Isle of Ely Rowing Club

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Club History


 

EARLY DAYS

Following the introduction of bank holidays an annual regatta was held at Ely on August bank holiday from 1872 to 1876.

Local clubs, for instance the Etheldreda Boat Club, rowed against working men's clubs and college clubs from Cambridge,

Oxford, and even Dublin. There were also races for professionals. 

Between  1870 and 1895 the following items appeared in the Cambridge Chronicle & Cambridge Independent Press 

1870 

9 Apr

Ely B.C. A review of this club established last year.

1872

10 Aug

Ely Regatta.

1873

28 Jun

Ely Scratch Fours: Notice of races for the following Monday.

 

5 Jul

Ely Young Men's Institute. Boat races.

 

9 Aug

Ely Amateur Regatta.

1874

20 Jun

Ely Young Men's Institute B.C.

   

Annual races report which says that the club was formed two years ago.

 

1 Aug

Ely Amateur Regatta. (Est. 1872)

 

8 Aug

Report of above.

1875

3 Jul

Ely B.C. Report of scratch four-oared races.

 

10 Jul

Announcement of Ely Amateur Regatta.

 

7 Aug

Ely Amateur Regatta.

1876

1 Jul

Ely Young Men's Institute. Scratch Fours.

   

Ely Working Men's Club. Boat Races.

 

22 Jul

Ely Amateur Regatta, the 5th. Notice.

   

Also July 29 & August 5.

1879

12 Apr

Ely R.C. A.G.M. Report.

 

5 Jul

Ely R.C. Scratch Fours.

1880

17 Apr

Ely R.C. A.G.M. Report.

 

3 Jul

Ely B.C. Annual Four-Oar Races. Report.

1882

18 Mar

Ely. New Boat Club. Rules of old club revised.

 

1 Apr

Ely R.C. A.G.M. Short report.

 

1 Jul

Ely R.C. Four-Oar Races.

 

15 Jul

Ely R.C. at Lynn Regatta on 13th July.

 

11 Nov

Ely R.C. Dinner. Long report.

1886

24 Jul

City of Ely Working Men's Club Races.

1887

27 Aug

City of Ely Working Men's Club. Prizes presented.

1889

16 Aug

Ely Regatta. Report.

1890

3 May

Ely Institute R.C. Practising commencing.

 

7 Jun

Ely Militia races.

1891

14 Feb

City of Ely Institute A.G.M. Report where it stated that no races took place in 1890.

1895

13 Mar

Ely. Annual four-oar race between the Theological College and King's Grammar School.

     

20th CENTURY

   

In 2003 Mervyn Hill recalled a rowing club in Ely after WW1. It was based at what is now the Boathouse Restaurant

   

and regularly put an eight on the water. Among the crew members were Mr Hill’s father, Mr Gant and Cyril Appleyard.

   

The club ceased activities during the Great Depression although its finances were not wound up until the 1950’s.

     

21st CENTURY

2003

Dec

Diamond44 Meeting supported idea of forming a public rowing club

2004

Feb

Diamond44 - 1944 Ely Boat Race 60th Anniversary Row.

 

Apr

AYME Charity Row - Cambridge - Ely - rowed in VIII donated by Cantabs

   

£400 East Cambs. District Council donation

   

£150 Ely City Council donation

   

£100 Eastern Region Rowing Council donation

   

£250 BBC Radio Cambridge donation

 

Jul

Cambridge Town Bumps - Won Blades

 

Nov

Awards for All Grant £5,000 - Launch, Outboard Motor & 5 pairs of sculls

 

Nov

Hydro International donate and position two 40' containers

2005

Jan

Construction of landing stage

 

Feb

£7,000 Local Network Fund - 4 Virus training boats

   

£135 Eastern Region Rowing Council donation

   

£300 Ely City Council donation

   

£500 East Cambs. District Council donation

 

Mar

Martin Whitworth No 4 in 1944 CUBC crew elected President

 

Apr

2nd AYME Charity Row - Cambridge - Ely

 

Jul

Club Scratch Eights

 

Jul

1st Womens Bumps crew

 

Dec

1st Christmas Dinner - Boathouse Restaurant

2006

Apr

1st Boat Race Bash - Jubilee Gardens - Sponsored by Hughes - Assisted by Ely Hereward Rotary

   

£500 Donation from Mayor's Charity

   

£2,600 Cambridge Community Foundation award

   

£2,000 Environment Agency donation

   

£1,000 East Cambs. District Council donation

 

May

£14,250 ARA Recreational Rowing Grant for purchase of Swift Freedoms (2 1x, 2 2x) & a Burgashell Tub Pair.

 

Jun

Mayoral visit

 

Jun

£1,000 Donation from Mayor's Charity for site loo

 

Jun

1st Club Trophy - Peterborough Regatta Ellie Milne J14 1x

 

Jun

1st Classic Regatta - 600m along Meadow Straight

 

Sept

3rd AYME Charity Row - Cambridge - Ely

2007

Apr

2nd  Boat Race Bash

   

£150 Donation from Datawatch Ltd.

   

£150 Donation from Organic Foods Ltd.

   

£500 East Cambs. District Council donation

 

Dec

ARA Adaptive Coaching Award - Vicky Parry & Victor Bridges

 

Nov

Vice-President Tony Merrifield dies

2008

Jan

£1,500 Rowing Foundation Award

 

Jun

80Km Charity Row - Raised £1500 for EARTH and similar amount for Club

 

Jun

£1,420 Donation from Scott Bradbury Ltd.

 

Jun

£5,000 Foundation for Sports & Arts award (4+ & 1x)

 

Aug

Wins at: St Ives J13 1x (Libby Milne), St Neots Mxd 2x (Ella & Andrew Turton), WN 2x (Ella & Jo Cotgrove),

   

Sudbury WSen4 1x (Jo Cotgrove), Andrew MN 1x, Mxd 2x (Ella & A)

 

Sept

£300 City of Ely Award

   

£250 Award from Needham Foundation (Junior expenses)

   

£500 East Cambs. District Council donation

 

Oct

Huntingdon: HOR Mxd 2x (Ella & Andrew Turton), WSen4 2x (Ella & Jo Cotgrove), MSen4 1x (Andrew Turton),

WSen4 1x (Jo Cotgrove)

 

Nov

1st Ely Small Boats Head: WSen3 1x (Ellie Milne)

 

Dec

Ely Standard Services to Sport Award - Victor Bridges

2009

Jan

1st Learn to Row Course

 

Mar

Winter League 3: WJ16 4x, WJ18 1x (Ellie Milne), MJ15 1x (Adam), WJ13 4x

 

Mar

Cambridge Head: Mxd 2x (Ella & Andrew Turton), WSen 1x (Jo Cotgrove)

 

Apr

£1,600 Rowing Foundation Award

 

May

Ball Cup: WJ13 2x Gold (Libby Milne & Nell Freeman), MJ15 1x Bronze (Adam)

 

Jun

£5,000 Camb. Community Fund (Grassroots) grant for Swift 4x

 

Aug

St. Neots WJ13 2x, Sudbury WJ14 2x

 

Aug

4x+ boat naming - "John Ison"

 

Sept

1st IoERC Denver - Ely Marathon

 

Oct

Bedford Head: WJ14 2x

 

Oct

Cambridge Autumn Head: WJ15 4x

 

Oct

£2,990 National Schools Regatta grant for 2 Edons

 

Nov

Star SBH: WN4x+

2010

Jan

17 crews in Cambridge Winter League

 

Feb

Bedford Head: WJ14 4x+

 

Feb

Norwich Head: WJ14 4x+ (selected for E. Region Inter Regional Regatta)

 

Mar

Champs Head: WJ14 2x (Laura Sibson & Nell Freeman)

 

Apr

Bedford Spring Head: WN 4x+, MI2 1x (Ben Hicks), MI3 1x (Josh Tonnar)

 

Apr

Inter Regional Regatta Nottm.  Representing East of England WJ14 4x+ 4th out of 27

 

May

ClubMark Accreditation

 

Jun

Star Club Regatta: WJ14 1x (Libby Milne), WJ142x (Laura Sibson & Phoebe Bradbury)

 

Jun

IoERC participated in charity row at Henley in aid of Parkinsons

 

Jul

Grants: Hereward Rotary £700 & Sport England £5,267 to purchase two 2x/2- boats

 

Jul

GB Nat Champs Strathclyde: M1x (Ben Hicks)

 

Jul

Bedford quarts WJ14 1x

 

Aug

Sudbury WI3 1x, Mxd 2x

 

Aug

P/boro WJ14 2x (Laura Sibson & Phoebe Bradbury), WI3 2x (Ella Turton & Jo Cotgrove)

 

Aug

Commonwealth Games Canada: 1x Gold (Ben Hicks as GB)

 

Sept

2nd IoERC Denver - Ely Marathon

 

Sept

Boston Marathon: Masters "F" 2x course recod (Rodney Atkinson & Trevor Littlewood)

 

Oct

St Neots Head: WJ15 4x

 

Oct

Bedford Autumn Regatta: WJ15 1x, WJ15 4x 1st=

 

Oct

Huntingdon Head: WJ15 2x, WJ15 1x

 

Nov

Norwich Head: WJ15 2x

 

Nov

2nd Ely SBH

 

Nov

Star Head: WJ15 2x

 

Nov

Living Sport Team of the Year - Laura Sibson, Phoebe Bradbury, Libby Milne, Nell Freeman and Ellen Bridges (J15 Quad)

 

Nov

Ely Standard Team of the Year - (IoERC) & Young Achievement (Girls Quad)

 

Dec

Cambridge Christmas Head: Elite 1x (Ben Hicks), Novice 1x (Dan Clift), Fastest W2x

2011

Jan

Cambridge Winter League: All legs: Elite 1x (Ben Hicks), Leg 3: WJ 2x

 

Jan

Norwich Junior Inter Regional: Silver

 

Apr

Leicester: WJ15 1x

 

May

Bedford WJ15 4x

 

May

Cambridge Masters: M2- (Rodney Atkinson & Trevor Littlewood)

 

Jun

P/boro Sprint: WJ15 2x, WJ15 1x

 

Jun

Metropolitan: 1x

 

Jun

Star Regatta: J17 1x, WJ15 4x

 

Jul

British Rowing Championships: J17 Silver, Wl 1x Bronze

 

Sept

3rd IoERC Denver - Ely Marathon

 

Oct

Huntingdon Head: WJ16 2x, WMasters "A" 1x, W4x

 

Nov

Norwich Head: WJ16 1x, WJ18 2x

2012

Jun

First L2R Regatta

 

Jun

Henley Women's WL1x (Lizzie Polgreen)

 

Jul

1st Henley Entry (IoERC/Bath Uni composite) 4x

 

Jul

Nat Champs M1x Open (Dan Clift) WL1x (Lizzie Polgreen)

   

£10,100 Sport England Small Grant for 4x/+ plus oars & sculls and outboard for launch for L2R Improvers

   

£248 Donation from Waitrose

   

£200 Donation from Cheffins

 

Aug

First Ely Performance Sculling Camp

 

Sept

Paralympic Flame Carried to Ely (Michael Slattery)

 

 

About us

We are a relatively new club founded in 2004.  The club was born out of the Diamond44 celebrations which marked the 60th anniversary of the 1944 University Boat Race rowed at Ely. The Club colours, dark blue for Oxford and light blue for Cambridge, symbolise this connection. We serve Ely and the area north of Cambridge

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