The vast majority of the Pengwern rowing fraternity are veterans but very few of them will admit it. The fact of the matter is that oars men and women become vets at the age of 31 when they are at the peak of their youthful strength and vigour. They then compete roughly within their age groups as they degenerate into old age.
The only exception to this is the relatively new category of masters novice. This has been created especially to cater for late entrants to the sport who start at a disadvantage to their aged peers who may have been practising for thirty or even forty year before the new arrivals venture out on the water.
The Pengwern Masters 8+
There is one notable exception to the rule that vets degenerate as they grow older and this is the renowned Pengwern Masters Eight whose members boast an average age of 60+ years (apart from the cox of course!). Many of the members of this crew have rowed together for thirty years without a cross word (or sudoku) and without improving much either.
Their notable victories have included wins without number collected at regattas during summer seasons where they have sprinted for a mere 1000 metres. However their grit and determination can be most admired in the more gruelling long distance races that take place in the depths of winter. It is on these that they have concentrated in their latter years.
They have wins at the famous Boston Marathon (a race of 31 miles) to their credit not to mention numerous wins in ‘Head’ races which generally vary between 3000 to 6000 metres in length.
They train formally as a crew on Sat mornings at 8am and Thurs evenings at 6pm although some of them supplement this by subbing into other crews whenever the chance arises.
If you are interested in joining the Master's squad then please feel free to contact Dave Ewels
Pengwern Boat Club,
Kingsland, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7BD
Tel: 01743 362196 Email the Secretary