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. But now, the squad is consistently getting two eights on the water each weekend (again challenging the more youthful crews!).
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.
The Masters squad is currently men aged early 30s to mid-50s, but we have an expanding squad at Agecroft and anyone over the age of 27 is welcome.
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 8:00am 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.
Our yearly rowing focus is as follows:
September to December – Squad rowing in equal crews working against each other, with one or two of these crews racing at local small boat heads if possible. 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 Runcorn Spring Head, The North of England Head & Vesta Vets Head on the tideway). In recent years, we have entered two crews in most of these events. 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 and other local events. Masters racing is usually over 1000m or less!
Veterans' HoRR: Men - Women - 1st in Masters A, 52nd overall | 6th in Masters C, 12th overall
British Rowing Masters Championships - 1st in Non-Champs A-C2x; 1st in Non-Champs A-C4x; 2nd in Champs A/B4-; 2nd in Non-Champs D-F2x; 3rd in Champs C8+; 4th in Champs C4-
Henley Masters - Winner of MB 8+
Trafford Head - Winner of Masters B1x (fastest 1x)
North of England Head - Winner of Masters C eights
Veterans' HoRR: Men - 3th in Masters C, 11th overall | Women - 1st in Masters A, 27th overall
Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta - 1st & 2nd in B4- & winner of B/C8+
British Rowing Masters Championships - 1st in B4-; 2nd in C8+; 3rd in C4x; 4th in B1x
Henley Masters - Winner of MB 4-
Runcorn Spring Head - Win in Senior eights
North of England Head - Win in Masters C eights
Veterans' Head of the River Race - 4th in Masters C,12th overall
Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta - Win in Masters B eights & 2nd in Masters D 4+
British Rowing Masters Championships - 1st in B 4-; 2nd in C 8+; 4th C 4-; 4th in D 4+
Agecroft Head - Masters B 4- T/O & Masters B 4+ T/O
Masters' Vice Captain