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Ascent Racing, Descent Racing and Marathon

From wash hanging in formation to get an easy ride to using race skills to make a well timed break, Marathon is about a lot more than endurance...

Marathon Racing is truly a sport for all. It is open to paddlers of all ages and abilities – to novices of any age; to paddlers with disabilities that may preclude them from other sports; and to supremely fit international athletes. Importantly, it is open to you, whatever your age, ability or fitness.

Races are held throughout the year on rivers, lakes, canals and estuaries over a wide range of distances and in a wide range of craft from sleek racing kayaks to touring canoes. So if you are looking for endurance sport to test yourself over marathon distances or simply looking for a pleasant experience racing over much shorter distances, then Marathon Racing has something for you.

The Marathon Racing Committee organises the National Championships, the Hasler Trophy Series and the Lightning Series. It is also is responsible for selecting and administering teams representing Great Britain at international events.

Marathon races are run across the region (and beyond) throughout the year. Details of local races can be found on the National Calendar. 

Key races to note include the Devizes to Westminster and the Cheshire Ring. At 125 and 95 miles respectively, these are amongst the longest races. The Frank Luzmore K2, the Waterside and Thamesside Series are between 13 and 34 miles and attract large entries despite being held in January, February and March. 

These together with local and regional races and descent races, held down stream on faster moving water, mean that there are races suitable for all abilities and ages throughout most of the year. It will be a gateway to a sport that you will be able to enjoy for years to come and bring with it some lasting friendships for you and your family.

You can find out additional information Marathon Racing website which has a comprehensive list of canoe clubs, or from the Sprint and Marathon Racing Handbook.