Marathon racing runs on a divisional system, the lower Divisions 7, 8 and 9 race over a maximum of only 6.5 Km  with few or no portages.  The next group of Divisions 6,5 & 4 race over a distance of 13 Km  often with portages.  Then progressing to Divisions 3,2 & 1 over 20 Km with portages.   Promotion from a lower division can take place at local level and is on a percentage basis. The club enters teams of all ages and abilities into the Flatwater Winter Series and Eastern Region Hasler Series.  In both these events the team are quite competitive and we are always looking for new members to join the team.

There are Hasler races run all over the UK throughout the year, usually on Sundays. Competitors have an official Marathon Division Ranking from 1 to 9 and Lightning Class. New competitors start in Division 9, and progress through the divisions by winning or coming close to winning races. Divisions 7, 8 and 9 race over a course of about 6.5km (4miles) with no or few portages, which is the Waterworks Turn and back. Divisions 4, 5 and 6 race over a course of about 13km (8miles) often with portages, which is the mill stream before Baddow LOck and back. Divisions 1, 2 and 3 over 20km (12miles) with portages, which is Paper Mill and back. The main competition is the Hasler Trophy, which all canoeing clubs compete for and we won in 2015.

This is done on a regional basis, in our case Eastern region. We compete at Clubs such as Cambridge, Bedford, Norwich and Leighton Buzzard. We have our own race in the Autumn usually October, when well over 150 canoeists will compete. Points are awarded for race positions and the top four clubs in each region go forward to compete in the BCU Hasler Final, which is usually held in September. As an indivdual to take part in the final you have to have competed in at least three qualifying races during the season (1st September – 31st August).


CHELMER MARATHON LXVI - 23rd October 2016

Venue: Chelmsford Canoe Club
Parking: Please use Wharf Road Car Park, CM2 6YT

The Jays Chelmsford Marathon will be taking place on the same day, access to our site between 8:30 and 9:30 will be restricted as the event passes our club site, some short term road closures in the local area.
Please check for details.

Event Timings:

Check In: 9:30 – 11:00

Boat Checks: From 11:00

Briefing: 11:30

A & B Course Access: 11:45
A & B Starts: 12:00
C & D Course Access: 12:15
C & D Starts: 12:30

Prize Giving: 14:45

Starts will be approximately 1-2 min apart


A - 12 Miles, 10 Portages, 1 Turn
Singles Divisions 1, 2 & 3, and Doubles Divisions 2 & 3

B - 8 Miles, 8 Portages, 1 Turn
Singles Divisions 4, 5 & 6, and Doubles Divisions 4,5 & 6

C - 3 Miles, 2 Portages, 1 Turn
Singles Divisions 7, 8, 9 and Doubles Divisions 7, 8 & 9

D - 2km, 0 Portages
U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U10 Boys, U10 Girls

All distances are approximate

Course: All races are a Traditional “Out and Back” format on a canalised river, with similar portages to the Wey and Kennet & Avon canal.
Portages are majority grass surfaces and may become slippery.
May be subject to change depending on conditions.


Senior: £8.00 per seat

Junior: £6.00 per seat

Lightning: £3.50 per seat

Late Entries: £5.00 per seat extra

BCU Day Ticket: £5.00 per British Canoeing non-member

Please make cheques payable to: Chelmsford Canoe Club.
Entries: To be received by midnight on Thursday 20 October 2016 using the HRM management system for teams. Postal Entries will be accepted for individuals. Payment for entries will be accepted on the day.

Please Email your HRM files to:

Rules: BCU Marathon Rules apply as per the racing year book, plus amendments arising from the Marathon Racing ACM. Approved life jackets or buoyancy aids must be worn by all paddlers ranked in Divisions 7, 8 or 9, all Lightning paddlers and for paddlers in Divisions 6 and above where directed to do so by their team leaders. In certain circumstances buoyancy aids may be made compulsory for all competitors. All boats must carry sufficient buoyancy to remain afloat and support
their crew in the event of capsize. All boats will be subject to a boat check prior to access to the water
being granted.
Due to area behind the start / finish area being limited, access to the course will be strictly controlled,