John Ison, an invaluable friend of IoERC since its foundation, has died, aged 76, following a long illness.

John lived and worked in Ely for more than 20 years. During his 10 year spell as editor of the Ely Standard he was a driving force behind the organisation and publicity for the 2004 Diamond 44 celebration of the 1944 Boat Race held in Ely. The event gave birth to IoERC and thereafter John remained loyally committed to our development. One of the actions of which he was most proud was being able use his discretionary fund to buy the club its first loo whilst he was Mayor of Ely in 2006-7!

He spent more than 50 years in publishing and worked on newspapers, magazines, handbooks and a national tourism magazine. He was also author of a booklet to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Ely diocese.

After retiring to Whitstable, Kent, in 2007, he continued to take a close interest in our activities. Your vice-presidents paid regular visits and were always closely questioned about the club's achievements and plans.

John is survived by his wife, Cherry, daughters Cate, Anne, Andrea, Rebecca, and Helen (who served as his mayoress), grandsons Jack and David. We send them our deepest sympathy.

The photos show John:
•    at his boat naming, and
•    in mayoral garb accompanied by Michael Chandler the then Dean of Ely, sitting on a section of the milk-bottle bridge used in the 2006 Ely Classic Regatta.

58 club members rowing in 18 different crews joined 175 crews from all over Cambridgeshire for the Cambridge Winter League on Sunday. The Ely entries showed the range of the club’s activities, with boats in size from single sculls to 60 foot-long “eights”, and competing in age categories for 13-year-old juniors to “masters” in the 65 – 70 age category. The club’s full range of skills were also on display, with some crews having years of racing experience; whilst others, crewed by people who have recently learned to row at the club, tested themselves in their first race.

Alice Thompson will join the USC women's rowing team for the spring semester beginning in January 2017. She competed for the Isle of Ely Rowing Club with the GB Start Programme. Alice earned a bronze medal in the JW4x at the British Rowing Junior Championships as well as a bronze at the Henley Women's Regatta.

"USC has fantastic opportunities for athletes and offers rowing and academic success" said Thompson. "It facilitates my needs of a group of highly driven, determined and mentally tough individuals like myself and has an excellent psychology program."

You can read more here.

We wish Alice success in the future.

Golds galore for Isle of Ely talent Seren

Congratulations to Seren Palmer on winning Golds at the British Rowing Indoor Championships. Seren returned from the London Velodrome with two gold medals after she eased to victory in the Year 8 Girls 500m and the Year 8 Girls three-minute race categories. She beat a large field of athletes from as far afield as Exeter and Newcastle.

The club’s Welfare Officer, Lynda Haynes, said: “It had been her ambition to take part in the BRICs since she first started indoor rowing during the Isle of Ely’s rowing training sessions last January.

“She never dreamt of doing so well. The atmosphere at the event was amazing – loud friendly, well organised and great fun.”

Seren capped her success by meeting Team GB’s Olympic rowing hero Mo Sbihi.

Seren with gold medals

    Seren with Team GBs Mo Sbihi

The club’s START team also put in top performances at the event, with Imogen Magner bagging bronze in the under 23s, Alice Thompson finishing in eighth in the same category and Freya Dingwall finishing in fifth in the Year 11 category.

Click here for the results.

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.