Canoeing Events and Club Competitions

Sprint Marathon Feathered Blade Summer Marathons Club Championships Bernard Worth Ron Emes Blade

Calendar of Events - Dates for Regional Marathon races, National Regattas (Holme Pierrepont) and our own Club races and other activities which may be of interest to you.
Interactive Calendars - More detailed information on Club sessions and also Regional, National and International Sprint and Marathon events.

The main Canoesport disciplines in which members of Lincoln Canoe Club participate are Sprint Racing, Marathon Racing and, to a lesser extent, Wild Water Racing. See below for more details.

In addition to regional and national events, members also compete against each other in a number of Club events on our local waters. These include:-
The Feathered Blade Competition - A series of monthly handicapped races over 500m and 3 or 6 miles.
The Club Championships - A one day event combining a Sprint time trial, a Marathon race and a flat water Slalom.
There are also some Marathon "Challenge" events at which faster and slower paddlers are combined in K2 or K4 to try to produce evenly matched crews.


Races are in lanes over distances of 200, 500 and 1000 metres of flat water in single, double and four man kayaks and canoes. Boats are designed solely for speed, being long and narrow and rather unstable. Kayaks are steered by a foot-operated rudder.
There are five national Regattas each year between April and September and these are usually held at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.
The Club has a number of trophies which are presented each year to members who compete in Sprint Racing. These are :-
The Beryl Oliver Cup - for the best performance by a Lincoln paddler at the Sprint Racing National Championships.
The Ron Emes Blade - For consistent good performances throughout the racing season. Points are awarded according to one's finishing place in each race entered at each Regatta and added up at the end of the season.
The Flavell Cup - Similar to the Ron Emes Blade competition but for under 12 paddlers only.

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Start of a Ladies K2 race
at Holme Pierrepont

Marathon Racing

Boats are mainly as for Sprint Racing, although any type of craft can be used, but races are in singles and doubles over distances of 4 to 12 miles according to ability. Races are held on canals and rivers and may involve carrying the boat (portaging) around locks and weirs.
The Lincoln Marathon was traditionally held in late March or early April for over forty years, but was moved to the autumn in 2008.
Marathon races are Regional events, with the top Clubs from each Region qualifying for a National Final (at Richmond, on the River Thames in 2017) at the end of the season. Lincoln is in the Midlands Region and the top 6 Clubs will qualify.
Check out the current Midlands Clubs 2017/18 rankings to see how Lincoln are faring against the other Midlands Clubs.

Recent year's final Midlands Clubs rankings.
2017   2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004

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Wild Water Racing

- The WWR Committee has its own web site.
- The Wild Water Race on the River Dee in November 2003 was organised by Simon Wright (pictures) and, in more recent years, the 'Derwent Dash' race at Matlock has been organised by Nigel Stevenson.