Great River Race 2018 Shiplake Outloars

Great River Race 2018 Shiplake Outloars

This Year we entered a crew late on so had less endurance training than normal but survived!

We took 5 rowers and a passenger and rotated the crew at 30 minute intervals.

To avoid any mishaps on the day with logistics, (like 2016) Guy dropped the boat to the start on the Friday before.

This year we had 3 newbies to the GRR in the crew, Stuart M, Stuart B and Yona.

Stuart Burgess
Stuart Milne
Passenger – Cheryl Milne

27th Overall.

36th fastest boat, 8th fastest veterans, 16th fastest 4 oars, 9th fastest Thames based crew.
Time: 2.42.42

Weather was great for rowing , dry and not too much of a wind. Crews are wising up to the faster parts of the course which means that passing is becoming more difficult in crowded parts of the race. 

With approximately 360 boats, this has to still be the best event to be a part of. 

We’ll be back in 2019!

Thames River Clean Up 2018

Thames River Clean Up 2018


The 2018 River Clean Up Sonning to Shiplake Saw Records Tumble!

  •  45 Amazing Volunteers,  with 20 local children.  Groups helping included Shiplake College pupils and staff, Shiplake Vikings Rowing Club and the Shiplake Outloars. 
  • 18 Small Boats
  • About 30 bags of rubbish and other bulky items
  • 25 + Degrees weather

This year the River Clean Up – Sonning to Shiplake saw a record turnout of volunteers and a massive haul of rubbish from the river banks. 

With a fleet of eighteen small boats, over thirty bags of rubbish were filled and put in the EA refuse barge by Shiplake Lock. 

Joined by enthusiastic local families and individuals with a love of the river, the volunteers worked hard in the boiling hot weather. 

This year, in addition to local residents, some pupils and staff from Shiplake College helped join the effort and the College lent their lawn again for the logistics and rubbish gathering.

The 2018 River Clean Up found (apart from some of the usual un-mentionable things) a ring still in its box! 

We noticed that plastic bags have reduced significantly, so we can only assume that the new legislation is beginning to work. Hopefully the government will usher in more quickly the banning of plastic bottles and plastic food packaging (which sinks to the river bed).

Organiser, Guy Fisher said: “Thanks so much to everyone who came to help this year. I’ll definitely plan another in 2019 and I urge other river lovers to organise clean up’s along their stretch of the river.

Outloars – Gary, Lee, Doug unable to make the first weekend and Stuart Milne (the latter for a consecutive week) kindly finished off the reach the week after.



Great River Race 2017

Great River Race 2017

The River Clean Up 2017

The River Clean Up 2017

River Clean Up 2017

This year a few people in canoes and rowing boats started from Sonning and worked our way down, making it about half way down the Sonning/Shiplake stretch.

Yona cleared up the head of the main island where loads of rubbish gets trapped.

Gary and Lee did a section just up river of Shipake Lock.

Once again, plastic was the main culprit along with polystyrene.

Obviously we can only clean what we can reach and see on the banks.
God knows what is under the river poisoning the wildlife!

Thanks to all those who helped, especially Rob who came down from London.
We filled up about 2 canoes worth of rubbish this year.

Worth doing, but would be great to get more people who enjoy the river in 2018.

The Ladies Thames Row 2016

The Ladies Thames Row 2016

Ladies Thames Row 2016

Inspired by the Outloars mens’ row earlier in the year, a scratch crew of completely novice rowers, led by Katherine and Sarah took on the non-tidal part of the Thames.

Only having a few months to get used to rowing the boat, pressure was on to build a crew and get on the water before the winter.

The team successfully managed the journey with Katherine and Sarah being on board for the full 3 days.

Great friendships and fun was had by all and the weather was again kind to the crew.

The crew raised around an amazing £6,000 for the RiverTime Boat Trust with their skipper, Lucy being part of the team.

Many of the crew have continued to row.

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