IoERC can trace its origins back to the 1944 Boat Race in Ely and for this reason many of our boats are named after those involved in the race who have shown particular interest in our progress. The arrival of IEL 405 has given us an opportunity to add a new name in the sequence – Michael Brooks.

Michael began his medical studies at Oxford in 1941. He rowed in the 1943 Boat Race at Sandford and in the 1944 Boat Race at Ely. He then ‘dropped out’ of medicine after the death of a school friend who was blown up in a tank. The death affected him deeply and he joined the Rifle 

Brigade, eventually serving in North Africa and Palestine. On demobilisation in 1947 he returned to Oxford and continued to read Medicine. After clinical studies at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital he qualified in 1952.

Michael lives in Amersham and, for health reasons, is unable to be with us for a naming ceremony. Instead, we plan to present him with a photograph of a junior crew in the boat at the Queen Adelaide Bridge near where Michael would have finished the 1944 race. (See photographs - Michael is at 3 in photo above).

The presentation will be made by our president, Martin Whitworth, at a lunch in Amersham on 26th February. There is a wealth of other material relating to Michael on the River and Rowing Museum website Other boats are named after Martin Whitworth Donald Ramsay Tony MerrifieldClick on the names for biographical details.



Now with its own twitter account (@ouseGOM) it can be safely said that the Great Ouse Marathon (GOM to its friends) had an exceptional 2013. From its humble beginnings in 2009, GOM became an official British Rowing event in 2012 and since then it has not looked back. Helped by a double page spread in Rowing and Regatta, it had its largest ever entry this year with just under 90 crews taking part.

An exciting evenings racing on Day 1 of the CRA Town Bumps.  Read the article in the Cambridge Evening News to see how our crews got on. 

In Day 2 of the bumps, Isle of Ely women's crew came close to claiming revenge on Cantabs IV with a storming start but couldn’t make contact before Cantabs called time on X Press II crew.  Read the full report of last nights racing in the Cambridge Evening news 

Catch up on all the results on the CRA website

Congratulations to all who took part and battled with horrible weather and challenging bends. There were wins for:  
Mens Masters C 4+:   Duncan, Tim, Mike and Orlando
Masters C 2-:  Duncan and Mike
Women's novice 4x:  Tina, Sarah, Gabby, Shona and Caitlin 
Women's novice 2x:  Susan King and Gabby
Cyrus and Bea from the Juniors won the scratch doubles

Congratulations on winning Novice 4x- to Myles Kumar, Dan Gullon, Michael West & Will Kingsmill.