Welcome to Milton Keynes Rowing Club
Milton Keynes Rowing Club (MKRC) is based at Caldecotte Lake on the south side of the city, at the Water Sports Centre on Monellan Grove (map). We share access to the lake (which gives us around a 1 kilometre straight run) and a clubhouse with the Milton Keynes Sailing and Canoe Clubs.
We have an active Summer and Winter Programme of races, events and training schedules, weekends and mid-week, as well as social functions. This covers both water training (both rowing and sculling) and land based training (circuits and rowing machines).
Membership is varied and we encourage all levels of rowing and sculling ability, from experienced rowers to complete newcomers to the sport (for whom we run Learn to Row courses). We welcome people of all ages, now including a thriving junior section. We also welcome supporters who perhaps may wish to take their sport a little less seriously or just help with the club's activities and have now introduced a Recreational Rowing squad.
So if you want to try out a new sport or rediscover the enjoyment of rowing and sculling, just come on down to the club during one of the training sessions where you will receive a friendly welcome or contact us by e-mail.
If you do intend dropping in, please check our race schedule first, to make sure we will be there!
To find out more about the club, please browse the site - to find directions to the club, please click here.
24 Hour RowathonOur major fundraising effort this year will be a 24 hour rowathon. Taking place at Milton Keynes Railway Station, we will start at 6 p.m. on Friday 8th May and row continually on ergos (indoor rowing machines) through to 6 p.m. on Saturday 9th May. If you'd like to support this event, please contact Ian Graney for details of sponsorship opportunities.
You can also support us directly by sponsoring us through our Localgiving page
Club Sponsors and SupportersWe'd like to thank the following companies and organisations for their support to the club, helping us grow and establish ourselves. If you'd like to join them, please see the Sponsorship page
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2015 Regatta datesThis year's Milton Keynes Regatta will take place on Saturday 19th September. For more details see the Regatta page
Boat NamingMilton Keynes Rowing Club has seen an unprecedented increase in its membership since the London Olympics 2012 and with some pretty legendary fundraising ventures such as a record breaking Cross Channel Row, along with support from MK Hockey Foundation, we have been able to buy a fleet of eight new boats. The boats, which are suitable for learner and development rowers were named at the weekend in a naming ceremony held at the picturesque location of the Watersports Centre at Caldecotte Lake. The theme of the names is one which is close to the hearts of all those who live or have connections with Milton Keynes and includes the names associated with the famous codebreakers of Bletchley Park.
First to be named was Enigma, followed by Lorenz, Colossus, Codebreakers, Station X, The Bombe and of course, Alan Turing. Members were delighted with the choice of names as everyone in Milton Keynes is familiar with the story of Alan Turing and the codebreakers.
Louise Rivett, Club Chair said ‘Our Club, which was awarded ‘Club of the Year’ this year by Sport MK, has grown in popularity year on year and our racing crews are a familiar sight at events across the region and nationally, as we gain credibility and respect. It seems fitting to start a new theme for our boats which shows people that we are proud of our identity and that Milton Keynes may be a new town, but we have some fascinating history of our own. I would like to thank the MK Hockey Foundation for supporting us and enabling us to buy these boats, which will allow more people to enjoy learning the sport of rowing that we are so passionate about.’
The last boat to be named was a double scull called ‘Liz Tatman’, named after Dr Liz Tatman who was Chair of the Club until last year, in recognition of her enormous contribution to the development of the Club. Liz, who rowed for GB as a junior, was delighted that her work had been recognised and that the Club is continuing to grow successfully.
As the sun set over Caldecotte Lake, the sight of the eight new boats lined up with their names displayed proudly was impressive. The Club is now looking towards its next event which is our own Regatta on 13th September, where the boats will be seen racing on the lake. All are welcome to come and watch the racing throughout the day and to see the boats in action.
MKRC Boatathon 2014On 5th May 2014 a team of 10 crazy members of MKRC have set themselves a challenge of running the MK half marathon carrying a boat and oars.
They are not only doing this for the personal challenge but to raise money for a greatly needed rowing Eight for the club. This will benefit all members of the club both male and female as it will ensure that both the men and women can train in 8s simultaneously. It will also increase resources available for the Learn to Row training courses, increasing membership capacity and inevitably the sustainability of the club.
So lets get behind the team;
Lou, Louisa, Heidi, Trish, Nick, Tim, Benn, Gavin, Steve B & Chris
The half marathon course is through the streets and parks of MK ending in the MK Dons stadium. The event will be watched by thousands of people including local press, radio and TV.
SponsorshipYou can help by encouraging your employers to sponsor the boat and team, by taking the leaflets and sponsorship package information to your local businesses, restaurants and anyone who may be interested in the great publicity that this challenge will generate.
Already, Chiswell Fireplaces are sponsoring the oars that will be carried
and local company TFM Networks Ltd has kindly offered to sponsor the kit for the team
"TFM Networks Ltd is proud to sponsor the MKRC Boatathon Team. This Buckinghamshire based company is a market leading Telecom Provider offering a complete range of Business Only ‘fit for purpose’ services ranging from data, voice and mobile through to fully integrated and converged solutions. www.tfmnetworks.com."
DonationsYou can also donate directly by visiting our LocalGiving page and going to the Projects tab