Longridge Canoe Club's Hasler Marathon

The 2018 Race will be held Saturday 25th August.
2018 Race Details to follow Soon.

Thank you to all the Competitors who entered and made 2017 another great year for the Longridge Hasler. We hope you enjoyed the course and the competition. Thank you also to all the visiting friends & family for supporting the event too and creating a great atmosphere.

A massive thank also goes to all the Longridge members, and their families & friends, who volunteered their time on the day to make the event successful.


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If there are any queries about the results then please get in contact.

Archived pre-race details below

Details for the 2017 Race

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Date: Saturday 26th August 2017

At: Longridge Activity Centre, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, SL7 1RE
(Sorry : no dogs, except guide dogs, are allowed anywhere on the Longridge site)

Check-in opens: 8:30am


How to find us:

From M4 (junction 8/9) or M40 (junction 4) take A404(M), ignore slip roads then at the first roundabout, leave A404 taking Marlow Road into Bisham village (signposted weak bridge).

(when heading from M4, this is the 1st exit off the roundabout; when heading from M40, this is the last exit off the roundabout).

Follow through Bisham and round two 90 degree bends; now becoming Bisham Road.

In less than 1/2 mile take the first right turn, into Quarry Wood Road. Sign posted Longridge (just before The Compleat Angler Hotel and Marlow Bridge).

Proceed along Quarry Wood Road, passing under the concrete road bridge, within 200m of the bridge take the 2nd entrance into the Longridge Activity Centre (we will be using the overflow car park - please do not try to use the main car park (1st entrance)).

  • NB If traveling to/from the race through Marlow Town : only Vehicles under three tonnes maximum gross weight (MGW) and less than 6ft 6ins wide are permitted over Marlow Bridge. (Police regularly patrol the bridge and its approach and will issue fines/penalties). We have been advised, typically the following examples of vehicles should not be using the bridge and must travel via the A404 : Range Rovers, Discoveries, Ford Transit vans, Mercedes Sprinter vans, Volvo XC90s, 4WD pick-ups, Mercedes GLE/GLS/G Classes and Audi Q7s.

Please Note Parking Charges £2 /vehicle payable at gates on arrival.

Race Programme:

Any published programme and race information is subject to amendment , including on the day, at the discretion of the race organisers and if necessary following risk assessment of weather or river conditions and numbers of entries.

The Race will take place on the River Thames, starting and finishing in the vicinity of Longridge Activity Centre.

08.30 Check-in opens
09:45 1st Session Check-in closes
10:00 1st Session Briefing
10:30 1st Session Starts including Lightning Class.

11:45 2nd Session Check-in closes
12:00 2nd Session Briefing
12:30 2nd Session Starts

13:30 Hody K2 Race

Results & Prize Giving as soon as possible after races finish.

1st Session
Division 7, 8, 9 singles

  • appx. 6.5 km (4 miles) with no portages -
    Division 7, 8, 9 doubles
  • appx. 6.5 km (4 miles) with no portages -
  • appx. 3 km (2 miles) with no portages -

2nd Session
Division 4, 5, 6 singles

  • appx. 13 km (8 miles) with 2 portages -
    Division 4, 5, 6 doubles
  • appx. 13 km (8 miles) with 2 portages -
    Division 1, 2, 3 singles
  • appx. 20 km (12.5 miles) with 3 portages -
    Division 2, 3 doubles
  • appx. 20 km (12.5 miles) with 3 portages -
    Hody K2
  • appx. 3 km (2 miles) with no portages -
Race Entry:

Club entries by Team Leader using HRM preferred. For individuals or where no access to HRM then please email wiki.daniels@gmail.com

All entries to include paddler’s Full Name, BC number + expiry date, singles ranking, category (where applicable) and Club.

Pre-entry fee for entries received by 12 noon on Thursday 24th August:
£9.00 Senior
£7.00 Junior
£3.00 Lightning / Hody
per seat

Late-entry fee entries received after pre-entry, to close of check-in on the day:
£12 Senior
£10 Junior
£4.00 Lightning / Hody
per seat

The fee will be charged at the rate applicable based on the time the entry (HRM or email submission) was received, which means if pre-entered before the deadline then the lower fee will apply even if paid on the day of the race. In any event, Competitors will not be permitted to start if payment has not been received by the close of their race check-in.

Day Ticket for Non BC members
£5.00 per competitor (issued where permitted by BC; not available if previously raced with a day ticket in this racing season.)

Cheques payable to ‘Longridge Canoe Club’ or online banking:
Longridge Canoe Club
Sort code: 403105
Account: 61875159
Please use your club as reference or written on the reverse of cheques


Light refreshments provided for competitors after their race.
Other food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Other useful information:

Race Check-in and race control - will be found on the upper floor of the main facilities building (wooden chalet style block).
Toilets, Showers & Changing facilities will be found on the 1st floor of the main facilities building.

Please Note that toilets, showers and changing facilities will be shared with the public and other users of the activity centre. Do not leave any valuables unattended at any time.

Please park as tightly as possible and as directed by the race organisers, this way we should have sufficient parking on site. If ground conditions or less efficient parking reduces the parking capacity the race organiser or Longridge Activity Centre may ask you to find alternative car parking. Please take careful notice of on-street parking restrictions as wardens are very active in the area.

Parking Charges per vehicle at £2 are introduced this year to help cover the cost of using the Activity Centre. (Despite sharing a name, Longridge Canoe Club is not part of the Longridge Activity Centre organisation, so there are costs for using the site).

Viewing of the finish line and competitors passing will be available from the Longridge site. However there is no riverside access/path to follow or view other sections of the course from the Longridge side of the river. The riverside path is on the opposite bank to Longridge.

Access to the riverside path can be found from Gossmore playing fields, Millbank, Gossmore Lane, SL7 1UA. We recommend allowing at least 10 minutes to get to this location by car. Please note, it's not possible to access Longridge from here and launching kayaks is very difficult. There are no toilet facilities here. This is for viewing some parts of the course only - other parts may still be inaccessible.



  1. The race will be run in accordance with Part F of the 2017 Canoe Sprint & Marathon Racing Handbook.
  2. All competitors are expected to be familiar with BC rules and in particular of Hasler races.
  3. At check-in proof a valid BC membership for all competitors must be offered. Failure to provide evidence of membership may mean the competitor being excluded from the race or other sanctions being applied as set-out in the Handbook.
  4. Where special categories apply these must be declared at the time of entry.
  5. Paddlers ranked in division 1, 2 or 3 must race the longest course.
  6. Prizes may be Awarded at the discretion of the race organisers, normally for highest placed competitors (1st to 3rd) in each race provided sufficient number of entries in the race.
  7. Hasler points will be awarded in accordance with BC rules.
  8. Vertical number-boards will be provided for each boat entered – It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure that boards are clearly displayed in an upright position on their boat throughout the race. The race organisers recommend use of number-board holders and boards being securely held in place by pin or tape. The race organisers cannot be held responsible for any competitors not receiving a finish time or place result where a board was not clearly visible. Any boat on the start line, passing checkpoints or finishing line without a number visible may be deemed as not partaking in the race. The race organisers reserve the right to charge for lost number boards at £5.00/per board.
  9. Other craft may be encountered on the river. The race organisers will expect all competitors to comply with the Rules applicable when using the River Thames. All competitors are reminded of the "river right" rule.
  10. Buoyancy Aids are Compulsory for all paddlers ranked in divisions 7, 8 and 9 (and Lightning/Hody classes) irrespective of the division being raced on the day (i.e. to be worn if 'racing up').
  11. Team leaders and/or parents should decide if paddlers under 16 years of age in divisions 1 to 6 should wear a buoyancy aid.
  12. Notwithstanding the above, the race organisers recommend that all paddlers have a buoyancy aid available on the day of the race: in the event of extreme weather or river conditions paddlers of any division may be required or decide to wear a buoyancy aid.
  13. All boats used in the race must be sufficiently buoyant to remain afloat and to support the crew in rough water in the event of capsize. Boats are not deemed to be sufficiently buoyant purely as a result of its construction (e.g. vac bagged/ sandwich or other construction), therefore additional buoyancy will be required in the form of appropriate foam, air bags and/or sealed bulkheads.
  14. All paddlers are required to render assistance to other competitors in distress – this includes checking that a paddler in the water is able to cope with the situation well enough to get out of the water.
  15. Portage in/outs may be over pontoon; natural river bank; wood, concrete or metal artificial river bank edges; and/or beach. Portage traverse may be along uneven surfaces including grass, sand/mud/soil, stone/gravel, and/or concrete. Sharpe materials may be encountered at any point on the river bed or at portages : suitable footwear is strongly recommended.
  16. It is recommend that all competitors and Team Leaders read all information signs/boards on the day and attend the race briefing(s). It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure they are aware of all information that has been provided by the race organisers.
  17. 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.
  18. Longridge Canoe Club and its nominated officials cannot be held responsible for any loss of life, injury or damage to equipment however caused.
  19. Canoeing and kayaking is an 'assumed risk’ ‘Water-contact sport', that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risk, and be responsible for their own action and involvement. All paddlers will need to declare on the day that they are capable of racing on the course.

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