On Saturday 29th October our Janousek 4x was named ‘Dick Pryce-Jones’ in memory of our much loved Vice-President who died last year.
Dick’s widow, Reine Pryce-Jones, and his sister, Catherine Sheppard, made long journeys specially to perform the naming ceremony and to join us in paying homage to someone who had a major influence in the foundation and development of the Club.
It is with great sadness that we report that Martin Whitworth, our President since 2004, died peacefully at home in Woodbridge on 7 September 2016.
Martin rowed at 4 for Cambridge in the 1944 Boat Race held in Ely. On that occasion he was in the losing boat but he got his revenge the following year, this time at stroke, when the race was held at Henley.
The 60th Anniversary of the 1944 race was celebrated here in Ely in 2004 with Martin as one of the honoured guests. When, during the festivities, he heard of the idea of starting a local rowing club he was immediately enthusiastic. Thereafter his interest never waned and in recognition of this he was unanimously elected President.
Teresa our club chair took to the water – but without her oars – raising over £1100 to improve club facilities.
On Saturday 8th October Teresa swam 5kms in open water at Hannam’s Wake Hug, Streatham on the A10.
Teresa said “I wanted to do something that I find difficult. Back in June I could swim the length of a pool - say 25m so, I thought a good challenge would be a 5km open water swim. It wasn't until I started to train that I realised how hard distance swimming is!“
The FINAL results and course records have been updated in the Events section.
Despite the tricky conditions several course records have been broken and new records set. Well done to everyone who competed.
We'd also like to say thanks to all our volunteers. Without them, this event would not be possible.
Isle of Ely rowers will be competing in the British Rowing Sculling Festival taking place on on 13th and 14th August 2016 at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham
Imogen Magner will compete in the Beginners Event. Competing in the Women’s main event are Kate Lyster, Rebecca Welch, Alice Thompson, Emily May, Molly Johnson, Helena O Donnell, Freya Dingwall and Sam Champion in the Men’s main event. They are all part of the GB Start programme.