Blueway 10k 2016

Blueway 10k logoBlueway 10K which has been designed by Canoeing Ireland and delivered in partnership with the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Coca Cola thank you fund.

Blueway 10K is a fresh approach to canoeing and paddlesports, picture couch to 5k but on the water. Blueway 10K aims to take all the hassle out of paddling activity, allowing people quick and easy access to the water.  This no-nonsense workout will allow people to turn up in regular workout clothes, put on a buoyancy aid, grab a boat and paddle, and go for short intensive work out.

The programme is based on a 12 week training programme, running from the 30th May 2016 to the 20th August 2016, with three hours of activity a week.  The programme is designed for three one hour workouts but these can be combined and adapted into two 1.5 hour work outs or even one 3 hour workout to suit participant’s busy schedules.  Participants should be aiming to complete more than 2/3’s of the training programme over the 12 weeks.  On the 20th of August 2016 we will co-ordinate a series of Blueway 10K events around Ireland so participants can attend a Blueway 10K event locally minimising logistics and travel.


Blueway 10K is tailored for total beginners who have never paddled before but due to its new approach to paddlesports coaching will also be suitable and beneficial to intermediate and even expert paddlers who want to improve their paddling technique and fitness.  The Blueway 10K will be the perfect summer training routine to prepare for the 2016 Liffey Descent.  Although the programme is written for kayaks, the Blueway 10K can be completed in any paddlesports craft including sit on tops, open canoes and stand up paddle boards.

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With the input of three times Olympian Eoin Rheinisch and World Championship Marathon Paddler and PhD in Sports Science Neil Flemming, Canoeing Ireland have developed a comprehensive 12 week, 36 session training programme which can be easily understood and implemented on your local stretch of water. This step by step programme will guide participants, instructors and coaches through progressions in technical skills, physical fitness, mental preparation, tactics and nutrition.

This training programme has the potential to revolutionise Irish Paddlesports.  We guarantee that anyone who completes or delivers this training programme, no matter how novice or experienced you are, will improve their paddling skills, get fitter and be amazed by the beauty of Irelands Waterways.

How to get involved;

Erne Paddlers training programme runs on Mondays from 7.00pm – 8.30pm and Saturdays from 10.00am – 11.30am. The programme commenced on Monday 30th May. Alternative times may be arranged with Erne Paddlers, please contact Trevor at; for further information.

There is still places left on Erne Paddlers Blueway 10K Programme, if you would like to get involved please contact Trevor.

Causeway Coast Kayak Association training programme runs on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.00pm – 8.30pm. The programme commenced on Monday 30th May. For further information contact John Wilkinson at;

Please contact the clubs for the cost of the programme.

The programme includes the following;

  • Membership of the local canoe club for the remainder of 2016
  • A twelve-week training programme led by an experienced coach
  • Entry to the BlueWay10K race at the end of the programme
  • Access to a variety of equipment
  • Fully comprehensive insurance
  • Access to training plans and DVD’s to help your development