Derwent Mike Jones Memorial Marathon (Yorkshire Region Hasler Race)

Sunday 3rd June 2012
The Tidal Barrage, Barmby on the Marsh, Near Howden. DN14 7HX

Information for Paddlers

Race Organiser
Kingston Kayak Club
c/o Julian Medina
180 Clumber Street
Princes Avenue,
Hull HU5 3RN
Tel 07508575251 mobile 01482 473853 (Ansa-phone)

Kingston Kayak Club invites you to the Derwent Marathon held in memory of Dr Mike Jones QGM.

The start and control point will be at the Tidal Barrage, Barmby on the Marsh, Near Howden, East Yorkshire DN14 7HX. There is car parking available at the Barrage, please be considerate of other users of this venue when parking.

The Event
The event will consist of a marathon and a fun race, including a Lightning Division.
The races will be run in accordance with the BCU Marathon Committee rules.

Marathon – Group A Races
Division 1-3 singles. 3/4 pairs – 12 miles.
Division 4-6 singles. 5/6 pairs – 8 miles.
Division 7-9 singles. 7/8 & 9 pairs – 4 miles.

Lightnings – Group C Races (2 Miles)

Division 10 – Lightning Race (under 10 & under 12 years, age at 1st January 2012).

Fun Event – Group B Races (2 Miles)
Division 11 – Junior Fun Race (Under 18 years, as at 1st January 2012).
Division 12 – Senior Fun Race (Over 18 years).
Division 13 – Non-racing double or open canoe.

Entry Fees
£4.00 – 18 years and over. (Group A Races)
£3.00 – Under 18’s & all fun paddlers.
Cheques payable to “Kingston Kayak Club” please.
Entries can be e-mailed or phoned to me, and can be paid for on the day.
Please enter in advance if possible. Entries on the day of the race will incur a late entry fee of £1 in addition to the relevant entry fee.

BCU/ICF Cards (comprehensive) are required for all paddlers in Group A races/division 1-9 inclusive. Juniors whose club has a registered youth section affiliated to the BCU may use their
Paddlepower number. If unable to prove membership of BCU/ICF a fee of £3 will be charged on the day for an event ticket.

Check-in time
10.30am – 11.30am on Sunday 3rd June 2012. Race briefing at 11.45 am.

Race Start Time
12 noon: 12 mile, 8 mile & 4 mile followed by Lightning’s and Fun Race (2 miles).

Prize giving will take place as soon as possible after all paddlers have finished the race.
Medals will be awarded to 1st 2nd & 3rd in each division, where there are sufficient competitors in that division. Paddleability, ladies and junior competitors will be recognised.

Access to the water
Paddlers may launch from the mooring platform accessed from the gate in the car park. Under NO circumstances must any paddler go downstream of the platform. The tidal barrage is located around the corner from the mooring platform, and there may be danger from strong currents in the vicinity of the locks.

Buoyancy Aids
Personal flotation devices must be worn by all paddlers in Divisions 7 – 13 inclusive. For juniors racing in higher divisions, the use of buoyancy aids will be at their team manager’s discretion.
The Race Organiser reserves the right to insist that all competitors wear buoyancy aids in the case of adverse water or weather conditions.

Numbers on Boats
Paddlers in Divisions 1 – 8 should use the approved yellow number plates.
Paddlers in Divisions 9 – 13 should display their number clearly on their boat, either by using tape, or collect a laminated number card from the control point. (Please return these after use!)

Starting Order
The start time for the first division will be at 12 noon, the order of starting being from Division 1, through to 13. Please bear in mind that there may not be any paddlers in the higher divisions, therefore please be prepared to start your race from midday.
Paddlers should assemble on the water behind the start line, and will be called forward to the starting line, by division.
When numbers have been checked, the starter will begin your race with the words “READY, GO”.
It is your responsibility to be at the start on time.

Rules of the Waterway
Other craft may be using the waterway. Paddlers will need to be able to cope with the wash and bow waves from these boats. Please paddle on the right side of the waterway, and be courteous to other water users, fishermen etc.

All turns should be made in an anti-clockwise direction, after passing the marshal with the flag. The turn for the 2-mile will be denoted by a red flag. A blue flag for the 4-mile race, green for the 8-mile race and yellow for the 12-mile.

Paddlers should pass the finish line in their kayak/canoe.

Paddlers of all ages and abilities are very welcome to take part in this event, however individual clubs should ensure that their paddlers are appropriately equipped, and suitably experienced to participate in the race. If it is deemed necessary that an individual requires a support paddler, this should be provided by the individuals club wherever possible.
If you see someone in difficulty or who has capsized, please stop to offer them help and provide assistance if requested to do so.

Times will be posted at the check-in point after the race has finished. If you require a copy of these, please send an S.A.E. to the race organiser, or your e-mail address.

Toilet Facilities
These are located adjacent to the car par, including disabled toilets. Please leave toilets as you find them.

“Canoeing and kayaking are “Assumed risk” – “Water contact sports” that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks, and be responsible for their own action and involvement”. British Canoe Union statement.

Kingston Kayak Club may at its absolute discretion cancel all or part of the event before or on the day if weather and water conditions are deemed adverse to safe competition

Above all, have a safe and enjoyable day, Happy Paddling!