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.

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.