Our 2022 British National Championships is just around the corner, and this year marks the first step toward our goal of a complete Championship event across the UK. Held once again at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, our 2022 edition includes Sprint racing and a Distance event as we look to crown our 2022 champions.
The Distance Race
We have a 10km route running from our base at Holme Pierrepont along the River Trent passing right through the heart of Nottingham city centre. Paddlers will pass under the infamous Trent Bridge whilst caching a view of the iconic Nottingham sports stadiums right by the river bank.
Paddlers will compete in their chosen fleet identified by board category, and overall placings will decide our Distance Champions within the fleets across Male and Female competitors.
Fast-paced is the name of the game as our paddlers compete through heats vying for a place in the finals of our 200m sprints. Open to any board up to 14', our sprint racing offers an opportunity for all paddlers to compete on a dedicated flat water course to find our Sprint Champions in the Men's and Ladies' fleets.
For 2022 we are introducing our overall champions, taking results from the Distance race and Sprints to find the best of the best. Overall placings will be calculated by combining a paddler's time from their Distance race regardless of their fleet with their Sprint time, with the fastest paddlers taking the podium places.
The only caveat is that to be eligible for a chance to be an overall champion, you must reach the Sprints final. Your time in the final will then be used to calculate your combined time.
What about the National Series - how does that tie into the Championships?
Our National Series and Championships are two separate events and have no bearing on each other's results and standings. Our goal with the Championships is to become our flagship event each year, bringing all our disciplines and fleets into one event so we can find our fastest paddlers across the UK.