It is with regret that at last night’s committee meeting, it was agreed to cancel the Great Ouse Marathon this year.
The race takes a lot of time to organise and there are a lot of up-front costs. There is no assurance that covid will be over by September, or when racing in any form can re-start.
Even if it were possible to hold the race, it is likely that the number of crews prepared to enter would be significantly reduced because of concerns about traveling, and because rowers have not had time to train for a 22k race.
It’s a shame, but let’s hope there will be lots of pent-up demand for next year’s race.
This much-needed lightweight 8 was kindly donated to us by Jesus College. Although sound, it needed some love and care.
We have taken advantage of the lockdown (when it couldn’t be used anyway) to send it to PC Boat Repairs. Paul Cousins, who has done some excellent work for us in the past has excelled himself this time – 803 is now back – looking just like a new boat.
Wehope we can use it soon!!
Partial easing of lockdown
With the partial easing of lockdown, we hope that members who are less familiar with single sculls will take advantage of the 1-to-1 coaching sessions which Duncan is setting up, so that they can be signed off in singles so they can get some socially distanced rowing.
Urgent - Following guidance from the Government, the Committee has decided that we are suspending most rowing activities until the end of April. See e-mail from Richard for full details
Over the bank holiday weekend, 32 club members took part in a marathon challenge to raise money for Addenbrookes Hospital.
As we can’t do much rowing on the river, members with ergos at home have pulled them out into the sunshine for a sponsored (ergo) challenge to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust – part of our local NHS.
Some families took this on as a relay doing the whole distance in one sitting and some completed it in stints over the Easter weekend.
The original intention was to try and raise £500 but over £6,000 was raised including gift aid.
The club hopes that this will go a little way in showing appreciation for all of the hard work and sacrifice being given by our frontline NHS workers.