Men

Putney Town's first eight at Henley Royal Regatta 2012
Putney Town’s first eight at Henley Royal Regatta 2012

The men’s squad at Putney Town welcomes all who want to row regularly, develop their rowing and compete. The squad currently has over 30 members, ranging from experienced oarsmen following the full training programme through to those who lost their novice status last summer having completed our learn to row courses in 2012, who perhaps focus on the water outings and one or two midweek sessions.

The club entered six eights into the cancelled 2013 HoRR, and with five successful entries only three clubs in the country were expecting to race more crews. Over the Summer the squad competed at the major regattas hosted at Dorney Lake as well as collecting pots from numerous local regattas across the southern England. The top two eights unfortunately missed out on following up 2012’s 1st VIII pre-qualification for the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, falling in the Qualifying Races this year.

Training camp is an important part of our preparations for the Summer. The last two years has seen the top two eights travel to Banyoles, Spain, while our former intermediate group went to Aiguebelette, France last year to prepare for the regatta season. We take all our own equipment and coaches and spend a very enjoyable week working hard in beautiful surroundings!

Coaching is led by men’s head coach Doug Parnham. Doug has twenty years of experience in coaching all levels of rowing, and joins the squad having coached our women’s development squad last year. Doug is assisted by Toby Lonegan and club member James Davey. Sessions on the water take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with land sessions throughout the week either at the club or other convenient locations. The club is also supported by a qualified personal trainer, who runs our club circuit sessions on a Thursday and provides expert input to the men’s programme.

Our fleet is one of the finest on the Tideway. Our top eights are modern wing-rigged Empachers, which sit opposite three Empacher coxless fours in our large boathouse with many good quality pairs and singles to allow us to train and race in all boat classes. In addition to the boats, the boathouse has a well stocked free-weights gym and a large hall which we can use for 24 ergos for squad training sessions, or for circuit training.

Aside from rowing, we uphold the Putney Town reputation for being the Tideway’s friendliest club. From a relaxing post-Sunday morning outing breakfast to the squad Christmas Party we make time to enjoy each other’s company outside of a boat or the gym! The club has a lively bar which all our squads make good use of and also plays host to a number of club events throughout the year.

We value a sensible work/life/rowing balance. Most of our oarsmen follow demanding career paths when not rowing, and so the programme and our approach reflects this, ensuring that the quality of our work is high, acknowledging that we cannot fulfil the quantity available to full-time athletes!

If you are interested in finding out more about us, please contact menscaptain@putneytownrc.co.uk

Pete
Men’s Captain

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