Look out for the Merrythought Bear this weekend at Ironbridge Regatta!
The problems with entering composite crews has now been solved so if you wish to enter composite crews on BROE you are able to. Please check out our regatta page to see updated competitor and safety information.
We are aware there is an issue regarding entering composite crew on BROE. If you need to enter ANY event with a composite crew please contact us directly at the club with details of your chosen event, crew, telephone number and email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have the drive, the commitment (and the patience) to coach others in rowing, sign up now!
Courses will be running in 2014 to train up our next rowing coaches so please confirm your interest.
You will need to be a member of British Rowing and be able to commit to attending training sessions which will include face to face tuition and written examiniations. There is plenty of information on the BRO site which explains the content and requirements for each course.
The most important quality you need to coach is enthusiasm.
These courses are organised by British Rowing and usually run in Worcester but, if we are able to get enough participants from Ironbridge and other local clubs, we may be able to host the sessions here.
Please confirm your interest to Phil Gardner or Catherine Sargent before the end of May.
Could you be an UMPIRE? None of our Regattas and Head Races could run without the involvement of the British Rowing Umpires who are there to ensure that racing is safe and fair for all competitors. Many of these people are rowers themselves with local clubs; they may have retired from competition or reduced their involvement but all are giving something back to the sport. Ironbridge Rowing Club has a great record of attendance at local Regattas and Head Races but currently we have very few Umpires from the Club and we are keen to find volunteers to nominate for training and deployment in the local region. There are no formal criteria for candidates other than an obvious interest in rowing! Most umpires have been active in the sport as a competitor, cox or coach at some point but it is not essential to have rowed or coxed. During racing, Umpires take on a variety of roles – Starters, Aligners, Race Umpires and Chief Judge; all are essential to ensuring that decisions are dealt with firmly and fairly on the day with the safety of competitors at the fore. All prospective candidates will undertake rigorous training including seminars, written examination and ‘work experience’ with trained umpires. It is a demanding but enjoyable task and although all Umpires are unpaid, they are welcomed at every club with good food and good racing. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills, travel and enjoy some of the best rowing the country can offer. Once qualified, you could officiate at an event anywhere in the UK … and even at the elite level with the next generation of GB rowers! If you are interested please contact Phil, Mike or Catherine for more details.
2013 – YOGA at Ironbridge Rowing Club
Join us for a Yoga session on Monday night.
Yoga is an excellent way to develop strength, flexibility and balance – all the core attributes of a good rower. This is a relaxing yet challenging way to maximise your fitness and it truly compliments all the muscle tearing work you put in on the ergo’s and weights.
We exercise in a relaxed and informal environment, men and women together, right here in the Clubhouse every Monday evening at 6:45pm. Jo regularly updates her routines which are designed to compliment rowing techniques but which are beneficial for all and we welcome non-rowers, family and friends. There is no need to have the stretching ability of a gymnast; all the moves are taken at your own individual pace and you will naturally find your ability increases week on week.
Yoga can help to:
build upper and lower-body strength with moves which will focus on hamstrings, quadriceps, and deep abdominal muscles – core to all sports but especially rowing.
increase flexibility and strength and, as a result, better posture. With a stronger core, you’re more likely to sit and stand tall.
release the lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and that causes stiffness, tension, pain, and fatigue by safely stretching your muscles.
increase the range of motion in your joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body.
All you need is loose comfortable clothing and a yoga mat if you have one. Gym mats are freely available to use but please note these do not provide a non-slip surface.
First come first served; if you have any queries please contact Gill Birch at the club.
Club Members – £4:00
Non-Members – £4:50
6:45 – 7:30pm (arrive early for a prompt start!)
Water training as normal at the weekends.
There will be an additional river session on Boxing day 26th December at 10.30am for all memberships, with mince pies etc in the bar afterwards. To enable us to know numbers please put your names down on the posters that are now up in the club.
Full training will commence Thursday 3rd January onwards.
If we don’t get to see you before the break, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Eat, drink and be merry, but remember if you are bad Santa will not visit!!
Has the GB rowing at the 2012 Olympics inspired you?
Would you like to experience rowing on the beautiful River Severn?
If you want to have a go at coxing, rowing or sculling then come along to the Ironbridge Rowing Club Open Day – between 10am and 4pm – and find out how you can get involved.
The Ironbridge Rowing Club is a small and friendly club that is always looking for new members, whether social or fully competitive.
Come along and watch the rowing, meet the members, get shown around the facilities, receive information about the club and range of membership options and perhaps join us for a drink in the club bar.
Take a look at our web pages to find out more information about Ironbridge Rowing Club and directions to the boathouse.
For the majority of the crew, this was the first time they had competed in this major event, although the squad have been training very hard and competing through the autumn and winter months at other long-distance races around the country.
The very challenging ‘Tideway’ event, now in it’s 72nd year, is held over the Boat Race course, in the reverse direction, and with the same distance of 4 miles, 374 yards (or 6.8 Km) long. This year provided lots of opportunities for club crews to shine, especially with Olympic Trials keeping the national squad busy.
As the 286 crews took to the water along the length of the course to make their way to the start near Chiswick Bridge, light rain looked as though it might put a dampener on the day, but as the race got underway the skies began to clear andthe sun had come out by the time the second half of the event was underway.
Ironbridge women took part in the Intermediate 3 division of 114 crews, recording a very credible 54thposition with a time of 23:20.76.
During their race they had a boat-stopping moment when they hit a course marker buoy just after Hammersmith Bridge. Despite this, they quickly regained their composure and picked up the pace to catch a crew ahead of them, as well as passing three other crews overall.
The winners of the IM3 division were Cardiff University with a time of 21:10.76. The best time overall for the event was Thames Rowing Club with a time of 20.10.92.
Men, women and junior squads at Ironbridge Rowing Club are now setting their sights on the last event of the club’s head season at Northwich at the beginning of April, as well as preparing for the regatta season later this year.
IronbridgeRowing Club welcomes those new to rowing all-year-round, as well as those already involved at any level in the sport that are moving to the area. The club has a good mix of member ages and abilities ranging from 14 to 70+. This includes competitive as well as non-competitive rowers who enjoy the sport as a way of keeping fit.
The club has very modern facilities and a great, welcoming family atmosphere – and IRC encourages all members to play a part in its social and sporting activities.
More information about Ironbridge Rowing Club andhow to get involved in the sport can be found on the ‘COME ROWING’ page of this site or you can either call the club on 01952 432798 or get location details on the ‘FIND OR CONTACT US ‘ page.
Welcome to all new Junior members!
Due to high demand the Ironrbidge Rowing Club Junior section may be currently full and you should check with the club first.
If it is - but you are interested in joining the waiting list or need more information – please contact the Club on 01952 432798 (evenings only)