Most races are split into ability divisions so all ages (starting at age 8), and all levels of fitness and speed can enjoy racing, learning, and improving, while competing with people of similar ability.
In the UK there is a friendly vibrant community of flatwater racing clubs, competing regularly at regional and national level in marathon and sprint events throughout the year. Around 70 events are held across the country each year, with over 12,000 race entries. Race events are always a great day out and we get to visit some beautiful locations.
Sprint race distances are typically: 200m, 500m and 1000m.
Regional marathon distances:
- 2 miles (for under 14s)
- 4 miles to 12 miles (for over 14s and adults)
There are also Ultra marathon races (for those crazy enough), including the world famous 125-mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon.
Sprint racing is an Olympic sport and Team GB have won medals at the Tokyo, Rio, London, Beijing, and Sydney games.
Elite athletes also compete at international level in European and World Championship events in both Marathon and Sprint. GB teams have won over 30 medals at European, and World Marathon Championships in recent years.