Two crews on the River Great Ouse during the recreational 50km rowing tour from Cambridge to Denver.

ROWING: A wide range of ages took part in West Norfolk Rowing Club’s 50km recreational tour from Cambridge to Ely.

Twenty club members, aged from 12 to 79, were joined by rowers from Ely, Cambridge and Inverness for the 31-mile tour, which was completed over two days.

Four stable coxed quads proved perfect for the trip and rowers took it in turns to row or cox. 

The first day saw the launch on the busy River Cam with the negotiation of Bait’s Bite lock near Milton meaning the boats had to be portaged, and Bottisham lock, near Waterbeach, where boats were put through the lock in pairs. 

A number of rowers stayed over in Ely, and all crews reconvened on Sunday to launch the boats again, heading north on the River Great Ouse. 

The weather was kind with the water still and glassy, for the pace, which was somewhere between leisurely and a little competitive. 

The trip was completed with tea and cake at the West Norfolk RC site at Denver Sluice. 

The rowers were grateful to all who helped run the event, with land support meeting the boats at regular points to assist and encourage. 

One of the organising committee said: “It was great to see the cross-section of rowers by age and experience able to take on and enjoy this adventure together.”