Strathclyde  Park Regatta 2017

  
Scottish Rowing hosted their largest event at Strathclyde Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Strathclyde Park Regatta held 396 races over two glorious spring days, including the Scottish Open and Universities’ Championships.

 Strathclyde Park Rowing Club managed to impress with multiple qualifying wins and top 3 places in finals from both junior and senior members. Saturday’s successes included Women’s MasCE 4x 1st for Mas (C) crew (in composite with Loch Lomond ARC) Ailie Ord, Eva Rankine (LL), Gillian Connal, Liz Williamson, and 2nd for SPRC Mas(E) crew Liz Davidson, Liz McGovern, Mary O’Toole & Rachel Tennant. Open Masters A-C 2x first and third places for club crews A (Pete Venables & Jonathan Morrissey) and B (Alan Frances & Juan Alva) respectively. 

Scott Troy rowed an impressive 1000m to win the Open Ju13 single title, while crewmate Raymond Ron came 3rd in the Open Ju14 single race. These youngsters then joined their Open Ju15 4x+ teammates Andrew Tweedie, AJ Payne & cox Rosie Payne to win, putting two, strong Aberdeen Schools crews into 2nd and 3rd place.

Sunday opened with a hard earned win for Elspeth Grant and Abby Lawson, taking the Women’s Ju18 2x title from 2nd place Belfast RC by a boat length. The club’s WJu18 4x had to settle for 2nd place after failing to keep pace with their Glasgow Academy counterparts, but beat Castle Semple into 3rd.  Scott Troy and AJ Payne romped home to comfortably beat Aberdeen Schools into 2nd place and win the Open Ju14 2x. Daniel McQuaid also placed, taking 3rd place in the Open Nov 1x, and with Scott Hamilton they were delighted to earn bronze medals in the Nov 2x. The OpenJu14 4x+ with Raymond Ron, AJ Payne, Scott Troy, Olivia McGrory and cox Emma Ferguson also achieved a 3rd place slot. SPRC Women’s novice 4x+ Grace Osborne, Beth Lennon, Missy McLaren, Orla McCall, Cara Lennon were challenged by Nithsdale RC, but were ahead of Castle Semple to earn silver.

Women’s masters BD 4+ gave seniors another chance to shine as St Andrew BC/SPRC composite Liz Williamson, Trini Duke (SABC), Ailie Ord, Gillian Connal, beat visitors Belfast and Durham ARC to 1st place. In the Women’s MasCD8+A a 2nd place for the composite from SPRC & Aberdeen BC of Hazel Gaddis, Paula Hubins, Mary O’Toole, Dot Gaddis, Laura Graham, Liz McGovern, Liz Davidson and Carol Wallace (ABC) beating Tyne United Masters D into 3rd place. Ailie Ord and Gillian Connal took the women’s MasBC 2x Gold, leaving Durham ARC in 2nd and Tyne United in 3rd. Durham pulled a 1st place back in the Women’s MasDE final but SPRC E and B crews battled it out between themselves for runner-up. Eventually B Mas(E) (Mary O’Toole & Rachel Tennant) stole 2nd and SPRC A Mas (B)(Liz McGovern & Dot Gaddis)took 3rd. Our senior men Jonathan Morrissey & Pete Venables had another win in the OMasBRes2 2x holding off Durham ARC to take first place.

Notable mentions also go to Missy McLaren (women’s Novice) and Andrew Tweedie (open JU15) for qualifying for their finals in their single sculling categories.

The regatta season is now well under way, with athletes at all levels looking to compete at events across the UK and beyond. Strathclyde Park will see two other major rowing events this year, with Scottish Championships in June and the Home International Regatta in July.

An SPRC spokesperson said “Everyone at SPRC enjoys the atmosphere of a regatta, so we are looking forward to the rowing meets over the summer months.

Some of our juniors are preparing for National Schools Championships at Eton Dorney next month, and British Juniors at Nottingham in July. We hope they see the benefits of their commitment over the winter months and achieve their personal goals.

If anyone is interested, we welcome new members, and hold regular “learn to row” access courses for adults and young adults aged 12+.
  

Junior Learn to Row Course  

  
We are offering a Learn to Row course during the Easter holidays on Tuesday 4th April through to Thursday 6th 11am-1pm.

We can take up to 8 participants who are ideally between the ages of 12 and 16. The minimum age is 12 and the maximum is 18. The cost of the course is £24.

You will be taught the basics of sculling in the indoor rowing tank before moving outside (weather permitting) and trying your new skills in stable training boats. We would hope that by the end of the 3 days you will have experienced sculling in a bigger crew boat.

After the Learn to Row course, if you have enjoyed yourselves and are keen to take it further you will be given the chance to come along to some of our club sessions for a couple of weeks (small charge per session) after which we would invite you to join the club as a full junior member.

If you are interested, please sign up for the course by e-mailing the club secretary ( secretary@strathclydeparkrc.co.uk ) no later than Thursday 23rd March.

Also please complete the attached booking form and either return it to the club secretary or bring it along with you on the 4th April.

We look forward to hearing from you.






  
Learn to Row booking form

  
Road Closures on Sun 12th March
  

  
Please note revised times for road closures within Strathclyde Park on Sun 12th March.
The roads throughout the park and the Watersports Centre area will be closed between 8am and 3pm.
For any further enquiries, please contact 01698 402060.
  

  
Boat Access under Finish Tower Footbridge
  

  
  
Please note that due to refurbishment work on the Finish Tower that a temporary pontoon bridge has been built alongside the footbridge and so boats cannot pass below the footbridge until further notice. ​This means that boats heading up the loch need to go around ​the front of the Finish Tower and so please be aware of boats coming down the course and stay safe.
  
  






Weekend Training - Times Changes

  
With the lengthening days and earlier sunrise we have decided to return to the 8am and 10am weekend session times as of Saturday 4th February onwards. Please remember to be at the club in good time beforehand so that you are ready to boat at these times.
  

New Committee 2016/2017

  
SPRC committee has been decided at the clubs annual AGM. New Committee is as follows
  
  • President – Gillian Connal
  • Vice President – Mary O’Toole
  • Captain – Graham Troy
  • Vice-Captain – Laura Graham
  • Treasurer – Amanda Lawson
  • Secretary – Craig Twaddle
  • Club Master – Tom Hewitt
  • Junior Captain – Claire Dickson
  • Other Committee Members – Ailie Ord, Alan Francis, Corinne Payne
  
  
The Club Child Protection Officer is now Laura Graham.






Winter Training

  
With shorter Winter days and later sunrise we have decided to move to 0830 and 1030 start times for Saturday & Sunday morning training sessions. We will provoide a further update when we revert back to 0800 and 1000.
  






Clydesdale Scullers Head 2016

Well done to all members who took part at the Clydsdale Scullers Head on Saturday. Was a great day with fantastic conditions with success in the following categories   WVet 1x, WJ18 1x, Vet B 2x, Vet E 2x and Nov 2x .

Thanks also to all those who came out to support the rowers and for help with loading/unloading boats and assisting with crews getting on and off the water.






World Rowing Masters Copenhagen 2016

Ailie Ord, Gillian Connal and Liz Davidson travelled out to compete in a number of events and won a fantastic 9 events between them!

The regatta started on Thursday on lake Baegsvaerd with the sun shining. First up was Gillian Connal in her first world masters in a single and placed third, a good start for the club. Liz Davidson then joined up with Australian friends to have a great row down the 1km course in a D 8+ But unfortunately missed out on a medal. Ailie also missed out on a medal in the E 4x but the first medal for the club was about to come.

Ailie, joining up with some friends from south of the border, raced down the course in the E4+ and pushed ahead of the pack early on. They continued to push on and won the race easily.

Recovering from her two races so far, Ailie then joined up with Gillian in C2x. Having won this event at Henley Masters, the duo from Strathclyde Park knew they could do it but with international competition, it is never certain. Off the start with the immediate leaders, Ailie and Gillian kept with a very strong crew from Sweden. With 500m to go, the Swedish crew had pushed ahead but the Scottish duo executed their race plan and realised that they were gaining. Over the 200m, the crew kept pushing and overhauled the Swedes - another medal,

On Friday, Ailie and Gillian joined up in a 'scratch' (unpracticed) quad for the C4x with Sarah Payne of Wycliffe and Eva Rankin of Loch Lomond. It was a tough race against strong practiced crews but the quartet managed to hold onto third. It was then quickly into an A2x for Gillian with Caroline Matthews from Tideway Scullers, having only met the day before! With a strong crosswind, the lane was not great but they stuck with the leaders. The crew pushed into the last few hundred metres and grabbed third place - a strong row with the crew looking forward to The regatta in 2017!

It was back to Ailie to bring home the gold on the Friday. In the D2x with Sarah Payne, the crew pushed out from the start and stormed the race with a strong but comfortable win over the field. Another medal!

The club then had its own Super Saturday! The first race of the day was going to be tough for Ailie and Gillian in the C2- with opposition from Lea Rowing club, winner of B and C2- in 2015 in Hazewinkel. Knowing this, the duo pushed out and stuck with them. Keeping a high rate, the executed the same race plan as in the 2x and realised within the last 200m again, that it was theirs for the taking. With legs screaming at them, the duo pushed past and stormed through the finish to claim another medal.

It was a quick turnaround and straight back into the D4x with Sarah and Eva. Against the winners of the C4x again, it was going to be tough but with the other race under their belt, the quartet rowed well and improved on their position to take second. Straight out of that boat and into another, Ailie and Gillian dropped down an age category into B2x. With tired legs, it was always going to be tough but when you get your nose out in front, it is easier! The crew did just that and squeezed ahead, winning with a comfortable lead ahead of the pack.

Later on Saturday, Ailie had yet another race, this time with Eva in E2x. The crew, both tired from an eventful few days, again pushed ahead and stayed ahead, bring the club's medal tally to 6!

But that wasn't the regatta over! Sunday comprises of mixed events, often made up by meeting others during the week and entered by the Friday evening. Liz Davidson did just this and joined up with crew mates from Washington (although English born and bred), Australia and England in Mised D4x. Having met at the regatta, the crew gelled perfectly in the row to the start and brought home another gold!

Gillian then joined up with Marcelo from Brazil and even with a language barrier, the crew dealt with very difficult conditions and pushed the pack. Unfortunately the crew was on the wrong side of the photo finish and were pipped into second. Trying to keep their heads up, they went straight into an A8+ which was an international crew consisting of 2 Brazilians, 4 Chileans, an English woman, a Scots woman and coxed by a German! The crew was against a German 8 so they knew it would be tough but with 'Latin fire' in the boat, they kept pushing and pushing and did not settle. With a key call from the cox, the crew pushed ahead and won by half a boat length. A fantastic end to the regatta for these new friends.

Not to be outdone, Ailie again joined up with old friends in mixed F4x and took the lead from just a matter of strokes from the start. Winning easily, this brough Ailie's own tally to 7 medals!

Inspired by this success, the senior squad has started training for Bled in September 2017. If you would like to find out more about rowing at Strathclyde Park Rowing Club, please contact  
secretary@strathclydeparkrc.co.uk .



Come and Try Rowing Saturday August 27th

Come and have a go at rowing at Strathclyde Park! For £5 per person, have a go on the indoor rowing machines and get out on the water at Strathclyde Park. Just sign up on the I am Team GB website or contact us at secretary@strathclydeparkrc.co.uk.

click on the below for further information

http://iamteamgb.com/event/come-and-try-rowing/

Rosie Payne Secures GB Junior Call Up

Congratulations to our very own Rosie Payne who has been selected for the GB Junior team against France, in Valenciennes, France, on Sunday, July 10 after winning the time trial and womens race off in the J16 single sculls last week at trials in Nottingham.

Well deserved Rosie and best of luck from all at SPRC!

For more information about Rosie's great achievement see below article compliments of the Daily Record.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/rower-rosie-payne-winning-hobbit-8311871#56hA0ZyWzgRAs1z4.99

  
Rower Rosie Payne is in the winning 'Hobbit' after securing GB junior call-up

BY ANDY MCGILVRAY

Rosie (16) will help GB take on France next week in an annual competition, having impressed during a trial.



















Rosie Payne has been selected for the Great Britain junior rowing team for a match against France
A tiny teenager who rows in 'The Hobbit' was praised as an inspiration to others, after being selected for the GB Junior team against France.

Rosie Payne (16) will take part in the women’s junior 16 single sculls at the competition in Valenciennes, France, on Sunday, July 10.

The Hamilton Grammar pupil has been rowing for four years and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the British Championships, but has numerous Scottish Championship titles to her name.
Mum Corinne says if Rosie can achieve success in rowing then everybody can, since her daughter is far from the typical image of a rowing star.

Corinne said: “Rosie is taking part in the GB v France match, which takes place every summer, having attended trials in Nottingham on Sunday.

“She won the time trial and race-off in women’s junior 16 single sculls.
“This is the biggest thing she has achieved so far. Rosie has taken part in British Championships, and narrowly missed a bronze, and it’s a case of building on that achievement. She has won multiple Scottish Championships.
“Like many young people Rosie was inspired by the London 2012 Olympics.
“Coming from gymnastics, she was looking for a sport, headed down to the watersports centre at Strathclyde Park, and really took to it.
“It’s a sport that takes a particular mind-set, and she works really hard. I think Rosie is living proof that anybody can give rowing a try and succeed at it.

She is atypical, and there is an understanding that most rowers are tall people – this wee Scottish girl proves that with the right amount of hard work and determination, anything is possible.
“She’s so small that she had to have oars custom made, and uses such a lightweight boat that it’s nicknamed ‘The Hobbit’.
“All the boats are named after movies, but that seemed appropriate for our smallest 
boat.”

Corinne also says Rosie’s success shows others at Strathclyde Park Rowing Club what is possible if they work hard enough. She said: “Rosie has been rowing for four years this summer and this is the biggest thing she has achieved so far.
“The club is delighted. SPRC is a volunteer-led club and to achieve success like this amongst the biggest clubs in the country is really fantastic.”
  

Scottish Championships 2016

  
Strathclyde Park Rowing Club are celebrating another bumper year at the Scottish Rowing Championships, winning 11 events over the weekend’s racing at Strathclyde Park on the 10-12thJune.

Rosie Payne (of Hamilton Grammar School) topped the club medal table with Golds in Women’s Junior 18 1x, School Girl’s J18 1x, Women’s Junior 16 1x and School Girl’s Junior 16 single after the time trial events. She then doubled with crew-mate Elspeth Grant to win the Women’s J16 2x.  Grant and Payne were joined by Abby Lawson and Emily Weir to take Gold in the J16 4x.

Elizabeth Davidson, Elizabeth McGovern, Mary O’Toole and Rachel Tennant won the Women’s Masters 4x, and then Davidson and O’Toole won a tight battle against team-mates Dorothy Gaddis and Elizabeth McGovern in the DE Women’s 2x. 

Ailie Ord and Gillian Connal kept the momentum by winning the BC 2x then made a composite crew with Alison Hulme and Catriona Duke of St Andrew Boat club, coxed by Jennifer Ord, to win the Women’s Vet 4x.

For the boys, AJ Payne and Scott Troy of Hamilton Grammar (pictured) took Gold success in the Junior 12 2x, before helping their J13 coxed quad crew with Raymond Ron, Olivia McPherson and Emily Weir (cox) to come a very impressive second.









  


  
SPRC President Gillian Connal saluted her membership saying 'This regatta represents the culmination of a year of hard work for the vast majority of the Scottish Rowing community and our club excelled both on and off the water.  The club now has Scottish Champions from age 12 to 58, and is now looking to find future champions by taking part in Scottish Rowing's Project Rio to get more people trying rowing.”

Whilst the rowers worked hard on the water the club members and supporters served over 2000 rolls and a plethora of pastries in the regatta tea tent, keeping the athletes fed and supporting club funds. Connell continued ”We would like to publically thank Jamie Chapman for his continued support of SPRC’s catering tent. His contribution ensures we can raise the much needed funds that keep our boats on the water and our rowers winning events.”
  

  
Pictured left to right, medal winners Rachel Tennant, Mary O’Toole, Elizabeth Davidson and Elizabeth McGovern.
  

Learn to Row at SPRC Article courtesy of The Daily Record

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club hope to unearth a future Olympian

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club hopes to unearth a future Olympian as they host two Come and Try sessions this month.
The club is giving people aged 12 and over the chance to get on an indoor rowing machine to try the indoor rowing tank and, weather permitting, get out on the water.

People are encouraged to head down to the Watersports Centre on Saturdays and Sundays, June 18-19, and 25-26, from 12pm-2pm each day, to see if rowing is the sport for them. The two-hour session is just £5 per person.
The tryout day is part of Scottish Rowing’s “Project Rio” campaign, which seeks to maximise interest in rowing around this summer’s Olympic Games.

Funded by Awards for All, Project Rio is a direct result of the surge in rowing interest following the London 2012 Olympic Games, when clubs across the country were inundated with newcomers wanting to learn to row.
Strathclyde Park Rowing Club president Gillian Connal said: “Project Rio gives us tools to enable us to bring new members on in a structured way.

“It helps us to advertise the club and provide a fun regatta for new members at the end.
“We want more kids participating in sport, learning new skills, making new friends and having fun.
“We want more adults trying something new, something different, and maybe it will be the sport and exercise that they decide is the right one for them.”

Although Strathclyde Park Rowing Club is doing okay for members, they would always like to get more.
“Every club in Scotland wants to grow,” said Gillian. “Our membership is doing well, with approximately 30 active junior members and 25 active senior members.

“We want to grow the club, increase participation in the sport and promote exercise and use of the local facilities at Strathclyde Country Park – and if we find a future Olympian then all the better!”

If you would like to take part in one of the taster sessions, email secretary@strathclydeparkrc.co.uk in advance.
The Scottish Championships will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at Strathclyde Park, which incorporates the Scottish Schools’ Rowing Championships.

Learn2Row will also take place from June 27 to September 24, where Scottish Rowing will provide clubs with easy-to-use session plans, which will instruct and support club members on how to run safe, effective and fun sessions.


















Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/strathclyde-park-rowing-club-hope-8154222#RILa5LaF68oHUE2C.99

Strathclyde Park Rowing Club president Gillian Connal hopes to find a star


Rowing Taster Sessions!!!








Fancy giving rowing a try?

We are holding a number of taster sessions in June to give you an opportunity to try out rowing and get to know our wonderful club.

Sessions will be run on the following dates 

18th/19th/25th/26th June 

12-2pm @ Strathclyde Park Rowing Club

We cater for all aspects of rowing including Junior, Senior, Masters both social and competitive..(Juniors aged 12+)

£5 for two hour session

Please email interest and register on one of the sessions on

secretary@strathclydeparkrc.co.uk

Strathclyde Park closed 4th and 5th of June

Strathclyde Park is hosting the  ITU World Paratriathlon and the Strathclyde Park Multi Sports Festival on the 4th and 5th of June.  As a result there will be  no water access  or  vehicle access  at Strathclyde Park on that weekend.

For all SPRC rowers please speak with coaches regarding alternative training plans.

Castle Semple Regatta

Another successful day was had by Strathclyde Park Rowing Club at Castle Semple Regatta. On a sunny day at Lochwinnoch our athletes raced extremely well with wins in the following categories

18 girls’ 2x
Women’s vet B Novice 2x
J13 2x (also 3rd of 6)
Novice 4x
Women’s vet 4x
Women’s vet 2x (also 2nd)
J18 girls’ 1x
Women’s Res1 4x
J16 girls’ 4x
J13 4x


Well done to all who took part and competed and a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all family members and friends who came to support our club and help out throughout the day! 

Next up will be the Scottish Championships taking place at Strathclyde Park June 11th/12th.

Click here to see more photos from our Gallery.

Nithsdale Regatta 2016

  
What another fantastic weekend of racing at the Nithsdale Regatta last weekend with a lot of success and medals for Strathclyde Park Rowing Club competitors.  A big well done to all competitors who competed and took part.

We had wins in the following races

WJ16 2x
WJ14 1x
Nov 2x
Nov 4x
J12 2x
J18 2x
WVet 1x
WVet 2x
WR2 4x+
WJ18 4x
  

Click here to see more photos from our Gallery.

​London Marathon Update

Congratulations to our very own Liz Davidson who took part in the London Marathon on Sunday April 24th. Liz completed the marathon in an impressive time of 4:20:55.

Congrats Liz from everyone at at the club and a big well done.

Strathclyde Park Regatta Round Up

What a fantastic weekend of rowing we had at Strathclyde Park Regatta 2016. A great weekend both on and off the water  for our great club. Well done to everyone who rowed at the weekend - we had a huge number of people competing in their first ever sprint regatta and you all did fantastic job represented the club and yourselves while competing.

We also had success from across the club, with wins in WJ16 4x, WJ16 2x (& silver), wj16 1x, WVet 4x (composite) (and 2nd), Vetbr2 2x, Wvet 2x, WVet 4+ (composite) (and 2nd) and WJ14 1x to name a few .  On top of these we had some other great results, including silvers in wj18 2-, j18 2x and wnov 1x. 

It was also incredible to see the camaraderie among club members and to see everyone pitching in and helping each other in and out of boats, and cheering each other on . A big thank you to Coach Alistair for being there to help with the kids (and seniors) and make sure they were all sorted and had their 'game faces' on.

Off the water and in the now infamouse Strathclyde Park Rowing Club tea tent we had a fantastic weekend raising an incredible amount of well needed funds for the club. To all those that pitched and helped A MASSIVE THANK YOU!!!! We couldn't do it without your hard work, homebaking/soup/porridge etc donations and smiley happy faces serving the very generous community.   A very special thank you to Jamie Chapman who supplies us with copious amounts of meat and rolls and his trailer every year, and pitches in with set up and tidy up! So please spread the word and pop in to his shops if you fancy more bacon, steak or sausage!

We had some fabulous comments including 'this is the best tea tent ever'  [😃]

You know who you all are - thank you to the Francis family, Mhairi, Corinne (& parents), Amanda and Derek, Tom, Michele, Tom and Aileen, Alison... And my little 'uns who worked tirelessly! The list goes on! (i know I may have missed people - sorry!)  And thank you to everyone who put in stints in the tea tent for a couple of hours or for a lot more than that - it really is appreciated - so many of you just got stuck in.  A special little thank you to all the new mums and dads - it was great to meet you all properly and I hope you and the kids enjoyed the whole experience. 

Without everyone pulling together, it just would not be possible!  Thank you all again for the millionth time and see you all in a few weeks when we repeat it all again at the Scottish National Championships!

Next up for our  rowers will be  the  Nithsdale Annual Regatta taking place on Saturday April 30th in Dumfries.

We hope you see you all there participating and cheering on our rowers.

Check out our Gallery page for images taken over the weekend.


Strathcylde Park Regatta 2016

Scottish Rowings annual Strathclyde Park Regatta is taking place April 23rd and 24th.

We look forward to seeing all comeptitors and friends at Strathclyde Park. As always our infamous Tea Tent will be in full operation so please pop in for a cup of tea or coffee and sample some of our wonderful treats and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Further information can be found on Scottish Rowings website on the below link

http://www.scottish-rowing.org.uk/index.php/takingpart/competition/calendar/380-strathclyde-park-regatta-23rd-24th-april-2016