International Five Miles From Home Series 2021

International Five Miles From Home Series 2021

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In a time when racing has been obliterated by the Covid Pandemic, the organisers at Castle to Crane, Scotland, Ocean to City Cork (Ireland) and the Welsh Sea Rowing have put on a welcomed ‘virtual’ race to keep some focus for crews.

The event involves a 5 mile time trial on any stretch of water over three legs for rowing boats:

  • 7-9 May 2021, Castle to Crane leg (Scotland)
  • 4-6 June 2021: Ocean to City (Ireland)
  • 9-11 July 2021, Welsh Sea Rowing leg (Wales)


  • 5 Miles / 8047 meters / 4.345nm

The Shiplake Outloars have entered a crew in the Main Challenge – for fixed seat rowing boats and will be racing on the iconic Henley on Thames water on the River Thames.

Link to EVENT Here

Crew: Guy, Stu B, Yona, Stu M


Leg 1 will be rowed on Saturday 8th May at 7.30am. 

Pictures and results to follow!


The Thames River Clean Up Sonning to Shiplake 2019

The Thames River Clean Up Sonning to Shiplake 2019


The 2019 River Clean Up Sonning to Shiplake – Report

Sunday 28th April 2019

The 4th Annual Sonning to Shiplake River Clean Up saw records fall again in terms of attendance.

17 boats
25 Adults
30 School age children


This year we had volunteers in Sonning clearing the weir stream above the French Horn and we towed a handful of canoes up to the wires closer to Sonning to clear the reeds which badly needed doing, as well as a couple of boats cleaning the stretch from Shiplake lock to the College.

This year, newly formed Marlow Canoe Hire  donated seven canoes to the army of volunteers with more from the Shiplake College fleet and some private boats.

The organisers are grateful for a the some local regular volunteers, the Outloars, and extra support from Shiplake College’s Outreach Department who organised more pupils and staff to be involved this year, along with the use of their river front again.

A large haul of over 20 bags and various large objects of all sorts were fished out from the beaches, banks, reeds and tree roots.

Once again, plastic bags were low again compared to a few years ago. We saw a rise in glass bottles, and for the second year in a row a worrying amount of syringes and needles.

The usual road signs, and a plastic hippo stood out this year from the haul and some things that we cannot mention here!

Organiser, Guy Fisher said:
“Thank you to everyone who came along again and for the first time this year to help. It really does make a huge difference to the look of the river and to the animals sharing of one of the most beautiful stretches on the Thames”.

Guy went further to say, “I am concerned that with the increasing amounts of permanent house boats on the stretch that sewage and rubbish is disposed of correctly, knowing that this is a problem on other parts of the river”.

We plan to organise another River Clean next year. See you then!


GALLERY 2019 Clean Up: