Division 2 Slalom Programme – March 25/26 2017


Last Updated 21-03-17

Matlock Canoe Club offers a warm welcome to all competitors and spectators at this year’s event and hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.

Special thanks to “The Heights of Abraham” who own the site and have agreed to us running the event and access the river and old factory. Please respect this partnership so that future events may take place.

General Information

Location: The River Derwent is located between Matlock & Matlock Bath (A6).

OS Ref: Sheet 119 1:50 0000 SK 296587 – Sat Nav postcode DE4 3PT

Starting times: for Saturday and Sunday can be found on http://matlockcanoeclub.co.uk/div-2-march-25-26-startlist/

Parking: All cars should be left in the Artist’s Corner car park approximately 400 metres (paddle) upstream of the slalom course or in the Station car park approximately 200 metres (walk) downstream of the course. (There is a 2.3m barrier at Artist’s Corner, so vehicles over this height will need to park at the Station). Please note these are both Pay & Display car parks. There is limited parking on the road opposite control which should only be used for loading and unloading equipment. Please take note of parking restrictions, which WILL be enforced by the council’s vigilant traffic wardens.
Please do not parkon the grass (event staff only) or in the adjacent lay-by – which will be used for Control and catering. Please leave space and access for the toilet cubicles in the bottom lay-by.

Access: Access to the course is next to Control or from Artist Corner car park. Please observe and adhere to the signs and do not get in, or paddle upstream of the car park. No paddling is allowed beyond the pedestrian bridge at the bottom of the course. Please egress by the track on river left just beyond the finish then over the footbridge. (Please do not enter the factory site.)

Accommodation: The closest camping facilities are available at The Duke William  (01629 582585, thedukewilliam@hotmail.co.uk) or The Barley Mow, Bonsall (01629 825685). Heathbank B&B (01629 56379) and The Cables B&B (01629 583629) are very close to the slalom site. Details of other accommodation in the area can be found at www.matlock.org.uk/

Toilets: Portaloo toilets will be available at the site; there are also public toilets available at the Artist Corner car park and in Matlock Bath.

Refreshments: Mobile catering will be available both days from 8.00ish- provided by local caterers. There are also a number of cafes and restaurants located in Matlock and Matlock Bath.

Photographer: There will be an official photographer at the event. If you have any objection to yourself or your child being photographed, and/or the pictures being displayed on the photographer’s or Matlock Canoe Club’s website, please give your name and bib number to control (or the photographer). (Please note that the slalom site is adjacent to a major tourist area, so the organiser has no control over any other photographers)

Report to Control:   If you have “Report to Control” next to your name, please come and see us in control before getting on the water.

Please note that the late entry fee of
£5 (single day) or £10 (both days) will apply to entries received after the 1st March.
S – you need to sign your cards £ – you owe us money R£ – we owe you money

Judges: We welcome judges to paddle in the Officials Competition, see the yearbook). Non-paddling officials are also very welcome. We will try to keep judging stints as short as possible. It may be necessary to ask competitors to judge if we do not have enough volunteers. (See yearbook). So if you are a non-paddling parent or partner, please offer your services at control. Late entrants will be asked to judge first, if necessary. There will be a short judge’s meeting at 10:00 (Sunday – 9.30). Judges from visiting clubs who want to paddle will take their run at 10.30, at the start of the competition, after the meeting.
MCC members – please take your runs between categories.

Bibs: All div 2 and (paddle-up) paddlers must have a ranking bib. If you do not have a bib you must show your BCU card at control.  Prem and Div 1 paddlers entering the Officials event may wear their ranking bibs. 

Practise Runs:

Friday: Open practice is available from when the course is erected on Friday evening (about 4pm ish) until 9pm (when the floodlights will go out). Please don’t get on the water and in the way until the course is ready.

Saturday: There will be open practice from dawn until 9am. 

Official practice from 9.00 to 10.30am. Official practice will be one full run only.

Open practice is available from when the course is changed on Saturday evening until 9pm (when the lights will go out).

Sunday: There will be open practice from dawn until 8.30 am. Official practice from 8.30 to 10am. Official practice will be one full run only.

NB: There will be no safety cover during open practice. Please paddle responsibly and look after each other. You can egress at the steps on river right during open practice only. Please do not interfere with active paddlers on their runs

Please stay on the water below the finish line for the next 2 paddlers after official practice run.

Programme & Running Order  
Official practice (full runs only)9.00 am8.30 am
Officials10.30 am10.00 am
Veterans10.45 am10.15 am
Div2/3 (C2)10.55 am10.25 am
Div 2 (K1W, K1M, C1W,C1M )11.15 am10.45 am
Officials (Matlock)Please take your run at your convenience - between categories.
Second Runs start1.30 p.m. (approx)1.00 p.m. (approx)
Prize Giving5.00 p.m. (approx)4.30 p.m. (approx)


Div 2

K1M –  1st, 2nd, 3rd plus Junior and Master/Veteran prizes

K1L  – 1st, 2nd, 3rd plus Junior and Master prizes

C1M  – 1st , 2nd , Junior prize

C1W – 1st , 2nd  , Junior prize

C2 –  1st, 2nd and Junior prize

Officials –  1st Prem/Div 1 (M/W), 1st Div 3/4 (M/W) (plus Prem/Div 1,3 and 4 C1 prizes)

NB. All prizes are dependent upon classes being quorate.

Event Safety Notices & Reminders

BCU Statement: “Canoeing and Kayaking are “Assumed risk” – “Water contact sports” that may carry attendant risks. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks, and be responsible for their own action and involvement”.

Supervision: An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 and be responsible for them at all times during the event.

Safety: Please adhere to the current BCU Slalom Rules relating to safety and equipment.


  • Please take care to keep the roadside pavements unobstructed for all pedestrians.
  • Canoes may only be left on the grassed area beyond the steps leading to the river. NOTE this area forms part of a public right of way, so please keep access clear.
  • Only event officials are allowed access across to the far bank- please do not abuse our access arrangements with the owners of the site.
  • Only event officials are allowed to park on the grassed area beyond the trade stands – please do not abuse our access arrangements with the owners of the site.

First Aid: For any queries, first aid or safety concerns please see one of the Matlock Canoe Club event organisers who will be based at race control near the top of the slalom course.

Further Information: Any further information, start list, results etc will be posted on our website  matlockcanoeclub.co.uk

For specific enquiries, please contact Angela Matchett (angelamatchett.am@googlemail.com).

Acknowledgments: Matlock Canoe Club would like to thank the following organisations and people for their help, support and co-operation with running this event:

Heights of Abraham, Matlock Angling Club, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire Police, Peak UK, J&M Catering, Andiloos and all the officials and volunteers who are helping to run this event.

Peak UK Special opening

Dont forget to visit the Peak UK Factory Showroom at Darley Dale . The Peak UK Factory is on Old Road. Darley dale. DE4 2ER.

Sunday 26th March 10am – 6pm