A lot of flow, a lot of wind and a lot of paddlers including K1 assessment paddlers. Biggest turnout yet for the race which is brilliant.
Finish Places and timings – the finish places for each class are here. Finish timings for all paddlers that completed the course are here.
Thanks to everyone for their support on and off the water to make the event happen. The conditions and amount of paddlers of a wide range of abilities and speeds do make the smooth running of the race a challenge. RCC is open to, and appreciate, everyone’s feedback to continually enhance its races and build on the current buzz around marathon racing. We do ask though that everyone plays their part by helping organisers help paddlers to make a race smooth, safe, fair and enjoyable for all and follow briefings before and on race day.
Below is a summary of take home messages we all should reflect on please:
Self Assessment/course assessment
Thank you to everyone for following this procedure. The assessment allows the race to be enjoyed safely by paddlers, support crews and the organisers in high conditions like today.
To speed things up, please help the check in team by telling them your class (S/M/J/V, male/female, K1/2, C1/2 etc), and most usefully tell them your name – they aren’t psychic! Please also show them your BCU card.
Go to it and ask questions then if you are unsure, note the start times and specific instructions
This is in place to organise paddlers (especially when so many) and keep them together so that when everyone is called to the start there is as close a straight line as possible. The pre start MUST NOT be pushed. As today showed this results in a false start being called which is not fun for anyone and causes tension. The fast senior K1 start, pushed rapidly past the pre start, and start, for a second time without instructions from the pre start/starters. This behaviour is not acceptable at any race at any level, particular by paddlers of such a high standard. These paddlers were DSQ as a result. RCC accepts that the horn was not blown for a second false start but were in despair as the paddlers were out of their control at this point. RCC will work with the MRC to ensure that an official MRC starting team takes responsibility for all ‘assessment’ race starts in future.
Paddlers and supporters must respect other river and towpath users and marshals’ instructions. No negative feedback to date which is great, thank you.
RCC will make sure there is a marshal at the top of the lock cut to encourage paddlers to follow the river signs.
Please make sure you inform race control. We need to know you are safe and need to resolve any queries before the results can be published.
Unfortunately this was very much delayed because of queries on the results. Thank you to those who persevered for prize giving.