New clubhouse for Runcorn Rowing and Canoe Club

by Runcorn Rowing Club in Clifton, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £5,318

raised so far

+ est. £1090.75 Gift Aid



We desperately need new accessible changing areas, gym and boat storage and are planning a new clubhouse, with a community social area.

by Runcorn Rowing Club in Clifton, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 15th February 2021 we'd raised £5,158 with 103 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we raise further funds we can undertake site investigation, prepare demolition plans and the structural engineering needed to get the final tender and construction documents completed.  We can also contribute to the construction of our new water treatment works, wiring and protecting the plumbing from freezing in our old clubhouse.

Our Project  

Our gym, changing rooms and boat/canoe storage facilities are in need of urgent repair as they are now very old and aren't fully accessible for all our members.  

We have been working with architects Glancy Nichols and Cost consultants Certo on preliminary designs for an ambitious project (£1-2m) to develop a new clubhouse, that will provide larger changing facilities, community social area, kitchen, adaptive toilets, gym and additional boat storage.


We have a small team working with the architects and need funds to pay for baseline surveys, professional fees and the planning application (estimated £50,000).



We are applying for a variety of funds and grants as well as asking members, businesses, and local communities to contribute sponsorship money. We raised just over  £10,000 before Christmas with our 'virtual Row to Australia event' and hope to raise £5,000 with this Crowd Funding event. 

We are determined to continue to provide access to the water for all our members and to support others wishing to access the River Weaver from the Rowing Club on Cholmondeley Road.  

As well as running our successful annual events (which attract over 300 competitors), we offer a range of community volunteering opportunities including, boat maintenance, coaching, facilities management, umpires, committee, coxes, launch drivers and catering.  

We have been donated a range of rewards by club members and local business, in exchange for your donations.   Or you can simply donate without a reward. Remember if you are a tax payer we can collect gift aid on qualifying donations that adds an extra 25% on every pound you donate, we will however need your name and address.

The benefits of our development

Rowing and canoeing both on and off the water is a great way to develop your fitness or to stay physically active.  Regular exercise, fun and companionship in all weathers contributes to our general well-being and good health.  Membership is cheaper than the gym and we run regular land based activities (indoor rowing, circuits, yoga, weights) to help our overall fitness. The River Weaver Navigation is a fantastic local resource for water sports, it is wide with a low flow rate and over 12km of navigable water from the clubhouse is the longest stretch of navigable water in the north west.

We cater for all ages and abilities (including adaptive or para rowing). Our boats can cater for recreational rowers, sculling and rowing in singles or crew boats (up to 8's) and a wide range of canoes.  We compete in long distance events as well as Regional, National and World championships (Head races and regattas).  We provide qualified coaching and entry level courses to enable beginners to get on the water safely.

We hope to be able to expand our membership with these new facilities and also to open the facilities for community activities and hire. 

Local and National support

We are working with local schools, the University of Liverpool, the Canal and River Trust and our National Governing bodies (British Rowing and British Canoe) as well as the local councils who are supportive of our plans.


We are currently not able to access the club due to lockdown, but we are still running virtual events such as indoor races using our innovative race software, weekly circuits, erg (indoor rowing) sessions and squad chat and exercise together. 



Our members and parents are supportive of our development proposals with the following testimonials:

Jackie Hamer (Womens Squad Vice Captain)

The River Weaver is beautiful, and we are fortunate to have such a long stretch of largely traffic-free water on which to train.  The new, meticulously designed, aesthetically pleasing clubhouse would be attractive to newcomers to the sports of rowing and kayaking, able to accommodate many new members and equipment, as well as being a much-needed upgrade to the current facilities.

Josh Edwards (canoe Club)

The gym facility looks brilliant and a vast improvement on what we have already. I look forward to this as it progresses

Steve Marnell (Canoe Club) 

The canoe club committee are in favour of a large boathouse… as this is more likely to provide the greatest increase in benefits for the site and for existing and future rowing / canoeing participants.

Andy Butterworth (Junior coach)

This is the start of something great for us all at RRC 

Ron Pattie (Grandparent) 

The Runcorn Rowing Club has been so beneficial for my grandson Mark Pattie, Adaptive squad.

Janice Herrod (Members sister) 

Best of luck with fundraising! I've visited many rowing clubs (in my time), but rarely have I seen any bordering such an eminently rowable stretch of water as RRC. - Free of tidal drawbacks and encumbrances.

Sue Sljivic (Development co-ordinator) 

I have been rowing at Runcorn for the last 25 years and am really excited to be involved with the development of this project.

Anne Hignell (Club Secretary)

My husband , daughters and I have been involved with the club for the past 18 years. We made friends, we learned a fantastic sport and we became competitors; our children continued in the sport when they left home and moved away. 

These last few years the club has been a mainstay in my life during my widowhood; it has been a support and a constant in my life during difficult times. I’m so glad I’m part of RRC.


This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Bottle of Gin, glasses and Tonic

Whitley Neill Handcrafted Rhubarb and Ginger Gin (70 cl 43% Volume,) Gin Glasses and Fever Tree Tonic...a perfect spring drink combination

£10 or more

Restoration of old photographs

Our expert photographer Faye will restore and clean up two old photograph prints that may be torn, delicate or your just want them converted to high quality digital images for posterity.

£15 or more

Mini 12v air compressor donated by Cars'n'Bikes

Mini 12v air compressor ideal for inflating tyres and air beds, sports balls and much more. Incudes 3pce adaptor kit. Thanks to for all your bike and car accessories

£20 or more

Peppi's hand knitted RRC Hat and Headband.

The famous Peppi RRC branded hand knitted and fleece lined hat and headband in blue and white, with pom pom.

£20 or more

Weekly rental of the RRC Gazebo

Weekly Rental the RRC Gazebo, sturdy (4mx2m) with removable sides, ideal for outdoor meetings or socially distanced BBQ's. Delivery and collection within 20 miles of Runcorn

£20 or more

£20 Reward

One to one coaching and video of your rowing technique with a qualified RRC coach (2hr outing)

£20 or more

Learn to Unicycle

Try your hand at unicycling at Runcorn Rowing Club over the summer, it is harder than you for an hour or so and we might even throw in some juggling and hula hoop practice

£25 or more

French Lesson

A French lesson suitable for adult conversation, GCSE or A level student. Delivered by Zoom

£25 or more

Fruit tree pruning

Let me come and prune your fruit trees for half a day. Winter pruning for apples and pears, summer for cherries and plums to ensure that they will remain healthy and grow well ripened fruit

£25 or more

Fruit picking

Overwhelmed by the amount of fruit or vegetables? Do you need some help picking? Peppi will come to you and help pick your fruit for morning or afternoon. (within 20 miles of Runcorn)

£25 or more

Try your hand at rowing session

A morning at the Runcorn Rowing club where our qualified coaches will teach you basic rowing technique using our indoor rowers, a bit of boat handling and then get you on the water to try your hand at rowing in a crew boat.

£30 or more

A half day strimming/brushcutting

A half day use of strimmer and an operator to cut back that rough patch of grass or clear a difficult part of your garden. Within 20 miles of Frodsham.

£30 or more

A Clare Ng Fitness Personal Training session (1hr)

A fully qualified personal training session with our very own Clare Ng. Advice and training to suit your needs. Get fit, burn calories and feel good.

£70 or more

Learn to row at Runcorn Rowing Club

Find out if Rowing is for you. Join the Runcorn Rowing Club beginners coaching 'Yearning to Row' course over 4 weeks on Sundays 10-12am. The course will enable you to get on the water and safely handle boats. Qualified British Rowing Coaches. This course is usually £80.

£100 or more

A pallet of 40 High Density Breeze blocks

40 high density (7.3N) breeze blocks on a pallet

£3 or more

A jar of local honey from the Devonshire Bakery

A pot of local honey from the Devonshire Bakery. Amazing when eaten with their locally baked bread #shoplocal

£5 or more

Tray Bake

A tray bake name your flavour

£5 or more

£5 voucher for Home and Beauty Frodsham

A voucher to spend at Home and Beauty Frodsham, the general store for all your household needs

£10 or more

Fruit cake

A good old fashioned fruit cake. Tea time, or take some on your favorite hike.

£10 or more

£10 voucher from Brew and Tucker Cafe

A voucher from our favorite Aussie themed cafe in Frodsham. Thanks for the support

£10 or more

Lusso Voucher

Voucher for hair and beauty treatments kindly provided by Lusso in Frodsham

£10 or more

Ice Cream voucher from Bene-Gelateria Frodsham

A voucher towards ice cream or coffee at the wonderful new Bene-Gelateria in Frodsham. Kindly provided by Aaron.

£10 or more

A gift bag of Jams

A giftbag of Jams provided by Monks Delicatessen in Runcorn. Fine food since 1884

£10 or more

Pacifica skincare pack

Hawaiian Ruby Guava, body butter, perfume roll on and natural color lip tint provided by Millmark food and health clinic, Frodsham

£10 or more

£10 voucher for Charles John hairdressers

A voucher kindly donated by Charles John Hairdressers on Bellemonte Road, Frodsham

£10 or more

Voucher form Hales Green Grocer and Florist

A £10.00 voucher kindly donated from Hales in Frodsham which can be spent on flowers or fruit and veg.

£10 or more

Marshes Bird Calendar

A 2021 calendar with the amazing bird photographs by Duncan Cowley. Taken on the Frodsham Marshes

£12 or more

Bean and Wick Cassis and Fig Scented Candle

A lovely soy candle in a jar Cassis and Fig fragrance

£20 or more

£20 voucher for Cowards the Butcher

A voucher to spend on meat, eggs or pies at Cowards the Butchers in Frodsham

£25 or more

Runcorn Rowing Row to Australia Hoodie

A Runcorn Rowing club row to Australia dark blue Hoody. Artwork on left breast of an indoor rower and palm tree and text 'Runcorn 2020 Australian Beach Party'

£25 or more

Voucher for Gleaves the Hardwear and Garden Centre

Gleaves have donated a £25 voucher to spend on plants or hardware in Frodsham.

£25 or more

Riverside Passion Fruit Gin Liqueur

Warrington made in a presentation bottle retails at £30 lovely present

£45 or more

Rowing Blade carriers for roof rack

Rowing Design have offered us one of their innovative holders to carry sculling or rowing blades on the roof rack of a car

£50 or more

A full set of Peppi's RRC branded hand knitted kit

This includes Peppi's hand knitted RRC branded hat, headband, leg warmers and infinity scarf

£50 or more

Voucher for a family of 4 to see the Llamas

A voucher for a family of four to spend 2 hours learning about the Llamas in Kingsley.

£120 or more

Two tickets to HRR as the Captain's guest.

Two tickets to Henley Royal Regatta as the RRC Captain's guest (excluding travel and accommodation). Watch the racing from start to finish in the Royal enclosure and enjoy the unique atmosphere. If there is no Henley this year they will be valid for 2022

£300 or more

Weekend luxury accommodation in the Lake District

A newly built traditonal luxury lodge at Flookborough in the South Lake District in a beautiful and unspoilt area only 500m from the coast with breathtaking views across Morecambe Bay and a short drive from the Lake District National Park. The accommodation sleeps four in two bedrooms (double and twin beds) with two bathrooms (one ensuite). The accommodation includes comfortable living area, well appointed kitchen and south facing veranda.

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