Wolfreton Marathon – Information for Paddlers

Kingston Kayak Club invites you to the Wolfreton Marathon to be held on Sunday 7 October 2018, at North Frodingham on the Driffield Navigation/River Hull. www.kkc.org.uk.

Race Organiser

Kingston Kayak Club
Claire Medina
180 Clumber Street
Princes Avenue

Tel (01482)473853   Mobile 07508575251   

e-mail medina180@msn.com


The start and control point will be at the Frodingham Wharf/Bridge (B1249), Near North Frodingham, East Yorkshire.  Post code YO25 8JR will get you to the wharf or OS reference TA090538. There is car parking available at the Wharf on grass, please be considerate of other users of this venue when parking. Please let the organiser know if you need reserved accessible parking. On-site parking on the field may be restricted in case of prior rain.


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 BC 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
Division 10 singles – U12 paddlers – 4 miles. This is a new division from September 2018.

All ranking paddlers should wear their club colours – a plain coloured T-shirt is acceptable.


Fun Event – Group B Races (3 Miles)

Division 12 – Junior Fun Race (Under 18 years, as at 1st January 2018).
Division 13 – Senior Fun Race (Over 18 years).
Division 14 – Non-racing double or open canoe.
Division 15 – SUP boards – distance to be notified

Group C Races (2 Miles)

Division 11a – Lightning Race (under 10 & under 12 years, age at 1st January 2018)
Division 11b – Hody K2 Race (under 10 & under 12 years, age at 1st January 2018)

Entry Fees

£5.00 – 18 years and over (Group A Races) per seat
£4.00 – Under 18’s & all fun paddlers per sea
£2.50 – for U12’s in Lightning K1 and Hody K2 per seat

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.


BC/ICF Cards (comprehensive) are required for all paddlers in Group A races/division 1-10 inclusive. Juniors whose club has a registered youth section affiliated to the BCU may use their

Paddlepower number. If unable to prove membership of BC/ICF an additional fee of £5 will be charged on the day for a BC event ticket.

Check-in time
11.00am – 11.30am on Sunday 7th October 2018. Race briefing at 11.30am

Race Start Time 

12 noon: 12 mile, 8 mile & 4 mile followed by Lightning’s (2 miles) and Fun Race (3 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. All entrants will receive a certificate.

Access to the water

Paddlers may launch from the Wharf or the access steps at the end.  Access north of the bridge is not permitted.

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 managers’ and parents’ 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 white number plates.

Paddlers in Divisions 9 – 15 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 15. 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 upstream of the start, 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 River

There are no portages for this event. However 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 river (River right rule), 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 3-mile race 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 2-mile Lightning race.


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 support paddlers, this should be provided by the individual’s club wherever possible. It is the responsibility of Team Leaders and/or the individual to consider and check whether competitors are properly equipped for the race: taking into account the paddler’s fitness, ability, the course and the prevailing conditions. Any medical condition(s) that may affect a competitor’s ability to race safely must be declared to the race organisers at check-in.

If you see someone in difficulty or who has capsized, please stop to offer them help and provide assistance if requested to do so. Ensure they can cope with the situation well enough to get out of the water before moving on.


Kingston Kayak Club and its nominated officials cannot be held responsible for any loss of life, injury or damage to equipment however caused.


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. Divisions 1 – 11 will be available on the British Canoeing Marathon Results site.

Toilet Facilities and general litter

These are chemical toilets in Portaloos. Please leave toilets as you find them. Please take all litter home with you.

“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 Statement.

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

 GDPR Use of entry data is classed as “reasonable use”, and by entering a race a paddler may be considered to have given consent for the data submitted to be used for the calculation and publication of results and rankings. Kingston Kayak Club will not be seeking further consent for using the data in the prescribed way. Team leaders submitting entries for their club(s) should have individual consents in accordance with BC’s guidance & Tool Kit on GDPR. KKC will only hold this data until it is passed, in HRM result files, to the RMA and race records officer. The Race Result data showing Name, Club, Finish Time, Placing and Division (with promotion/demotion indicated) may be published and held on KKC’s website and social media sites until the Race Result data has been published by MRC. Paddlers may request deletion of their historical data by contacting MRC in accordance with MRC’s data protection policies.