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
Blue-Green AlgaeI am sure most of you have noticed that there is a build-up of algae in the lake at present. Please observe the following information from British Rowing Row Safe to protect yourself from water-born diseases:
- Never drink water from a river or lake
- If contaminated water has been swallowed, refer to your doctor with full detail of the incident
- Only drink from your own water bottle
- Always shower after contact with the water
- Wash hands thoroughly and shower if necessary before eating or drinking
- Do not throw your coxswain into the water
- Cover cuts and abrasions (including blisters) with waterproof dressings
- Wear suitable footwear when launching or retrieving a boat, particularly if it is necessary to wade into the water to prevent direct contact with the water andprotect the feet from cuts and abrasions
- Avoid immersion in, or contact with, water, particularly if there is an algal scum or bloom
- Do not splash river or lake water onto your face or body in order to cool down (take a bottle of tap water with you for this)
- Hose down all equipment after outings to remove any potential contamination
- Keep oar handles clean particularly if contaminated with blood
- Wash, and thoroughly dry, any contaminated clothing before re-use
- Maintain your immunisation regime against Tetanus, also Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Polio, Typhoid and Dysentery when training abroad
- Avoid jumping into, or swimming in, rivers and lakes
- Don’t submerge hands or legs over the side of the boat in order to cool down (take a bottle of tap water with you for this)
- Don’t splash river or lake water onto a sticking slide or oar (take a bottle of tap water with you for this)
- Do minimise contact with water by wearing close fitting clothing
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.