Learn to Row 2020 Postponement 

We have had to postpone our courses but please click the link to register your interest and find out more about what we offer

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2020 Sculling Camps Postponement

It is with regret that due to the current circumstances the July Sculling Camps have been cancelled, when the time is right, we hope to offer some modified alternatives.

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2020 Covid 19 Temporary Club Closure

Message from our Chair regarding the current situtation and temporary closure of the Club

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Tyne United Rowing Club is one of the leading clubs in the North East.  We row on one of the best tidal rivers in the country.  From our base on the Gateshead side of the river Tyne we offer great camaraderie, professional coaching, fantastic facilities plus an opportunity to take your rowing to the next level.  Alternatively you can gently paddle, taking in the wildlife and a great view.    

If you would like to join us our Learn to Row courses cater for juniors and adults and we actively welcome new members who have relocated to North East or those who have simply decided to rekindle their love of rowing.

Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Thursday, 28 May 2020 16:34

Covid Update

Tentative, Measured, Re-starting Rowing within BR guidelines

Message from our Chair, Alex Shiel

I'm pleased to be able to let you know that the Committee have completed the preparation and planning to enable rowing to re-start at TURC. A document will shortly be uploaded that describes the procedures that we have put in place for all members to follow when coming to the Club site and rowing.

The plan is for club rowing sessions to re-start on Thursday am. Squad co-ordinators will send information to squads on how to book a time slot to go for a row in either a private or club single or a club double for members of the same family.
It is obviously very important that everyone carefully reads the document that has been prepared and follows the procedures.

A couple of points to mention in particular are:
you will have a 15 minute time slot to get your boat out and on the water and a similar time slot to come off the water. It is very important that you only arrive at the Club in time for your time slot and get out and on the water within that time.

The same for coming off the water also.
please only use the toilets in the clubhouse in exceptional or urgent circumstances and not as a routine. If you do go into the club house you must clean any surfaces that you touch ( handles, taps, loo seats etc ) using the cleaning materials provided.

The document we have prepared is an initial plan for re-starting rowing and will inevitably need to be added to and changed as we find new points that need to be covered, or British Rowing or Government guidance changes.
We hope that you will enjoy being able get back on the water at last but please make sure you do so in a way that keeps you and your friends at TURC safe at all times.

Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:17

Dan is the man

Where are they now?


The first person we catch up with in this new series of Tyne United Alumni is Dan Graham.


Hi, my name’s Dan Graham and I started rowing at TURC before going to Newcastle University where I have got medals at BUCS Regatta and twice made the weekend at Henley Royal. Last year I represented GB at the U23 European Championships in Greece, coming third in the men’s 8+.


Q What was your connection with TURC?

A I started rowing at TURC after going down to the club following indoor rowing competitions for my school where I had done quite well. Before rowing I had played tennis a lot but struggled with injuries and thought I would give rowing a go!


Q What is your best memory of your time at TURC

A The training for, and competing at the National Championships as a J17 with Ciro, the coach.


Q What is your proudest rowing moment

A Managing to make the Saturday of Henley in 2018, where we ended up losing to Oxford Brookes. It was my first year at university and also at Henley, so making the weekend with such a great group of people was an awesome experience.


Q What’s your favourite rowing venue/ event?

A This is a tough choice and probably impossible for me to choose. Henley is always a special event but for my favourite venue it’s probably split between Ionnina, in Greece, or Lake Bled in Slovenia. That being said, a sunrise row on the Potomac in Washington DC was a surreal experience.


Q How many bits of kit have lost?

A Too many to count!!! Thankfully I’ve managed to hold onto my treasured TURC kit though.


Q Who is your favourite sporting hero? 

A From the past I would need to say Muhammad Ali for his general impact, but an athlete today would be Eliud Kipchoge, who ran the sub 2 hour marathon. I find his work ethic and philosophy remarkable.


Q What is your favourite book about sport

A King of the world by David Remnick about Muhammad Ali, but Boys in the Boat would be a close second.


Q Any box set recommendations for lockdown

A I am a bit of a history nut so I’ve been watching the Last Kingdom on Netflix. It is about Vikings in Britain and is generally just an entertaining watch.


Q Your favourite music to fire you up before a race

A If I’m trying to get fired up before a race then I’ll listen to some angry rap, so probably something by DMX. But if I feel a bit nervous and need to try to relax, some house music by Kygo normally does the trick.

Q Name you favourite cake

A It might not be a cake, but would an apple pie count? They are my guilty pleasure.


Q Any advice you’d like to give the club and it’s members?

A Make sure you do the basics right. A strong foundation gives you a great platform to progress from. Sometimes that means doing the boring stuff like stretching and core which might seem like a pain at the time, but will really help in the long run.


Q Are you still involved with rowing and what is your current focus?

A I am still rowing, sadly due to the virus all events have been cancelled for this summer, but I will be moving to the Leander club in September to continue rowing. I have got one more year of U23 still to go and will be aiming for selection at the U23 World Championships. After that, who knows!

Friday, 20 March 2020 21:23

Covid-19 Closure

Current Covid-19 Status

Message from our Chair

Dear All

As you might guess, a number of us have been reviewing the Club's position. We have also been discussing the situation with our friends at TARC to ensure that we co-ordinate our approach.

I can now confirm that we have decided to suspend all Club activities with immediate effect, There will be no further Club sessions on the water, so tomorrow' sessions are cancelled.

The Committee is meeting ( by phone) on Monday night and will discuss what further steps we need to take in order to run and protect the Club during this time and further updates and information will follow when we have them, so please bear with us.

If you have any questions in the meantime then please feel free , as ever, to contact any member of the Committee or Jill and Capt or Jonty as Vice- Capt.

We would welcome all suggestions as to how we can all keep fit, keep in touch and remember how to row when we get back on the water.

Best wishes


Alex Shiel


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