Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by British Canoeing

GB Open Grandtully - Latest

Updated Tully poster - please share and bring a friend - will be a great weekend's racing. This will be the GB Open, Junior & World Cup Selection as well as an ICF recognised International race. Booking in in Saturday 0900 - 1100

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Northern Region Update: Prudhoe & Carlisle Races

Northern Region Update: Prudhoe Wild Water Sprint Race will be on 29th April 2017. Practice Session 10.30 – 12.00 Safety cover provided
Race starts 1.00 pm. (x 2 runs back to back Sprint Event). Prize giving 4pm. All Entry Fees £4
Some Wavehoppers available to use or paddle any other boat. Bring your own paddling kit. Helmets must be worn. Cafe, Parking and toilets on site. (contact race organiser for camping arrangements). Where! Tyne Riverside Country Park Prudhoe NE42 6NR. Contact. Rachel Hudspith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mob 07791 568456 (Prudhoe event). For details of other races, rules and ranking go to http://www.wildwater.org.uk



Grandtully & Thistlebrig WWR & GB Training Event 15th-19th February 2017.

Grandtully & Thistlebrig WWR & GB Training Event 15th-19th February 2017.

The training event and subsequent races saw excellent numbers giving our prospective international athletes for 2017 the chance to train on good quality water.

With the week behind us, much was learnt by all that attended, with the coaching team impressed by the commitment of our paddlers.

Thought now should move towards the April and June Selection events, ensuring you are prepared and in good form for what will be a close and competitive event in all classes.

Elements to consider –

  • Training volume and event preparation
  • Technical rough water refinement and competence
  • Equipment/boats – are they up to standard and legal (there will be full boat/equipment scrutiny)
  • Registration & race entry
  • What events you are looking to prioritise and attend (On ICF web site)

Help and advice can be offered on a bespoke basis through the national coaching team – contact Head Coach Paul Anderson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

European Championships – This event will be held at Skopje, Macedonia on 11th – 14th May. The event is a non coach supported event and entry will be on a self funded nature.

Due to the short time scale following April Selection, can Athletes that wish to be considered notify Paul Anderson directly by the end of March for admin purpose. It is only those that are looking towards the Europeans I need an early notification (even if not certain).

A massive well done to all that attended this last week, and the previous national races and training events at the end of 2016. The efforts and results are noted.

Paul Anderson

Scottish Open Championships 2017

Scottish Open WWR Championships 2017

Many thanks to Calum Urquhart and Nairn CC for hosting the Scottish Open WWR Championships in February 2017.  

Congratulations to the following as winners of the Scottish Open Championships


MC1 Ryan Hunt

WC1 Rachel Houston

WC2 Louise Revell/Rachel Houston

MC2 Andy Houston Aidan Mcaleenan

MK1 Nicky Cresser - Calum Gingell

WK1 Louise Revell

WGP Jessica Leggett

MGP Ben Fitzhugh


MC1 Ryan Hunt

WC1 Rachel Houston

WC2 Louise Revell/Rachel Houston

MK1 Nicky Cresser

WK1 Louise Revell

WGP Jessica Leggett

MGP Ben Fitzhugh


Detailed reports and full results to follow shortly of a fantastic four days or canoeing.

A quick reminder: Tay WWR this coming weekend

A quick reminder: NAIRN KAYAK CLUB will be running the Tay Wild Water Races and Scottish Open Championships next weekend on 18th and 19th February 2017 - Anyone who needs more info. please contact Calum Urqhart
Race 1 (Saturday 18th Feb): Grandtully WWR Sprint
Start Time: 1st run 12:00hrs 2nd run 1400hrs. Control and on the day entries: SCA Building, Station Yard 1000-1100hrs. Compulsory Briefing 1100hrs 
Race 2(Sunday 19th February) Thistlebrig WWR. Including Scottish Championships-Classic Classic -Start Time: 11:00. Compulsory briefing 1030hrs. Team event: Immediately following the individual event. Prizes at Finish Car Park 45mins after last boat

Advance Notice: Wimborne (Stour) Race 29th April 2017

Advance Notice: Poole Harbour Canoe club will be running the Wimborne (river Stour) ranking Sprint WWR, Wavehopper & Open Race on 29th April 2017. For more details please contact Selwyn Richards:
 1030 Book in, Race Briefing 1100.
 River Stour, Riverside, Wimborne,
If required course changes or race cancellation will be considered and implemented. If river level high with high flow rate then options are 1:Only experienced paddlers allowed to compete. Option 2 if flow rates exceptional or course blocked by trees: The race will be cancelled. 3. Course can be changed if river obstructed by fallen trees/strainers at Oakley Bridge
BH21 1QU. Park in scout hut carpark or on industrial estate.

Carlisle Race 30th April 2017

Carlisle Canoe Club will be running a wavehopper race on Sunday 30th April this year in Carlisle. Please contact Zoe Southern for more details. (p.s. Poster dates appear OK although the poster has 2016 )
 Sunday 30th April 2017. Carlisle Venue at Sands Rapids Carlisle CA1 1JQ
Wavehopper’s will be available to use…. or paddle any other boat.
Bring your own paddling kit. Helmets must be worn. Coaching on the day for all abilities
 Entry Fees on day…only £3 per person. Categories male & female Under 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 & Adults
Registration: 9:30 – 10:30, Coaching Sessions: 10:30 – 12:00, Races Start: 13:30, Prize Giving: 16:00
Volunteers also needed for sands to assist setting up, registration, and time keeping etc.

Handy Tip for Race Organisers

A message from Becky Lovatt, British Canoeing Digital Communications Officer: 

I thought this might be useful. I've created a template for posters which you can add in your own photos, etc in a simple drag and drop format.

If you don't use Canva, it's a great tool for designing social media bits, posters, etc and it's free to use. I've also attached our logo and swoosh for you to use. Our red and blue colour codes can be found below also.

red colour: db0626

blue colour: 0e367c

You don't have to use it, I just thought it might be useful :)


GB Open Championship, ICF Ranking race & World Cup Selection - latest news

These races will be at Grandtully on 22nd & 23rd April. The latest poster is on the website and facebook. For any more information and race entries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.