Smiles and Laughs at Explore Series

After a number of learn to row courses across the North West region (ranging from six to 12 weeks) the graduates from the courses were ready to get their first flavour of racing.


After completing learn to row courses across the North West and Yorkshire region (ranging from six to 12 weeks) graduates were ready to get their first taste of racing at the Explore Series Leeds event. Graduates also took to the water alongside some slightly more experienced rowers who have been paddling in rowing boats for about a year.

Races were held in stable quads (boats with four people and a cox).

Hosted by Leeds Rowing Club (RC) on Sunday, 19 June the “Explore Series” – as it has become known – saw ten teams from across the region competing in quick, short “Splash and Dash” races. Over 50 participants on the Roundhay Park, Leeds raced over 250m to compete for glory, with plenty of laughs along the way.

The Explore Series is now in its second year in the region and has proven a hit with new rowers with over 70 participants taking part in the series so far.

The Explore Series is a great community event with participants ranging from 18 to 70 years old and rowing clubs supporting each other. Leeds RC, as host, provided some of the boats for the competitors with Runcorn RC also providing equipment. It is great for the local community to be involved in an event open to all, whether that is with volunteering, coaching, rowing or coxing.

Eric from Runcorn RC said “It was a great day, I loved it. Apart from when I fell off my seat!”

The Explore Series will continue at other events across the region throughout the summer, giving new rowers the chance to experience racing in a relaxed setting. More widely, Explore Series events will be held across the country so if you want to get involved then contact your local Area Participation Manager to get involved.

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