Mark Aldred

Rower // Lightweight Men's Squad
Date of Birth: 18th Apr 1987 (29 years old)
Club: London Rowing Club
Hometown: Birmingham

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Lottery Funded - UK Sport

Mark Aldred made his Olympic debut in Rio having firmly established himself in the highly-competitive lightweight men’s squad during the past four years.

He has raced in the lightweight four since 2014, helping to qualify the boat for the Rio 2016 Games.

A qualified UK and European patent attorney, Mark has won medals at the World and European Championships including silver in the latter during 2016.

Mark has raced in the lightweight four since 2014 and made his Olympic debut in the boat at Rio 2016

On The Water

2016

European Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Four

2014

World Bronze Medallist Lightweight Men's Four

European Silver Medallist Lightweight Men's Four

2013

World Bronze Medallist Lightweight Men's Pair

Rio 2016 Olympiad: 2013 – 2016

After a tough winter of training and trialing, Mark was once again selected alongside Chris Bartley, Jono Clegg and Peter Chambers in the lightweight men’s four for the 2016 season. They made an impressive start, finishing runners-up to the World Champions from Switzerland at the European Championships in Brandenburg. The GB four then finished fifth at the World Cup in Lucerne but returned to the podium at the Poznan World Cup after winning bronze.

The four were runners-up in their opening heat at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but had to settle for fourth place in the semi-final. They ended the regatta on a strong note, though, by winning the B final to finish seventh overall.

Mark and the lightweight four had a challenging 2015, finishing ninth at the World Championships, but achieved their main objective by qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

In a season where different combinations were tested, Mark and Chris Bartley were the only rowers to race in all four international regattas. After fourth-placed finishes at the European Championships in Poznan and World Cup in Varese, they missed out on the A final in Lucerne but won an exciting B final after an excellent race for the line with Spain.

Mark made his GB Rowing Team debut in 2013, partnering Sam Scrimgeour to lightweight men’s pair gold at both Eton Dorney and Lucerne in his first two World Cup races. The duo impressed again at the World Championships in Chungju, winning a bronze medal.

Mark was selected for the Olympic-class lightweight four in 2014 alongside Chris and the Chambers brothers, Richard and Peter.  After winning a hard-fought silver at the European Championships, third-placed finishes followed at the World Cups in Aiguebelette and Lucerne before another bronze was secured in a competitive World Championships final in Amsterdam.

London 2012 Olympiad: 2009 – 2012

Mark took up sculling in late 2010 and improved under the eyes of the London RC coaching team, with additional input from Beijing 2008 Lightweight Olympian James Lindsay-Fynn.

GB Competitive Record

Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro 2016 7th LM4-
Olympic Games:
Rio de Janeiro 2016
7th
LM4-
World Rowing Championships
2015 9th LM4-
2014 LM4-
2013 LM2-
World Rowing Championships:
2015
9th
LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2014
LM4-
World Rowing Championships:
2013
LM2-
European Championships
2016 LM4-
2015 4th LM4-
2014 LM2-
European Championships:
2016
LM4-
European Championships:
2015
4th
LM4-
European Championships:
2014
LM2-
World Rowing Cup Regattas
2016 Poznan LM4-
2016 Lucerne 5th LM4-
2015 Lucerne 7th LM4-
2015 Varese 4th LM4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Poznan
LM4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2016 Lucerne
5th
LM4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Lucerne
7th
LM4-
World Rowing Cup Regattas:
2015 Varese
4th
LM4-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials
2016 3rd LM2-
2015 7th LM1x
2014 8th LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2016
3rd
LM2-
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2015
7th
LM1x
GB Rowing Team Senior Trials:
2014
8th
LM1x

More info...

Club: London Rowing Club
Boat: Lightweight Men’s Squad
Role: Rower
Coaches: Rob Morgan
Learnt to Row: Downing College, Cambridge
Original Club(s): Downing College, Cambridge, Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club
Original Coach(es): Ian Watson, Phil Bourguignon

Beyond the Boat

Beyond the Boat
Mark graduated in Physics at Downing College, Cambridge and is a qualified UK and European patent attorney, working for Gill Jennings & Every LLP in the City of London.

He has recently dusted off his golf clubs and returned to the driving range, while basketball legend Michael Johnson is the sportsperson he would swap places with for a day.

However, it is cycling that is one of Mark’s major pastimes – he enjoys tinkering with bikes in his spare time and would like to be an independent bike shop owner. Lance Armstrong would be one of his ideal dinner party guests, along with Jeremy Clarkson and Albert Einstein, and he would take his bike to a desert island, along with his girlfriend and an iPhone.

A fan of Cool Runnings, GBK burgers and Oreo milkshakes, Mark’s favourite travel destination is Cornwall – “good walks, good ice cream and good fish and chips. Also not too hot.”

Mark is Lottery funded through UK Sport.

Personal information

Current Address Home Town Date of Birth
Putney Birmingham 18th April 1987
Current Address:
Putney
Home Town:
Birmingham
Date of Birth:
18th April 1987