Hillingdon Rowing Club

The only rowing club serving the
NW London / SW Herts / SE Bucks area

Interested in taking up, or coming back to rowing? Give it a go!
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About the Club

Whatever your skill level, background or age, we are always keen to take on new members. We are a new club, don’t be put off if you have no experience, we were all in the same boat (pun definitely intended), only a while ago! We offer a relaxed, warm atmosphere but with the ambition to achieve great things, both in the community and race results.

If you’re brand new to the sport, we ask that you complete the next Learn to Row Course before joining the club.


Hillingdon Rowing Club rows on one of the lakes located in the Colne Valley Regional Park, located between Denham and Harefield, a couple of miles from the M25 at J16. There is approximately 750m open water available for training. Changing rooms, toilets and car parking are all available at the site.

We also practice on the Thames at Danesfield, subject to availability.

Senior Men's

We are currently developing 2 novice men’s squads, training in Fours sweep. Both crews are already competing at Regattas. Those interested in recreational rowing, don’t worry we are working towards getting a recreational squad started!

Senior Women's

We are currently developing 2 Novice women’s squads, generally training in Quad Sculls, and Fours Sweep (to mix things up). Our Novice Women’s crews are already competing at Regattas. All ages are welcome!

Juniors Rowing

Juniors (13-18) brand new to the sport should aim to attend a Learn to Row course before joining HRC. Our facilities partner, HOAC, offers Learn to Row and progression courses for Juniors.

Once juniors have progressed through these courses, they will then be able to join HRC and get the best possible experience from being an HRC member.


As with any club, we are always in need of coxes! If you’re a good motivator and want to see rowing from a different angle, get in touch.

Land Training

To help build fitness and core strength, we do land training as well as training on the lake. We train 7.30PM-8.30PM Mondays and Wednesdays. These sessions include circuits and rowing machine (erg) sessions, with training plans suited to the time of year.

The facilities are located at Haydon School Gym. Directions.


HRC started racing in the 2013 Regatta season, we have already learnt some great lessons, with each event getting better. Look at our club calendar to find out more about what’s coming up. Browse our news archives to find out what we have been up to.

Club Governance

The club is run with members forming the management committee. Find out more about our constitution and the management committee. We are currently considering the move to becoming a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club).


Interested in trying Rowing for the first time? – give it a go! Already a rower, wanting to join another club? We offer 3 sessions for free, before signing up. Just contact us to arrange a session.


Staines Regatta, Sat 23rd July

This was our third regatta in as many weeks which, like the preceding two, involved spending a day out in […]


Goring & Streatley Regatta, Sat 16th July

10 HRC rowers, plus assorted friends and family members, spent Saturday 16th July being frazzled in the Oxfordshire high summer […]

Kingston Regatta & Kingston Borough Regatta, Sat 9th & Sun 10th July

We managed to get one entry in each of these regattas, held on consecutive blazing hot days with the Kingston […]


St Ives Regatta, Cambridgeshire – 18th June

St Ives was held on a quiet stretch of river which was very pretty with yellow irises and bullrushes lining […]


Marlow Town Regatta – 12th June 2016

This year we only managed to organise one entry to the Marlow Town Regatta, being a men’s masters C 4x- […]

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Denham Fayre 2016 (including Erg Times)

On Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May, Hillingdon RC had a stall in the Denham Village Fayre, following the success stall […]

Batchworth Sea Scout May Fair (and Erg Results)

Saturday 14th May saw this year’s first HRC stall at a summer fete, in this case the Batchworth Sea Scout […]

The Member’s Handbook is out!

Our club has been in existence now for getting on for four years which has given the Management Team time […]


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What to Expect

Come on down and we will give you boat time in both Sculling (two blades) and Sweep (single blades) with both other new starters and our more experienced rowers.

You are also very welcome to attend our land training sessions (an extra charge will apply), to work on fitness, flexibility and technique.

Register Interest

Want to come down for three complimentary sessions? Click below to go to our membership management system and register your interest.