A NEWLY-graduated squad of rowers from Stratford upon Avon Boat Club have had their first taste of long-distance travel after they took on part of the Thames.
Recreational rowers from the club’s Explore Rowing course opted to do a long-distance challenge rowing 16 miles from Lechlade to Newbridge.
They then rounded the two-day challenge off by completing a slightly shorter distance and enjoying a well-deserved Sunday lunch.
Crew captain and expedition organiser, Ruth Winter, said: “We organised a relatively ‘gentle’ row to encourage the newer rowers who decided competitive rowing wasn’t for them.
“Rowing is a very sociable sport that brings out the best in people and we got considerable help and encouragement from all along the river, which was much appreciated.”
The next few months will be devoted to training for the Eddystone Challenge – a 28-mile row from Plymouth, round the Eddystone Light and back.
The group is also taking several crews to the Great River Race – a 22-mile race up the Thames – in September.
But first they have their own Stratford Boat Club regatta on Saturday June 21.