2016-17 National, Regional & Wavehopper individual and club rankings are now finalised and are in the annual ranking folder here and the downloads are available here. We believe we have all the results in, amendments have been made to the the ranking lists and have been updated on the site.
Update 18th October - Wavehopper Club Challenge Rankings have now been added, with no final this year the result is based on the three best results.
The British Canoeing Wild Water Racing (WWR) National Series Classic race and Welsh Championships, will take place on the River Dee in Llangollen, Denbighshire on Saturday and Sunday 28 & 29th October 2017. There will also be a regional classic race and a team race. A number of groups will be training and practicing over the weekend catering from all levels from development through to elite. There will be a shuttle service available on both days for anyone needing it.
The Prize Giving will be in the Chain Bridge Hotel at 1700 where the Llangollen Cup is planned to be awarded by the Deputy Mayor, Bob Lube. This will be followed by an informal social dinner and ACM – all welcome.
Entry Fees £15.00 adults £10 juniors. £2.50 late entry fee. Dinner £12.50 per head.
There is to be no canoeing above the Horseshoe Falls or above the point between the two pump houses below the falls. This is to prevent disturbance to migrating fish.
The WWR National Classic course will run from below Horseshoe Falls, The Race Start will be from the Pump house on the canal side just below the Horseshoe falls through the Serpents Tail to just above Town Falls River Right and will be clearly marked. The course is grade II -III in normal conditions but rising to grade III -IV in spate.
The regional classic race will start just below the Serpents Tail with the same finish as the National series race. The regional race will start straight after the National Series race
There will be no paddling over Town Falls as safety cover is not provided and the riverbed has been assessed as unsafe.
There is limited parking at the race start and competitors should park at the picnic site. Under no circumstances should competitors park at the Chain Bridge Hotel unless they are accommodated at the hotel. Alternatively, competitors can park in any of the public car-parks in town and paddle up the canal to the race start.
The race will be ran according to WWR rules. All competitors must wear buoyancy aids, helmet etc. No safety cover will be provided so all competitors are responsible for their own safety.
2017 GB WWR Welsh Open and Regional race
Saturday 28th October 2017
0900-1030 Late entries and registration at race start Top Car Park.
1100 Race brief (top car park). All WWR competitors.
1200 Welsh Open Championships WWR Classic Race
Regional Race (straight after National race)
1400 Free Practice
1600 Tea & Coffee available at the Chain Bridge Hotel
1700 WWR National Prize Giving
1900 Social Dinner Chain Bridge Hotel
Sunday 29th October 2017
0900 Practice Briefing and Shuttle available Top Car Park
1030 Team Race Briefing Top Car Park
1130 WWR National Team Race
1400 Shuttle Service Finish
The WWR Executive Committee would love for you to come back and join us for an event at the Dee!
When: 28th & 29th October
What's Happening:The Welsh Open & Masters Champs, ACM & Dinner!
There will be two starts, one below Horseshoe Falls & another below Serpents Tail. Both races will finish above Town Falls. The AGM will then take place followed by a dinner for £10 per person at the Chainbridge Hotel.
Hannah Brown has claimed the bronze medal for Great Britain at the ICF World Wildwater Championships in Pau, France. The two time and reigning World Champion from 2013 and 2016 was looking to make it a trio of titles after qualifying fifth fastest in the heats.
Hannah produced a storming run in a time of 52:37 seconds to take the lead with only four athletes remaining to paddle. But the French duo of Claire Bren and Manon Hostens, paddling in front of their home crowd, were to deny the Briton a third World title, with Hannah taking a fine bronze medal just 0.64 seconds off the winner.
It is the second World medal of the season for Hannah, after winning bronze with Angela Hannah in the K2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice last month.
However there was to be no fairy tale return for Jonnie Schofield. The double Olympic medallist in the K2 200m event, with Liam Heath, has made a return to wildwater racing this season. In the final of the men’s K1 Jonnie just missed on out on the lead by four hundredths of a second to be in the silver medal position. But with more athletes to paddle Jonnie eventually finished sixth place, with Anze Urankar of Slovenia taking the World title.
The third Briton to qualify for the finals of Wildwater World Championships was Rachel Houston in the women’s C1 event. Rachel, who has also competed in ICF Slalom World Cup series this season, and the Wildwater Under 23's in Murau, was the first athlete to paddle in the final, setting a competitive time of 1:01.34. As the final progressed the leader changed on several occasions with Claire Haab claiming the title for France. Rachel finished in an impressive sixth place, a fine achievement in her first senior Wildwater world final.
Full details from the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships can be found on the ICF website.
Congratulations to Mallory Franklin iin the Slalom Finals yesterday collecting her first Senior World Championships GOLD medal after silver in 2013&14 – brilliant result
Wildwater trio Hannah Brown, Jonnie Schofield and Rachel Houston will all feature in their respective finals at the World Championships Today – with racing from 5pm until 8pm UK time. This should be on the BBC Red Button
The three athletes all qualified from their heats out in Pau, and will compete for World Championship titles today.
Two times World Champion Hannah Brown took a step closer to her third title after qualifying for the final in Heat 1 during the K1 women’s event. Hannah finished the heat in fifth place after posting a commanding time of 53.22. Fellow British athletes Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray and Laura Milne all failed to make it to Saturday’s final after competing in both heats during the day.
Meanwhile in the K1 men’s category, Olympic silver medallist Jonnie Schofield also qualified for Saturday’s final on his return to wildwater racing. It took Jonnie till Heat 2 to qualify, but an emphatic time of 47.06 saw him ease through in third place. In the same event, Robert Jefferies, Mike Rees-Clark and Calum Gingell didn’t qualify through to the final.
The third finalist of the day was Britain’s sole competitor in the C1 women - Rachel Houston. Despite failing to qualify through Heat 1, Rachel pulled out all the stops in Heat 2 and narrowly qualified for the final in fifth place at her very first international. This is a really fantastic performance building on Rachel’s experience at the Under 23’s at Murau, Austria in July.
The two athletes competing in the C1 men’s, Ryan Hunt and William Fotheringham, both missed out on a spot in the final. This year has been a big step-up from the Junior and Under 23’s in Austria which bodes well for the future.
Ryan Hunt and Mike Rees-Clark both competed in the C2 heats, but didn't make it to the final. Lots to build on and if you want to see a virtuoso racing C2 roll have a look here https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC/status/913487038623748101
More information on Wildwater Racing for Fun https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ the British Canoeing Twitter feed https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC and Live Streaming on the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017
There will be BBC Coverage today
14:00-16:30, Connected TV and online - live coverage for the Slalom Finals
17:30-20:00, BBC Red Button – replay for the Wildwater Finals
DAY 2 RESULTS SUMMARY
K1 Women Heats
Hannah Brown – Heats: 5th & qualifies for Final
Victoria Murray – Heats: 12th on 2nd run
Laura Milne – Heats: 19th on 2nd run
Lydia Oxtoby – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run
K1 Men Heats
Jonathan Schofield – Heats: 3rd on 2nd run and qualifies for Final
Robert Jefferies – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run
Mike Rees-Clark – Heats: 28th on 2nd run
Calum Gingell – Heats: 31st on 2nd run
C1 Women Heats
Rachel Houston – Heats: 5th on 2nd run and qualifies for Final
C1 Men Heats
Ryan Hunt – Heats: 11th on 2nd run
William Fotheringham – Heats: 14th on 2nd run
C2 Men Heats
Ryan Hunt & Mike Rees-Clark - Heats : 14th on 2nd run
17th September continued:
The team were joined by Jonnie Schofield after a relaxing week in Sweden.
Jonnie has made a welcome return to wildwater racing after a few years taking the flatwater 200m K2 by storm. He is now back to his roots in a wildwater racing boat, looking as if he never too a sabbatical.
18th September: Saw the safe arrival of Calum Gingell, Victoria Murray and Wills Fotheringham. They were treated to a sunny evening walk of the course. Plus the team’s first off roading in the land rover. First practice session on the course tomorrow.
19th September: A good evening’s training, not too many teams here yet, so everyone managed to get a decent number of runs in. Slightly different level than when team was here a couple of weeks ago, so lots of practice needed which went well. A good level of video analysis now going on! Same format tomorrow. Rob arriving in the afternoon then picnic and flapjack at the course followed by evening training. Finally, off to Toulouse to pick Neil Stamps up from the late-night flight.
20th September: Victoria Murray had her first practice run – with Saltire. Wills got his first taste of the course. Ryan got a lot of runs in. Calum hit the course hard. Hannah practiced hard. Jonny got the last runs in as light was fading.
21st September: Great to have Rob Jefferies, Neil Stamps and Carl Foody arrive.
Victoria back on the water, along with Rob and the others. Calum pushed hard in the first slots of the evening. Jonnie was sharpening up his lines. Ryan got in runs as light was fading. Hannah Brown kicking waves.
22nd September: Good training session, lots more teams arriving. Czechs and Italians are here in force. The rest of the GB team arrived and switched to the team accommodation in our mini bus. Slalom and WW committees met with the FFCK president – great having both committees together.
23rd September: Julie Lewis arrived and was quickly press ganged in to helping. Practice runs made by all. The ICF watched The Grand Tour putting an Aston Martin through its paces just at the entrance to the race course. Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in a Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin on the Pau GT circuit. Spectacular opening ceremony in the evening after several more training runs by all.
24th September: Team leaders meeting done. The Slalom and Wildwater Canoeing Sprint Championships are well and truly underway.
25th September: Athletes working hard on time trials to determine team places. Mike Rees-Clark and Ryan Hunt looking strong in the C2. Official WWR duties about to take over. Teams announced in morning meeting: MK1 Jonnie Schofield, Mike Rees-Clark, Rob Jefferies. WK1 Hannah Brown, Lydia Oxtoby and Victoria Murray.
26th September: Let the racing begin…
Team Event Commenced… In glorious sunshine the World Championships opened with the team events. Slalom opened the day and set a hard act to follow with fantastic results for Team GB, gaining a silver in the C1 Men’s team and a gold in the C1 Women’s team. Congratulations to the two teams, a truly amazing start.
At lunch time, the WWR team events started. GB had teams in the Women’s K1 and Men’s K1 events. The Women’s team: Hannah Brown, Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray, gave it their very best and finished 5th.
The men’s team consisting of Jonnie Schofield, Robert Jefferies and Mike Rees-Clark put in a credible performance, finishing 7th.
The individual heats commence on 27th September.
17th September: A lie-in to allow recovery time followed by more coffee and awesome porrridge + (Banana/ Peanut Butter & Yoghurt) - a great start to the day. Boat preparation followed with Jonnie Schofield arriving by train from Biarritz just in time for Lunch. An afternoon of video analysis and general catching - up.
Calum Gingell, Victoria Murray and Wills Fotheringham are arriving tomorrow - Biarritz to Pau by SNCF - a great service right next to the race course. Flat water training session Tomorrow and the first day's race training on Tuesday - with Neil Stamps arriving on Tuesday evening. Carl Foody a casualty of Ryan Air's sudden rush of conscience - 50 flights cancelled so their people can take holidays.... Carl is now arriving on Thursday
16th September: An early start from Ashford with Ryan Hunt and Hannah Brown heading to the P&O Ferries to Calais and the long caffeine, flapjack and pasta - fuelled drive straight round Paris, down to Bordeaux and then to Pau - back to the accomodation the team were using a couple of weeks ago for race training. arrived just before 11 pm - unloaded the Landrover and done. Great facilities - lots of space for trailers and covered space for boat repairs.
15th September: So after long months of training the first of our paddlers are now on their way to Pau for the world championships.
It was an early start as Peter picked up Ryan Hunt and the trailer at 5am prior to meeting Hannah Brown at hpp at 6.30am for yet another early morning training session.
Followed by a day of reloading the Land Rover to get everything in and strapping numerous boats on, the three left Nottingham at 4pm for the long drive to Pau.
Big thanks to Peter for offering to take an early group out and to Ryan and Hannah who have spent most of the week at Hpp sorting out food, boats and kit between training sessions. The logistics of paddlers, boats and kit going out from different places at different times is not easy.
Next stop Folkestone prior to meeting up with Jonny Schofield in Pau at the weekend.Latest Pau Bulletin on https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ Wildwater Racing for Fun more info on the official website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017
GB WILDWATER CANOEING ANNUAL CONSULTATIVE MEETING
28th October 2017, approx18:00 Chainbridge Hotel, Llangollen (straight after National Prize Giving).
3) Approval of Minutes from 26th November 2016 ACM & matters arising
4) Chairman’s Report
6) Secretary’s Report
7) Treasurer’s Report
8) Senior & Junior Team Managers Report
9) National Coach’s Report
10) Election of Officers
For re-election 2017
Chairman: Candidate: Peter Schofield, proposed by Julie Lewis, seconded by Grant Anderson.
Treasurer: Candidate: Simon Wright, proposed by Jamie Christie, seconded by Julie Lewis
The following are due for re-election 2018:
Performance Director: Jamie Christie.
Hon. Secretary: Julie Lewis
Executive & Regional Representatives:
Scottish Canoe Association Representative: Fraser Gormal
Canoe Wales Representative: James Wingfield.
British Canoeing - Russ Smith.
Team Manager – Paul Anderson.
English Regional Representatives:
- North and West – Mary Jean Smith
- South – Carl Foody
Midlands – Grant Anderson
Other Non-Committee Roles:
Head Coach – Paul Anderson
International Event Support – Nigel Stevenson
Welfare/Equalities - Hannah Brown
Safety – Nominee needed
Web – Neil Stamps
Mini Bus – Julie Lewis/Jamie Christie
Calendar – Julie Lewis
Rankings – Lee Gingell
Marketing, PR & Sponsorship –Robyn Webb
Each British Canoeing-affiliated club which has registered an interest in Wild Water Racing with the Secretary to the Wild Water Racing Committee shall have one vote at the Annual Consultative Committee. Evidence of British Canoeing membership must be produced.
Any person representing an Affiliated Club or casting its vote, must be a Full member of British Canoeing. Similarly, no Affiliated Club can be represented or cast a vote, unless it has paid all money due to British Canoeing.