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Pietermaritzburg 2017 Marathon World Championships- Ivan Lawler


Last weekend saw the Marathon racing elite gather in South Africa for the biggest event of the calendar. Great Britain sent a big team which included two paddlers from Elmbridge, Oscar McKitrick and Lani Belcher.


Many of you will know Oscar who has been working his way through the groups over the past 4 years. Lani may not be a name you are familiar with, as she has been away on Sprint duty within the National structure for many years.


I was also lucky enough to be out at the event in my role as livestream commentator, so my view of the racing was second to none!!


First up was Oscar in the Junior Men’s K2 with Joe Peterson from Banbury CC. They had earlier in the season come 4th at European champs, which despite a scrappy race, was a phenomenally good result. There seemed no way, with the addition of some more strong crews, that a result like that was even possible again.


However, the two boys were amazing from start to finish. Moving well in the groups and mixing with the top end crews, on an equal footing. The race was not without incident and some bad luck for one of the leading crews meant that Oscar left the final portage in medal position. They were just overhauled on the final stretch though and ended up in 4th place. It feels like one of the worst places to finish, just missing a medal, but when you look at the crews they beat and you realize they were the 4th best in the whole world it puts things in perspective!!


Oscar has trained for 4 years with this event as his specific target, his commitment, effort and single mindedness have been a visible lesson to all at the club and he has represented us in the very best way! Congratulations!!


On the Saturday it was Lani’s turn in K1. Already European silver medalist Lani had high hopes of going one better. Her main rival on paper, Renata Csay, has made this event her own over the last decade though, and has a knack for coming up with the goods on the day! Lani raced beautifully from the start, positioned herself expertly and dominated the portages. In the end she broke Csay with a lap to go and had a dominant final portage and last 1000m, to take the title for the first time. Lani becomes our 4th female World Champion and we are very proud of that!


On Sunday Lani was back on the circuit for a K2 with her training partner from Nottingham, Hayleigh Mason. The race evolved in a very similar way to her K1 but eventually the Hungarian crews proved just too strong and the result was a bronze medal for Lani.


It was a fantastic event and I urge you to watch some of the racing if you think it needs to be you next on the honours board. The whole thing is available to watch on YouTube

Oscar McKitrick K2 race 

 Lani Belcher K1 race


We are very proud of the showing from both our athletes and hope that they inspire future generations as well as those who have not yet taken the plunge into full commitment!!



Marathon World Cup 2017 Selection

Congratulations to the following Elmbridge paddlers for being selected for the GB Marathon World Cup team in Belgium 26-28 May, after racing at the Bedford Assessment.

Jenny Withers (ELM)

Luke Bowyer (ELM)

Oscar McKittrick (ELM)

Full GB Team Selected for World Cup

Results Bedford Assessment 

Also good luck to Luke who is racing this weekend after being selected in March to represent the GB Marathon team at the German Nationals Championship. Full GB Team Selected


2015 IFC Canoe Sprint World Cup

The 2015 IFC Canoe Sprint World Cup took place last weekend, 29-31 May in Copenhagen. Our Elmbridge paddlers had some excellent results.

Louisa Sawers came 3rd in the senior women K1 1000m.

Lani Belcher finished 2nd in K1 5000m while Louisa got bronze medal.

Lani and Louisa were part of the K4 crew that finished in 6th place in the women K4 500m.

In K2 500m race, Lani with Angela Hannah came 7th followed by Rebeka Simon and Jessica Walker in 8th position.

Congratuilations to all of them.

World Marathon Championships Oklahoma USA 2014

Congratulations to Amy Ward, a Elmbridge club member, & Sam Rees Clark (BAS), who often trains at Elmbridge, on their Silver medal Senior Women’s K2 at the World Marathon Championships. Our other Elmbridge paddlers who were also part of the GB team were Ed Rutherford, who was 10th in the senior Men’s K1 & Elise Piercy, who was 8th in the Junior Women’s K1.


 If you didn’t get a chance to watch the live feed here are the links to the event.

2014 ICF World Championships Day 1

2014 ICF World Championships Day 2

 2014 ICF World Championships Day 3


BCU Marathon Report


Results Page 

National Marathon Championship Worcester 2014 & GB Team selection for World Marathon- Oklahoma

The last few weeks have been very busy for most of our junior  & senior paddlers as they have not only been competing in the National Championships for the Marathon, but were competing for World Marathon selection too.


The National Marathon Championship took place over the August bank holiday weekend & was organised by Worcester Canoe Club, who although had some minor problems with race results, managed to organise the sunshine & great catering. Saturday was K1’s racing in age category, our youngest member  Erica was the 1st off in her U12 race, followed by the juniors & seniors later in the day.


Senior Men – Ed Rutherford 3rd

Philip Thorogood 8th

U23 Men-      Bruce Jones 14th

U23 Women- Amy Ward 2nd

U18 Men-     Ross McMullen 6th

Luke Bowyer 7th

Nick Hadland 17th

U18 Women- Elise Piercy 1st  NATIONAL CHAMPION 

U16 Men-    Kayne Wilkinson 5th

Stefano di Gregorio 8th

U16 Women- Rebekah Solway 2nd

U14 Boys- Robert Gannon 24th

U12 Girls- Erica di Gregorio 5th

Veteran Ladies- Liz Hadland 4th Promoted to Division 6.

Vetran Men- Tim Bowyer 7th


Sunday followed the same race fomat but K2 racing was the discipline. Some very choppy water was created off the start of some of the larger attended races, so well done to those that managed to keep going.


Senior Women K2 – Amy Ward & Sam Rees Clark ( BAS)  2nd

U18 Men K2-     Ross McMullen  &  Luke Bowyer 4th

U18 Women K2- Elise Piercy & Rebekah Solway 2nd

U16 Men K2-    Kayne Wilkinson & Stefano di Gregorio 1st NATIONAL CHAMPION S

U12 mini K2- Erica di Gregorio & Ella Banks ( WEY) 11th


Congratulations to all our paddlers that raced & especially to our National Champions, Elise, Kayne & Stefano. This was the final Assessment race for selection for the World Marathon Championship taking place in Oklahoma, 3 of our paddlers have been selected as part of the GB team, we wish them all the best in their international race.


Ed Rutherford K1

Amy Ward K2

Elise Piercy K1

Full Worlds Marathon GB Team – Oklahoma 

Elise Nationals Worcester 2014

Kayne & Stefano Nationals Worcester 2014












Full National Championship Results 



Louisa Sawers World Champion -women’s K1 W 5000 , Moscow 2014



Lousia Sawers K1 5000k Gold Moscow 2014

Brilliant news for Elmbridge Canoe Club paddler Lousia Sawers, Gold in the women’s K1 5000m.  Full report on the GB website  

Silver for Rebi

Fantastic news & congratulations to Rebi Simon on winning a Silver medal at the recent Junior & U23 World Championships in Hungary.

The full GB Team report link

Double Silver for Rebi Simon at the European Junior Canoe Sprint Championships

Brilliant news for Rebi Simon who came 2nd in both the 500m & 1000m Junior Womens K1 at the European Sprint Championship. Katherine Totter & Amy Ward, our other Elmbridge paddlers that were part of the GB team, competed in the U23 womens K4, along with Phoebe Ayres & Sam Rees Clark,  where they came 7th. Well done everyone.


GB Team report

Full results

  2014 Under 23 & Junior World Championship Team

Junior & Under 23 Canoe Sprint European Regatta, Mantes en Yvelines, France- 25th-29th June

Congratulations to the following Elmbridge paddlers, Katherine Trotter, Amy Ward & Rebeka Simon on their selection to represent GB at the European Sprint Regatta. We wish them all the best & the same to the rest of the GB Team.


Link to Results

European Marathon Championships 13th-15th June 2014- Piestany, Slovakia

Good luck to the GB Team racing this weekend, especially to the Elmbridge paddlers – Ross McMullen and Elise Piercy.


You can watch the event on the live Streaming 

Results an Start list