Race Date
11 Jun 2022
Race Type
Bath to Bradford Classic
Organising Club
Bradford on Avon CC
Tom Simmons

BA2 6TS, Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom

The Classic Bath to Bradford Canoe Race, Saturday 11th June 2022

Start:: The Bathampton Mill, Mill Lane, Bath, Somerset, BA2 6TS

Finish: Bradford on Avon Rowing Club, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LF

Timings: Check in from 14:00 - 14:30

Briefing at 14:30

Races:  Over a 12 (long) or 8 (short) mile course

⦁    Seniors (over 18) – 12 miles singles and doubles racing craft. 
⦁    Juniors (under 18 on 1st Jan 2022) - 8 miles singles and doubles racing craft
⦁    Mixed doubles – 8 miles racing craft 
⦁    Open class – 8 miles singles and doubles any craft 
⦁    Open class – 8 miles SUP and Canadian Canoes. 

Fees: £10 Senior, £8 Junior

Entries: By British Canoeing Race Entry System. Individual payments via BACs (for details please contact Vicky at vbullen08@gmail.com) or by cash on the day.  

Parking: Bathampton Mill has a bar and restaurant will be open. Please park in the small side public car park – we can arrange  some transport from finish to the start before racing, upon request, please try not to leave cars at Bathampton Car Park or park in the pub part of the car park. At the finish, park in Railway Car Park or Tithe Barn Car Park – NB these are Pay and Display Car Parks. 

Buoyancy Aids: These must be worn by all paddlers ranked in Divisions 7-9 irrespective of race entered. All under 18s must wear buoyancy aids with the exception of those entered in Division 6 or higher with their Team Leader's permission. The race organiser may insist that additional paddlers of any division wear buoyancy aids and or spray decks if conditions on the day warrant this. 

Rules: As this is a classic race and a non-Hasler event club vests are optional. Please follow the instructions from marshals on the weir portages, assistance can be offered to those who require it on the weir faces.

Courses: The race follows the River Avon, the 12-mile course first heads downstream turning about Pulteney Bridge, Bath before heading back upstream to Bradford on Avon Canoe Club. The 8-mile course heads downstream before turning at the buoy at the first road bridge before heading back upstream. This is a testing course with 5 portages (4 weirs and an optional get out at the Limpley Bridge rapids), river levels can change dramatically but be prepared for shallow sections and plenty of reeds! 

Additional Info: An overstern rudder is recommended for the course, however it can be completed with an understern if the competitor is careful. A tailend K2 will be following the race but there is no other safety cover along the route apart from the weir marshals at Warleigh (portage 2) and Avoncliff (portage 5).   

Toilets and limited change facilities are available at Bradford on Avon Rowing Club at the end of the race.

There will be a barbeque (weather permitting) as well as cakes and hot and cold drinks available at the end of the race.

Entry Details

Race types

    • Senior K1/C1
    • Senior K2/C2
    • Junior K1/C1
    • Junior K2/C2
    • Mixed Doubles
    • Open Any Craft
    • Open SUP and Canadian Canoe

Entries are currently closed

Entries open
15 May 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Entries close
10 Jun 2022, 10 p.m.
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