(Photo - BARC and Tees Juniors, post outing)
Tees hosted a sizeable contingent from Bradford Amateur Rowing Club (BARC) on Sunday 31st January. A mixture of junior, senior and masters crews travelled north to finally get some water time having been unable to use their 800m stretch of the River Aire since November. The BARC and Tees junior squads trained together, with junior coaches Ben (Tees) and Hugh (BARC) working together, which was great for all involved.
The BARC members really enjoyed their day, although having been off the water for so long and unaccustomed to training on such a long stretch of river, there will have been some achy legs and glutes that evening! BARC members were incredibly grateful and spoke very highly of the Tees members they encountered - thank you for making them feel so welcome.
I used to row at BARC and really wanted to help out my old club by inviting them along to take advantage of our facilities. The clubhouse and boathouses were hit during the Boxing Day floods when the Aire breached its banks, with members having the unenviable task of cleaning up after the sewage works, 800m upstream, breached and flowed freely into the river. To compound their problems, Hirst Weir, which has been compromised for some time, finally gave way in the aftermath and until BARC raise the £85,000 required for repairs there will be no rowing on the Aire.
If you would like to make a donation to help, you can do so via BARC's Just Giving Page
It really makes you realise how lucky we are at Tees.
We hope to welcome BARC again soon.