Welcome to the Broxbourne Rowing Club website! We are friendly rowing club with a fine fleet of boats, a fully equipped gym, and a modern, spacious club house with a bar. We row pretty much undisturbed on a delightful stretch of the river Lea. We compete vigorously and successfully in local and national races and welcome all including senior, masters, beginners, juniors and recreational rowers.

If you haven't rowed before, the sport provides full-body outdoor fitness, stimulates your senses and challenges you physically. There are few things as exhilarating as rowing at full pressure in a well synchronised crew. We run regular Learn to Row courses for juniors and adults to set you on your way.

If you are a more experienced rower, you will find a racing crew to meet your aspirations, whether you want to compete at Henley, in the masters world championships, or national and provincial races. Some prefer to enjoy recreational rowing and our touring boats travel far and wide on long weekends away, or compete in pageant-spectaculars like the Great River Race.

We also welcome aspiring and experienced coaches and coxes. These vital members of the club have the opportunity to make a real difference to the crew. Inexperienced or new coxes will receive support, training and coaching and are unlikely to be short of crews to practice with!

If you are interested please get in touch with the club.

Our latest:

Trent Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | February 29, 2012

The eights racing season has begun frustratingly late for Broxbourne’s men’s squad this year, with the cancellation of both Peterborough Head and Bedford Eights & Fours meaning legs weren’t tested until what is usually the mid-season marker race on the Trent in Nottingham.

Video of Trent Head
Trent Head Video

The first race was in the just-formed eight. With Rob Alexander and Chris Heathcote returning to the Senior Men’s squad after sojourning to the Masters squad for a few years, the crew had a more heavyweight look to it than it has had in recent years when populated by lightweights. With only a few outings under their belts the crew made the most of the warm up with a few good bursts, and then span on the marshall’s call ready to find out how they stood up to the opposition. The row was a robust start to the HORR campaign, with the 6k course acting as a good test of legs and lungs. The crew placed 8th overall and second in their category just a few seconds behind the winning crew.
In the third division the HOR4s club record holding quad took to the water again, ready to race strong opposition from Trent and Nottingham University. Another strong row saw them win their division with a time that was the fastest of the division and which placed them 11th fastest boat of the day overall. An IM2 coxed four containing Chris’ Sheppard, Turnbull and Heathcote and the contrasting sinewy Robin Mould also performed well with a 3rd place in category, 15 seconds off of an impressively drilled winning boat from Nottingham University.
After a long day of driving and racing the crew returned to the club pleased with the results. With some good scalps of other provincial crews and the feeling of plenty of speed yet to come in the eight, the squad now looks forward to racing at Kingston and on the Tideway in the coming weeks.

First Social of 2012!

Posted by Eleanor Everitt | February 28, 2012

The first social event of 2012 will be a pub quiz on Saturday 24 March. There will be food and the bar will be open. All squads are welcome and it would be great to see everyone there. Please contact Eleanor Broe, Jo Perryman or Becky Bishop for further details.

Trial Of New Tidal Flow System This Saturday

Posted by Craig Allan | January 26, 2012

We will be testing a new tidal flow system this Saturday. The river will be closed to club members before 8am on Saturday morning. Anyone wishing to participate in tidal flow must attend a safety briefing at 7.50am in the club room. Crews will be given numbers at the briefing and only crews with numbers will be allowed to boat. Matt Stallard and Martin Tate will be acting as marshals. Anyone attempting to boat without a number (having not attended the briefing) or failing to follow marshal’s instructions will be excluded from future tidal flow sessions.

The river will be open to other crews from 9.30am as usual.

Tuesday Circuits reminder

Posted by Sarah Gilliver | January 17, 2012

Don’t forget that the circuits session is still taking place on a Tuesday evening. The time will move back to 7:30pm to hopefully encourage more of you to attend. Be warmed up, ready to work at your own level around this general, bodyweight circuit.

Scullers Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | December 30, 2011

November became December, and the least enjoyable event of the year was upon us – Scullers Head. Ten members of the men’s senior and masters squads had entries, with start positions running from 8th to 318th.


Conditions appeared fairly friendly at first, with an unusually calm stretch of water between the start line and the bandstand allowing Broxbourne’s scullers to find rhythm early on, but with tricky cross winds gusting through the middle stretch all 10 racers were put to the test technically in what is physically the toughest part of the race.


Race completed, as our scullers landed and were helped in to the bank by those who had started earlier on there was a common response to the question “how did you go?” – “rubbish.”. Moods improved as memories of the last kilometre faded and hot tea courtesy of Vesta revived weary souls, and the results showed that all representatives had achieved fairly decent results for such a small club.


As usual, Adam Ridler led the club home, finishing in 20th position overall. Chris Scorah was next in, 10 seconds and 12 places behind – with a superb result of 32nd. Craig slothed home in 38th place, with Rob and Graham just outside the top hundred in 103 and 113 respectively. Alex Goodwin then achieve his best performance in some time coming in 123rd – a massive step on from his performance just 2 weeks before at Kingston. Chris’s Heathcote and Sheppard just missed out on start positions next year, coming in at 218 and 227, and Quintin just got the legs on Russell in their ongoing battle, placing 300th – 5 places and less than 3 seconds ahead of President Mould.


The club will now have at least 5 scullers starting in the top 100 next year, and hopefully at least 5 finishing inside it. There will be plenty more who will be looking to place inside the top 200. Our entry meant we were the 8th most represented club in the event, and the most represented club not based on the Tideway. Only four clubs managed to place more scullers inside the top 200, and only 2 clubs managed to place more scullers in the top 50. All participants are looking forward to being part of an even more impressive performance for the club next year.

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