During the winter months, there is a break in the Hasler races, but instead there is a series of longer distance challenge races. These range in from 12 miles in length up to the Devizes to Westminster race of 125 miles.
Ross Warland Memorial Race
Run by BDCC, this is held in November, and is a 20 mile “out and back” race, from the club house in Cropredy to Nells Bridge near Aynho. It can be completed either in a K1 or a K2 with paddlers either racing individually or as a team relay.
More details of the Ross Warland Memorial Race can be found here
Waterside / Thameside Races
These range from 12 to 35 miles, and can be done separately, as a series, or as part of the build-up to the Devizes to Westminster Race. They cover the Kennet and Avon Canal from Devizes to Reading, and the Thames from Reading to Marlow. BDCC usually has a few people taking part in all of these, and there are plenty of people who have done them before and who will be happy to give you advice.
More details of the Waterside Races can be found here
More details of the Thameside Races can be found here
Devizes to Westminster Race
Known as the Everest of marathon racing, this is a 125 mile race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster, via the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Thames. It requires months of preparation and winter training through whatever the weather throws at you.
The options are for completing the race are:
Senior K2 – paddle straight through
Junior K2 – 4 days and compulsory camping
Adult/Junior K2 – 4 days
Adult K1 – 4 days
Adult Endeavour K2, non-competitive – 4 days
More details of the Devizes to Westminster Race can be found here