Avon Descent

The club runs an annual national canoe marathon / descent race from Stratford-on-Avon to Bidford-on-Avon. This testing course covers 10 miles and 6 weirs or portages and usually takes place in early November, when hopefully there is plenty of water!

Club members help with various tasks, ranging from serving food and drink to tired paddlers at the end, to acting as rescue cover on the weirs.


See the Avon Descent Map in a larger format, or view it from here using the controls on the embedded map. The placemarkers show the start and finish of the race, along with the locations of the weirs.

The 2016 event took place on Sunday, November 6th. The results are published below.

Classes

K2 — marathon divisions (1-3), (4-6), (7-8) with handicap times
K1 — marathon divisions (1-3), (4-6), (7-9) with handicap times
K1 White Water Racers / Wavehoppers / Other over 4.2 metres
C2 Racing (over 5.5 metres)
C2 Touring (5.5 metres and under)
Slalom and Touring Boats (4.2 metres and under)
Touring Kayak Doubles

A handicap system is used for the amalgamated Divisional classes for Marathon K1 and K2 with time added to the race time of Div (1 – 3) = +8 min, Div (4 – 6) = +4 min and Div (7 – 9) =0 min.

Entries will also be welcomed from paddlers who are simply interested in touring this pleasant stretch of the River Avon. Classes may be combined.

There are some photographs of the weirs and guidance on shooting or portaging them, but be aware that conditions may vary considerably on the day.

Race Results and Photographs

Results of the race will be posted here soon after the event.

Club members try to take photographs at various points during the race, and these are also made available here. If participants have photographs of their own that they would like to share, let us know and we can include them in our own gallery or provide links to yours.

Links to race reports are also welcome.

2016:

Results Videos

2015:

Results

2014:

Results Pictures

2013:

Results Pictures

2012:

Results Pictures

2011:

Results Pictures External

2010:

Results Pictures External

2009:

Results Pictures External

2008:

Results Pictures External

2007:

Results Pictures

2006:

Results

Email: Avon Descent enquiries