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Welcome to Strathclyde Park Rowing Club.

We are the club for you, whether you are a complete beginner to rowing or an aspiring champion.

We have around fifty members of all ages and abilities and we have access to the best facilities in Scotland.  These include 8 2km racing lanes on the purpose built course, the only indoor rowing tank in Scotland and a fleet of over 25 boats from training singles to international standard racing sculls.

We train on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10.30am until 12.00 noon all year round with more experienced club members getting on the water from 8.00am.  In the summer we also train midweek on a Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00pm until 8.00pm.  Outwith British Summer Time we swap the water for indoor sessions.

We have a team of coaches for all levels of expertise and we work closely with staff in the Boathouse Gym to get the best out of our training.

As well as training, we are a socialable club and organise a number of events throughout the year including post event dinners, scratch regattas at Christmas and Easter and our legendary annual awards ceremony dinner (and dance!).

If you want to find out more about our club, the facilities or the coaches, please explore our website or contact us here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Park!

Ailie Ord
President

Thank you

We would like to thank the following organisations for their kind financial support for the club.

Hamilton Sports Council
Motherwell Sports Council
RMT Images
Bothwell Golf Academy 

Latest News

Queens Baton Relay

From June 14 to July 23 the Queen's Baton Relay will travel around Scotland, inviting everyone to be part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to the Commonwealth Games. Our very own Ailie Ord has been chosen to run with the Baton next Sunday June 22nd.

Ailie will be carrying the baton on Muir Street, Hamilton (A72 - main road from Furlongs roundabout to west of Asda) from lamp post L28 to R16. R16 is located just at junction with Lower Auchengramont Road. They didn't identify the start point but believe it will be approx 200m uphill so somewhere near the Furlong roundabout. We are trying to get people together to cheer Ailie on and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!! If you are available between 6 and 7 can you let Alistair or Mary know as they are trying to get as many people as possible and arrange a crossed blades arch for Ailie to run through.

 

Local Success at Scottish Rowing Championships

On 31st May/1st June, the Scottish Rowing Championships were held at Strathclyde Park.  Slightly earlier than normal due to the Commonwealth Games Triathlon event, the Championships saw a new format being piloted.  Following success at British Championships, the pilot for singles and pairs was aimed at raising the profile of the Championships and providing a better, more competitive racing experience for all participants. It meant that all singles and all pairs from Junior 16 through to Open would compete in a time trial and then be seeded into semis and finals, to have some more nail-biting racing than before.

A number of Strathclyde Park Rowing Club members, ages 15 – 51, took part in this new format and showed strong determination and stamina across the event.  Following successful time trials in the women’s single event, both Gillian Connal and Natalie Irvine reached the A Final and came 4th and 5th respectively (out of over 50) – hopefully a good sign for Scottish selection later this month.  In addition, in the pairs event, Natalie joined up with Sam Fowler (Molesey Boat Club) and Gillian with Ailie Ord (SPRC) to once again show strength on home turf.  Having reached the A Final, both crews set off in one of their toughest races yet and it was the composite crew of Natalie and Sam who pushed through the pack and took Gold, claiming the title of Scottish Champions.

On the Saturday, a number of our others crews were very successful with the women’s Veteran B-D Quadruple Scull of Ailie Ord, Eva Rankin (Loch Lomond), Julie Marshall and Liz Davidson sculling strongly to pull through the pack and take gold ahead of fellow SPRC members and a Castle Semple crew.  Ailie continued this winning streak jumping in the Women’s Open Quad with Natalie, Gillian and Edinburgh University rower, Liz Crighton, to power home comfortably and take the Scottish title (retaining the title for Strathclyde Park Rowing Club).

Not to be outdone by the ladies, Tom Hewitt joined up with Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club friends to record a number of successful results.  Due to a lack of competition of a similar age, Tom and Les Johnston gave up their handicap to race against much younger competitors in the Veteran B-D Pair and held off a number of crews to clinch silver.  This was then followed up by a strong row to again hold off young guns and win the Veteran Eight title.  Tom’s final event was again with Les and the two had no trouble in winning yet another gold in the Veteran E-G Double Scull.

On the Sunday, it was time for our younger members to show what they were made of.  A new crew of Cara McSherry, Emily Weir, Rosie Payne and Castle Semple member, Elspeth Grant, coxed by Rebecca Scott, pushed through to take home a very well deserved Silver in the WJ14 Coxed Quadruple Scull.  Rosie then headed out by herself to compete in the WJ14 Singles event – having already won at Strathclyde Park Regatta in April and Clydesdale Regatta hopes were high for one of our youngest members.  And she didn’t disappoint!  Rosie, rowing for Hamilton Grammar School, stormed home and took the Gold, a clear 6 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.  

The day didn’t end there for the club, with another two golds on their way.  In the Veteran double sculls event, Ailie Ord and Liz Davidson gave away their age handicap to start alongside the younger Veteran C crews.  This experienced crew led the field comfortably and had no issues in winning yet another Scottish title for the club.  Not to be outdone, Natalie Irvine and Gillian Connal headed off to compete in the Women’s Double Scull in a bid to retain their title from 2013.  Although down on their nearest competitors at the start, the pair got into their rhythm and took back the distance stroke by stroke.  With 500m to go, there were two crews in the fight for the title – SPRC and Edinburgh University.  However, Gillian and Natalie used their experience and pushed to the finish, retaining their title in a nail-biting finish.

Although there was a lot of success on the water, the club was having success in the tea tent catering for the regatta and providing hot and cold food and drink to the Scottish Rowing Community.  Once again, thanks to the huge number of volunteers, Jamie Chapman Butchers and ScotMid, the club raised over £3,000 to help pay for water use fees, storage and equipment to keep the club going from strength to strength.

 

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