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

ICF World Cups Switzerland formal blog

Wednesday and Thursday, Day 4&5 - many thanks to Robyn Webb

The river is now very busy with all the competing nations athletes wanting to nail that perfect run ready for the race. Some great runs for our athletes, you can't see much of the classic course, but the sprint course makes for great spectating.

Each day has consisted of splitting into two groups, either doing full runs of the course or concentrating on the sprint section. They are all racking up the number of runs and it's great to see confidence increase, with some strong runs by Rachel and Mags. Although the course is starting to take its toll on the boats and some TLC is required. But working as a team they've helped each other to repair and patch up where required.

The team are looking great as a whole on the water and are now looking at preparing themselves ready for the race days (refuel, rest, analysis of footage).

Team pic, please find here. (You may need to sign up to our Facebook page)Never thought a group of people would be so afraid of a picture considering the water they paddle. But nevertheless we managed to wrangle them up and make them half presentable. Good job they take great pictures in the water

Autumn Race Dates for your Diary

Whilst we are enjoying Summer - a few dates for your Autumn/ Winter Race Calendar - The Welsh Championships, will take place on the River Dee in Llangollen, Denbighshire on Saturday and Sunday 28th/ 29th October 2017. There will also be a regional classic race and a team race. A number of groups will be training and practicing over the weekend catering from all levels from development through to elite. There will be a shuttle service available on both days for anyone needing it.  
The Prize Giving will be in the Chain Bridge Hotel at 1700 where the Llangollen Cup is planned to be awarded by the Mayor, Mike Adams. This will be followed by an informal social dinner and ACM – all welcome.
Sharks Canoe Club are running the very popular Bucklers Hard Classic on 7th October and the Hamble Classic on 18th November. I'll be running the Irwell race at the Burrs Activity Centre on 15th October.
Details on the WWR Calendar


A message from Chris Ashcroft the organiser -Sorry to say that the Wagon Lane WWR planned for this weekend isn't going to happen. 
There just hasn't been enough rain for our little river to be paddlable. 
I'll try to organise something for later on in the year. (Thanks Chris)

ICF WWR World Cup Next Weekend - Good Luck to All our Athletes

 We have the ICF Senior World Cups coming up next weekend in beautiful Muotathal, Switzerland and the following weekend on the legendary white water course in Augsburg, Germany. A number of nations are coming fresh from their victories at the ECA European Championships at Skopje in Macedonia. Team GB are fielding a strong team of seasoned athletes together with new and developing talent.    

In Ladies Canoeing we have Rachel Houston in C1 partnering with Louise Revell in C2. Mens Canoeing we have Ryan Hunt, Andy Houston, Will Fotheringham. Mens Kayak; Nicky Cresser, Ricky Miller, Phil Dean, Rob Jefferies, Sandy Fotheringham, Mike Rees-Clarke (for details of Mike's travels please see FB!) Ladies Kayak; Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray, Louise Revell, Laura Milne, Mags Nixon

For more details please see https://www.canoeicf.com/world-cup/muota-muotathal-2017 and https://www.facebook.com/wmmuota2018/ as well as as https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ Wildwater Racing for Fun. 

The next racing will be the under 23 World Championships at Murau in Austria on 26 – 30 July followed by the World Championships at Pau in France at the end of September. 27 September 1 October https://www.canoeicf.com/world-championships/pau-2017-0 as well as https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/


European WWR Championships News

Just back from Skopje where Grant Underwood took part in his first full senior international competition at the European Wildwater Canoe Championships. He went out and helped by the Bosnian and Macedonian teams as the sole British representative, ably supported by his father, Neal. Grant put up creditable performances in Sprint and Classic and now go back to continue his studies at Loughborough. Great to meet up with Neal and Grant out there - 18 European Nations including Great Britain. Some cool photos of an amazing venue in Canyon Matka on "Wildwater Racing for Fun" . For more including the overall results please go to the European Canoe Association "Canoe Europe"  and ICF "Wildwater Canoe" Facebook Sites

Wagon Lane Race coming up on 4th June

Another for the calendar coming up. The Wagon Lane sprint being run by Bradford & Bingley Canoe Club on Sunday 4th June. A 370m sprint grade 1-2 Suitable for novices. Always a fun race. Please contact Chris Ashcroft This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details 

Bucklers Hard Race 7th October

One for the calendar: a new race for the calendar being run by the Sharks Canoe Club at the historic venue of Bucklers Hard on the River Beaulieu. Classic 5 miles and short 2 mile options options - as a Regional, Wavehopper & Open Race. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details


Message from Paul Anderson, Head Coach and James Wingfield, Chairman of Selectors: Selection for Great Britain Teams 2017

It is my pleasure to announce the following selections for Great Britain Teams -

Under 23 World Championships, July - Austria
· Sandy Fotheringham MK1
· Ricky Miller MK1
· Alex Sheppy MK1
· Conner Turner MK1
· Victoria Murrey WK1
· Louise Revell WK1
· Rachel Slade WK1
· Kasia Chemil WK1
· Rachel Houston WC1
· Andrew Houston MC1
· Ryan Hunt MC1
· Raoull Chappell MC1
· Houston/McAleenan MC2
· Revell/Houston WC2

Junior World Championships, July-Austria
· William Fotheringham MC1
· Laura Milne WK1
· Lois Lever WK1
· Lucy Brown WK1
· Jodie Ball WK1
· Calum Gingell MK1
· Spencer Armstrong MK1
· Michael Denvir MK1
· Freddy Brown MK1

European Championships - Bosnia-May
· Grant Underwood MK1

Senior World Cup, June-Switzerland/Germany
· Nicky Cresser MK1
· Mike Reece-Clark MK1
· Phil Dean MK1
· Rob Jefferies MK1
· Ricky Miller MK1
· Sandy Fotheringham MK1
· Conner Turner MK1 (Reserve)
· Victoria Murrey WK1
· Laura Milne WK1
· Louise Revell WK1
· Lydia Oxtoby WK1
· Rachel Slade WK1
· Mags Dilai WK1
· William Fotheringham MC1
· Andrew Houston MC1
· Ryan Hunt MC1
· Rachel Houston WC1
· Houston/Revell WC2

Selection for the World Championships will be held at Bala in June.

The Coaching Team and the Selection Committee were impressed by the high level of competition for this years teams and the obvious rise in standards year on year, and we are delighted to be able to select a national team that will be both competitive and striving to improve.

I look forward to the coming competitions and results. Can I extend a massive well done to ALL athletes that competed at Grandtully.

Europeans Selection


Please note the selection committee wil meet on the evening of Tuesday 25th April 2017. Confirmed named entries fort he European championships have to be submitted the next morning.

If you have indicated that you wish to be considered for the Europeans please ensure that you have checked dates, travel, costs etc prior to the selection meeting as anyone selected will have to accept their place instantly.