The Aftermath, Boston Rowing Marathon..

The Lincoln Rowing Centre was incredibly proud to host our friends and neighbours at the Boston Rowing Club last weekend for the start of their famous Rowing Marathon.

Boston is one of the clubs who helped us in the early days and it was a pleasure to be able to reciprocate, even if it was just offering toilets and changing rooms to the rowers! Sunday was the first time our new boat house has been used properly, the plumbing held up and everyone who came across the river to have a look around was well impressed.

We would like to say a special congratulations to Lincoln rowers Jim and Ben, the only crew from Lincoln brave enough to take part, for winning the masters E double scull event (MAS.E.2X) setting a new event record of 3 hours 50 minutes and 38 seconds. All those early morning rows to Bardney lock were well worth it!

Our thanks to Boston for making a donation towards the cleaning of the Centre and the copious amounts of toilet roll you all got through!

Results can be found on Boston’s webpage Marathon and all equipment left in the car park has made its way to their boathouse. If you think you left anything please direct queries to Boston through this link.

Nearly Nearly There, Rendering!

One of our members recently uncovered a picture of the first time we laid eyes on what would be our future home, The Pump House.

This morning, whilst enjoying a coffee at JamieB’s, I had a brain wave and decided to recreate the shot for this build update.

You’ll notice that our facilities building on the left is no longer a drab grey brick but a brilliant white hue as the break in the weather has allowed it to be rendered.

** UPDATED ** Boathouse Opening..

Due to an unforeseen British Rowing AGM and Council Meeting the opening of the new boathouse is being delayed until Saturday the 8th of November, the day before the University of Lincoln Beginners Head.

The event is open to all and it would be amazing to see some old faces as well as new.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to:

PJ Ibbotson
7 Stretton Close
Sturton by Stow
Lincoln LN1 2AZ


Before the first year in pictures..

In the run up to the opening we at the Centre thought it was a good idea to dig through some old boxes and find some pictures of where we were back when it all started.

The only sign of any rowing in Lincoln was the Boston Landing Stage on the other side of the river which was only used once a year for the Boston Marathon. At this time the Boston stage was the only river access.

The compound looked a little bleak and unloved. Back in its’ heyday The Pump House used to house massive motors that drove massive turbines to pull water out of the Witham and up into the cooling towers of the old Spa Road power station. The Witham looks a little deeper back then too!

Before any boats arrived, the pump house was being used by the Lincolnshire County Council as a document store. Looks like there were some Crisps in there too, I wonder if they’re still around somewhere?

Facilities Manager..

The Lincoln Rowing Centre is looking for a Facilities Manager to look after our new build on Spa Road, Lincoln.

Reporting to the Centre Directors and holding a zero hour contract the responsibilities will include but not be limited to;

Cleaning of the Centre
Manage disposal of waste
Ensuring proper maintenance of the facilities and fixings
Supplying any materials needed to carry out the role

This is a year-round role and any interested party must be in a position to manage tax and NI.

Ideally this would be a member of The Centre or understand how we operate.

Total pay; £100 pcm (piece rate)

If you are interested please email

Closing date is 1200 on the 14th of July.

**UPDATED** Adult Learn to Row in July..

Due to coach availability the July learn to row has been postponed by one week. We will be starting on the 19th of July so there’s still chance to get in touch!


Fancy trying something new? Or have you rowed before and want to get back into the sport?

If the answer is yes to either of those questions the Centre will be running an adult (18+) learn to row course starting on the 12th of July for 6 weeks.

The course will cost £75 and covers everything you need to get you started with a new sport.

If your lil-one is partaking in our junior learn to row and you would like to know what it is all about or would like to make sure you can support them properly we can offer a reduction for the first few sessions.

If you are interested please comment or email

Boston Rowing Marathon 2014..

Coming up on the 21st of September is the event where it all began for The Lincoln Rowing Centre.

Famous on the rowing calendar for, possibly, being the longest rowing race in the world, The Boston Marathon starts on the Witham just up from our boathouse and sees amateur crews come from all over the world to row the 52Km.

Last year the Centre hosted an American crew from the University Barge Club, how far will they come from this year??

Boston Marathon Poster

BUCS Regatta..

For those of you not in know BUCS stands for British Universities and Colleges Sport and the regatta held over the May bank holiday is one of only a handful of University rowing events.

The bank holiday saw The Club finish 37th out of 71 Universities, an amazing achievement for a young club such with limited resources. ULRC took to the medals table for the second time in it’s history in the beginner single scull event! We watched Sarah finish closely behind the powerhouses of Durham and Cambridge, coming from behind in a dramatic final to take the bronze medal.

A massive congratulations from all of us at the Centre, they set the bar high for next year’s event!

Up at the Lincolnshire Show..

We like helping where we can and this week saw us up at The Lincolnshire Show helping out at the Lincolnshire Coop stand.

Well done to all who took part in the rowing challenge but special congratulations go to Paul Holmes and Elizabeth Gray (14!!) who won 3 months family membership to Burton Waters rowing a massive 335 and 284 metres in a minute. If you ever get bored of Canoeing Lizzy we are down at Stamp End 😉