2019 Races and Activities
About 6 months ago, two medway members, Douglas Kergall (Bow) and Mohan Dell (Stroke), decided to aim for the Boston rowing marathon in September of 2019. With their main challenge being the motivation to train, they together developed the solution of having a food challenge as a reward after each long row, with that each month they arranged a long 32k row.
Come race day, both came prepared with food, a good stroke rate, enough tape to 'avoid' blister and of course a good playlist to see them through the end of the race.
With the race itself going well, they managed to overtake numerous crews and were not overtaken by too many either. With enough sweets in the boat, the crew managed to finish with an overall time of 4hours 03minutes, allowing them to win the open double category, and overall finish 14th out of the 92 crews that took part!
Both Doug and Mohan were both happy with how the race went, from great technique, to great power, with some nice banter between each other, and other crews during the race. As a club, we are extremely proud of this achievement, and can't wait for more medals from this clearly competent crew!
River Challenge - August 2019
Tonbridge to MTRC (30 miles) on the 31st August.
Whilst Liz was enjoying wind and rain on the BR Rowing Tour of the Lake District (https://www.britishrowing.org/2019/10/british-rowing-tour-success-in-lake-district/) 12 sensible MTRC members took part in the local tour of the Medway in much kinder conditions, taking it in relays. Mark Old, however, went the whole hog and rowed all 30 miles and 13 locks. Many thanks to Tim Close, Mark, Archie and Jason Davies for organising this event and helping with towing logistics, to Fran, Peter and Bob for taking their turns coxing, and a special mention for Bridget’s husband, Richard, who very kindly spent the whole day in the launch facilitating the event (including a final mile back to the club without fuel…). Photos of this and other events on our Facebook page.
Graham Mitchelhill beat West Norfolk rowing club in the final of Masters D single sculls, coming from behind to win by 3 lengths. This was particularly pleasing as it was unbelievably warm and the giant bend of Sudbury is not comfortable for rowers used to the Medway!
Louis and James Berry won the Open Doubles event in a time of 9mins: 31 secs, 15th overall.
Shaun and Ralph won the Masters D doubles Championship category pennant in 14mins 34.12secs.