We are getting a lot of questions as to when/if BIRC will be happening this year.
There are discussions in place to find a suitable venue/date/sponsor/partner as, due to the high costs involved, Concept2 are unable to continue running the event on our own. We know that BIRC is a great event & we appreciate everyone's commitment to take part year on year, we also understand that it is a great showcase of the machine so we are keen to continue running the event.
Rather than feed any misinformation we want to wait until a confirmed decision is made. If we are able to find a suitable event partner then we are hoping to run the event in November.
We understand everyone's frustrations, and appreciate your patience & as soon as there is any news then we'll let everyone know in the usual way - ie this page / forum / newsletter / Facebook / Twitter etc.
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ResultsDownload Results (5.5mb PDF)
The 21st British Indoor Rowing Championship took place on Sunday 25th March 2012 at the University of Nottingham Sport Centre. The first time at this new venue and for the first time incorporating the European Open. With the National Junior IRC taking place just 2 days earlier in London the event was short of a few junior competitors, but we still had over 900 athletes from 24 different countries race on the day.
There were over 20 records broken including one World record, 9 British records, 1 Irish record and 10 Championship records (see below for details). The Millennium Cup was won this year by Roger Bangay with his World record beating time in the 75-79 Lwt category. And the Champion of Champions trophy went to the Men Open Lwt winner Michael Maher of Commercial RC with his winning time of 6:20.1.
22 Records Broken
- Roger Bangay - Men 75-79 Lwt - 7:24.1
- Adam Janes - Men J18 Hwt - 5:58.3
- Sam Meijer - Men J15 (5min) - 1,579m
- Stuart Bizzarri - Men 45-49 Lwt - 6:30.7
- Bernadette Frain - Women 80-84 Hwt - 9:52.5
- Kyra Edwards - Women J15 (5min) - 1,412m
- Mathilde Tavernier - Women J11 (2min) - 521m
- Mark Sinclair - Men LTA Open (1000m) - 3:18.5
- Jan Morgan - Women LTA Open (1000m) - 9:09.3
- Caroline MacDonald - Women AS Open (1000m) - 4:41.2
- Paul Buchanan - Men 35-39 Hwt - 6:06.2
- Aron O'Dowd - Men Adaptive LTA (1,000m) - 3:23.8
- Graham Benton - Men 35-39 Hwt - 5:50.1
- Michael Wrenn - Men 70-74 Hwt - 7:15.4
- Ben Mitchell - Men Student Lwt - 6:14.5
- Tim Male - Men 35-39 Lwt - 6:16.3
- Philip Healy - Men 40-44 Lwt - 6:21.7
- Marjorie Roome - Women 60-64 Hwt - 7:50.6
- Christina Nugent-Lee - Women 45-49 Lwt - 7:38.6
- Luanne Mills - Women 70-74 Lwt - 8:20.9
- Andrejs Kirins - Men LTA Open (1000m) - 3:14.6
- Jolanta Pawlak - Women TA Open (1000m) - 4:01.6
The British Indoor Rowing Championship is the world's biggest indoor rowing race and the largest indoor sporting event in the UK. It takes place in a high-octane environment with races going on throughout the day where competitors race up to 2,000m in the quickest possible time, and it provides a stage for indoor rowing enthusiasts to test themselves on a national level and assess their own performance and progress.
The championship also attracts sporting legends and stars, and over the years has become an integral part of the training and selection programmes for both the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race crews, and the British rowing squad. The dynamic of having sporting heroes such as Sir Steve Redgrave competing alongside promising youth athletes and indoor rowing enthusiasts has created a compelling environment for the competitor and spectator alike. The link with Sir Steve does not end there though. From his Men's Open triumph in the first ever British championship in 1991 he is now the honorary president and the Steve Redgrave Trust is the official charity of the Championship.
We are pleased to announce that the 2012 British Indoor Rowing Championship will take place at Nottingham University and will also be the host event for the 2012 Euro Open - the first time ever in the UK.
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