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 British Canoeing


We have the first of the Matlock WWR Sprint & Wavehopper Series next weekend on Saturday 1st Oct, all welcome. Novices are particularly encouraged to participate.
The race is usually of about 5 minutes duration for the fastest paddlers, who set off at one minute intervals and race against the clock. Each race will consist of two races and the fastest time will count. Gentle grade 2. Please check on water levels the night before at:
Briefing 1120 Start 12.00.
The River Derwent is located between Matlock & Matlock Bath (A6).
OS Ref: Sheet 119 1:50 0000 SK 296587 – Sat Nav postcode DE4 3PT
Entries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Race Entries: £5 per race
Sponsored by East midlands Paddlers: www.empaddlers.org

DART National Race coming up on 29th & 30th October

We have the first of the National WWR series coming up at the Dart on Sat & Sun 29th/30th Oct 2016 - All Welcome
Saturday: English Open Championships Classic
Sunday: English Open Championship Sprint
British National Series – English Open, Includes Wavehopper series race
Meet car park at Newbridge, off the river Dart.
Address :Newbridge Hill, Poundsgate, Devon, TQ13 7
SATURDAY: Briefing 12 Start 1300. Poss team race 1500
Classic start from Newbridge to end of Dart Loop (for accomplished paddlers only)
SUNDAY: Briefing 0930 at Country Park
Start 10.30 2nd run 11.30 from RDCP entry weir to RDCP Bridge
Open class both days for all boat types.
Race course depends on water levels
Late entries accepted until 1100 Sat 1000 Sun
Entries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 25th Oct 2016
Race Entries £15 Adults & £10.00 juniors/students for both events. Late entry fee £2.50

See Two of our canoeing Olympians Jonnie Schofield & Rachel Cawthorn at the Burrs Race on 16th October

I'm delighted to confirm that Jonnie Schofield​ and Rachel Cawthorn​ will be coming to the Irwell WWR Race on 16th October at the Burrs Activity Centre in Bury, Lancashire.

Jonnie's racing career started with the Scouts NW Race series when he was ten years old  and then moved on to the Burrs WWR - which I've been involved with ever since so it's great to have him back!

This is the 2015/16 Wavehopper Championship Finals as well as being a 2016 NW Regional & Wavehopper Race.

I'm hoping for a massive turnout - particularly as Manchester is hosting all our Rio Olympic & Paralympic Athletes the following day

Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you or your club are thinking of joining us.


We are pleased to announce that selection for the junior worlds, U23 worlds, senior world cups and senior Europeans will take place at Grandtully in Scotland on Sat and Sun 22/23rd April 2017 

Selection for the senior world championsips will take place late June/early July, date and venue are just being finalised.

Matlock series

A reminder that the Matlock series starts on Saturday 1st October. A good introductory race for the less experienced. Contact Julie Lewis for more information and to enter.

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2016 ACM NOVEMBER 26th Agenda


26th November 2016, approx17:00 (straight after the race on the Tyne

Venue: Hexham canoe hut at the side of the green Hexham.



1)       Welcome

2)       Attendees, apologies, club representation: Please confirm club attendance & register an interest in WWR to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the meeting.

3)       Approval of Minutes from 4th November 2015 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

9)      Nominations or Motions: to be submitted by 26th October 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10)     Election of Officers

11)     AOB



For re-election 2017

Chairman: Peter Schofield

Vice Chairman: Paul Anderson

Treasurer: Candidate: Simon Wright


The following are due for re-election 2016:

Performance Director: Jamie Christie.

Proposed Paul Anderson, seconded Julie Lewis

Hon. Secretary: Julie Lewis

Proposed Paul Anderson, seconded Nicky Cresser


Executive & Regional Representatives:

Scottish Canoe Association Representative: Fraser Gormal

Proposed: Paul Anderson seconded Cynthia Berry


Canoe Wales Representative: James Wingfield.

Proposed Paul Anderson, seconded Peter Schofield


British Canoeing - Russ Smith.

Proposed: Julie Lewis seconded Jamie Christie


Team Manager – Paul Anderson.

Proposed Julie Lewis seconded Jamie Christie


English Regional Representatives:

-        North and West – Mary Jean Smith

Proposed Carl Foody, seconded Andy Reeves


-        South and East – Carl Foody

Proposed Peter Scofield, seconded Paul Anderson


-        East – Jon Finch

Proposed Julie Lewis, seconded Paul Anderson


-        London – Mackon Khela

Proposed Julie Lewis seconded Jamie Christie


-        Midlands – Grant Anderson

Proposed Jamie Christie, seconded Nicky Cresser

(Each of 5 regional reps to co-ordinate for other regional reps in their area)


Other Non-Committee Roles:

Head Coach – Paul Anderson

Junior Team Manager - Nicky Cresser

International Event Support – Nigel Stevenson

Welfare/Equalities – Vacant – Hannah Brown

Proposed Julie Lewis, seconded Nicky Cresser


Safety – Nominee needed

Web – Neil Stamps

Mini Bus – Julie Lewis

Calendar – Julie Lewis

Rankings – Ross Pearton/Lee Gingell

Funding & Sponsorship –Robyn Webb Proposed Peter Schofield seconded Robert Jefferies


Each BCU-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 BCU membership must be produced.


Any person representing an Affiliated Club or casting its vote, must be a Full member of the BCU. Similarly, no Affiliated Club can be represented or cast a vote, unless it has paid all money due to British Canoeing.

Dave Kay. One of the founding fathers of modern river racing in Great Britain. In Memoriam

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave Kay's family and friends at this sad time.
Dave was one of the founding fathers of modern River Racing in Great Britain. He was a highly inspirational and enthusiastic force behind wild water racing in GB. He produced an invaluable and entertaining newsletter, organised events and in particular pushed all the aspiring mens K1s on.
This was the period when Ian and Alan Tordoff and Neil Stamps were starting to race. He was also one of the people behind the Wavehopper concept and getting it manufactured, to help bring more people into our sport.

Dave's funeral is today, Tues 13th Sept, 12:00 Midday .

St Marks Church

2016 ACM NOVEMBER 26th

The Wild Water Canoeing ACM will be at Hexham Green on November 26th during the Tour of the North.

The ACM will take place immediately after racing and everyone is very welcome. We'll have some refreshments and cake to warm everyone up!

Please send any ACM Motions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please add the Irwell Race at the Burrs Activity Centre, Bury to your race calendar for this Autumn & Winter WWR Series.

This will be a 2016/17 NW Regional and Wavehopper Race as well as the 2015/16 Wavehopper Championships Finals on Sunday 16th October, 2016 - so we're aiming for maximum participation and competition.

This is always a popular venue and so we've brought forward the race for what will hopefully be slightly warmer weather, to help fit in with any universities wanting to practice for BUCS and also stop any conflict with clubs wanting to race in the Tay Descent and Dart - which are weekends we have customarily used in the past.

The racing will be a the standard time trial Format

First runs start at 11.30. Second runs at 1230pm.

This will be directly followed by the Club Team race

Late entries accepted until the race briefing at 10.30 am. River Irwell, Burrs Activity Centre, Woodhill Road, Bury, BL8 1DA. All Classes will be catered for, including U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, Seniors, & Veterans. K1, C1, C2, Open Canoe.

Entries to:

Peter Schofield GB Wild Water Canoeing, 6 Browgate, Sawley , Lancashire, BB7 4NB.

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please email entries)

Entry fees £6.00 for Seniors, £4.00 for Juniors.

All levels of paddlers very welcome, all types of boats welcome.

Course open for practice from 9.30am.

Wild Water Junior Europeans and Under23 Pre-World Championships 2016

Murau, Austria played the beautiful host to the biggest Wild Water competition of 2016 for all junior and under 23 athletes. Over the 20th - 24th July, Great Britain was proudly represented by one of the largest teams selected for many years, a total of 21 athletes competed in an outstanding fashion across all the competitive classes, showing the current depth of domestic Wild Water canoeing in Britain. A fantastic three medals where picked up by the under 23’s and many personal best results obtained by our young junior athletes. All round an excellent trip for athletes, staff and parents!

With a cultural opening ceremony on the Wednesday evening the event was officially opened by Albert Woods. Racing kicked off Thursday afternoon with the individual Classic race, this year’s course was an excellent test of skill and fitness with a 20-25 minute race course held over constant, fast flowing, choppy, bouncy water, with a couple of sizable rapids to really test out the competitors handiness on the wild stuff. Outstanding results came from Louise Revell who picked up a fantastic bronze medal in the under 23 K1 woman category and junior Calum Gingell finishing 13th just 6 seconds off the top 10. With one more year to go in his junior career this is a very promising result from the young man. Friday saw the team classic races take place over the same stretch of river, team racing combines the skilful element of getting three paddlers down the river in formation, with a young team full of new faces this year there where many lessons learnt, but again small margins make for exciting prospects for years to come.

Over the weekend the Sprint races where held up in Murau, with the stretch of river running through the town centre making it a perfect spectator spot. The British stepped up and showed their sprinting ability, with many juniors just missing out of finals by small margins. The under 23’s showed how their time on the road competing at the senior world cup races has developed their skills by 8 athletes qualifying for Sundays finals. Top junior result was the C2 pairing of Aaron Kirk and Jack Perchard winning the second qualification run and finishing a credible 8th overall.

Our under 23 womans C1 paddler Rachel Houston showed great resilience in this up and coming class winning both the classic and sprint in style, unfortunately this event was under attended for her results to be recognised with medals but alongside junior C1 paddler Morna Campbell the British future in this event looks strong.

The competition was rounded up with sprint team events, the close proximity of team racing and short nature of the course made any errors costly. The under 23 boys of Mike Rees-Clarke, Rob Jefferies and Ricky Millar stormed the field and clinched a well-deserved bronze medal with 0.6 of second separately 2nd-4th place. The under 23 C1 boys’ team of Andrew Houston, Ryan Hunt and impressive racing up from junior Will Fotheringham also claimed a Bronze.

Overall an excellent trip, with many paddlers looking forward to returning to the same venue next year for the Junior and under 23 World Championships after having gained valuable experience and learning from this year’s trip, the British will be ones to watch!  

Many thanks to all the support team/coaches and parents!


Results summary

Junior MK1

  • Calum Gingell (Classic 13th, Sprint 21st, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)

  • Freddie Brown (Classic 30th, Sprint 29th, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)

  • Eddie McDiarmid (Classic 32th, Sprint 28th, team classic 9th, team sprint 8th)

  • Connor Turner (Classic 36th, Sprint 33rd)

Junior MC1

  • Will Fotheringham (Classic 21st, Sprint 20th, un23 team sprint 3rd)

  • Raoul Chappell (Classic 23rd , Sprint 22nd)

Junior WK1

  • Mona Campbell (Classic 18th, Sprint 17th , team classic 6th, team sprint 6th)

  • Laura Milne (Classic 21st, Sprint 23rd , team classic 6th, team sprint 6th)

  • Lucy Brown (Classic 28th, Sprint 22nd, team sprint 6th)

  • Jodie Ball (Classic 24th, Sprint 25th , team classic 6th)

Junior C2

  • Aaron Kirk & Jack Perchard (Classic 11th, Sprint 8th )

Junior WC1

  • Mona Campbell (Classic 11th, Sprint 12th)

Un23 MK1

  • Ricky Millar (Classic 10th, Sprint 10th , team classic 5th, team sprint 3rd)

  • Mike Rees-Clarke (Classic 14th, Sprint 8th , team classic 5th, team sprint 3rd)

  • Robert Jefferies (Classic 18th, Sprint 13th , team sprint 3rd)

  • Alexander Fotheringham (Classic 17th, Sprint 14th , team classic 5th)

Un23 C1

  • Ryan Hunt (Classic 7th, Sprint 7th, team sprint 3rd)

  • Andrew Houston (Classic 8th, Sprint 5th, team sprint 3rd)

Un23 WK1

  • Louise Revell (Classic 3rd, Sprint 5th)

  • Rachel Slade (Classic 6th, Sprint 6th)

Un23 WC1

  • Rachel Houston (Classic 1st, Sprint 1st)

Coaches/support staff – Nicky Cresser/Sandra Hyslop/Mags Nixon/Hannah Brown