Hammersmith Head
Entries Closing Soon

The Race Committee has decided to limit this year’s entry to 250 crews to simplify the marshaling in the start area. Entries are likely to close before the official deadline. The first 250 fully paid entries will be accepted. We will review events where less than three crews have entered.

The race takes place on Sunday 5th March 2017. Full details regarding can be found here.

Quintin Head
28th January 2017

The first test of our speed in the Eights traditionally arrives with the Quintin Head – rowed upstream from Hammersmith Bridge to a point just beyond Chiswick Bridge, and at 4.8 km about two-thirds of the Championship Course distance. By far the best result of the day was for the NOV.8+ who took the Novice pennant by leaving the next best crews of Thames and UL more than 10 seconds in their wake. While slightly faster the IM3.8+ finished 16th in a very tough division. For the Women’s Squad the top boat finished a respectable 6th place in W.IM2.8+ , while the W.IM3.8+ finished 15th in their category. Both women’s crews came together very recently and contained a number of rowers making their debut’s in a tideway head race, so plenty of positives to take away.

Get Fit to Row
16th January 2017

If you are looking to kick-start a New Year fitness regime then Auriol Kensington Rowing Club has the perfect solution. We are delighted to announce that a new Get Fit to Row course is starting on 31st January. The course will run for 8 weeks, comprising of 2 weekly sessions (on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings). Further details about all our courses can be found here. To apply, contact our course coordinator here.


British Rowing Indoor Championships
10th December 2016

Auriol Kensington Rowing Club can now boast two British Champions among its ranks after BRIC 2016 – an event held in the Olympic Velodrome which is growing in popularity year on year. Bernard Wills (the oldest competitor at the event) won the 85-89 LWT Men’s 2km race (his 2nd title), while Kate Pankhurst took top honours in the Women’s 40-49 2k. It should be noted that both Bernard and Kate would also have won in the age category down from them – an achievement which both are keen to mention at every available opportunity!


Wallingford Head
4th December 2016

A glorious winter’s day greeted rowers for the challenging 4.25 km upstream slog that is the Wallingford Head. This gave a great opportunity for AK’s senior and intermediate women to test themselves against some very strong crews. The W.IM2.4+, fresh from a solid row at Fours Head, were disappointed not to win their category, but a 6th place overall finish out of 30 coxed four boats was still an encouraging result. The W.IM3.8+ was a scratch crew who had little opportunity to train together prior to the race, but they were well in the mix in a very competitive division, and came away with some valuable experience of top level racing.

Scullers Head
26th November 2016

Rowing the full Championship Course in a single scull is not for the fainthearted, but the club was proud to enter a number of courageous souls into the Tideway’s toughest challenge. Hugh Mackworth-Praed again flew the AK flag winning the MasC.1x category by some distance and finishing 16th overall. Mark Mearing-Smith was another to have a storming row finishing 4th in NOV.1x and a very creditable 59th overall. James Dickinson, Noel Von Kaltenbom, Ronald Gray-Cheape, Marianna Raffaele and Diana Sargent also demonstrated fantastic boatmanship by competing in a race where simply completing the course is a noteworthy achievement.

Star Head of the River
20th November 2016

As has become tradition the club sent a veritable flotilla of boats to Bedford for the Star Head of the River, and as they had twelve months previously returned laden with a collection of pots and medals. The Women’s squad left most of their senior rowers back in London to train, but still took wins in the W.IM2.4+, W.NOV.8+ and W.NOV.1x (Horton) categories. Not to be outdone the men were victorious in the IM2.2- and NOV.4+.


Fours Head of the River
12th November 2016

The Fours Head of the River provided the first opportunity of the season for crews to test themselves on the full Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney. Having shown great promise at Upper Thames the W.IM2.4+ of Hitchens, Innes-Hopkins, Zwaagstra and Pankhurst (coxed by Andy James) put in a highly competitive row to finish 4th out of 48 in category, and 13th out of 77 across the whole field. The club also entered a second W.IM2.4+, an IM2.4+ and an IM1.4x, all of whom raced with great credit. Full details can be seen on the Latest Results page.

AKRC Annual Dinner
5th November 2016

The Royal Thames Yacht Club served as a splendid venue for the club annual dinner on Saturday night, and a wonderful time was had by all. Congratulations go to the award winners on the night, namely Marc Cox (David Icke Prize for Most Improved Oarsman), Kate Pankhurst (John Booker Prize for Most Improved Oarswoman) and Jocelyn Tillner (Peterborough Prize for Conspicuous Contribution to Rowing).


Upper Thames Autumn Head
30th October 2016

A number of crews took the trip to Henley to compete at the Upper Thames Autumn Head. The quartet of Angela Hitchens, Joey Innes-Hopkins, Tamara Zwaagstra and Kate Pankhurst, expertly steered by Andy James, had a great day taking wins in both IM1 and Senior coxed fours.


Other notable results included 2nd place finishes for the NOV.8+ and NOV.2x (Raphael Ricklin & Ronnie Gray-Cheap).

Get Fit to Row
28th October 2016

The club will be running a new Get Fit to Row course starting on Tuesday 8th November. The course will run for 6 weeks, with two sessions per week (Tuesday evenings/Sunday mornings), and a focus on strength, cardio fitness and indoor rowing technique. These courses provide a great introduction to the sport and serve as ideal preparation for our Learn to Row courses (which will start again in April 2017).

Full details of our courses along with the necessary contact information can be found here.

Pairs Head
16th October 2016

Despite injury scratching two entries, the club was still able to boat a strong line-up for the annual Pairs Head. The best placed of the Senior squad boats was the W.IM1.2- of Joey Innes-Hopkins and Tamara Zwaagstra which finished second in category, while Phil Taylor and Richard Brittlebank’s MasE.2x was the highest placed boat from the Vets squad.


Special mention must also go to Hugh Mackworth-Praed, rowing in AKRC colours with partner Elliott Barton. The pair stormed through to win the MasB.2x category and in doing so posted the 4th fastest overall time for the Head – a fantastic result.

New President & Committee Members
1st October 2016

Following the 2016 AGM held on Saturday 1st October we are delighted to announce the election of Jimmy Pigden as President of Auriol Kensington Rowing Club. Jimmy has been a long time servant of the club and we wish him every success in his new role. Our thanks go to outgoing President, Phil Taylor, for his significant contributions to the club during his two year tenure.

Other new appointments to the 2016/17 committee include Angela Hitchens (Captain), Kate Pankhurst (Honorary Secretary), Jocelyn Tillner (Membership Secretary), Raphaël Ricklin (House Steward), Joanna Innes-Hopkins (Vice Captain), Mark Mearing-Smith (Vice Captain) and Aoife Murphy (Vice Captain). A full list of committee members can be found here.

AKRC are Recruiting!
26th August 2016

To build on a successful 2015/16 season the club is looking to recruit an Assistant Coach to join our team and help push the squad on to even greater heights.

Coach talking to crew

Full details relating to this exciting vacancy along with details of how to apply can be found on the British Rowing Jobs site here.

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