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    Latest News
    31 Mar 2015 7:25 pm
    The DW Organisation has learned today (Tue. 31 March) that Wokingham Borough Council has delayed the planned works on the flyover into Thame Valley Park by one week.

    As a result, parking suspensions will not be implemented on Thames Valley Park Drive over Easter weekend, and there will be no alternative parking arrangements in place.

    So the good news is that it will be “business as usual” for Support Crews meeting their Paddlers at the Dreadnought Reach portage.

    However, please ensure you park legally and follow the existing parking directions in TVP, as well as the relevant DW Rules for Support Crews - if you need a refresher then visit http://www.dwrace.org.uk/paddinforules.html!

  • Team Entries
    27 Mar 2015 12:11 am
    Please could all online team entries be in by Wednesday 1st April.

  • 2015 entries now online
    27 Mar 2015 12:10 am
    See the entry list here

  • Race Briefing Note
    13 Mar 2015 1:40 pm
    To help with planning for race entrants, we've prepared a DW Briefing Note.

    This is to accompany and should be read in conjunction with the Rules.

    Please use these to prepare well in advance for your DW.

  • Easter Road Closure
    5 Mar 2015 5:20 pm
    Please note we have been informed the A329 (by Dreadnought Reach / Wokingham Waterside Centre) is to be closed over Easter Weekend.

    (More details...)

  • Prize Giving Date Change
    26 Feb 2015 10:11 am
    The date of the Prize Giving has changed to Saturday 9 May (it was 16 May). It will be in the Donnington Valley Hotel, Newbury.

  • Returning Trophies
    23 Feb 2015 12:22 am
    Did you or someone you know win a trophy at DW2014?
    If so, please return the trophy at the Watersides (via Marsport) or the Marsport shop at Wokingham Waterside Centre.
    Trophies, must be in before this year's race.

  • Buoyancy Aid Rules
    23 Feb 2015 12:17 am
    Further to recent questions regards buoyancy aids/personal flotation devices, we've looked into the issue of ISO compliant items which apparently do not have 50N inherent buoyancy. Adult XL sized versions of these BAs/PFDs do meet that level to achieve compliance but some smaller sizes may offer just 45N. The organisers have decided that compliance with the relevant standards specified in the rules is the key here and that as long as they meet ALL the rest of the criteria specified in the rules, 45N versions of the BAs/PFDs will be accepted.

  • Updated General Rules
    4 Feb 2015 10:55 am
    General Rules have been updated to include more detailed guidance on navigating the Tideway. This is in response to requests from the Port Of London Authority, who manage the tidal Thames. Paddlers and supports crews are required to have read and comply with these and all other relevant rules.

    See Paddlers' Information > Rules .

  • DW2015 Entries Open
    6 Jan 2015 10:35 am
    DW2015 Entries are now open. See Paddlers' Information > How to Enter.

    Please also make sure you and your support crews read all General and Class Rules in the same section.

  • Entries Open for NSKC2014
    25 Sep 2014 9:26 pm
    DW, working with Canoe England and Marsport, has opened entries to the National Schools Kayak Championships 2014 on Sunday 16th November at Wokingham Waterside Centre, Reading. Regatta information and entry form.

  • DW AGM
    18 Sep 2014 12:42 am
    The 2014 DW AGM will be at 14.30 on Saturday 4 October at the Wokingham Waterside Centre. See details.

  • DW2014 in Canoe Focus
    8 Jul 2014 12:00 pm
    Read the Canoe Focus article A Challenging Year of Great Endurance Racing on Devizes Westminster 2014 in our DW News section.

  • DW2014 Donations
    3 Jun 2014 3:39 pm
    A cheque for £376 to Cancer Research UK and £300 to Evelina Children's Hospital (St Thomas), raised by the Westminster Village Crew, is off in the post to the charities. Great job Westminster.

  • DW2014 Prize Giving
    13 May 2014 1:47 pm
    The DW2014 Prize Giving will start at 2pm on Saturday 7 June at Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa. Full details.

  • Dr Oliver Dansie - DW1951
    7 May 2014 1:10 pm
    A belated obituary on Dr Olive Dansie, who took completed DW in 1951 in 24 hours and 7 minutes.
    See Daily Telegraph.

  • Stages Race Winners
    22 Apr 2014 4:16 pm
    Daniel Palmer and Connor Peters completed a Fowey River CC double winning the Junior Doubles in a time of 16hrs 20 mins and 16 secs. William Hardiman and Clive Neale from Tonbridge won the Vet Juniors in 17 hrs 21 mins. Radek Zielski from Reading held onto his Day 3 lead, wining the Senior Singles by 7 minutes, with a time of 16:23:13. Full details.

  • Stages Race Monday Start Lists
    21 Apr 2014 7:51 am
    All the boats in the Stages race have arrived at TYM (Ham) and the Start lists are now available here Monday Starts The Singles will have a mass start, followed by the Doubles in batches. The start list includes an index sheet showing which batch each boat is in, as well as a list of boats for each batch.

  • Stage Report - Day 3
    21 Apr 2014 7:49 am
    Junior Double Palmer/Peters crew lead has increased to 1hr 38mins - that's almost in the bag. Hardiman and Neale from Tonbridge lead the Vet Juniors by 59 minutes. Senior Singles is the closest race with Zielski from Reading in front by seven minutes, down from 10 at the end of Day 2. Fourth and final day. Full details.

  • Senior Doubles Winners
    20 Apr 2014 7:58 pm
    Congratulations to Ryan Pearce and Mike Southey, winners of Senior Doubles DW2014. Latest results (updated live).

  • Stages Report - Day 2
    20 Apr 2014 1:33 am
    Junior Double Palmer/Peters crew lead is up to 1hr 20mins. Hardiman and Neale from Tonbridge lead the Vet Juniors by 9 minutes. Senior Singles is led by Zielski from Reading by ten minutes. Full details.

  • Stages Race Sunday Start List
    19 Apr 2014 8:30 pm
    The complete start list for Sunday at Marlow (Longridge) is now available online at Sunday Starts

  • Follow Race Checkpoints
    19 Apr 2014 8:09 am
    You can follow this year's race hereNews Text

  • Stages - Day 1
    19 Apr 2014 8:06 am
    Good stages race after 2 1/2 hr delay. JD Fowey crew have a 46 min lead. Tonbridge crew leading VJ by 25 mins. SS Reading paddler leading by 4 mins. Full details.

  • BBC Wiltshire
    19 Apr 2014 1:10 am
    Listen to BBC Wiltshire's Good Friday broadcast from Devizes Wharf. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wlq05

  • Stages Race Start List for Saturday
    18 Apr 2014 11:29 pm
    The complete start list for Saturday at Newbury (Northcroft) is now available online at Saturday Starts

  • #dwcanoerace
    15 Apr 2014 10:54 pm
    If you Tweet follow@dwcanoerace, with #dwcanoerace for mentions.

  • Follow this year's race
    11 Apr 2014 6:17 pm
    You can follow this year's race here

  • Entries now online
    11 Apr 2014 10:43 am
    Entries can now be found here Entry Class List and here Entry SubClass List Please note there are a couple more entries still to be processed.

  • Burghfield Lock / Cunning Man Pub
    7 Apr 2014 9:40 pm
    Message to crews and support crews. Please instruct your support crews that they are not permitted to park in the Cunning Man Pub near to Burghfield Lock. Any support crew or person linked with the race parking in the car park is likely to lead to a penalty being applied to the crew they are supporting.

  • Senior Doubles Friday Kit Checks
    6 Apr 2014 10:30 pm
    As in previous years, Senior Doubles crews starting early on Easter Saturday may request a Friday evening kit check at Devizes. These kit checks are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and take place in ten-minute slots between 5-7pm at Devizes Wharf. To apply for a place, please email with your preferred time to the Chief Umpire.

    There will be a quick kit check on Friday crews before they leave on Saturday.

  • Entry Deadline Approaching
    1 Apr 2014 9:35 am

  • DW2014 GPS Tracking Trial
    27 Mar 2014 9:36 pm
    For the first time, we're pleased to announce DW will be trialling GPS based tracking for a number of selected entrants. Several crews used them last year with great success. We're extending the trial this year. Visit DW2014 GPS Tracking Trial to find out more, as well as how to hire privately if you're not picked for the trial.

  • BBC Wiltshire - Marshals
    27 Mar 2014 12:55 pm
    Just heard DW on BBC Radio Wiltshire and wanting to volunteer to marshal? Drop us an email. Thanks.

  • Entering DW2014?
    25 Mar 2014 10:01 am
    If you're yet to enter DW2014, please note the address for postal entry fees has changed.

    Post cheque and advice slip to:
    Entry Secretary
    80 East Park Farm Drive
    RG10 9US

  • Waterside B Congratulations
    10 Mar 2014 11:15 am

  • Flood Conditions
    11 Feb 2014 9:44 pm
    Flooding conditions in southern England are currently at record levels. We send our sympathies to anyone affected, directly or indirected.

    With regards to DW2014, there have been some enquiries about the impact of flooding on the race. We will continually monitor the situation and liaise with the relevant authorities and agencies. There are over two months until the race. Any decision is likely to be made in the week leading up to the race.

    If you are training for DW2014, as usual, we urge you to be careful and maintain safety as a priority.DW Organising Team

  • DW2014 Entries Open
    9 Jan 2014 12:00 pm
    Online DW2014 entries are now open. Check our the rules and requirements, and it's a couple of clicks to enter Devizes Westminster 2014.

  • 100 Days to Go
    9 Jan 2014 12:41 am
    It's just 100 days to go until DW2014 starts on Friday 18 April 2014.

    Paddlers will be training hard in the tough winter conditions in preparation for the 125-mile endurance race.

  • School Championships Regatta
    30 Nov 2013 9:11 am
    The Schools Championships Regatta on Sun 24 Nov at Dreadnought Reach.

    Great event - read up on the day - with good support and willingness to take part in 2014. Great feedback from coaches and teams that took part.

    Thanks to everyone for their support both in planning and preparations, and on the day.

  • John Cooper
    18 Sep 2013 11:34 pm
    We are shocked and saddened to share that John Cooper, a very good friend and supporter of DW for many years, has passed away.
    With very fond memories, we send our thoughts and condolences to John's friends and family.

  • DW AGM
    13 Sep 2013 10:12 pm
    Reminder that it is the DW AGM tomorrow at Wokingham Waterside Centre, starting at 2:30 prompt.See you there.

  • School Championships
    7 Aug 2013 10:02 am
    Are you part of, or involved with a DW School Team. Take a look at the National Schools Championship - click here

  • Tribute to Brigadier Garth Hewish
    25 Apr 2013 9:49 pm
    The DW Team and friends of DW will be sad to hear of the recent death of Brigadier Garth Hewish MBE after a long illness. Garth was involved in many aspects of DW, doing the race several times, organising the Royal Engineers' Trophy, and helping with Umpiring. More recently, as Vice President, he chaired our AGMs which were always very happy occasions. He will be missed but remembered with great affection. A tribute to Garth can be found here.

  • DW2013 Results
    25 Apr 2013 9:49 pm
    Full list of results and prize winners on the Results page. See you at the Prize Giving on 18th May in Newbury.

  • Press Cuttings
    16 Apr 2013 12:26 am
    Selection of the news stories we've been sent and found online at Press Cuttings.

  • Prize Giving - Sat 18 May
    9 Apr 2013 1:24 am
    DW Prize Giving - Sat 18 May starts at 1730 at Hilton Hotel Newbury Centre, Pinchington Lane, RG14 7HU Newbury, Berkshire.

    There will be a party afterwards. Please pass on to supporters, parents, partners and club members as well. Party tickets £5 per person. Discount rooms rates at the Hilton. Email Totti for tickets.

  • DW2013 Senior Double Winners
    31 Mar 2013 10:46 pm
    Congratulations to Stuart West and Dan Seaford, Senior Doubles winners of DW2013 with a time of 16 hours, 44 minutes and 23 seconds.

  • Monday Start List for Stages race
    31 Mar 2013 8:41 pm
    The complete start list for Monday at TYM is now available on the Results page here. There is an index to the K2 groups, and the timetable for the campsite. Don't forget that all times are GMT.

  • Last Crew Off
    30 Mar 2013 7:08 pm
    The final crew have left Devizes. Everyone is now on their way. While some have already had to retire, others are steadily making progress to Westminster.

  • Stages Start List for Sunday
    30 Mar 2013 6:45 pm
    The Start list for the Stages race is now on the results page here Please note that this is provisional - we are still sorting out one or two problems, so there will be an update later. The start times shown are correct.

  • All Cannings clear for racers
    30 Mar 2013 2:57 pm
    Police incident at All Cannings has been cleared. Access is, again available.

  • Access report
    30 Mar 2013 2:17 pm
    Access to All Cannings near Devizes is restricted due to a police cordon

  • Stages Start List for Saturday
    29 Mar 2013 10:01 pm
    The Start List for the Stages race is now on the Results page here

  • Coming Down to Watch
    29 Mar 2013 12:04 pm
    Great coverage on BBC Wiltshire today, if you're coming down to watch on Saturday, the first crews are off at 7, with regular departures until 11. From then, it's the more elite crews and they'll be more spread out. Wrap up warm!

  • Notice to Competitors
    28 Mar 2013 2:53 pm
    As announced, directors of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race have met. In conjunction with advice from the Environment Agency, the directors have decided to run the DW race in 2013 in its normal format.
    However, due to the challenging nature of the conditions expected during the event, the organisers have implemented a self-assessment competence matrix for crews.
    All crews must assess themselves according to this matrix, which rates their ability to undertake the DW challenge in the current arduous conditions.
    Full details are contained in this document.
    Please note, the organisers reserve the right to stop any crew at any time.
    All Senior Single, Vet-Junior, Endeavour and Senior Doubles entrants are required to bring their completed Assessment Matrix to registration.

  • DW on Twitter
    28 Mar 2013 9:02 am
    There's an unofficial DW Twitter account run by the chief umpire. It's @dwcanoerace - and the hash tag for the race this year is #DWcanoerace. Don't forget the only official voice of the race is this website. www.dwrace.org.uk.

  • Junior Camping
    27 Mar 2013 11:13 pm
    As advised by Owen Peake - Junior Campsite Manager:Please ensure that you have checked the weather forecast for Easter weekend - temperatures not currently looking good.Your crews who are camping MUST ensure that they are properly equipped with tents and sleeping bags that are appropriate for the conditions that are forecast.Pop up, single skin tents are not suitable for sub zero camping, nor are thin sleeping bags designed for festival goers in the height of summer.The campsite crew will not allow poorly equipped crews to stay on the campsite, and they are likely to be disqualified from the race for their own safety if they are deemed to be unfit to paddle.Please also ensure that your crews do not hang about at all after getting off the water - they should be sent straight to the showers and change into warm clothing, and not hang about chatting to parents and support crews unnecessarily.

  • Additional Notice to Competitors
    27 Mar 2013 7:09 pm
    All Senior Single, Vet-Junior, Endeavour and Senior Doubles entrants are required to bring their completed Assessment Matrix to registration.

  • Notice to Competitors
    27 Mar 2013 9:00 am
    As announced, directors of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race have met. In conjunction with advice from the Environment Agency, the directors have decided to run the DW race in 2013 in its normal format.
    However, due to the challenging nature of the conditions expected during the event, the organisers have implemented a self-assessment competence matrix for crews.
    All crews must assess themselves according to this matrix, which rates their ability to undertake the DW challenge in the current arduous conditions.
    Full details are contained in this document.
    Please note, the organisers reserve the right to stop any crew at any time.

  • Easter Saturday Afternoon Departures
    26 Mar 2013 9:05 pm

  • Easter Monday Tideway Lights
    26 Mar 2013 12:21 am
    Crews in the Stages race of DW (Junior doubles, Junior/Veteran doubles, Senior Singles, Endeavour) will not require lights affixed to their boats or light sticks attached to their buoyancy aids on the Tideway on Easter Monday this year. This is because the start will be around dawn.

  • Daily DW on BBC Wiltshire
    25 Mar 2013 8:27 am

  • River Conditions
    24 Mar 2013 1:08 pm
    We are aware there is great interest in conditions on the river after steady rain from the beginning of the year.
    We have been observing the conditions in recent months. We will continue to actively review the conditions and any possible impact on DW2013.
    At present, and unless otherwise announced on this website, it is expected that the race will be proceeding as normal. However, confirmation will be made in due course and should there be any changes they will be reported here as soon as they are known.
    At present we are planning to provide an update on Tuesday evening.
    Thanks and best wishes for final preparations.

  • Entry lists now online
    20 Mar 2013 8:22 pm
    Entry lists are now online here.

  • Kit Checking at Devizes
    18 Mar 2013 9:45 pm
    Please note, compulsory kit will be ticked off at check-in. Please make sure it is packed in a way that can be checked.If you put it in bags, clink film, vacuum pack it in anyway, it will be opened.

  • Online Entries Working
    16 Mar 2013 7:47 pm
    Online entry system is now back up and working.
    Please enter as normal.

  • Online Entries
    16 Mar 2013 4:03 pm
    We are aware there are problems with accessing online entries.
    We are doing all we can to remedy the situation.
    Please try again at some point later in the day.

  • Cafe on Honeystreet Wharf
    13 Mar 2013 1:50 am
    Looking for somewhere to stop on the Pound without blocking other crews? Try the Honeystreet Wharf Cafe.There's parking on site, a cleared space for crews to stop if they're looking for a feed (please don't stop under the bridge) and there's hot drinks and snacks in the cafe.Thanks to the team at Honeystreet Wharf for supporting DW and crews as they set off from Devizes.

  • Friday Check-In for Senior Doubles
    11 Mar 2013 4:42 pm
    To assist Senior Doubles crews looking to leave promptly at 7am, we will be providing bookable check-in slots between 16:00 and 18:00 on Friday at Devizes Wharf. To book a slot please email dwchiefumpire@hotmail.co.uk.
    Slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

  • DW2013 Entry Deadline - AMMENDED NOTE
    10 Mar 2013 10:07 pm
    The deadline for entries to DW2013 is fast approaching. Your online entry and payment must be received by midnight on Sunday 17 March.

    However, as there is no post on Sundays this means in effect, the deadline for sending your payment is Friday 15 March if you are sending it in the post.

    Alternatively, you can hand in payment in person at Waterside D to the Entry Secretary on Sunday 17 March. All payments must be with the Entries Secretary before he leaves Waterside D (he is normally the last to leave).

    Ideally we would like to receive all entries online by Friday 15 March. While online entry will be kept open until midnight on Sunday for the few making last minute decisions, you are strongly advised to make your online entry well before that time. There is no paper entry and no late entries are permitted. Please make sure anyone you know entering the race is aware of this.

    The procedure for DW entries being paid for at Waterside D is as follows:

    1. Fill in your online entry and submit it, ideally, by Friday 15th March. But by Sunday 17th March at the latest.

    2. Note the email address you used for both paddlers.

    3. Write a cheque for the appropriate amount made payable to "Devizes to Westminster Organisation Limited" and write the e-mail address of both paddlers on the back of the cheque.

    4. Hand in the cheque to the Entries Secretaries Desk (in the Waterside Centre at the finish).

    Cash can be taken in payment of the fees but cheques are preferred. Card transactions are not possible.

    To repeat for clarity, if you plan to decide on the day of Waterside D whether you are going to do DW or not, submit an electronic entry in good time earlier in the week. You are not committed to doing the race but all the entry details are there and you either hand in a cheque and get an entry, or you don't hand in a cheque and the electronic entry will not be used.

    Note. Waterside Series Organisers are not involved with the DW entries so please direct entries to DW Oganisers not to the Waterside Series team. Thanks.

  • River Conditions
    4 Mar 2013 11:11 pm
    Stream flows are decreasing on much of the Thames. Keep up on conditions on the river at the Environment Agency River Thames Conditions.

  • Ben St Joseph
    4 Feb 2013 11:41 pm
    We are very saddened to hear that Ben St Joseph died while climbing on Ben Nevis's Tower Ridge on 26 January 2013. Ben was a popular, hard working, and dedicated medical student at Bristol University. He was also a member of the University Officers Training Corps. He won both the Reserve Forces (2011) and University (2012) Cups for the Devizes to Westminster race and hoped to win both again this year.The DW family would like to send our thoughts and sympathies to Ben's family, friends and colleagues.

  • Paddling Etiquette
    27 Jan 2013 12:19 pm
    Waterside Series start next week (26 Jan). They are an important and traditional build-up race series for DW competitors. It is very important for paddlers and support crews to honour etiquette rules along the course. More details from Waterside Series organisers on DW Facebook Group and the Waterside Series.DW and Waterside work together to reduce impact of our events on residents who live along the course year round.Please do your part.

  • Trophies Please
    17 Jan 2013 9:31 pm
    A reminder that DW Trophies should be returned before this years race. Marsport are again prepared to accept trophies at the shop or at the Waterside races. Please address any queries to DWtrophies@gmail.com.

  • Entries Open
    1 Jan 2013 8:58 am

  • Entries Open 1 Jan
    17 Dec 2012 11:05 pm
    Entries to DW2013 will open on 1 January.While you're waiting and keen, check over your training plan, support crew preparation, accommodation in Devizes and every other element of detail that you can think of.

  • Four Months Countdown
    29 Nov 2012 11:53 pm
    It's four months to the day until the first crews set off from Devizes Wharf on the four day race. So where are you up to on your training schedule? Take a look at our Facebook Group page for tips from the experts.

  • Noticeboard
    20 Nov 2012 12:05 am
    Looking to buy some kit or catch up with the DW community. Take a look at the DW Facebook Group or leave a message on our Noticeboard.

  • And finally...
    16 Nov 2012 11:56 am
    We have pictures from the DW 2012 Awards Ceremony. Take a look in the Gallery.

  • Easter Times and BST
    23 Oct 2012 12:31 pm
    In 2013, Easter Weekend marks the start of British Summer Time. Please note the entire race will be run on GMT (i.e. the time it is on Good Friday and Easter Saturday).

  • Thames Winter Lock Closures
    11 Oct 2012 1:00 pm
    If you're heading out along the River Thames to train, take a look at the Environment Agency's planned River Thames Lock Closures for 2012/2013 and the impact it may have on your planned route.

  • DW AGM
    1 Sep 2012 10:38 pm
    DW AGM will be at 2:30 on Saturday 15th September at the Wokingham Waterside Centre. Please do attend if you can and show your support for DW.



The Final Countdown to DW2015

Entries are now closed for DW2015. There are 347 boats and 621 people taking on the endurance challenge of body and mind to set out from Devizes on the 125 miles to Westminster over Easter 2015.

Conditions are looking hardy, mild temperatures, rain and a westerly wind – it’s going to be tough.

If you want to watch the non-stop straight through race starts on Easter Saturday, leaving Devizes Wharf from 7am. The four day stages race starts on Good Friday (3 April) also from 7.

One day or four, both provide a unique challenge for competitors and their support crews.

Whether training to take part, supporting a crew or curious about the race you’ll find the information you need here. When the race starts, you can see the Current Race Progress and follow Senior Doubles crews with GPS Tracking.

Over 350 volunteers give their time to make the race work. If you’re free to volunteer this year or next Easter, drop us an email.

And you can keep in touch by signing up to our newsletter. BTW, DW2016 – 25-28 March 2016