Race Date
17 Oct 2021
Race Type
Hasler Race
Organising Club
Glanford & Scunthorpe CC
Graham Simpkin

DN20 9JH, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

Tony and Shirley Pell Memorial Marathon – Sunday 17th October 2021

Race Organiser - Glanford and Scunthorpe Canoe Club 

Graham Simpkin

email: marathon@gscc-online.com


The start is in front of GSCC's boathouse behind the Ancholme Leisure Centre, Scawby Rd, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN20 9JH. There is ample parking at the Leisure Centre, but the area immediately adjacent to the boathouse is reserved for trailers and disabled spectator parking. If possible please drop off boats then park in the main car park adjacent to the road bridge.

The Event

The event will consist of a divisional Hasler marathon and Geoff Sanders Trophy

The races will be run in accordance with the BC Marathon Committee rules.


Division 1-3 singles and 2 & 3 doubles - 12 miles. One portage

Division 4-6 singles and doubles – 8.3 miles.  One portage

Division 7-9 singles and doubles – 4.2 miles.

Geoff Sanders Trophy A, B & C (Age under 14 at 1st January 2021) – 2 miles

All paddlers in Divisions 9 and above should wear their club colour to qualify for Hasler points. A plain coloured T-shirt in club colours is also acceptable.

Entry Fees

£8.00 – 18 years and over per seat  

£6.00 – Under 18’s in Hasler divisions

£4.00 – Geoff Sanders Trophy

All entrants must have full British Canoeing  membership for Div 1-6 or, at least, BC Associate Club membership for Div 7 to 9. Otherwise a British Canoeing Event fee of £5 will be payable as per rule 12b.

Please enter via British Canoeing Race Entry System. https://entries.gbcanoemarathon.co.uk/entries  (Deadline 8pm on Friday 15th October)

Direct payment is not available online via MRC Registration so please check-out without paying. Team leaders please pay on the day (Cash or cheque to Glanford and Scunthorpe Canoe Club).

Please enter in advance if possible but entries will also be accepted on the day.

Check-in time   

10.30am – 11.30am. Race briefing at 11.45am


These will be provided for all competitors after the event and will be available to purchase throughout the day.

Race Start Time 

Order: - 12 mile, 8 mile & 4 mile followed by Geoff Sanders Trophy.

The start time for the first division will be at 12 noon and the start order will be explained at the race briefing. Bear in mind that there may not be any paddlers in the higher divisions, therefore please be prepared to start your race from midday.

Numbers on Boats

All paddlers should display their number clearly on their boat. These should be black letters on white upright boards as specified in BC Marathon Committee rules. Laminated numbers will be supplied by the organiser. These must be returned after the race.

Access to the water

Via the club jetty - Paddlers should assemble on the water downstream of the start (that is north of the start line, towards the road bridge), and will be called forward to the starting line, by division.

Course and Turns

Divisions 6 and above will have one portage. Paddle-through is allowed for appropriate competitors.

Divisions 1 to 3 will paddle upstream to Cadney Bridge then turn and return to the junction between the old and new rivers. Turn right and go through the town then turn right onto the main river, under the motorway bridge. Turn at the next footbridge before returning to portage at the jetty in front of the club premises. After portaging, proceed past the railway bridge then turn left and do a second loop through the town and down to the footbridge, before returning to the finish without a portage.

Divisions 4 to 6 paddle upstream past the railway bridge then turn left and go through town. Turn right onto the main river.  Go under the motorway bridge and turn at the next footbridge before returning to portage at the jetty in front of the club premises. After portaging repeat the course without a portage.

Divisions 7 to 9 do one lap of the 4 to 6 course without a portage.

Geoff Sanders Trophy paddle upstream to the white house then return to the start.

All turns are anticlockwise.

A map will be available at Check-in


Paddlers should cross the finish line in their kayak/canoe.

Note Priority at the jetty must be given to those portaging. Spectators are not allowed on the jetty except to assist junior paddlers launch and exit.

Rules of the River

Other craft may be using the waterway. Paddlers will need to be able to cope with the wash and bow waves from these boats. Please paddle on the right side of the river (River right rule), and be courteous to other water users, fishermen etc.  The course has minimal hazards.


Interim results will be posted at the boathouse after the race has finished. Full results will be available on the British Canoeing Marathon Results site.


Prize-giving will take place as soon as possible after all paddlers have finished.

Medals will be awarded to 1st 2nd & 3rd in each division where there are sufficient competitors.

All Geoff Sanders competitors will receive a certificate.


“Canoeing and kayaking are ‘Assumed risk’ – ‘Water contact sports’ that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks, and be responsible for their own action and involvement”.   British Canoeing Statement.

Paddlers of all ages and abilities are very welcome to take part in this event, however, individual clubs should ensure that their paddlers are appropriately equipped, and suitably experienced to participate. If it is deemed necessary that an individual requires a support paddler, this should be provided by the individual’s club wherever possible. It is the responsibility of Team Leaders and competitors to consider and check whether they are properly equipped for the race: taking into account fitness, ability, the course and the prevailing conditions. If you see a fellow competitor in difficulty or who has capsized, please stop to offer them help, and provide assistance if requested. Ensure they can cope with the situation well enough to get out of the water before moving on.

Buoyancy aids must be worn by all paddlers ranked in Divisions 7 – 9 inclusive and Geoff Sanders Trophy. For juniors racing in higher divisions, the use of buoyancy aids will be at their team managers’ and parents’ discretion.

The Race Organiser reserves the right to insist that all competitors wear buoyancy aids in the case of adverse water or weather 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. First Aid facilities are available on site (the Leisure Centre has a defibrillator).

Most of the course is accessible to spectators.

Organisers, participants and spectators will be required comply with any Covid related regulations or guidance applicable on the day of the event.

Toilet and changing facilities

There are toilets in the Leisure Centre. There are changing facilities only in the boathouse.


Please take all litter home with you.

Enjoy your racing

Entry Details

Race types

    • Division 2 Singles
    • Division 3 Singles
    • Division 4 Singles
    • Division 5 Singles
    • Division 6 Singles
    • Division 7 Singles
    • Division 8 Singles
    • Division 9 Singles
    • Division 1 Singles
    • Division 2 Doubles
    • Division 3 Doubles
    • Division 4 Doubles
    • Division 5 Doubles
    • Division 6 Doubles
    • Division 7 Doubles
    • Division 8 Doubles
    • Division 9 Doubles
    • Geoff Sanders Division A
    • Geoff Sanders Division B
    • Geoff Sanders Division C

Entries are currently closed

Entries open
20 Sep 2021, midnight
Entries close
15 Oct 2021, 8 p.m.
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