Two single scullers and a womens eight took on the challenge of the 21st British Rowing Tour organised by Upton Rowing Club; the tour itself was a three day event rowing on the River Severn and Sharpness Canal starting at Worcester RC, passing through Upton, Tewkesbury and Gloucester finishing at Purton near the southern end of the Sharpness Canal; totalling a distance 70.5km.
The Bewdley crews joined the tour as day participants on the final day for a 20.2k row from Gloucester to Purton. The weather and conditions were perfect, leaving Gloucester around 9.30am the Bewdley crews were first to finish with times of just over one and half hours for the eight, just under two hours for the one singles and slightly over for the other. Although the event was a tour for all types of boats and rowers and was not a race, the competitiveness amongst the Bewdley crews took over!
“It was a fantastic day, which was extremely well organised; helped by the weather. All credit goes to Upton for organising a superb event. There were some very low bridges along the course that had to be negotiated with care, and getting the boats off at Purton proved to be a challenge in itself, but all added to the enjoyment of the day.
The picnic buffet provided by Upton was excellent, that combined with the beautiful, tranquil setting of Purton and the atmosphere of utter jubilation finished the day off wonderfully.
This is the second time Bewdley has taken on a challenge set by Upton, the first being the St Georges Challenge a few years ago where crews spent the day rowing a 32mile course from Upton to Tewkesbury and back, stopping for lunch and a rest, then rowing from Upton to Worcester and back; again the event was open to all types of boats and rowers. These types of events are tailored to be different and explore waterways you wouldn’t necessarily row on otherwise. Trying new things is good and the club supports everyone not just rowers who want to compete and race.”
Vice Captain Kat Carlyle who took part in both event.