GB kayakers heading to Banbury for annual race

Banbury Canoe Club will host their annual marathon race on the Oxford Canal.  ENGNNL00120131129152833
Banbury Canoe Club will host their annual marathon race on the Oxford Canal. ENGNNL00120131129152833

Some of the top GB Marathon kayakers will be in Banbury on Sunday.

Banbury and District Canoe Club is holding its annual marathon race from noon on the Oxford Canal, with about 200 paddlers race between two and 12 miles.

Age ranges will be from under 10s having their first ever race to a number of paddlers who have represented GB this year in both sprint and marathon racing.

Under-12 racers will race two miles in girls and boys races, but everyone else races in speed-based divisions – regardless of age/gender.

The top paddlers will cover 12 miles, and have to contend with 14 portages – where they have to get out of their boat, and carry it around the locks.

Race control is in the Compton Road Car Park, with the start line a few hundred metres up the canal, and the races finishing under the Cherwell Drive bridge.

The club has had its most successful ever year, finishing third at the National Marathon Championships, and a number of National Champions and medal winners.

They came 3rd at the Inter-Club Sprint Championships, 4th at the National Inter-Club Marathon Championships and in addition, six members of the club have represented GB this year at different levels both in sprint and marathon racing.