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


The weekend 18th and 19th November saw the biggest WWR event of the year, held at the river Washburn. Attended by over 300 students from 29 universities, the British University College Sport WWR championships was dominated by paddlers from Scottish universities. Although not huge in number the paddlers from the Scottish Universities showed they were high in quality with medal places in several classes.

Ryan Hunt of Edinburgh University won MC1 sprint and classic, with Andy Houston of Dundee taking 3rd place.

Rachel Houston of Strathclyde Uni won WC1 sprint and classic and WK1 sprint.

Ian Hosie also of Strathclyde won MK1 sprint. 

The classic MK1 saw Jacob Holmes of Strathclyde narrowly beaten into second place, to former Edinburgh Uni student Nick Bennett, now of Newcastle Uni.

Both Strathclyde and Edinburgh finished in the top 10 overall places, no mean feat considering they had only 8 and 2 paddlers at the event respectively. 

Many of these paddlers are supported by their university, and these results help demonstrate how much this funding is valued.


Well done to all.

Registration for selection

Dear Athlete,

The registration for selection  for Great Britain teams is now open.

In order to register your intention, you will need to be logged into the WWR website. To register you must provide: email address (this will be used to contact you with the results of selection so it is your responsibility to ensure it is correct); mobile phone number; dob, passport number and a passport sized photograph. The photo and a copy of your passport should be sent to:

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within two weeks of registering.

All registrations must be in before Saturday 10th February 2018. Please note you will still need to enter the selection races seperately.

Competency assessments for athletes can be achieved at the selection events only.

When entering please state which class(es) you wish to be considered for and which competitions. You can only enter a maximum of two classes in each competition ie. K1/C2; C1/C2; K1/C1. This does not include team events. If you wish to enter more than one class you can use the "Add Guest" button to create another registration form.

As a selected athlete you will be required to potentially compete in the team event, which will be at the direction of the team manager.

Please read the selection policy and competency requirements before registering.  Selection will take place a few days after the selection race. Once notified you will be required to accept or decline your place.

For selected athletes a contribution/deposit will be required.

WWR will subsidise Great Britain Teams, with the Senior Worlds and Junior Worlds being the focus events. World cup, U23s and Europeans representation will be self-funding and self supporting.

Competitions are as follows:


SENIOR WORLD CUP  8 - 10 Jun Celje, Slovenia

SENIOR WORLD CUP 15 – 17 Jun Banja Luka

JUNIOR AND U 23 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2 - 5 Aug Skopje MKD * Note this date and venue may change.

National Head Coach Paul Anderson can advise you if you want to discuss matters pertaining with selection and GB representation.

Any problems with registration need to be communicated to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  prior to registration close, and we will try to rectify any issues.

Yours in Sport,

Paul Anderson.







BUCS WWR 17th & 18th November

BUCS Canoe Wild Water Racing 17th and 18th November 2017 on River Washburn Nr. Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire OS Map Number 104 – Grid Ref. SE 156 574
Closing date 2nd November 2017

Events and Costs
Individual Events (K1M, K1W, C1M, C1W, C2, K1MS, K1WS, C1MS, C1WS, C2S): £17.75
Team Events (Open and Mixed): £24.25
BUCS points available

The Overall University Team standings are calculated from the summed points from each class. The first
15 finishers in each class gain 20,16,14,12,11,...1 point(s) and all other finishers gain 1 point. These points are totalled over all the classes.

More details here: https://www.bucs.org.uk/page.asp?section=14726&sectionTitle=Wild+Water+Racing+Championships

National/Regional MS Rankings 2016/17

2016-17 National, Regional & Wavehopper individual and club rankings are now finalised and are in the annual ranking folder here and the downloads are available here. We believe we have all the results in,  amendments have been made to the the ranking lists and have been updated on the site. 

Update 18th October - Wavehopper Club Challenge Rankings have now been added, with no final this year the result is based on the three best results.

If you spot any errors or omissions please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


WWR DEE at Llangollen 2017 GB WWR Welsh Open Championship Classic & Team Race: Provisional Timetable 28-29th October 2017

The British Canoeing Wild Water Racing (WWR) National Series Classic race and Welsh Championships, will take place on the River Dee in Llangollen, Denbighshire on Saturday and Sunday 28 & 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 Deputy Mayor, Bob Lube. This will be followed by an informal social dinner and ACM – all welcome.

 Entry Fees £15.00 adults £10 juniors. £2.50 late entry fee. Dinner £12.50 per head.


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There is to be no canoeing above the Horseshoe Falls or above the point between the two pump houses below the falls. This is to prevent disturbance to migrating fish.

 The WWR National Classic course will run from below Horseshoe Falls, The Race Start will be from the Pump house on the canal side just below the Horseshoe falls through the Serpents Tail to just above Town Falls River Right and will be clearly marked. The course is grade II -III in normal conditions but rising to grade III -IV in spate. 

 The regional classic race will start just below the Serpents Tail with the same finish as the National series race. The regional race will start straight after the National Series race

 There will be no paddling over Town Falls as safety cover is not provided and the riverbed has been assessed as unsafe.


 There is limited parking at the race start and competitors should park at the picnic site. Under no circumstances should competitors park at the Chain Bridge Hotel unless they are accommodated at the hotel.  Alternatively, competitors can park in any of the public car-parks in town and paddle up the canal to the race start.


The race will be ran according to WWR rules. All competitors must wear buoyancy aids, helmet etc. No safety cover will be provided so all competitors are responsible for their own safety.


2017 GB WWR Welsh Open and Regional race

  Saturday 28th October 2017

0900-1030                                         Late entries and registration at race start Top Car Park.

1100                                                   Race brief (top car park).  All WWR competitors.

1200                                                   Welsh Open Championships WWR Classic Race

                                                         Regional Race (straight after National race)

1400                                                   Free Practice

1600                                                   Tea & Coffee available at the Chain Bridge Hotel

1700                                                   WWR National Prize Giving

1800                                                   ACM

1900                                                   Social Dinner Chain Bridge Hotel

Sunday 29th October 2017

0900                                                   Practice Briefing and Shuttle available Top Car Park

1030                                                   Team Race Briefing Top Car Park

1130                                                   WWR National Team Race

1400                                                   Shuttle Service Finish

It's Back! Classic Wildwater Race as part of the Tyne Tour on 5th November

Part of the Tyne Tour. Regional and Wavehopper race on Sunday 5th November. Mass start descent race on Saturday 4th Nov, 1030 Start. Warks Sports Club, NE48 3NP. Finish at Barrasford, NE48 4BX. Grade 2 (3 at final rapid, river right ONLY here) Race entry Included with your Full Weekend Pass OR 2 Day Paddling Pass OR £6 Adult, £4 Child. visit www.tynetour.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Invitation to the Masters Race at the Dee on 28th & 29th October

  The WWR Executive Committee would love for you to come back and join us for an event at the Dee!

 When: 28th & 29th October

What's Happening:The Welsh Open & Masters Champs, ACM & Dinner!

There will be two starts, one below Horseshoe Falls & another below Serpents Tail. Both races will finish above Town Falls. The AGM will then take place followed by a dinner for £10 per person at the Chainbridge Hotel.

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Bronze for Hannah Brown at Wildwater World Champs

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Hannah Brown has claimed the bronze medal for Great Britain at the ICF World Wildwater Championships in Pau, France. The two time and reigning World Champion from 2013 and 2016 was looking to make it a trio of titles after qualifying fifth fastest in the heats.

Hannah produced a storming run in a time of 52:37 seconds to take the lead with only four athletes remaining to paddle. But the French duo of Claire Bren and Manon Hostens, paddling in front of their home crowd, were to deny the Briton a third World title, with Hannah taking a fine bronze medal just 0.64 seconds off the winner.

It is the second World medal of the season for Hannah, after winning bronze with Angela Hannah in the K2 200m at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice last month. 

However there was to be no fairy tale return for Jonnie Schofield.  The double Olympic medallist in the K2 200m event, with Liam Heath, has made a return to wildwater racing this season. In the final of the men’s K1 Jonnie just missed on out on the lead by four hundredths of a second to be in the silver medal position. But with more athletes to paddle Jonnie eventually finished sixth place, with Anze Urankar of Slovenia taking the World title.

The third Briton to qualify for the finals of Wildwater World Championships was Rachel Houston in the women’s C1 event. Rachel, who has also competed in ICF Slalom World Cup series this season, and the Wildwater Under 23's in Murau, was the first athlete to paddle in the final, setting a competitive time of 1:01.34. As the final progressed the leader changed on several occasions with Claire Haab claiming the title for France. Rachel finished in an impressive sixth place, a fine achievement in her first senior Wildwater world final.

Full details from the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships can be found on the ICF website.


Trio in Wildwater World Championships Finals Today

Congratulations to Mallory Franklin iin the Slalom Finals yesterday collecting her first Senior World Championships GOLD medal after silver in 2013&14 – brilliant result

Wildwater trio Hannah Brown, Jonnie Schofield and Rachel Houston will all feature in their respective finals at the World Championships Today – with racing from 5pm until 8pm UK time. This should be on the BBC Red Button

The three athletes all qualified from their heats out in Pau, and will compete for World Championship titles today.

Two times World Champion Hannah Brown took a step closer to her third title after qualifying for the final in Heat 1 during the K1 women’s event. Hannah finished the heat in fifth place after posting a commanding time of 53.22. Fellow British athletes Lydia Oxtoby, Victoria Murray and Laura Milne all failed to make it to Saturday’s final after competing in both heats during the day.


Meanwhile in the K1 men’s category, Olympic silver medallist Jonnie Schofield also qualified for Saturday’s final on his return to wildwater racing. It took Jonnie till Heat 2 to qualify, but an emphatic time of 47.06 saw him ease through in third place. In the same event, Robert Jefferies, Mike Rees-Clark and Calum Gingell didn’t qualify through to the final.


The third finalist of the day was Britain’s sole competitor in the C1 women - Rachel Houston. Despite failing to qualify through Heat 1, Rachel pulled out all the stops in Heat 2 and narrowly qualified for the final in fifth place at her very first international. This is a really fantastic performance building on Rachel’s experience at the Under 23’s at Murau, Austria in July.

The two athletes competing in the C1 men’s, Ryan Hunt and William Fotheringham, both missed out on a spot in the final. This year has been a big step-up from the Junior and Under 23’s in Austria which bodes well for the future.

Ryan Hunt and Mike Rees-Clark both competed in the C2 heats, but didn't make it to the final. Lots to build on and if you want to see a virtuoso racing C2 roll have a look here https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC/status/913487038623748101

More information on Wildwater Racing  for Fun https://www.facebook.com/groups/216485560525/ the British Canoeing Twitter feed https://twitter.com/WildWaterBC and Live Streaming on the Slalom and Wildwater World Championships website https://www.canoeicf.com/canoe-slalom-world-championships/pau-2017

There will be BBC Coverage today

14:00-16:30, Connected TV and online - live coverage for the Slalom Finals

17:30-20:00, BBC Red Button – replay for the Wildwater Finals



K1 Women Heats

Hannah Brown – Heats: 5th & qualifies for Final

Victoria Murray – Heats: 12th on 2nd run

Laura Milne – Heats: 19th on 2nd run

Lydia Oxtoby – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run

K1 Men Heats

Jonathan Schofield – Heats: 3rd on 2nd run and qualifies for Final

Robert Jefferies – Heats: 23rd on 2nd run

Mike Rees-Clark – Heats: 28th on 2nd run

Calum Gingell – Heats: 31st on 2nd run

C1 Women Heats

Rachel Houston – Heats: 5th on 2nd run and qualifies for Final

C1 Men Heats

Ryan Hunt – Heats: 11th on 2nd run

William Fotheringham – Heats: 14th on 2nd run

C2 Men Heats

Ryan Hunt & Mike Rees-Clark - Heats : 14th on 2nd run