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:

Circuits Start Time

Posted by Sarah Gilliver | January 18, 2011

As we are now doing 4 circuits each week, and the majority of members have arrived,  are warmed up and ready earlier, we will start this week’s circuits at 7:15pm. Please let others know who may not see this today.

Who wants to be an Entries Secretary?

Posted by Angela Watling | January 12, 2011

After almost two years as Entries Secretary, work and other rowing commitments mean I need to stand down from the role by the end of February. So, for all of those of you wanting to get more involved in the club, here is your chance! The Entries Secretary role is vital to the club – without one, BRC rowers would drive a trailer of boats to a regatta and then just sit on the sidelines looking jealous!

 

The key jobs of the Entries Secretary are:

 

    – Submitting crew entries for events;
    – Collecting entry fees and petrol money from squad VCs;
    – Paying race fees to event organisers;
    – Collating the list of up-and-coming races and updating the BRC website;
    – Attending the start of the monthly Rowing Committee meetings to talk to squad VCs about future events;
    – Various other bits and bobs!

 
One important thing an Entries Secretary must be is organised and able to meet deadlines. Once the club deadline has passed, entries need to be submitted quickly so that the event doesn’t close. However, most events take entries through the British Rowing Online Entry system which is really easy to use!

 
The post is a great way to get involved with all squads. You end-up knowing where everyone is going and what they are doing! So, if you are interested, please email me at entries@broxbournerowingclub.org and help the club to keep racing!

Get your new kit orders in by 26th January!

Posted by Sarah Gilliver | January 11, 2011

Members: take a look at the Kit Page in the members area of the website for more information. If you need a log-in email the webmaster.

Winter season racing

Posted by Angela Watling | January 7, 2011

Hello everyone! I have recently updated the Future Races page to show any events nearby which are coming-up over the next few months. If you are interested in any of them, or in something not showing, please let your VC know so they can raise it at the Rowing Committee meeting. We need to know about events as early as possible so we can handle any clashes with boats, the trailer or the truck.

 

Please note, the deadline for Weybridge Winter Head and Cambridge Head 2 Head is tomorrow, Saturday 8 January 2011. Any entries must be placed by your VC through the online entries form.

Masters New Year’s Report

Posted by Andy Crook | January 5, 2011

As I write my first report as Masters vice captain, there are 2 things I find I have to remember – that we are no longer called Veterans, but more crucially the entire squad’s ages for calculating the myriad of crew variations to make the “right” age category for racing.

That aside, I am happy to report that the club currently has a healthy Masters squad, numbering 16 men and with welcome guest appearances from amongst the women. This should set the squad up well for the remaining head races this winter, as well as for the coming regatta season.

In the run-up to Christmas 2010, the Masters have competed at the Pairs Head, Veterans (note: not Masters) Fours Head, Kingston Small Boats Head, Vesta Scullers Head and, of course, our own Club Head.

The first of these was the Pairs Head in October, where we had 3 Masters entries. While we didn’t come away with any pennants, there were some credible performances with the Mixed B Double of Jo Griffith and Roger Ward placed 3rd in their category, the Mens D Coxless Pair of Hugo van Kempen and Andy Crook 4th in theirs and the Mens F Coxless Pair of Alistair Cutts and Jim Brandon also 4th in  theirs.

At the Veterans Fours Head in November only one Broxbourne crew raced, but a great result of 53rd overall was achieved, with Michelle Blunt, Jo Griffith, Roger Ward, Phil Lumley and cox Brenda Scott winning in their Mixed C Coxed Four from a starting position of 150. They beat their second place rivals, Wallingford, by 45 seconds and a number of Mens Coxed Fours to boot. Unfortunately the Mens F Coxless Four had to scratch from the event due to injury.

Since the Fours Head, it has been down to the scullers to race, with Rob Alexander and Chris Heathcote doing battle as the only Mens C Singles entries at Kingston Small Boats Head, with Rob winning out and being placed 85th overall and Chris 191st.

As already mentioned in Chris Scorah’s report on the Sculler’s Head, Rob Alexander, Quintin McKellar and Russell Mould were the club’s Masters entries, with Rob competing in the Mens C Singles and finishing 4th out of 25, with 122nd place overall. Quintin and Russell had a ding-dong battle in the Mens D Singles, with Quintin coming in at 11th and Russell 14th, also out of 25 in their category.

Looking ahead to the rest of the winter, the Masters are likely to compete in several more Heads in the run up to the Masters Eights Head on the Tideway in early April 2011, with ambitions to race some heads in fours and small boats too. Following the heads the possibility of an early spring training camp over a weekend is being considered.

The regular training days for the Masters squad for the rest of the winter will continue to be Wednesday evening from 7pm in the gym for circuits and ergos, and Saturday morning on the water.

Wednesday evening is also the regular club night for the Masters, meeting in the bar after training, which on occasion has been known to include food!

This is also a great opportunity for anybody – whether an experienced oar or a newcomer to rowing – who may be interested in joining the Masters to meet the rest of the squad.

Andy Crook – Masters Vice Captain 2010/11

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