The world’s oldest canoe race, The Paddling Challenge, will take place at 7pm on Monday 13 August, the day after the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.
Run since 1874, this year’s race will be over a 10,000m circuit at Royal Canoe Club, with a downstream start and fully buoyed turns.
After the race, we will be holding a Post-Games Party, to which all canoeists and canoe fans are welcome.
If you’re in London to watch or take part in the Olympic action, come and join in our race and party with us. We may be able to arrange camping or makeshift accommodation at the club. Some boats may also be available for overseas competitors wishing to take part. Please email for further information.
Tickets to the Post-Games Party cost £10 each this includes the race entry fee, a plate of food and live music.
The Paddling Challenge is an historic canoe race. Previous winners include some of the World’s best-known canoeists, including Olympic and World Champions.
The race is for SINGLES COMPETITORS – and categories are: Men, Women, Junior Men, Junior Women, Canadian. There are separate prizes for the fastest Veterans in each class.
All entrants must wear Club or International Colours. Vertical number discs will be required.
We would like to thank the British Canoe Union and also the International Canoe Federation for their support of this event