Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • Results from this years 1st Barrow race are out and are also on wildwater for fun facebook page.

    Barrow results

  • Are you looking for some extra impetus in your winter training? Are you new to WWR and want an easier entry into competition? If so, the Wintermead series of flatwater races could be for you. It is a series of six time trial style races run once a month, starting and finishing at Thurmaston. More details are on the poster at the bottom of the home page.

  • The next Burrs Wild Water Race at the Burrs Activity Centre on the Irwell will be on Saturday 8th November. It is a great place for beginners – and a great venue for paddlers to develop their forward paddling skills in a safe and controlled environment.

    There will be prizes for all classes including 3.5m boats and open Canadians and run a flexible and friendly format.

    Burrs Race Information

    Burrs Coaching Tips



  • A new executive comittee has been elected at the ACM on the 4th October.

    Chairman: Peter Schofield

    Hon. Secretary: Julie Lewis

    Treasurer: Simon Wright

    Performance Director: Jamie Christie

    Participation Director: Mackon Khela

    Canoe Scotland Representative: Paul Anderson (also National Canoe Coach)

    Canoe Wales Representative: James Wingfield

  • The text from the Chairman's address at the ACM on the 4th October can be read here.

  • 2013/2014 Ranking Winners

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013/2014 WWR season.

    311 paddlers took part in ranking events over the season, representing 52 clubs.

    The club event was won by Duddon Canoe Club. Congratulations to all.

    Trophies will be presented by the Mayor of Llangollen on Saturday 6th December 2014 at the Chainbridge hotel. All winners are invited to the presentation (including complimentary dinner) starting at 6 p.m. after the Dee classic. Please let Julie Lewis know if you will be attending. Additional dinners can be booked for parents and families at £12.50 each.


  • Mackon is running a trip to the Ardeche race  from 5th – 9th November. He will take boats, paddlers, kit etc. The trip will include pre training (water conditions permitting) and he will transport boats, kit and paddlers. Alternatively paddlers can fly to Nimes and he will take your boats.

    Costs depends on numbers but looking at around £200 including accommodation.

    If interested contact Mackon direct.

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  • 2014 Barrow Classic Six Winter River Race Series

    Dates for this year’s Down River Race series on the Barrow Loop of the River Soar have now been announced.

    They are :

    Saturday 18th October

    Saturday 15th November

    Saturday 13th November

    Saturday 10th January

    Saturday 7th February

    Saturday 7th March.

    The races (3 kilometres – 15 mins) are hosted by Soar Valley Canoe Club and will be open to all paddlers in their own choice of craft (races will be subdivided into craft, age, and sex for fairness).

    They are particularly suitable for Novices at this discipline.

    The races start below Barrow New Weir and finish at the Boat House Public House – which is also race check in.

    Check in (at the Boat House Public House) will be between 9 and 10 a.m. and entry costs are:

    Adults -  £5 per race (plus £2 supplement for non bcu members) or £20 for the series;

    Juniors (U18) - £3 per race or £12 per series.

    For further details  contact   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Season planning

Posted in Coaches Blog

Hi Race Team members

As the end of the competition season has arrived it is time to review our personal achievements over the past 12 months.

Did we set goals – did we reach or surpass them? List your achievements over the past year in paddlesport and other areas of your life. Identify where you have succeeded and where you have failed – do you know why things have not always gone as planed

Remember it's good to fail!! It shows you are pushing at the limits of your current abilities.

Remember the Olympic ice skater who fell on her backside 10,000 times before gaining the gold medal.

Managing Race Day

Posted in Coaches Blog

Well, we have done as much as we can do now, race day is almost upon us. We have prepared well, been consistent in our training and we have put the skills work in on the whitewater. We now just need to make sure we give ourselves the best opportunity to put a great race performance. As Claudine Le Roux says, "Success is choice not chance" - a great performance is a result of dedication and planning. So lets make sure we plan the critical last bit right up and through our race.

So on that theme I wanted to draw attention to the planning process for race day, and just highlight how much actually goes on - and really how we do not have a great deal of time. By planning well we can keep our inner chimp happy (the one which wants to be irrational and can affect our performances). Robbie Anderson indicated to the squad at a recent traning weekend, your chimp likes structure - not having a race day plan is like poking it with a stick! 

Grow Our Sport

Grow Our Sport is here to enhance and improve the promotion of exciting  WWR events directly to as many people as possible

Raising awareness and participation in a great paddling discipline!

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Everyone is most welcome!!

Mentor Scheme

Have you an interest in helping a young athlete reach their full potential ?

...With just a couple of hours a week to offer...you could be part of the next big success story!

The Young Paddler Mentoring Scheme aims to assist and grow the sport from the ground up. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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