MADCC members actively support and compete in marathon racing in the regional Hasler series and other races, such as the Weaver descent, Conwy ascent, Avon descent, and Liffey descent, with some members also competing at the Nottingham sprint regattas. The club has a small fleet of modern K1 and K2 race boats suitable for beginners to intermediate paddlers, and Lightning kayaks for junior paddlers.

North West Hasler Racing

Macclesfield Adelphi Hasler Race - Sunday 9th July 2017

The MADCC NW Hasler race will take place on the Macclesfield canal, Adelphi Mill, Bollington, Cheshire, on Sunday 9th July 2017.

Details are available here: Adelphi Hasler Race Details; Adelphi Hasler Event Safety Plan/Risk Assessment

Results of the MADCC Adelphi 2016 race are available here: MADCC Adelphi 2016Final

Clubs in the NW region (Macclesfield, Chester, Duddon, Runcorn, Trentham) each host divisional races each year. Paddlers typically start their racing careers in division 9 and as they improve get promoted to higher divisions - division 1 paddlers are often national team standard. Divisions 7,8,9 race over a 4-mile distance, 4,5,6 over 8 miles, and 1,2,3 over a 12 mile course. Race venues vary from rivers and canals to large lakes. The top 2 clubs in the NW qualify to compete at the National Club Championships (The Hasler Finals) - an event that attracts around 600 paddlers!

NW Regional Hasler Races

The races that count towards qualification for the 2017 Hasler Finals,  are shown below. Points can be gained by paddlers of any standard in kayaks or open boats, so the more MADCC members who compete the better our chances of qualifying for the Hasler Finals.

Runcorn: TBC

Chester 1: 21st May 2017

Duddon South Lakes (Coniston): 28th May 2017

MADCC Adelphi: 9th July 2017

Trentham: 6th August 2017

Chester 2: 17th September 2017

(Details of these races are available from the Marathon Racing Committee website calendar: MRC Racing Calendar )

Other Racing Events

MADCC has organised and competed in the 96 mile Cheshire Ring Race since it was started in the 1970s. Club members also enter other annual challenge events such as the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster race, the Avon Descent, Windermere solstice race,and the Liffey Descent in Ireland.

We hold a regular Hare and Hounds race, usually on the second Sunday of each month - dates are on the club calendar with any last minute changes notified on the club forum. This is a four mile race over 2 laps, with competitors starting off at different times depending on their current handicap time - the fastest paddlers have the biggest handicaps so have to work hard to chase down the early starters.  This results in competitive racing with all boats finishing within a short period. Points gained in the races count towards annual trophies for the best paddler and for the best time improvement. The H&H is open to all (not just MADCC members)  - as it is a handicap race any standard of paddler can compete.

Kayak Race Training

Race boat training sessions take place year-round at Bollington on Sunday mornings at 09.30,unless there is a clash with a regional or national race. There are other informal race boat paddling sessions during the week - the best way to get involved in race boat training is to come along on a Sunday and get introduced - put a message on the club Forum before coming so that somebody can look out for you!

For more information on marathon racing, the divisional system, and the Hasler races please see the Marathon Racing website: http://canoeracing.org.uk/marathon/

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