Mike Bushell BBC Breakfast
“I was buzzing after my visit and what a friendly and vibrant club” – the words of BBC sports correspondent Mike Bushell after filming the club for BBC Breakfast. 

The agreed brief for the film was “community rowing”, and that this was best summarised as “fun” and “wide cross section of community taking part”. Over 50 members of the club volunteered to come for a mid week row for the cameras to demonstrate this; and we put the full range of boats, ages and styles. Many thanks to Kelly who volunteered to have her first Learn-to Row lesson in front of the cameras.

Mike himself went out in an Edon with floats; and under Richard and Andrew’s expert guidance, quickly progresses to a recreational quad; all under the eye of cameraman Pete.

With the sun shining, the new flag and banners flying, and the members euphoric at just being allowed to row again after a long lockdown, there was a happy carnival atmosphere, accentuated by all the Boat Race crews (and their super-launch) weaving around us. The afternoon was best summed up by Nicki who later said “it was magical”

Mike Bushell took time out to cross the river to film a couple of interviews with Oxford and Cambridge rowers, to tie our story into a national news event.

BBC’s original plan was to show a 3 to 4 minute feature. He stayed with us filming for 5 hours, and agreed afterwards he had enough material for a “one hour special” (if only….). I now understand that the first cut of the feature has extended to over 5 minutes, which is a long piece for this kind of show (although still subject to final editing). The only regret is that not everyone who was filmed will make it to the final cut; but I’m sure that everyone will agree it was fun to be there and take part.

Watch BBC Breakfast – starting 6am on Saturday 3 April

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The flag is raised!

Thanks William. A brilliant idea, and a generous donation

Construction company

Q – if it takes a rower and a half a day and a half to dig a hole and a half; how long will it take the club to put in a large concrete foundation for a flagpole?

A – I don’t know – best to get professionals in – they only take an hour and a half – including the concrete. Thanks to Kevin and Cal from C & B Groundworks and Construction.

WhatsApp Image 2020 12 27 at 11.13.19We all have our own reasons to keep training at home, whether it's for fitness, stamina, strength, mental wellbeing or just something to fill the time during lockdown, but one of our members has an impending international competition to motivate her.
Nicki Glen is a real homegrown talent, learning to row with the club in 2013. Since then she has become an important member of the women's sweep rowing squad and a keen sculler.
Nicki has been a regular medal winner at the British Rowing Indoor Championship since her first attempt in 2018. That first year she won a gold medal in the 2000m, a silver medal followed in 2019 and, in the virtual event held in December 2020, she won gold medals in both the 2000m and 500m distance.
When Nicki won her gold medals she also qualified to compete in the World Rowing Indoor Championships. There are five continental champions for each race plus open qualifications; Nicki is the champion for the Continent of Europe in the women's 60-64 age category. Because of the Covid-19 restrictions this event will also be held virtually.

Socially distanced singles and family bubble doubles brave a chilly and misty end to the year, and prove the club’s determination to carry on into 2021 whatever nature throws at us!

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