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The Big Row is back!

Join the Big Row now and support our inclusive rowing projects across the country.
17 Apr 2022
Written by Liz Collins
The Big Row
We'd love as many people as possible to be involved in the Big Row 2022
We'd love as many people as possible to be involved in the Big Row 2022

We are excited to announce that The Big Row is back for May 2022 and registration is now open!

This year we are challenging the rowing community to row, cycle, run, swim, walk or push around the world in 30 days (40,075km) whilst raising funds to support inclusive rowing projects across the UK. 

Last year our Big Row-ers got into the Tokyo 2020 spirit and supported our GB Rowing Team athletes, rowing the distance from London to Tokyo and back to Paris whilst raising £30k! This year with your support we could be on track to raise even more. Whether it's providing equipment to make rowing adaptive and fun for everyone, funding summer camps to introduce young people to on water rowing or training up community indoor row champions, money raised will be reinvested into making rowing accessible for all.

May 2022 will be jam packed with exciting activities for everybody to get involved in kicking off on the 1st May at BUCS Regatta and continuing throughout the month to a finale at National Schools Regatta on the 30th May. We would love to see more clubs and schools join this year and we are working hard to design activities that everybody can enjoy.

All clubs and schools who raise over £500 will be guaranteed 50% of their raised funds back to put towards an inclusive project of their own. This means that if you raise £2000 then £1000 would automatically be reinvested back into your club! Plus you could apply to our small grants fund in the summer, and if we believe that you have a successful inclusive project or idea then you could receive even more funding towards your activities. We will also support and promote all participants, clubs and schools to promote awareness around your activities.

To sign up CLICK HERE and don’t forget to share with your club. We need a big team to row around the world! 

If you have any questions please check our website or email Sally Corander at


The Big Row 2022 - calendar of activities


What happens throughout the month? So much! See below for some of the activities we have planned for you.


During the month of The Big Row, we will have competitions and give-aways every week! Keep an eye out on social for our competitions! Follow us @BRCF_loverowing

We will be awarding:

  • The club with the most kms clocked during the week. Let’s start as we mean to go on and see who starts the month off with the biggest distance rowed.

  • The best crew selfie or photo. We want to see you all and get to know you! We will pick a winner at random.

  • The ‘best dressed’ crew/team. This could be fancy dress, it could be smart dress - perhaps you have a posh dinner at the club or it could be the best lycra in the country... in your opinion! :)

  • The club/team who raises the most during the week. A final push in our last week to see how much all our teams can raise for some wonderful causes.


BUCS Regatta

1 May

We kick off The Big Row with a launch at BUCS Rowing Regatta on Sunday 1st May in Nottingham. If you are participating or attending, say hello to the Love Rowing team and take part in our challenge! 



9-15 May

This is an annual event and an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.  We would love to hear your stories and how rowing has helped you in your life. 

Please get in touch with Sally –



16 - 23 May

Stuck for ideas on what your challenge could be? The ideas below might help you! We would love you to join the activities.

Motivational Monday – It’s Monday and it’s sometimes hard to get going! Start the week with a Zoom Ergos Session with a GB Rower and your participation fee will go towards Love Rowing.  

Tuesday Talks – Hear from GB Olympians and participate in a Q&A, all while donating to a great cause. 
Wellness Wednesday – Aaaaand relax…Join a yoga session specifically designed for rowers, led by Kara Wirt.

The Thursday Challenge – ‘Rowing Versus Gymnastics’ – GB Rowers go up against GB Gymnasts in a sports challenge. Vote and donate to see who wins! 

Fancy Dress Friday - Row with fancy dress and post your miles that day and a photo - Prize for the best fancy dressed crew and longest distance 

Cake Sale Saturday – Can your club run a bake sale to raise some funds? It’s a simple and great way to raise money …and who doesn’t like cake? Let’s try to get the whole country selling cakes today!

Sunday Funday – Sunday is family time. Can you get together with your family members young and old and create a challenge? Big or small, everything helps.

And if that’s not enough…..we have also got 7 workouts in 7 days you complete every day this week.




The Big Row University Challenge! 

16-23 May 

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a signed piece of GB kit, all you need to do is sign up and log your distance from the 16th to 23rd May. The university with the most mileage wins the signed kit but most importantly, you will be crowned The Big Row University Challenge Winner! 


National Schools Regatta

27 - 29 May 

To close off the month of The Big Row, the Love Rowing team will be fundraising at National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake.

We will be there with more information on our projects and the impact we have made so you can see how far your money goes. It's also a chance for you to take part in our sprint challenge and the chance to WIN some amazing prizes!  



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