• Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race
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    Latest News
  • Capt Chris Graves
    11 Dec 2017 09:00 am
    The DW Organisation is sorry to share news of the passing of Capt Chris Graves, peacefully in his sleep on 30th November. Chris joined the team in 1977 and dedicated over 30 years of his life to the Stages Race. He was the timekeeper with a friendly word for all paddlers early in the morning, and again later in the day as they finished. Chris was renowned for his mental arithmetic - always calculating the provisional results as a boat crossed the finish line and then later running a paper check!

    He was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 with a very short life expectancy of just a few weeks. In early 2001 his sister told him that if he didn't get out of bed and get fit he was going to let the race down. Chris was ready for action by Easter! He retired from DW in 2007, but still spent Easter weekends out on the course. He will be sadly missed by the DW family.

    The funeral will take place at Noon on Thursday 21st December at West Suffolk Crematorium, near Bury St Edmonds. No Flowers. Donations will go to the Evelina Trust at St Thomas' Hospital (race finish hosts) via funeral directors: C E Fuller & Co, 23, Hall St., Soham, Cambs., CB7 5BN

  • Mark (Foggy) Phillips
    18 Sep 2017 10:00 am
    The Daily Telegraph has recently published a more extensive Obituary, which mentions the Race and some of his exploits whilst in the military.

    It is reproduced here with kind permission of the Daily Telegraph

  • Mark (Foggy) Phillips
    16 Aug 2017 10:30 am
    The DW Organisation is sorry to report that Mark (Foggy) Phillips, passed away on Saturday the 12th of August 2017 aged 56. Foggy was diagnosed in June with Sporadic-CJD which is a Prion disease completely random and fortunately very rare.

    His athletic feats are legend and amongst these achievements, he was a 4 times winner of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. Mark won the event in four consecutive years 94, 95, 96 and 97. This is only the 2nd time this has been done. In addition, he was 2nd 5 years later in 2002, completing his 6 races. Only 3 other people have won more times. His best time of 15:42 is the 5th fastest time for the race and only 8 minutes off the official record.

    Lt Col Mark Phillips MBE, Royal Marines was a professional of the highest order - we will be hard put to meet his like again.

  • 2017 Results
    19 Jun 2017 8:30 pm
    The DW 2017 Results Book has now been published and is available here.

  • DW Prize Giving
    10 Jun 2017 12:05 pm
    Today, 10th June at Newbury Rugby Club.

    From 2pm for tea & coffee to commence the ceremony at 2:30pm.

    Our special guest this year is Helen Backshall (Glover).

    In addition to the trophies, new members of the 1000 Mile Club will be awarded their tie (gentlemen) or pashmina (ladies).

    Family and friends welcome.Post ceremony buffet (with donations to our charity for this year - RLNI)

    Newbury Rugby Club
    Monks Lane
    RG14 7RW

    I look forward to seeing you there!

  • 2017 Results
    22 Apr 2017 10:00 pm
    Results for all classes in 2017 are now available on the Results page. These results reflect time allowances and penalties that have been applied for all crews.

  • Stages Monday Start List
    16 Apr 2017 9:26 pm
    Important - we will have two mass starts for singles, with the first being earlier than usual. Please see the timetable at the front of the start list. There is also an index to be able to find which batch each boat is in. The Monday timetable, index to batches, and full start list is now available as a PDF here

  • Spectator Advice
    13 Apr 2017 3:50 pm
    The course is going to be extremely busy over the weekend, so if you are not directly supporting a crew but wish to view the race, please visit our list of friendly sites, with facilities and space, to keep the portages free for emergency vehicles and support staff
    Please park carefully and considerately, and ensure you do not block any roads, driveways or private car parks

    Viewing Points

  • Entries closure
    31 Mar 2017 5:24 pm
    Entries close this Sunday, 2nd April at 4pm. We anticipate record numbers, so please don't leave it until the last minute to get your entry in as the system is likely to be very busy on Sunday! You can enter online or at Waterside D up to 4pm

  • Incident in London
    22 Mar 2017 17:00 pm
    The DW Organising Team are fully aware of the incident that has taken place this afternoon on Westminster Bridge and the surrounding area. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

    Regarding the race, at this time we will continue to progress plans for the normal running of DW over Easter Weekend. In the next 3 weeks we will adapt any plans as required by the security services, in response to today's incident, and will make announcements at the appropriate time.

    In the meantime it is important not to speculate on the circumstances surrounding this incident, until such time as further information is released by the authorities.

  • Entries now open!
    15 Jan 2017 4:09 pm
    Thanks to a huge amount of work from the DW team behind the scenes, the new online entry system is live.

    Enter online here

    Who's going to be the first person to get their entry in?

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Thank you all for a great Easter!

DW 2016 was a challenging one, as storm Katie ravaged the country and wrecked the Westminster site, causing us to finish the stages race at Teddington for safety.

Fortunately 2017 was a relatively mild Easter in comparison, though low water meant it was unlikely many records would be taken. The mild weather was reflected in the number of finishers, with 88% of boats finishing the course.

With many paddlers returning with unfinished business, along with a boom in numbers due to the milder weather this year, we anticipated a lot more congestion and problems on the course. Fortunately with the majority of supporters attending our supporters’ briefings in the Wharf Theatre, the course ran a lot smoother than normal, so a big thank you to all of you!

The introduction to live tracking on every boat also helped streamline support and reduce congestion, also making it possible for folk to follow the race and their favourite crews from the comfort of their armchair, keeping the course free for supporters and emergency vehicles.

The results are live on the website, with all corrections made for penalties, tunnel delays etc, and as you've seen all over social media, first place in the senior doubles went to a deserving Jim King and Billy Butler, completing in 17hrs, 27 minutes, 37 seconds.

A special mention also has to be made to Sam Rippington and Lisa Price for taking the ladies C2 record in 24:11:02

The DW presentation will be at 2pm, Saturday, 10th June 2017, at Newbury Rugby Club, Monks Lane, Newbury, RG14 7RW

Next year Easter will be a tad earlier, on 30th March—2nd April 2018, so start your planning now!

Senior Doubles:
1st    Jim King / Billy Butler17:27:37
2ndBeazley / Rodrigo Hortal17:46:50
3rdRyan Pearce / Dan Palmer18:17:08
Ladies Senior Doubles:
1stNicola Taylor / Jodie Barrett23:29:24
Mixed Doubles:
1stHelen Backshall / Steve Backshall22:48:46
Junior Doubles:
1stDavid Hatton / Harry Shearer16:20:26
2ndMatthew Callow / Kieran Hayward16:29:04
3rdStephen Leonard / Simon Tilbury-Clark17:26:31
Senior Singles:
1stSam Plummer15:54:07
2ndRadoslaw Zielski16:17:02
3rdBenedikt Kraft16:29:08
Senior singles - Ladies:
1stRo Battison19:33:15
Veteran / Junior:
1stJared Humphries / Clive Neale18:13:33
Canadian Doubles:
1stTom Stafford / Chris Smith21:36:26
Canadian Doubles - Ladies:
1stLisa Price / Sam Rippington24:11:02
Canadian Singles:
1stSven Tosch19:15:00
Canadian Singles - Ladies:
1stLiz Murnaghan24:44:19