Gate 7 May Day Canoe Race

(Previously the Conex Canoe Race)

Established 1988

Monday 6th May 2019

5 miles on Grade 2 water 

Open to all paddlers

Individuals, Canoe Clubs, Schools, Youth Organisations, Firms 


One race with three different starts

Slow 12.00 (Noon)
  Canadians, play boats, Humbledon special needs
Medium 12.05
  General purpose boats, slaloms
Fast 12.10
  K1, river racer, sea kayak, doubles


Entry fees - All entries on the day

 Single boat...........5.00

 Double boat..........8.00

Registration: (Click for entry form)

From 11.00am

at Millennium Bridge Car Park

(Grid Ref. 274 430)

(Note: Car parking charges apply; wardens do issue tickets)


Start -  Millennium Bridge (A short distance upstream from Registration)

Finish - Footbridge in front of Finchale Abbey

(Grid Ref. 296 471)

Car parking - purchase token from farmhouse or machine

to exit the finish - 3.00 (2018 price).



Gate 7 Cup to be held for one year by the overall winner

Numerous trophies are awarded in various classes


Presentations: 2.15pm in front of Finchale Abbey

(Grid ref: 296 471)

Light refreshments will be provided at the finish

Safety regulations (Click to read)

All competitors must pay the entry fee and agree

to abide by the event regulations.

All competitors must wear

an approved buoyancy aid and the race numbered bib.

Helmets are compulsory for kayaks (singles and doubles)

and are strongly advised for Canadians.


Novice competitors should have had experience of paddling

on grade 2 water or be accompanied along the course

by an experienced canoeist.

The river is shallow, with frequent rapids, and capsizes do happen.


Safety boats will be deployed along the course


Race organiser:   David Mills.  Tel. 0191-549 1784


Event sponsored by




Copyright 2006 D E Mills