About the club

Tyne United Rowing Club was founded on the 26th April 2007 in order to promote competitive and recreational rowing at all levels, and ages on the River Tyne. We are based on a 3 acre site on the South Bank of the river at Newburn with 250m of river frontage. Our facility includes three boat storage sheds, a new boathouse and a fitness shed including 16 Concept2 Model D ergos, Olympic weights set-up and a brand new indoor rowing tank.

TURC boat sheds

The two sheds to the right are long enough to house 2 eight length and below you can see a snapshot of some of our current fleet of boats within one of the sheds.


Inside the TURC boatshed

Inside our boatshed

Our current boat fleet consists of:

5 x eights / octouples (including an Empacher)
5 x coxed fours / quads
5 x coxless fours / quads (including two Filippi quad/fours)
5 x double sculls / pairs
10 x single sculls

2 x C-Class coxed quad sculls (recreational/Learn to Row)
1 x C-Class double scull/pair (recreational/Learn to Row)
1 x C-Class single scull

4 x launches

With sufficient sculls and sweep oars for all boats

Plus a variety of privately owned boats.


Tyne United was originally founded after the Second World War by the merger of several professional clubs in Gateshead. These clubs were Empire RC, Hawthorn RC, Gateshead and District RC, Walker RC, and Wallsend RC. Professional rowing ceased in the 1960s. For those interested we have a number of interesting documents in our ‘History Archive‘.

How to find us

You can find us on Google Maps

The nearest public transport is to Newburn. Just cross the Newburn bridge and you can’t miss us.

For those with bikes the club is located on the Keelman’s Way – National Cycle Network 14.

By road

From the A1 South follows the signs for Blaydon. There will be a right hand turn up a hill on the B6317 just before Ryton signposted Newburn. The club is on your left just before the bridge.

From the A1 North follow the signs for Newburn. Cross the bridge and turn right into our entrance (directly opposite Newcastle University Boat Club for those of you who know where this is).


Chair/Development Secretary Barbara Millns
Secretary Martin Thompson
Treasurer Hannah Wiggins
Membership Secretary/Deputy Treasurer Chris Smith
Regatta Secretary Paul Armstrong
Junior Co-ordinator Paul Armstrong
Volunteer Co-ordinator Sarah Furniss
Participant Welfare Anna Cree
Communications Dean Cowens
Projects Gavin Coates
Safety Advisor Ben Mitchell
Northern Rowing Council Rep Chris Smith
Club Trustees Rose Fletcher
Melinda McCluskey
Paul Armstrong
Chris Smith
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