Henley Row Past

Welcome to
Burway Rowing Club

Burway is a very friendly and competitive rowing club situated on the River Thames between Laleham and Chertsey. Membership is available to all, from beginners to experienced masters.

Latest News:-

>>> PLEASE NOTE – Unfortunately, because of the yellow boards and increasing stream, the Small Boats Head has been cancelled. Thank you for all the entries. A full refund will be made. <<<

Please make a note for our Burway Head on Saturday 24th February 2024.

Why not learn to row? It is a great way to get fit and have fun. Adult Learn To Row course starts 10.30am Sunday 8th October 2023. Please contact us for more details.

14.10.2023 – Win for Alastair in Mas C1x at Weybridge Silver Sculls. Other racers (in very changeable and challenging stream conditions during the day) were Fikret 5th, Jess& Emmie 12th, Josh 15th, Connell 17th, Adam 20th (out of 30) and Jess 22nd (out of 34). Well done to all who competed and to the coaches and supporters who helped, throughout the day.

28.8.2023 – 2 wins for Ellie, rowing for Burway in a Black Sheep composite (and 2 x 2nd places as well!) at Gloucester and Ross regattas. Well done Ellie!


August 2023 – >>Burway’s 500 metre Ergo Challenge<< – update – A new leader, Jess, followed by Islay and Ollie. Open to all club members, see leaderboard below.

22nd & 23rd July 23 – Staines Regatta – A fleet of Burway boats headed up through Penton Hook lock for Staines Regatta and there was some great racing, despite the damp conditions. Not damp enough for Adam, who, unfortunately, capsized in his Final. Connell had a battle with Josh DQ and came out on top, to meet a very tough opponent in the Final. Maia and Jess also won through to their finals but couldn’t quite outpace their opponents. Scratch crew Mix 4x- Nathan, Ellie, Austin & Issy, were beaten by just a canvas in their Final. But pride of place to Alastair Ross, who overcame opposition from Poplar Blackwall and then Twickenham, to win the Masters C 1x.

On the Sunday, another 6 boats from Burway took part, with 2 getting into their finals. The W2x Sophie & Chelsea and Op2x Nathan & Dom, both won their heats but came up against strong crews from Reading in their Finals. Well done to all who took part, and thank you to all who supported or helped out.

16.7.23 – Molesey Regatta – A very windy Saturday meant racing was curtailed early. Ollie did manage to get through to the final but lost in extremely difficult conditions. More events were cancelled on Sunday but Burway enjoyed their first success of the season, when Maia won WJ16 1x, in a very strong competition. Well done Maia!   There were heat wins for Connell, Ollie and Josh. Once again, thanks to all those towing, helping and supporting our competitors.

9.7.23 – Kingston Regatta – Another large entry from Burway, 11 boats in all, competed over the 2 day regatta. No wins but some excellent performances. Jess was very unlucky when her heat  was adjudged to be a dead heat, then, when closing in on a win in the re-row, went for a swim! Ollie won his heat but was beaten in the semi final. Thanks to all who helped and supported.

Burway Rowing Club recently lost a very dear friend when our oldest and longest serving member, Peter Pattinson sadly passed away. Peter has been a real stalwart of the club since the 1950’s and our thoughts are with Ena and the family, to whom we offer our sincere condolencies.

18.6.23 – Thames Valley Park Regatta – A strong entry from the Burway juniors, who all competed well, with Ollie coming 2nd in his final, having won the heat. Thanks to Jim, Paul and Hugh and all the parents who helped.

10.6.23 – Marlow Town Regatta – Well done to all who competed at Marlow and for coaches and supporters on the day.

8.5.23 – Burway Scratch Quads, followed by a BBQ and a Coronation Bake-Off, where there were some great entries and the winning cake was made by Amelia V. Thanks to Tracey, Richard and everyone who helped make the day such a success.

7.5.23 – Great day’s racing at the fantastic Ball Cup, on the Olympic lake at Dorney. Lots of juniors entered for their first races and delighted to see 3 Burway medals. Jess M, Emmie and Adam all won Bronze Medals. Well done to them and all who took part, plus all the coaches and supporters.

19.4.23 – CONGRATULATIONS to Jim Mathieson on receiving a Civic Award from the Spelthorne Civic Award Trust, in recognition of his fantastic contribution to Burway RC over so many years. Well done Jim, so well deserved!

18.2.23 – BURWAY HEAD – Thank you to everyone who raced, supported, organised, volunteered or helped in any way. Great event. Thank you to Tom Barras for presenting the prizes and CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners! RESULTS HERE

Other News  – In September, we had scratch quad racing. Well done to the winning crew of Michael, Maia, Sophie, Nathaniel, coxed by Connell.

And in Racice in the Czech Republic, at the World Rowing Championships, Tom Barras was stroke of the GB crew that won a brilliant Silver Medal. Fantastic race,Tom and Team GB!!

And, Hugh now has a boat named after him, for all the amazing work he does around the club. There is evidence, everywhere! Well done Hugh.


24.8.22 – BUR2UKR – We are extremely pleased to confirm that Burway Rowing Club raised £1,040 to help the people of Ukraine and we have transferred 1250 Euros to the Ernst Prost Foundation, who administer the charitable organisation. THANK YOU to everyone who contributed or helped in any way.

1.7.22 – Henley Royal Regatta – Burway RC celebrated our Centenary with a Row Past during the Friday lunchtime interval. It was a marvellous occasion and thank you to everyone involved. To the HRR Committee for allowing the club to row, to John Biddle for organising everything, to Henley RC for letting us borrow their boat, to Hugh Thomas for painting the blades, to Paul Woodward for transporting the blades, to all those who rowed in the VIII, to Ellie Wells (cox) who had to negotiate the boat past so many obstacles and hazards en route and to all those who came along to the picnic and to support the Club. Brilliant day, thank you.

24.4.22 – A lovely Sunday event to name 3 boats and to hand out the 2021 awards. Congratulations to all the the winners – click here to see who won the awards. And, afterwards, a BBQ and refreshments. Thank you to everyone involved in making it such a great occasion.




26.1.22 – In recognition of their skill and promptitude in administering CPR to one of our club members, who had collapsed with a cardiac arrest, we are delighted to confirm that Graeme Ross and Gary Needham have been awarded Resuscitation Certificates from the Royal Humane Society. Absolutely amazing! Well done both and thank you, from a truly grateful club member and all his family.

3.12.21 – CONGRATULATIONS to Jim Mathieson from all past and present members of Burway Rowing Club, on being this year’s Thames Regional Winner and nominee for the 2021 British Rowing Lifetime Achievement Award. So well deserved, after so many years of dedication to the sport and for all the coaching, help and advice given to so many juniors at the club.

10.9.21 -The new club blazers were on display last Sunday at the Centenary BBQ, modelled by a fine set of Burway members.


5.9.2021 – Fantastic turnout for Burway’s Centenary BBQ. Thank you to everyone who came to help celebrate and a HUGE THANK YOU to all those who helped make it such a memorable occasion.

28.7.2021 – HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Tom Barras and the crew, Harry Leask, Angus Groom and Jack Beaumont, on winning the Olympic Silver Medal in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Absolutely fantastic.

Pictured here with Burway RC Club President, John Biddle, one of the lucky few, able to be in Tokyo as he is working at the Olympic Regatta.

28.5.2021 – Congratulations to Hugh Thomas, on receiving a Civic Trust Award.

500 Metre Challenge 2023

500 metre ergo challenge against BRIC winners for each individual’s category.

Current Positions:-

1st – Jess M – 98.2%

2nd – Islay – 92.7%

3rd – Olly – 87.6%

4th – Josh – 87.1%

5th  – Maia – 86.8%

6th – Pippa – 85.5%

7th – Michael – 85.3%

8th – Darcey – 83.2%

9th – Adam – 79.9%

10th – DJ 79.3%


Open to all Burway members, you just need to let Clive know your confirmed 500m time and age/year group. Also, there are lightweight categories for adults, so men 75Kg or less, women 61.5Kg or less.


Burway Rowing Club is open to all and we welcome new members. Please look at the ‘Join Us’ page for further details.

Junior membership form

Senior membership form

recent Results

Winning Burway Crews 2023

Weybridge Silver Sculls

Alastair Ross won MAS C1x

Ross regatta

Ellie Needham won Band 1 Open Women’s VIIIs

Gloucester Regatta

Ellie Needham won Women’s VIIIs

Staines Regatta

Alastair Ross won Open Masters C 1x

Molesey Regatta

Maia Smith won WJ16 1x


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