Lane Cove River Kayakers is a racing and fitness paddling club based at Rotary Athletics Field, Lane Cove North, Sydney. We meet every Wednesday evening throughout the year setting out from 6.25pm for a 12km, 9km or 6km time trial on tranquil Lane Cove River.

Marathon Series #5 - Lane Cove - Sun 22 April 2018 'Doubles Round'

Above: RMS tides

Paddle NSW's Marathon Series #5 is being hosted by Lane Cove River Kayakers on Sun 22 April 2018. Entries are closed, but see below for links and general info on the location.

Above: LCRK Marathon - bottom turn


  • After parking your car – please transfer your boat straight to the marked area for your division in the staging area.
  • Each Division has an allocated staging area – please use the correct staging area for your Division
  • Register &/or collect your number per normal.
  • Race briefing will be provided at around 10:00am
  • After the briefing, each Division will be staged to the pontoon in start order for launching. This is being done to minimise the risk of bottlenecks and associated frustrations. Please be ready to launch early when your division is called.
  • Division 7 will start at 10:45am and will be staged to the pontoon shortly after the Race briefing. Division 1 will start at 11:00am and each subsequent Division at approximately 2 minute intervals thereafter.
  • Division 1 through Division 7 will complete two laps of the 10km course.
  • Division 8 will complete 1 lap of the 10km course, then one lap of the 5km course
  • Division 9,10,11,12 will complete 1 lap of the 10km course and Division 13 one lap of the 5km course.

BBQ, food and drinks will be on sale throughout the event

Safety boats will be deployed across the course including 4 powered boats and 1 double kayak. LCRK volunteers will be in attendance to assist throughout the event.

A life jacket is mandatory and footwear is recommended for all paddlers. We look forward to seeing you there.

The course map is as shown below (or click on the link above for a zoomable version).

As can be seen from the map, the Lane Cove River has lots of twists and turns, and sections which are navigable at high but not low tide. In prior years the course has been 'too long' then 'too short' and this year we're aiming for 'just right'. To achieve this the course will be set with normal red(pink) separation buoys. And ALSO with Hazard buoys which are part of the course. The Hazard Buoys are black and white striped - signifying no corner cutting, do not go shoreside!

There are plans for a portage which will be conducted on a midstream sandbar on the return leg from the bottom turn - both 1st and 2nd lap. Map shown below - bottom turn is to the right of the map. Footwear is recommended:

Above: Extract from PNSW 2018 Marathon Rules

Click here for link to PNSW 2018 Marathon Rules

We have a strong membership base (over 120) with a broad range of ages and a reputation of being a relaxed and friendly club. While competitive on the water we are at all times very supportive of one another.

LCRK has established itself as one of the most active marathon paddling clubs in NSW with high levels of participation in events such as the:

Amongst its many achievements the club is a regular winner of the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic’s Commonwealth Bank Cup, with members holding several class records.

Members also participate in harbour racing and sprint events and internationally in endurance races such as the Yukon River Quest (Canada) and the Fish River Marathon (South Africa) and in associated sports like multi-sport and adventure racing.