Irish Marathon Championships 2014

All Ireland Marathon Kayak National Championships 2014

Sat 19th & Sun 20th July 2014

Hosted by Erne Paddlers

In association with CANI and Canoe Marathon Ireland

Venue: The Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh (same as 2012). Directions and maps can be found at BT74 7BA.

Masters: aged 35 years or over on 1/1/2014.

Course: Deep calm waters of Lough Erne with mostly natural reeded banks. Courses of 12km (or more) will include the scenic and exciting loop of the town. Water suitable for understern rudders, however, shallows may be found along the banks or in proximity to bridge legs. Cruisers may be on the course.

Fees: £10 senior / £5 junior - per person per race. Novice race free.

Children: The Novice 2km race is a short race for children too young or inexperienced to do the 8km course – parents remain responsible for their safety, and paddlers must wear buoyancy aids and be able to swim.

Safety: Race briefing is required for all competitors – your own responsibility to attend. Rules of navigation must be adhered to. ICU safety rules apply. Neither the organisers nor the CANI/BCU/ICU accept responsibility for any damage or loss to persons or equipment. ICU/CANI/BCU membership cards/numbers required when entering, or purchase CANI day membership for insurance purposes. Rules:

Organisers: Trevor Foster, Harry Harrington, Gerry Murphy & Sonja Cassidy – contact at, or see and our Facebook page.

Saturday 19/7/14

1000 Registration opens

1200 Registration closes

1230 Novice K1 race – 2km (no portage) – short briefing just prior to start


1330 National Championship K1 racing begins:

21km 3 portages Senior men

16km 2 portages U18 men, Senior women

12km 1 portage Masters, U18 women, Div 3

8km 0 portage Div 4, U15 boys, U15 girls

1700 approximately Prize Giving

Sunday 20/7/14

0830 Registration opens

0945 Registration closes

1000 Novice K1/K2 race – 2km (no portage) – short briefing just prior to start


1100 National Championship K2 racing begins:

21km 3 portages Senior men

16km 2 portages U18 men, Senior women

12km 1 portage Masters, U18 women, Div 3

8km 0 portage Div 4, U15 boys, U15 girls

1530 approximately Prize Giving


Enniskillen is a hive of tourism and as such there are very many options for accommodation – check out to find what suits you best. The list below is just an unchecked selection taken from Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre 02866323110. Erne Paddlers & the race organisers do not specifically recommend any of them – it’s up to you!


Castle Island – there is the option of camping on the Island opposite the forum – where the portage was in 2012, and should be again this year. This will be very ‘rough & ready’ camping with no access into the buildings/facilities. We hope to have a ‘portaloo’ on the Island but that’ll be it!

Share Centre -,, 028 67722122 – the venue of our 2013 race, approx. 20mins from Enniskillen

Castle Archdale –,, 028 68621333 – on the shores of Lower Lough Erne, 10miles from Enniskillen

Drumhoney –, 028 68621892 – 9 miles from Enniskillen

Blaney –,, 028 68641634 – 8 miles from Enniskillen


Share Discovery Village –,, 02867722122 - 13 ensuite bedrms (4 beds per room)

The Clinton Centre –, – you might have to be an educational tourist to book this hostel???? Situated in Enniskillen on the loop of the town section of the course.


The Killyhevlin Hotel –, 02866323481 – lovely spa hotel on edge of Enniskillen town and situated on the Lough ½mile above the top turn of the race.

The Manor House –, 02868622200 – lovely spa hotel on Lower Lough Erne approx. 10mins from Enniskillen.

Lough Erne Resort –,, 02866323230 – very posh spa golf resort about 5mins from Enniskillen. Home of the G8 summit 2013.

The Westville Hotel –,, 02866320333 – in Enniskillen.

The Enniskillen Hotel –,, 02866322953 – in Enniskillen.

Belmore Court & Motel –,, 02866326633 – in Enniskillen.

The Railway Hotel –, 02866322084, – in Enniskillen.


Lackaboy House –,, 02866322488 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Ashwood House –, 02866323019 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Drumcoo House –,, 02866326672 – in Enniskillen.

Rossole Guesthouse –, 02866323462 – outskirts Enniskillen.

Tower View –,, 02866323959 – in Enniskillen.

Viewpoint –,, 02866327321 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Mountview –,, 02866323147 – outskirts of Enniskillen.

Rossahilly House –, 02089940881 – up to 14 guests fully catered or self-catered, outskirts of Enniskillen.

Willowbank House –,, 02866328582 – 10mins from Enniskillen.

Longfields Lodge –,, 02868628788 – 7 miles from Enniskillen.

Bonnieview – Prop. Mrs Elizabeth McIntosh 02868621570 – 8 miles from Enniskillen.

Abocurragh Farm Guesthouse –,, 02866348484 – 8 miles from Enniskillen.

Self Catering:

Westville Watersedge Appts –, 02866320333 – outskirts of Enniskillen

Killyhevlin Hotel Chalets – 02866323481 – includes use of the health club at the hotel and is on the Lough ½ mile above the top turn!

Corralea Cottages –,, 02866386123 – on Lough MacNean approx. 15miles from Enniskillen.

The Lodge at Lough Erne –,, 02866326633 – sleeps 6+2kids, 10mins from Enniskillen.

Mullinahinch Farmhouse –, 02868641340 – 2 twin and 1 dble bedrms, 12 miles from Enniskillen.

Rhubarb Cottage – Prop. Korena Byrne 02866323090 or 07715 326005 – 2 bedrms for up to 5/6 people, 4 miles from Enniskillen on the B82 to Kesh.

Take a break in Fermanagh

Why not stay for longer? There’s plenty to see and do in Enniskillen and Fermanagh in July. Here’s a selection of local events in the week before, and after, the Nationals for those who would like to stay that little bit longer. Note: dates/details may change, please check before attending.

Summer Extravaganza at Share Discovery Village 1 July – 31 August Exciting and innovative summer activity programme available for day visitors to Fermanagh.

Corralea’s Summer Buzz 1 July – 31 August 02866386123. Daily exciting programme of outdoor activities for the whole family. Open to residents and non-residents. Bigger and better this year: Corralea’s wipe out… The biggest waterpark in Ireland with water slides, trampolines, katapult and much more.

Belvoir Players present ‘The Auction in Killybuck’ by Louis J Walsh 17, 18, 19 July. Holywood Players present ‘A Party to Murder’ by Marcia Cash and Douglas E. Hughes 25, 26 July. Both at The Ardhowen Theatre (at the top turn of the race!) 02866325440.

Enniskillen Castle Museums 02866325000.

The National Trust have 3 properties in/around Enniskillen – Castle Coole 02866322690, Florence Court 02866348249 and Crom 02867738118.

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark 02866348855.

Janus Figure and Boa Island – in Caldragh Cemetary on Boa Island stand 2 pagan idols in stone. Further info from Fermanagh Tourist information centre 02866323110.

Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre 02868659300

The Buttermarket – Art Craft and Design Studios in the heart of Enniskillen. Café on site too.

Sat 12 July ‘Living History – Digging About’ at Enniskillen Castle Museums 2.30-3.30pm. Have a go at unearthing treasures similar to those uncovered at Drumclay Crannog. 02866325000.

Sun 13 & Sun 27 July ‘Early Life on an Island’ – Devenish Monastic Site 1-5pm. Meet the early Christian Monk and learn about his way of life. Boats available from Trory (Irvinestown Rd) and The Round ‘O’. Further info 02890543030.

Sun 13 July ‘Music in the Courtyard’ at Castle Archdale Country Park 12-5pm. Live music, several bands, different music genres. Further info 02868621588.

Sun 27 July Woodland Wildlife Walk at Marble Arch Natural Nature Reserve 2-4pm. Booking essential. Contact 02866348855.

Sun 27 July Guided Tour of Enniskillen Castle 2.30-3.30pm 02866325000.

A variety of Cookery Courses/workshops including for kids (14, 15 July), BBQs (16, 19 July) and Cakes (19 July) by The Belle Isle Cookery School, Lisbellaw. Further info from

Lady of the Lake Festival 11-20 July Irvinestown 02868621656. The festival theme is based on a mysterious lady who was known to glide over the waters of Lower Lough Erne. It provides mystery and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Marie Curie Truck Convoy 18-20 July Irvinestown 02868621656. This truck convoy raises money for Marie Curie and is part of the Irvinestown Lady of the Lake festival. Up to 500 trucks take part.

Beckett Festival 31 July – 10 August Enniskillen The world’s first annual festival to celebrate the work and influence of Nobel Prize winning writer Samuel Beckett.

And much, much more! Visit 02866323110 or for more information including special offers, accommodation & events.