Mini-Marathons – Winter ’24

Third Sunday of the month

The Cedric Avery Winter Marathons are back at Harefield om the third Sunday of January (21st), February (18th) and March (17th).

The Sharks have reintroduced their monthly Marafun events, Mini-Marathons for fun, fitness and training. Two seasons, Summer and Winter, Seasonal medals and seasonal Club Championship.

The next race in the Winter Serries for 2023/24 is on January 21st 2024 at Harefield. The cost is £6 per boat (cash or card on the day), all types of paddle powered craft welcome; Canoes, Kayaks, Sups, crew boats, as long as you use a paddle you can race. For more information call/text 07951 770241 or email: canoeing@thesharks.org.uk

We have three distances:

1.5 miles for beginners and slalom boats (although slalom boats can go further if they want). There are no portages on this race and will be a mass start.

An intermediate race of 3.5 miles and two portages, youngsters and people with mobility difficulties can have help (although we are unable to provide support staff for this). This race will be started according to you previous times, but the first one will be a mass start.

The 6.5 mile race has 5 portages (may be 4 in December as we need to check access). The first race will be a mass start but subsequent races will be according to your previous race times.

Racing starts at 11am from just below Coppermill Lock (UB9 6HZ), check in and entries from 10am at Troy Lake (Rickmansworth Sailing Club), where you can park and get in to the adjacent canal.

Under 18s must wear buoyancy aids, over 18, your choice.

Medals are awarded to the best paddlers: with the fastest times, and accumulated points throughout the series. With clubs competing the Cedric Avery Winter Series Mini-Marathon shield!

For more information call/text 07951 770241 or email: canoeing@thesharks.org.uk.

Directions:

Troy Lake, West Hyde, which is the home of Rickmansworth Sailing Club, which is accessed from the A412 Denham Road/North Orbital Road,  signposted for Rickmansworth Sailing Club. Turn Left at the small MOT garage and, once passed the Marble and Granite Centre, drive along the track for 500m to the Sailing Club. WD3 9YB for SatNav directions.

There are changing rooms and showers etc. and there is a car parking adjacent to the canal.

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For more information call/text 07951 770241 or email: canoeing@thesharks.org.uk.

Published 2nd January 2024