The annual Great Tyne Row took place on Saturday September 2nd this year, though this was the first time MYC had sent a delegation of rowers up to compete. The race starts from the fantastic rowing club facilities in Newburn and is 26 kilometres to the sea in Tynemouth. There were a total of 34 boats entered both fixed and slidey seats, with up to four rowers.
MYC entered two crews – Mixed – Simon, Bob, Dave J, Maggy and Caroline and a ladies crew coxed by Steve M with Sarah T, Elaine H, Tina and Julie M (Caroline taking the pic above). Note the big smiles (race not started).
The Tyne takes it’s course through Newcastle city centre and it’s ten road, rail and footbridges all to be oggie,oggie, oggied under.
The ladies crew nearing the Millennium Bridge.
Captain Bob and his mixed crew putting some effort in.
With the wind pushing against us for the whole race and water like treacle it was much harder than anyone had really anticipated – a great warm up for those competing in the Great London River Race next weekend.
Porthmadog Vikings (our official mixed crew) completed in 2 hours 31 minutes and were the second fastest mixed fixed seat crew. The Porthmadog Warriors completed in 2 hours 36 minutes and, though an all ladies crew, an admin error meant we were listed as mixed, therefore missing out on a lovely big trophy as fastest ladies fixed seat boat. It would have gone someway to ease the pain and blisters to numerous to mention!
All agreed that Newcastle and the people were fantastic and would love to see more. Though possibly not from the water 😉