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The web site now has full detail of the GTR, whch is to run on 7 September 2019 - this is a change from the original date of 8 September. We have swapped dates with the Tyne Single Scullers Head, which is now on the 8th.


Brave single sculler Will Hamlyn from Gateshead CRC was number 1 in the start order and set off at 1.00pm, if not a few minutes earlier, from Newburn. In front of him was 25km of hopefully calm water all the way to Tynemouth. Behind him, at least for a few brief moments, were the other 33 participants, each trying to beat the all-time record of just under 1 hr 40 min (or at least their own personal demons).


We are almost there, with final preparations going on at the host clubs at Newburn and Tynemouth. And some boats are here already. The weather forecast is good - bright if not sunny, warm but not too warm and lightish (south) winds. GPS tracking will be at Start from 1.00pm, finish from 3.00pm-ish. Fastest ever crew did the 25km in 1 hour 37 mins (presumably with a fast tide out and a

following wind). Or maybe not


We have 34 entries in our event for 2017. Fixed seat boats include Whitby Gigs (shown in pic from 2015), Celtic Longboats, St Ayles Skiffs. In sliding seat entries we have a single, a double and the usual larger numbers of quads and fours. All are coxed (a condition of entry). 

All our event documents but most recently the final start list including boating locations and times can be found on our Documents page to download.

The boats start in 5 waves every 10 minutes from 1.00pm till 1.40pm at Tyne Ama...

We have great pleasure in announcing that entries are open for the 2017 event on Saturday 2 September. We have a new online entry system, which will make the task much easier - just go to the Entries page to start. The website has been refreshed and is up to date, apart from navigation and safety documents, which are under review (but they won't be too far from the 2016 versions, which are still available). See also our new Accommodation page. Entries will close on 31 July, as we need to make sure in...


With our next planning meeting tomorrow night (10 May 2017) we will be firming up and then sending out details of the 2017 event (on 2 September) to everybody very soon. The web site has had a revamp and much info (though provisional until after our meeting) is already there, notably the timings (e.g. the start will be 13:30 onwards). 


Following a preliminary draw issued last week, the final draw is now out. We are somewhat down on numbers from 2015, with 26 in the end. But we have a good spread of categories and look forward to a good day on the river. The forecast as of now (lunchtime on 23 August) is reasonable. The draw and other documents for crews can be found on our documents page. Look out for timings here tomorrow, so you can plan your spectating (if not rowing).


Make sure if you want a Great Tyne Row T-shirt you need to order them with Claire by e-mailing your order form to 

T-shirts cost £10 and we are very happy to support our official partner charity that for every t-shirt sold a minimum of £1 will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support! If you'd like to help donate you can go here... 


Today we are very pleased to announce that Macmillan Cancer Support are our official partner charity for the 2016 Great Tyne Row. 

We have set up a fund raising page for the event so if you haven't already started fund raising for a charity please help us raise funds for Macmillan. 

Macmillan holds a special place in the hearts for many people. Particularly to those members at Tynemouth Rowing Club, one of the host clubs of the Great Tyne Row. Who have recently lost one of their oldest and most support...


Early-bird entries for the Great Tyne Row have been extended until the 18th of July. We thought it was a bit hectic around the time the entries closed so we've extended the closing deadline to allow more time for some clubs to get prepared for the early bird entry closing. 

Want to find out more contact the event director at

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