Madog Rowing Club entered two Celtic Long Boat Crews into the 2010 Great River Race (GRR) which runs 22 miles from Greenwich to Richmond on the River Thames. This 23rd GRR held on 25th September attracted over 330 boats from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and as far afield as Holland. The ladies crew Bethan Jones, Elaine Hackett, Maxine Jenkins, Nicola Jordan, Sue Andrews and Tina Skinner came top in their class winning the magnificent Welsh Dragon Tina Channon Perpetual trophy for the second year running in the time of 2 hours 51 minutes, 6 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals. Bethan, the only lady not in last year’s crew said “I never noticed rowing under Tower Bridge or past the Houses of Parliament as I was concentrating on my rowing so hard”.
The club’s men, Simon Pendrell, Rob Carter, Pete Wright, Llwyarth Davies and Geoff Wood aided by London-based Ollie Elliott, who stepped in at the last minute but had never rowed before, finished a creditable 5th in their class.
All crew members rowed in lilac t-shirts provided by their sponsors Purple Moose Brewery of Porthmadog, eliciting several requests for free samples from thirsty competitors along the course!