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:

Christmas Party: CANCELLED!

Posted by Penny Scorah | December 18, 2010

…due to too much snow. It’s beautiful, but quite inconvenient. So no party tonight folks. Spread the word.

Club head results will be up later today..

Senior Womens squad – winter report

Posted by Angela Watling | December 16, 2010

So, I am long overdue a report on the website, but better late than never! The Senior Women started the season with the arrival of Matt as our coach. We also welcomed Alex Gibson to the squad and welcomed back Amy full time after the arrival of little Fiona in May. Matt’s plan for us was to go back to basics and re-build our entire stroke whilst working at rate 20, which for us was a bit of a shock. But, we started doing it in the boat and on the erg. After a few weeks of adapting to the rate, everyone started to settle in. Initially the outings got worse instead of better, but with so many people working on improving individually, it was to be expected. However, by the beginning of October we were starting to make progress and get the occasional compliment from some of Broxbourne’s harsher critics!


At the start of October, we addressed Fours Head. The hope had been to get 3 crew, the entire squad, out racing. However due to various availability conflicts, we settled on a single WIM1 coxless fours crew of Sarah Gilliver, Lizzie Alexander and Alex Gibson who were joined by Rowan McKellar from the junior squad. The crew regularly got out on the water and worked very hard to get back accustomed to race ratings without losing their form. On race day, the girls came last in their division but, more importantly, they had a solid row where they kept holding the new technique Matt had taught us. This was the key objective of this race because we were only 10 weeks in to a new training programme. Well done girls – a great acheivement!


Whilst the other fours head crews didn’t quite come to fruition, two other squad members were keen to race still – Julia Burden and Charlotte Willett. So, they joined forces with Jane Taylor and Joanna Pardoe from the Intermediate Women to race a WIM3 coxed four at Veterans Fours Head. Despite being a fairly late forming crew, the quartet, along with their cox Will Taylor and their coach Stuart Burden, put in a lot of training effort and really got the boat moving by the time of the race. They also had a great race and came 9th out of 12 in their category. They were close to crews 7 and 8 though and may have placed higher if Charlotte hadn’t suffered a loose rigger bolt.


Since Fours and Vets Fours, the squad have continue to work on their weekly 30 min ergos and consolidating everything Matt has been teaching us about the stroke. A WIM1.8+ was due to race at Wallingford on Sunday 5 December. However, after all of the other Broxbourne crews scratched and with the horrible weather predicitions, the crew also scratched. The race was replaced by a 12k outing at the club with 4.5k at rate 33 in the middle. This was one of the few occassions we had done such a distance at a higher rate since September. The pieces, whilst not perfect, went really well and helped reassure many of us that we were indeed heading in the right direction.


So, slow and steady progress for the Senior Women for this part of the season. Despite suffering quite a lot of colds and other injuries, we have been making improvements on and off the water. We are now re-assessing where we are ready to re-focus for the New Year and Eights Head!

(p.s. If anyone has any Fours Head and Vets Head pics then send them to me so I can include them – ta!)

November Ergo Ladder Results are out!

Posted by Penny Scorah | December 14, 2010

Full results can be found in the members area of the website so please log in below and click on ‘Ergo Ladder’. If you are a club member and need a log in please email me.

Congratulations to Belinda and Adam for topping the ladder!

Also, just a reminder that club circuits are on tonight and the bar will be open afterwards. See you there!

Ergo Menu

Posted by Craig Allan | December 13, 2010

In addition to the weekly 30 minute ergo, take a look at this spreadsheet for inspiration for other ergo workouts: Ergo Menu

Scullers Head

Posted by Chris Scorah | December 12, 2010

Adam Sculling under Chiswick Bridge, Scullers Head 2010After Fours Head, attention in the Senior and Vet Men’s squad turned to Scullers Head.  We arrived at Thames Tradesman’s a couple of hours before the race in darkness with temperatures hovering around freezing.  However, the tide had already started to go out, so with very little wind and low water, conditions were calm and perfect for sculling.

This year we had eight entries, with Adam starting eighth and looking to defend his IM2 pennant from last year, and first time entries for Tom, Robin from the senior squad and Russell from the Vets.

The race went without incident for most of the Broxbourne scullers with the exception of Quintin, who having started one place behind Russell and having over taken him, got tangled up with the next person he overtook resulting in Russell passing him back.  Needless to say, having untangled himself, Qunitin unleashed the rage and chased Russell down again, finishing the race a few lengths clear of him.

Thanks must go to Rob who towed down, then cycled from Putney back to Barnes after the race to get the trailer, allowing the rest of us to sit in Vesta drinking tea and eating cake in the warm instead of taking on the miserable scull back up to Thames Tradesman’s!

When the results came out in the evening, there was plenty to celebrate.  Adam had retained the IM2 pennant, finishing 11th, with Craig finishing 29th and me finishing 34th (all three of us move down two places if you add the time only entries into the results).  Both Rob and Tom finished in the top two hundred with Rob 122nd, and Tom 174th.  This should give them both good starting positions next year.  Robin managed to beat his Dad.  Full results can be found on the Scullers Head results page.

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