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:

Deadline for standing order membership renewals: Tuesday 30th November

Posted by Rosie Sanderson | November 25, 2010

Many thanks to those that have already renewed their membership of Broxbourne Rowing Club for 2011. For those of you yet to complete the forms and pay up, membership forms can be found in the members area of this site – if you don’t have a login, email webmaster@broxbournerowingclub.org to get one.

Please note, if you stick a note on your cheque stating do not cash until January we will honour that, but it will help to know if you are intending to renew or not.  Hard copies of the  forms are available at the club in plastic folders attached to the notice board. It will save envelopes, stamps and time if as many people as possible could respond and return either a renewal form and standing order form, or a renewal form and cheque, by end November. Those who do not respond will receive a reminder by post.

PLEASE NOTE IF YOU WISH TO PAY BY STANDING ORDER YOU MUST RETURN YOUR FORMS BY END NOVEMBER

Please put completed forms in the management box at the club

Many Thanks
Rosie Sanderson, Secretary

Fours Head

Posted by Graham Everitt | November 25, 2010

Winter training had begun well, too well some might say. The BRC men’s squad had been racking the miles up since September in preparation for The Fullers Fours Head and had headed over to Isle of Ely Rowing Club for two 5k runs up what can only be described as the blandest stretch in the world to prepare for the big event the next week.
With the draw setting our entries of an elite coxless four and an elite coxed four off 36th and and 46th respectively everyone was looking forward to a good run out at the top of the tide without too much hanging around at the start.

Availability had meant that we’d had to play a bit of musical chairs in the coxed four, and having at last settled on an excellent combination it was only right for something to go wrong. 2k into the first race at Ely a back injury forced the crew to row the rest of the course at quarter slide, and meant that they had to pull from the second event. The coxless four had two good runs, and although the lack of competition made for a rather uninspiring run in tricky conditions the second time around we felt pleased with both performances.

With the back injury turning out to be a proper one and not just Simon Robins being a woos, the coxed four decided to scratch, leaving the coxless to travel to the tideway with just one other boat from the women’s squad the next weekend.

A late running boat from the same category deciding to tag along with us at the start, and an enjoyable race unfolded as the Imperial College crew appeared to attach itself to the Broxbourne bow ball for the first half of the race. As we approached Hammersmith Bridge a few polite comments were exchanged as the IC crew began to push through and the usual disagreement over exactly where the racing line was took place. Thankfully, after our bowman proffered a superbly articulate  explanation as to its precise location and cracked what I’m sure was a well received quip about it being their home stretch they at last located the stream and moved several boat widths in its direction.

With the opposition from IC proceeding to put several lengths on us in the latter half of the race, a crew that can only be described as “hanging” were then left to push off a tidy Vesta crew in the second half. The kitchen sink was duly chucked out along with the taps and the microwave (for good measure), and we finished the race feeling relatively pleased – not the most beautiful of rows but an excellent race that left nothing in the tank.

The final results placed us 79th, the 25th fastest sweep crew overall and 7th in the elite coxless fours category. Not a bad result by any standards, now it’s time to build on this and start to prepare for the 8s head along the same stretch in 2011.

Social Committee – Members Needed!

Posted by Penny Scorah | November 25, 2010

I’d like to get together a group of 3-4 people to run the social events at the club. One of those people will sit on the management committee.

Each member would have the following responsibilities:

1. be trained up in how to run the bar so the responsibility of opening the bar on Tuesday nights and at social events can be shared round.
2. jointly organise the social events.

We will meet on an adhoc basis. Probably once every couple of months depending on what events we have coming up. Now we have the clubhouse there is potential to have a lot more social gatherings so we need more people to organise these.

The first job of the social committee is to buy the Christmas decorations and make the club look festive and pretty!

Please email me or have a chat with me at the club if you would like to get involved.

Thanks,

Penny

Broxbourne RC 30min r20 Ergo Ladder

Posted by Craig Allan | November 24, 2010

At the end of this month I will publish an ergo ladder ranking club athletes based on their best score for a 30 minute ergo with the stroke rate capped at 20. The ladder will be split into two sections one for men and one for women. There will be no further sub-division but there will be a column to indicate which squad each athlete belongs to, and a column for athletes to add their weight, if they wish to do so.

A new ladder will be published every month in the boathouse and the members area of the website. The first ladder will be for November and only include scores achieved this month. All senior squad members are expected to submit a score each month. Intermediate squad members are encouraged to submit scores and the more people from other squads that join in, the better.

One week left in November, happy erging!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 18th December

Posted by Penny Scorah | November 11, 2010

On Saturday 18th December 2010 the club will be hosting it’s annual Club Head and later in the day the Christmas Party!

More details will follow over the coming weeks.

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