Kingston Head and Oarsport (20 March) cancelled. Next scheduled events are: School’s HoRR (18 March) - 4 quads; Junior Inter-regional trials (21 March) –– Ethan (J15 1x), Jacob and Danny (J16 1x and 2x), Amelia and Jasmine (WJ16 1x and 2x); and Vet’s HoRR (22 March) – 2 eights and 2 quads. Good luck to all Junior and Veteran crews. 

As the coronavirus situation evolves, and government advice develops, we wish to take proportionate measures to protect our members, guests and visitors. We have therefore decided to postpone the Clubhouse reopening from 28 March to 19 September, and to suspend bookings for parties/corporate events until the government guidance is relaxed.

We succeeded in our Sport Relief challenge, and rowed from Lands’ End to Shetland, and onwards towards the Vøring Plateau – a total of 1,222 km logged against a target of 1,175km – from 55 members representing all squads. Great job everyone! The VetMen rowed 51% of the distance, combined Junior squads 14%, and Senior and Masters Women 12% each. Top contributors were John Steers (VetMen - 105km), Stewart Robertson (Rec – 87km), Karon Phillips (WMas – 46km), Max Bird (JM – 40km), Sofia Marelli (SW – 31km) and Izzy Sellers (JW – 20km). To date, we have raised a total of £3,297 to be split 50/50 between the club and Sport Relief. We will keep the fundraising pages open for a short while longer, so please encourage friends and family to make a donation on your behalf: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/mrc. Special mention to Stewart who rowed a full marathon (42,195m) on Friday, and John Steers who rowed over 100km in memory of his father who passed away this week. Many thanks to John, who organised this challenge for us.

As part of our community connect initiative, MRC was represented by Sam and I last Wednesday at the Lent Rise School’s Sports Relief Week. Lent Rise School is one of our local schools in Burnham for children up to 11 years. We received a very enthusiastic welcome as we introduced rowing to many children and their parents for the first time. Over 35 children rowed 100 metres on an ergo, competing furiously to achieve the top time, while many noted that the MRC Learn to Row programme might be their sports choice in a few years’ time.

The clubhouse redecoration continues, with John and Keith painting the rear lobby and stairs to the cardio suite, Ken replacing the quote with one that better reflects our membership’s diversity, and Roger and Caroline building out the picture gallery, including a couple more paintings from talented club members, Jacqui and Heidi, to join Derek’s artwork. Our Safety advisors, Chris and Diane, and Premises manager, Ken, conducted a full fire alarm test this week, and will be updating the policy to reflect learnings.

Claire will be resuming Tuesday suppers next week; please book on FitClub. Great way to refuel after yet another ergo.

Some ergo technical tips that will improve rowing when we eventually return to the water in this short video of Robin Williams (Helen Glover and Heather Stanning’s coach) recently coaching at a workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2RqnL8z2vs,

Please continue to pay heed to the Coronavirus guidance our Safety Advisors circulate and post around the club, noting that this is a rapidly evolving situation. We expect all our members, visitors and guests to the Club to also follow the government advice. Please do not come to the Club if you are displaying any of the above symptoms or have been in close contact with anyone who has - stay at home and use the NHS 111 or NHS 111 Online Coronavirus help line. Ensure if using the ergo suite or weights room or the boat house - that you clean ergo handles and seats, weights, and blade handles - both before and after use with the sprays provided, to help prevent spread of this virus.

Nick

“In the boats, we explore the concepts that underlie creation. Like Einstein, we wish to know God’s thoughts. We shall attempt to pry them loose with an oar. The raw elements of the sport are our teachers: the wind and the water, the boat and its oars, our own bodies and minds.” Craig Lambert, “Mind over water – lessons on life from the art of rowing”.

I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoyed VE Day celebrations this weekend and, in between front-garden tea parties, were able to continue activities related to our two club Spring Challenges, that run until midnight on Saturday 23 May. Please continue to log all your activities on Strava https://www.strava.com/clubs/maidenhead-rowing-club-624714 , and send pictures of cakes and tracks to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Carlotta will be judging the cake decorations, so that gives you an idea of the standard to strive for! This week’s leader boards (Time): Sean O’Mahony (11h 42m); David Gibbon (10h 42m); Jasper King (10h 21m).

A belated shout-out to Jacob Ioras, who completed a 26-mile marathon ergo two weeks ago for his 2.6 challenge in under three hours; great work, Jacob.

Huge thanks to Jack Beaumont who took time out from his training to chat with, and answer questions from, a large number of our Junior rowers on Tuesday. He shared insightful tips, experiences and thoughts from his rowing journey (the first 7 years of which were at Maidenhead). It really demonstrates the importance of creating the environment and conditions to support and develop a passion for rowing. Jack noted the positive impact that his early coaches and other members (most of whom are still active at the club) had on him. So that is a good reminder for us to thank everyone who contributes to making our club such a special place. It was good to hear that he is still proud to consider Maidenhead to be his club. We are equally proud of him and his achievements, and wish him well for the next phase of his international rowing career.

Before joining the GB team, Jack benefitted from part-time temporary work with some of our club members who ran their own businesses; so, this is request for any of our members who might be in a position to offer opportunities to our current Juniors who are approaching transition ages. It is clearly not an ideal time to make such a request, given the uncertainties that all businesses face right now, but should you have any suggestions, please message me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you might be able to support this initiative, now or in the future.

Jack clearly enjoyed himself (our Juniors posed some great questions), as he has generously offered to join us for another club exclusive Q&A session; this time open to all our members (Timing TBA).

Squad virtual activities continue apace: all Junior squads came together for a quiz on VE Day; The VetMen workout together weekly for ‘Dylan’s erg heaven’; whilst the Adaptive squad ergoed up Mt Everest on Saturday and enjoyed Dan’s power sprints this morning. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18VXMls6sJL9BfVTrfwiJ8jfZs0JAfsjz_GgoMW6mLTo/edit#gid=1431650702.

Late notice, but if you have an ergo at home, and are looking for another challenge, British Rowing, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rowing Australia and Rowing New Zealand have organised the One Minute Challenge, a joint initiative for indoor rowers across the respective nations: https://www.britishrowing.org/2020/05/british-rowing-announces-four-nation-indoor-rowing-challenge/. The competition closes at 23.59 (BST) on Monday 11 May.

We are all hoping to get back onto the water as soon as we safely can, and will be following British Rowing’s guidance, which reflects UK Government rules and advice. Their latest update was published last week: https://www.britishrowing.org/2020/05/planning-a-safe-return-to-rowing/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=covid19&utm_content=planningforasafereturn.  The Rowing Committee and Club Committee are looking at risk-informed options specific to our club ecosystem, and welcome any suggestions from members (please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Several of our members, including Jim Oliver, Brian Smith and Ken Bedwell, have been maintaining an active and frequent check on the safety and security of our boathouse, boats and truck; many thanks to them and others for spending time doing this to enable us to restart operations as smoothly as possible.

BR Lock-down webinars continue to be a source of useful information: last Thursday’s episode provided an introduction to ClubHub, featuring our very own Jim Hotchin. Essential viewing which will soon be available on-demand. Another interesting piece looking at energy system contribution to rowing performance was published last week: https://www.britishrowing.org/2020/05/rowing-physique-and-performance/.

Our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. project continues to provide some useful support to many of our members. A recent suggestion offered via this forum is for HelloFRESH - choose recipes from a weekly menu and they’ll deliver the ingredients and recipe (there are other companies that offer this service; this is a recommendation not an endorsement!).

We plan to run a club-wide quiz in the near future. As a taster, try this without Googling: Why did Bobby Pearce slow down during his rowing race at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam?

Please look after yourselves and your loved ones, and do not hesitate to connect in with the Maidenhead RC family if any of us can provide you support, or just have a chat.

Nick

This weekend we have enabled a limited number of members (meeting the criteria set out in my email issued at 12:17 on Friday 15th May) to return to the water in their privately owned singles. We are adopting a cautious, safety-led, risk-based approach, fully in accord with UK Government guidance, and advice from British Rowing and the Environment Agency. We are gathering feedback from these experiences, to update procedures as may be required, and determine readiness to proceed to Phase 2 (addition of club singles). British Rowing’s most recent guidance was published on Friday 15th May https://www.britishrowing.org/2020/05/phasing-a-safe-return-to-rowing-15-may/, and will answer many of your questions.

Last weekend, the club was represented in the 4-nations One Minute Ergo Challenge by 7 VetMen, and WJ16s Abby and Izzy. GB won the event, with 1194 rowers covering 364,010m. Former Maidenhead junior, Phil Clapp, was second overall with 425m.

Plans are underway for a club-organised virtual Nat. Schools Regatta replacement event next weekend. This will be open to all our juniors, and we have invited a number of other clubs. Information will follow.

Next Saturday 23rd May (7.45 pm for 8 pm start) Annette and Bob are kindly hosting a Club Virtual Quiz Night. Teams of 4; Team captains please email Annette with participant’s names by Thursday 21st May. Please see Annette’s email (16th May) for further details.

We will be closing both the Club Spring Challenges (multi-activity time/distance and artistic cake/track shapes) at 23:59 on Saturday 23rd May, so please make those final pushes to the line. Remember that Carlotta is judging cake photos, so the standard is high! Details on the online virtual resources sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18VXMls6sJL9BfVTrfwiJ8jfZs0JAfsjz_GgoMW6mLTo/edit#gid=0

We are fully aware that the UK Government’s approach to ‘lock-down’ easing is differentiated, and that many of our members may well appreciate continued support from the Club community, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Keep safe

Nick

I’ve been working on this video for about two years, filming my own rowing club to produce a promotional video for the club.

The video captures what MRC is all about ..... competitive rowing at all levels but also, a friendly, social & welcoming club open to all levels of ability from beginner to national standard.

As you can see, we have great land training facilities, boats and club house. 

I have captured events and the environment of the club over the past two years on video and complied them into this short film. I joined Maidenhead Rowing Club as a young Junior and believe that this club is a great place for people of all ages. 

I hope this short film motivates you to come down and see the welcoming Club environment for yourself and join us 

 

Club Video

 

 Thanks for watching 

Lizzie Sneller WJ18

Another frustrating week of (mostly) Red Boards river; but on a positive note, this week has seen more progress on the gym project, the expanded erg room is really paying dividends, and we had some crews racing on the Tideway this weekend.

Fours Head – 3 crews braved the elements yesterday (and managed to get their entries in early for a reduced field of entries due to works at Fulham Football ground). Very well done to three juniors crews who represented the club at this prestigious event. The girls quad (Amelia, Alexandra, Jasmine and Izzy) took an impressive 4th place in WJ 4x Band1, whilst the Boys B quad (Olly, Jake, Ethan and Ed) were 8th out of 28 crews in J4x Band 2. The Boys A quad unfortunately snapped a blade 600m before the finish line and couldn't complete the race, otherwise their race went very well.

Vet’s Fours Head – 5 crews enjoyed near perfect tideway conditions today, with the race being run the ‘wrong way’ on the flood tide from the Mile Post to Chiswick Staithe. Solid performances from Vetmen and Masters Women crews: WC4x 3rd of 12, WB4x 4th of 6, E4x 6th of 17, D4- 6th of 8, F4+ 4th of 5. The excellent new bar facilities were tested (again) once boats were re-rigged, cleaned, and racked.

Gym project – sliding doors (to separate the function room from the bar area when needed) were fitted last week - the last of the major infrastructure elements, together with installation of the existing 2 weight cages. This week will see further decorating, completion of the bar door, and delivery of the coffee machine. The gym equipment is due next week, along with bar shelves, carpets in the corridors and lino in the bar. Phew..

Functions – Now that we are up and running with the function room once again, please avoid using the weight room when functions are being held. We hope to manage session/dates to minimise clashes, but please remember that hosting functions is a good source of revenue for the Club, and helps position us in the community. The next midweek evening event is Wednesday 4th December from 1830. Layla will advise of any other events to be aware of.

Clares Court sponsored ergos – This Friday (29th November) 1300 – 1830 in the function room (ergos will be placed on mats to protect the floor), with parents in attendance.

Clares Court sports hall – out of action this week (25th – 29th November) due to mock exams.

Clares Court car park – please remember this is a school playground with a speed limit that must be observed.

Hot suppers – Claire is resuming service this Tuesday (26th November) with her signature dish (Chilli - meat and veggie options, homemade guacamole and tortilla chips, seasonal apple crumble for dessert). Please book with her directly as soon as you can, and enjoy (and test out) the lovely new bar.

Fingers crossed for a reduction in flow, so we can all get out to safely row.

Questions/thoughts/ideas always welcomed.

Nick

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