GREAT OUSE MARATHON & HEAD RACE 

Update on the Ely Head Race 2021

It is with great regret that we announce that we will not be running the Isle of Ely Head on 7th November 2021. This event often attracts over one hundred crews from the local rowing fraternity and further afield, and we pride ourselves on being able to offer a warm welcome and hospitality to all crews and supporters who come on the day. 

As the weather in November has varied in previous years from warm sunshine to temperatures barely above freezing, we often seek to make provision to accommodate as many people as possible with shelter on our small site. To achieve this and maintain some degree of social distancing, which we feel will be required to run a safe event, we would need to substantially limit the number of competitors and supporters. In addition, owing to the ongoing pandemic we are not able to access the number of car and trailer parking spaces we require to run this event safely and effectively. Having considered different scenarios, we feel that it will not be possible to run the Isle of Ely Head to the standards that we aspire to meet for competitors and supporters. 

For all of you who have enquired about the Head Race this year, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Isle of Ely Rowing Club for future events.

Update on the Great Ouse Marathon 2021

GOM has always been a race that is open to all, with large gatherings of friends, family and competitors from all over the UK taking part and making GOM something special and different. Unfortunately, we feel that the current circumstances would prevent us from achieving this unique atmosphere. Therefore, it is with great regret that we have made the difficult decision not to hold the Great Ouse Marathon this year. 

Although the remaining Covid restrictions are being lifted by the government on Monday 19th July, the rate of Covid infections continue to rise with the prospect of 100,000 cases per day in the coming weeks. With this in mind, we feel that we would need to have social distancing measurers in place for GOM, which would mean that we would need to limit the number of competitors and dispense with essential end-of-race practices, such as having our junior and senior club members helping tired competitors off the river and masseurs to help with cramping limbs. 

For all of you who have enquired about the race this year, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Isle of Ely Rowing Club for future events.