Head of the River

Please note this Saturday see the Reading University Head of the River race, there will be river closure in place between 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 16:30. The rowing club have also booked the club room.

Thameside 1 Photo’s

Some excellent photos from Thameside 1. If you have taken photo and want to share, please email us a link to your album.

flickr: Tony acs | Chris Worrall

Regional Marathon Advisers co-ordinator – Mick Nadal

As the first races approach for 2015, just a reminder of a few rule changes, most of which are highlighted on the marathon website. http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/

The most noticeable perhaps are:

1) After considerable representation made by race organisers and officials over illegibility of numbers, particularly on finishes, the MRC have made a rule change for this year, to insist on using insulating tape for numbers on our existing boards. A quick look at a few of the photos available in various places online illustrates why. I thought my number boards were fairly clear as I take care over making them, but compared with even rather untidy tape numbers they are quite faint and on sunny days much less legible. We were one of the clubs where results were delayed and we thought a paddler was missing last year, because of a badly made number in pen on a grubby board misread at the finish. (I personally examined the board as it was one of our own paddlers.) Once tape numbers are made, they can easily be remade over and over again using the same tape.

Next year there will be a change made to opaque white boards that are slightly larger to accommodate 4 digits, but meanwhile you can continue using your old ones (properly cleaned I hope.) During this year the new boards will be available and can be used. I’ve already started slicing up my stock of 60 yellow boards as plant labels (you get about 22 per board.)

2) Promotion of more than one division will mean no points towards Hasler scores at either regional races or Finals. The need for this has become clearer as some clubs are still not ranking their paddlers accurately, either by choice or lack of experience. I would like to hope that it’s the latter. It was illustrated on this year’s Frank Luzmore where some paddlers rankings were clearly shown well below their real ability including national squad paddlers (who may not often enter regional races.) For clubs that have difficulty in ranking their paddlers, there is a copy of the system that the National Ranking Officer uses on the website. For those who find the calculations tedious, it uses the HC values from page D1 of the handbook. This is very similar to the spreadsheet I use and probably slightly more obvious on how to use it.

These are the 2 rules that spring to mind most obviously. I’ve asked Wiki to include some additions to the help notes on the HRM for other rules that have been around a long time, but some people had not seen. (Most obvious is the one where races involving Div 9 Singles or Div 9_9 Doubles need combining, should always be combined downwards to Div 9 so that Div 9 paddlers get full points, not into Div 7 or 8.) The new HRM should be available soon. As usual I’ve helped with testing to iron out possible problems, so if organisers need any support, just ask (I may be able to help.)

Also need to mention the BCU courses for event safety which all organisers will hopefully have attended before their race.