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LRC stem caps on sale!

Attention all London Rowing Club cycling fanatics

Here is a great opportunity to all LRC Members Only to show off your alliance on two wheels and at the same time have the or another chance to support the gym build. This is not just another stem cap, this cap is made by our friends at @PassoniBikes,, superior quality work by the best Italian artisans in the business. Passoni has very kindly offered to charge us only production costs.

Boasting this stem cap, you will be able to distinguish yourself from all the slow & heavy traffic in Richmond Park or intimidate the guy or gal glancing over at the traffic light on the Victoria Embankment, racing him or her into work!

The price for one is GBP 14.50 of which GBP 10.00 goes towards the new gym!

Please make your reservation by adding +1, +2 or … in the comment; as we all know the correct number of biking to own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes currently owned , so please take into account future purchases! If you’re a member of the London Rowing Club Facebook page just make sure you tag your friends.

For all LRC members who aren’t on Facebook please email with your name and quantities.

In 3 weeks we’ll add up the numbers and production, starts. We’ll inform you when the caps are available for payment & pick-up from the club!


LRC success behind the scenes at 2017 World Championships

This year's World Rowing Championships took place in Sarasota, Florida from 24 September to 1 October.

Although the Club did not have any members in the GB squad for these Championships – the first time we have not had international representatives for very many years – we made our contribution ‘behind the scenes’.  First and foremost, our congratulations go to Paul Reedy who was the coach of Vicky Thornley (Leander), the winner of the silver medal in the Women’s Single Sculls (W1x).  A “great result”, said Paul, who was LRC’s Chief Coach from 2000 to 2012.  Paul has in fact been part of the GB coaching team since starting on a part-time basis in 2010, and his previous coup was as coach of the gold medal-winning Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls at the London Olympics in 2012 with LRC’s Sophie Hosking on board.

The other LRC member at Sarasota in the management team was Sir David Tanner, who continued in his role as Performance Director.

The Club has had a long tradition of its senior members contributing to the work of the sport’s governing body, of running major events, and of umpiring at a senior level.  Their work has not been confined to the UK, but includes the international governing body of the sport, FISA.  Further details can be read in the About Us - Committee profiles  - section of the website: see in particular under Mike Baldwin, Mike Williams and Ben Helm.  This work continues, as Ben has just been appointed Chairman and Chief Umpire of The Head of the River Race.


                                                                                         Paul Reedy


Season start and Club Pride Day

Club Captain Tim Grant reports:
A busy first week of the season!  The LRC senior squad opened the season on the 2 Sept with a presentation, 1km at rate 24 ergometer test then an outing in 8s to shake the cobwebs out.  A good showing of athletes from last season and some new faces with the starting number of the squad at 38 including coxes. Sunday saw the squad start to settle into small boats as is the focus for this phase, with a number of singles, pairs, doubles, and fours out on the water followed by a second session in matched eights for power strokes.  A cracking first weekend coached by Steve Salter.
The first week of training similarly was successful, 2 weights sessions, led and coached by our strength and conditioning coach - James Mead, first erg down the range and finish the week with a classic London Circuit, 4 x 10 mins with a couple of laps of the  pain train to finish it off.   A few of the squad followed up with some refreshments, representing the club in the local hostelries as well as on the water. 
The weekend of 9th September, witnessed numerous water sessions, The Great River Race and then Club Pride day.  There was a lot going on!
Club Pride day was a great success and our whole hearted thanks goes out to all the members who really got amongst the club facilities to help prepare for the next season.  All the boatsheds were fully cleaned out and the balcony spruced up including polishing the Peter Coni Plaque,  the workshop looks like new, and the access ready for gym rebuild to commence is clear, we even cleared out Resis!  Tommy and the events team put on both breakfast and lunch which was gratefully received.
Thanks to Kathleen for the leg work in the build up, not giving up on the task list and then organising groups to start the day. John Auber is prettier than he was after a tumble followed by violent interaction with a dishwasher…. Wishing you a swift recovery! Whilst everyone really dug out and it was great to see the commitment, a couple of notable efforts should be called out….Miles Preston (his power washer) and his lovely assistant Diana Bartley, Phil Hannay (and his mighty jet washer which was eventually defeated) and Donna for their hours spent on the tedious job of weeding the courtyard.  Nick Wykeman for giving all of us a shower whilst jet washing (with his own machine) the balcony.  Stewart Harries for banging years of paint off the bollards and Tom Killick for cycling off to purchase a closer to LRC blue paint (that went missing shortly after) when we realised the bollards weren’t quite Pantone 280c!  Bill Baker for being the first to agree to lead a team and to Matt Reeder who took responsibility for a painful, awkward task. John Auber who spent a fair amount of time at Brewers for concrete paint (the correct colour grey!) Alan Foster who motivates himself to do the same clearing year and after year.  Mike Baldwin (with his elite cox team) who have made it possible to walk into the coxes room and will make it possible for the Squad to hear coaches shouting at them through repaired loudhailers. Finally...Nick Parnell who clears, cleans and repairs boats all year long, and even more in the lead up to Club Pride Day.
The squad continue on their first block of three weeks in a 6 week 2 peak cycle, which will include a 30 min erg test at Rate 20 next week, something to look forward to…. There will be circuits this Thursday as useful which other members are more than welcome to join if you fancy joining the train…
Bang the Drum




Tim Grant elected Captain of LRC for 2017-18

About 65 members attended the Annual General Meeting of London Rowing Club which took place on Wednesday 26 July 2017.  Club President Mike Baldwin chaired the meeting.  Tim Grant was elected Club Captain for the coming year.

The following Officers and Committee were elected:


Mike Baldwin

Vice President

Mike Williams

Vice President

Ben Helm


Tim Grant

Chairman of Club

Robert Downie

Hon Secretary

Jeremy Hudson

Asst. Hon. Secretary

Christopher Grainger

Hon Treasurer

Jason Gray

Hon House Steward (Functions)

Jason Lalande Danciger

Hon House Steward (Building)

Josh McInerney

Committee members


Kathleen Curran


Jana Downie


Ciaran Hayes


Josh Meredith


Luis Orozco


Richard Philips


Miles Preston


Bob Silver


Two LRC members to contest the 2017 Doggett's Coat and Badge

The Club will be privileged to once again be represented in this famous race, which this year will be held on Tuesday 25 July at 11.30 a.m.  Amongst the four competitors will be LRC members, Alfie Anderson and Perry Flynn.

The sculling race is steeped in history, and in fact is believed to be the oldest continuously held sporting event in the world.  It was started in 1715 by Thomas Doggett, an Irish comedian and a one time theatre manager in Drury Lane.  It has been organised every year since 1721 by the Fishmongers’ Company and the competitors, originally those in their first year of their freedom from apprenticeship, are provided by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen.  The course is an unlikely one, from London Bridge on the incoming tide to Chelsea, and numerous bridges, wharves, moored passenger vessels, pontoons and buoys have to be negotiated.  It is a real test of skill as well as watermanship. The PLA closes the river to all traffic whilst the race is under way, and HMS Belfast usually sends off resounding warning salvos as reminders to vessel masters. The winner of the race is presented with a spectacular scarlet coat in 18th c. design, plus a large silver badge worn on the left arm.

The Club has been honoured to be associated with the Race for nearly a century.  Tom Phelps (waterman and boatman 1936-67) and his brother Jack (waterman and boatman 1929-36) won in 1922 and 1928 respectively.  13 Club members have won since 1959, the last winner being Merlin Dwan in 2012.  The Club has also monopolised the special anniversary ‘wagers’ – for the Silver Jubilee in 1977 (F J Burwood), the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 (C G Anness) and Alfie Anderson himself  in the 2014 wager to mark the 500th anniversary of the first Act to regulate watermen and wherrymen.

At the 2014 annual dinner Robert Prentice presented to the Club an honours board listing all the names of London winners; this now hangs in the Long Room.