We are a small friendly club located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. Since the club was founded in 1983 it has flourished into one of the most successful rowing clubs in Scotland, we specialise in taking complete beginners and transforming them in to international rowers, but also catering for everyone in between.
Scottish Rowing have put forward a proposal to change the format of the racing calendar through the winter series (formerly Head races). This will involve a series of distance races run by Scottish Rowing to encourage competition from all levels at these Scottish events. This challenge series may dovetail with clubs regattas and encourage clubs to work together to maximise participation.
The next meeting of the clubs of the Clyde to discuss how this will work in practice will be on the 11th March so the committee are calling an EGM for the Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 6pm until approx. 7pm. The topics to be discussed at the EGM will be the Winter Challenge proposal and the GRC 4s Head. No other business will be discussed at this meeting and the agenda cannot be extended.
Your attendance is requested as a minimum of 12 members is required to make a quorum. Like an AGM, if you cannot attend, please let Paul (Captain) or Liam (Secretary) know and let them know who you would like to represent you at this meeting for any votes which are required.
In the Spring of 2019 we planned a connection with schools local to the Gorbals to introduce rowing to children who were entirely new to the sport. This was made possible via Mark Hudson of Glasgow Life and Active Schools Coordinators Steven Gilliland and Gerry Best, plus the input of teachers at Blackfriars PS, St Francis PS and Dalmarnock PS.
We had 4 separate Introduction to Rowing Sessions, where 10 children each time were brought on a Friday (during the school day) for Introduction to Rowing and Water Safety Training – after a quiz at the end, they all received a certificate.
This season Glasgow rowing club had a competitive group of
rowers that trained to compete at competitions all over the country. At the
start of June, members of the club headed down to Metropolitan Regatta and
competed in various different boat classes. On the Saturday results included
wins in Tier 2 pairs, Tier 3 pairs and Tier 4 coxless fours with some of the
fastest times of the day in the two boat classes. On the Sunday the coxless
four combined with the coxed four to race in Tier 3 club eights where they
walked away with the win in their category. The coxless four also performed
well with another win this time in Tier 3.
Some of our club members took part in Scottish Rowing and British Rowing’s level 2 coaching course at the Scottish Rowing Centre at Strathclyde Park this weekend. Eight of our members are now trained to coach thanks to funding from Sport Scotland. It gives the club the ability to get more people involved in the sport. A special thanks to Sophie Warburton who put our guys through their paces.
In what was described by local rower and friend of GRC, Lucy Barnard, as reasonable conditions with a slight head wind two GRC ladies have won medals in the W4x- (b4) and W8+ (b5) at the Rutherford Head. Jo Thomson and Katie McLaughlin travelled to Newcastle with the Clydesdale ladies to race in both Divisions on the iconic Tyne and this incredibly popular head race.
Results for both Divisions are here: http://www.tynerowingclub.org/pages/rutherford_head_180561.cfm
GRC filled the trailer and headed off to another club regatta in the south of Scotland. Nithsdale Amature Rowing Club hosted a fantastic fun day of racing in perfect rowing weather – sunny and a gentle cool breeze to stop you overheating. GRC entered a number of events with our Novice Women’s squad and Vet squad representing the club admirably winning a couple of events.
Challenging conditions at yesterdays Scullers Head made for a shortened 3k course and some extremely fast times. Out top sculler, Calum Young, led the GRC way coming second overall to Ben Parsonage and winning the Res2 category. James made 3rd Open sculler and Ronan came in as 2nd Res2 sculler and Blair coming in only 9 seconds behind Ronan. Fantastic results all round and especially for Calum who needed only 2 seconds, which may have been gained by a more efficient course being taken, to win the event overall.
Catriona Scott did superb winning Women’s Novice Singles ahead of the winner of Res2 making her the 3rd placed Women’s events competitor. Jo Thompson flew down the course leading the times for the event being beaten only by the handicap system for age categories. Sorry Jo, you’re just too young :). View Results