Runcorn Rowing Club are planning a virtual escape from lockdown to raise money for their new boathouse. We are rowing, paddling, running, walking and cycling the 16,521km from Runcorn in Halton to Runcorn in Brisbane, Australia. Our just giving event site is

Our target is to raise over £8,000 - £10,000 towards the planning application for our new clubhouse (overall we need in the region of £50,000 to cover planning fees, architects and baseline surveys).

Our Rowing squads, Canoeing and University teams will compete for the most miles as we are planning a beach virtual party for Christmas.


We have contacted Toowong Rowing in Brisbane to see if they will host us at their club in Brisbane when we arrive and will continue to establish links with other rowing clubs and Queensland Rowing via social media.

Races, challenges, postcards and pictures of our adventures will be publicised on our website - and social media, as we travel through Europe, Russia, Central and East Asia, Indonesia and Australia.

Runcorn Rowing Club has been established since 1894. Our gym changing rooms and boat/canoe storage facilities are inserious need of urgent repair. We have been working with Architects Glancy Nichols and Costconsultants Certo on preliminary designs for an ambitious project (£1-2m) to develop a new clubhouse, that will provide changing facilities, social area, kitchen, adaptive toilets, gym and additional boat storage.

We are currently consulting members, local communities, and key stakeholders about our preliminary design options with a view to submitting a planning application in the next few months.

We need funds to pay for the baseline surveys, professional fees, and the planning application (estimated £50,000).

We are applying for a variety of funds and grants as well as asking members, businesses, and local communities to contribute sponsorship money by running events such as the virtual Row to Australia event.

Fitness and wellbeing for all the community. We are determined to continue to provide access to the water for our members and to support others wishing to access the River Weaver from the Rowing Club on Cholmondeley Road. We offer a range of community volunteering opportunities including, boat maintenance, coaching, committee, coxes, launch drivers and catering.

Rowing both on and off the water is a great way to develop your fitness or to stay physically active. Regular exercise, fun and companionship in all weathers contributes to our general well-being and good health.

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