After a very successful period of veteran rowing in the 80s and 90s, the current Agecroft Masters squad was established in 2007, starting with just a pair challenging the senior men on a Saturday morning. The squad now regularly has 12-16 members on the water, aged from early 30s through to late 60s.
In April 2010, the 'Veteran' class of rowing was changed to “Masters” with the minimum age reduced to 27 in line with International classifications, so our name and membership requirements changed to meet the British Rowing Rules of Racing.
At the moment the Masters group is men only, but there are a group of women looking to establish a women’s masters group. We will update this page once this is set up.
The Masters squad is currently men aged early 30s to late 60s, but we have an expanding squad at Agecroft and anyone over the age of 27 is welcome.
The Masters squad has priority access to the following boats & blades, as well as access to a wider group of club boats:
• 2017 Filippi F49 8+
• 2021 Filippi F38 4-
• 2007 Empacher K40 4-/x
• 2018 Filippi F17 2-/x (two of these)
• 2021 full set of Concept 2 Skinny Smoothie 2 blades
• 2014 full set of Concept 2 Smoothie 2 blades
As with many Masters squads, our members are constrained in their training by the needs of family or work (or both). To manage this effectively, we train individually during the week, to allow flexibility in time and location, then row together at 8am on Saturday mornings.
The squad has a good range of ability, but all have rowed extensively before, some to international levels, others at college or university and want to come back to it after a long period away. If you haven't rowed before you should look at our Learn To Row programme.
Profile of a typical rowing season
September to December – Squad rowing in small boats working against each other, crews racing at local small boat heads. Outings are low-rate, steady-state, with a focus on moving the boat effectively. Land training is all endurance and strength work, with 5k ergo tests each month.
January to March – Identification of fastest crew to race in heads (typically we race at the North of England Head & Vesta Vets Head on the Tideway. There is one more 5k test in January to help with crew selections. Competition to get into our 1st boat is often strong, which makes water training exciting as we aim to find the fastest combination.
April to August – Preparation for the Masters National Championships, Henley Masters and other local events. Masters racing is usually over 1,000m. We aim to enter as many crews to these events as possible.
Results over recent years