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 at the bottom of this page). 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 and abilities, from complete beginners through to experienced, competitive rowers. 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.
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 do browse the site - to find directions to the club, please see the map at the bottom of the page
Hockey Foundation GrantI have some long awaited, very good news for you (especially the men's squad). We have been successful with our grant application from the Hockey Foundation Fund and have been awarded a substantial amount towards the men's eight.
This is clearly very good news for the Club and means that along with the money raised this year, and some surplus from fundraising activities last year, we have enough to buy a very decent boat!
A special thanks should go to IrisGuard who were the main sponsor of the Rowathon and you will notice that there is now an IrisGuard logo on Arrow which has significantly contributed to this fund and we are very grateful to have their support.
24 Hour ErgathonROWERS GO ALL NIGHT FOR NEW BOAT
Commuters, day trippers, late night revelers, sport supporters and train station staff were all witness to the Milton Keynes Rowing Club’s 24 hour Rowathon sponsored by IrisGuard that took place at Milton Keynes Train Station this weekend. This incredible feat of endurance saw 24 members of the Milton Keynes Rowing Club take shifts between 6pm Friday 8th May to 6pm Saturday 9th May in an effort to raise funds for a much needed new men’s eight boat for the ever growing club.
With the station decorated in the green and black of the rowing club colours, visitors to the station were encouraged to get involved with the event. Sponsored by Forever Fitter many an interested traveller guessed how far the club would manage to row in the 24 hours, with some estimates getting very close to the impressive final distance of 342.5km. Additionally in a bid to win an in-car DVD player those who were feeling energetic stepped up to the 250m Arnold Clark challenge to set the fastest time on the rowing machine. With great interest and some brilliant times in the competition the club hope to see keen rowers get into the sport at Milton Keynes Rowing Club.
Lucy Millett who took part in the event said “It was a buzzing atmosphere and a brilliant event. I was overwhelmed by the interest and support from the public, which really helped us get through the 24 hours of hard work. It also showed how dedicated the club is, with many members giving their time to support those rowing all through the night”.
The Publicity and Fundraising officer for the club, Louisa Briar, was ecstatic with the success of the 24 Hour Rowathon, saying “We had fantastic support from everyone and have raised much needed funds for our new boat. Much of the success is due to the support and kindness of Milton Keynes Train Station for letting us use their space and our sponsors IrisGuard, Forever Fitter and Arnold Clark”.
If you spotted the MK Rowers at the station or would like to show your support for the 24 Hour Rowathon there’s still time to donate at our Localgiving site.