Winter Heads Report

Crews from Upton Rowing Club have started the winter training season strongly with impressive performances in international and regional competitions.

Two crews represented Upton RC at the Pairs Head in London in mid October with top club scullers Julian and Tabitha Scrivener winning the mixed Masters D doubles event and the ladies pair of Liz Elston and Maggie  Jameson coming second in their Masters E/F category. The following week the Scriveners travelled to Boston, MA to compete in the Head of the Charles, (the world’s largest rowing event with around 11,00 elite athletes taking part annually), where they finished 15th out of a field of 37 crews in their event. Scarcely over his jet lag, Julian then competed in the Masters E single sculls at Gloucester at the end of October, securing a winning margin of almost four minutes.

This weekend the club had five crews racing at Stourport Small Boats Head, although due to mx-im2-2x-stourportthe relatively small number of clubs competing, only three Upton crews actually had opposition with the others racing as ‘time only’. The … Continue reading

Upton Success at Birmingham Explorer Series Regatta

Following on from the successful Upton rowing regatta held on Sunday 7 September, one of our Upton ‘Learn to Row’ crews attended the Birmingham regatta for a return match and succeeded in settling the score by coming first.

The Upton crew comprising, Janine Longbotham (stroke), Steve Blakeway (3), Chris Williams (2) and Mandy Smith (Bow) beat, Bewdley, Birmingham, Stratford and finally another Bewdley team to take the winning position. In fact, the first team to be overtaken by the Upton crew were the winners from the Upton regatta. The race was run on the Edgebaston reservoir in the heart of Birmingham and hosted by the Birmingham rowing club who were very hospitable and laid on refreshments for the day.learn2row

Eight crews entered the Explorer Series competition organised by British Rowing.

All eight crews were novice rowers having only been rowing for up to a year.  In the case of the the Upton crew, they started rowing with Upton rowing club’s ‘Lean to Row’ program, which runs every year from April to September.

Rowing is a very enjoyable way of keeping fit and having fun whilst … Continue reading

Thames Tour 2016

Over the past few years the Upton Recreation Rowing group have been rowing along the River Thames. On the 23rd September 15 rowers from Upton RC headed to London to complete this year’s stage of the Thames Tour, rowing from Marlow to Weybridge over two days.

This years tour was blessed with fine weather. Saturdays row started at Marlow and headed downstream for 31km taking in sights such as Windsor Castle before finishing for the night at Wraysbury. Sunday morning saw a leisurely 11km row from Wraysbury to Weybridge followed by a pub lunch before heading back to Upton.p1010190 p1010193 p1010196 p1010198

Upton Regatta 2016

Upton Rowing Club ran its annual regatta on the Severn on Sunday [11 September] in glorious sunshine. This is designed as a fun event for men and women who have only recently taken up rowing to give them their first taste of racing, and it attracted 12 crews from various clubs as well as from the Upton hosts.

The regatta is contested in coxed fours and runs on a knock-out basis, although crews who are eliminated early on get a second chance in a Plate event. After four hotly contested rounds, the overall winners this year were a crew from Bewdley, who beat Worcester in the final. Meanwhile, in the Plate event, Stratford took the final prize with a victory over one of the Upton crews.

Rowing is sometimes thought of as a relatively inaccessible sport, mainly available to schools and universities, but this is far from the truth. All the clubs competing here run regular ‘Learn to Row’ courses for adults as well as for juniors. Some go on to race competitively thereafter (and Upton’s regatta provides the first stepping stone towards this), while others prefer to continue rowing recreationally. Either way, it is a great way of keeping … Continue reading