MKRC Regatta

2016 was a momentous year for the Milton Keynes Regatta. For the first time since being established in 2010, the regatta was run as an Open event, fully affiliated to British Rowing.

This meant a lot of changes, including having official British Rowing umpires and officials, and extending the invite to all rowing clubs. Against this, we were determined to maintain the friendly, relaxed atmosphere that makes our event so popular.

From the feedback we’ve had, we appear to have succeeded, with nice compliments from some of our new visitors as well as our old, established friends. The scale of the event was much bigger, with some eleven visiting clubs giving us a racing programme of 97 races over a full day. This included a full range of events, from singles to eights, juniors to Masters and again saw the very popular Primary events for newcomers to the sport.

Trophies

There are a number of trophies awarded at the regatta, the winners of these being:

MKRC Regatta Challenge Cup, sponsored by IrisGuard
Awarded to the club with the most wins overall. This year’s winners with an impressive haul of 25 victories were Broxbourne Rowing Club.
Broxbourne collecting the IrisGuard Regatta Challenge Cup

Primary Event Trophy, sponsored by Swift Racing Boats
Awarded to the club with the most wins in the Primary events. This year’s winners, retaining the trophy, were Milton Keynes Rowing Club.
Cath Keeling of MKRC collecting the Swift Racing Primary Event Trophy

Senior Eights Shield, sponsored by RSK
Awarded to the winning crew in the Senior Eights category, this also went to Broxbourne Rowing Club, winning a very tight race over Milton Keynes Rowing Club.
Broxbourne's captain collecting the RSK Senior Eights Shield

Results

You can find the full results from the regatta online here. The results for the Challenge Cup are here.

Sponsors and thanks

We’d like to thank the following who sponsored the event or contributed in many ways to the success of the event:
  • IrisGuard
  • Swift Racing Boars
  • RSK
  • Pledge
  • PC Boat Repairs
  • Imagineers
  • LA Design
  • Beehive Hair Salon
  • Interfoam
  • Frosts
  • Murrays
  • Stonebridge
  • TrophyToo
  • Tesco
  • Arnold Clark
  • MK FM
Together with Bedford Ladies Tug of War team. We would like to thank, Glen at Freestone Creative, Mark Tufnell from MK Sailing Club, MK Canoe Club, The Parks Trust, Sailability, Chris Skeith, Format, Des Morris at Wream and tenants, Dave & Loz at Audiowall, Chris at MKFM, and all our sponsors and volunteers for their continued support and contribution to MKRC and the 2016 Milton Keynes Regatta.

Obituary

During the course of the regatta, one of the competitors was taken seriously ill. Despite receiving immediate medical assistance, Andrew Hill of Loughborough Boat Club sadly passed away later in hospital. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and colleagues at Loughborough Boat Club.
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