the start

After your race please move through the FOP as quickly as possible.  A marshal will be available to collect race numbers at this point.  There is no prize giving on the day and results will only be available online. 

No Spectators are allowed in the FOP. Please be aware that this is a public site and groups watching the race even from elsewhere on the river bank will be associated with the event and will be considered as representing the sport to the local community. Please maintain social distancing even when outside the race area. 

There will be no on the day briefings please refer to the briefing documents on the event website prior to attending.  Team leaders please make sure your paddlers are aware of these documents. 

There is a cap on numbers for each start window and entries will be on a first come first served basis, we have made every effort to spread the races out and split them based on previous class sizes so hopefully there will be little impact but please enter early to avoid disappointment.

There is NO ACCESS to Reading Canoe Club on the north side of the river for non club members.

We endeavour to do all that we can to make this a Covid-safe event. This includes the removal of the prom portage to reduce spectator gathering and the provision of hand sanitiser in all appropriate locations, as well as limits on race numbers. Please work with us to make this a safe and enjoyable event for all by acting according to the government’s Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air policy at all times. If any attendee tests positive for Covid-19 within a week of attending the event, please inform the race organisers to allow us to cascade this information as necessary.