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Welcome to NJIRC 2022! 

The National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 2022 will be a hybrid event!

Which means you'll be able to take part as a Virtual competitor or an In-Person competitor live at the Copperbox!

If you compete virtually, you can race at your school, club or home and submit your score online with the virtual competition taking place remotely from 8am on Friday 25th February to 5pm on Thursday 3rd March 2022.

You can also take part In-Person at the Copper Box Arena in London's Olympic Park, on Friday 4th March 2022.

 The in-person event will also see the return of the much-loved Boat Race Relay and Sprint Relay events.

Medals will be awarded to the fastest competitors from the combined results of virtual and in-person entries, with the winners announced online after both events have finished. 

You can learn more about how the event will run by looking at the FAQs, and enter for both Virtual and In-Person places below. 

Event Documents

NJIRC 2022 - Rules and FAQsNJIRC 2022 - Privacy NoticeNJIRC 2022 - How to set up a rowing machineHow to set up your Virgin Money Giving pageImages and Logos for your Virgin Money Giving pageRace The Thames RulesRace The Thames FAQsRace The Thames DisclaimerRace The Thames Health & Safety noticeRace The Thames Privacy NoticeRace The Thames Safeguarding notice

Re-live NJIRC '21

History of NJIRC

Take a journey through the NJIRC past

The first-ever virtual NJIRC...
3500 Participants
With the country still emerging from the pandemic, NJIRC 2021 was delayed to May to give time for schools to get (somewhat) back to normal and participants the chance to train for the event. While a challenge, running the event virtually has given us a new way to think about NJIRC and while we plan to be back at the Copper Box in 2022, virtual racing will help us open up NJIRC to ever more young people around the UK!
Copper Box Take Two
1987 Participants
Location: Copper Box Arena
NJIRC was again a roaring success in its second year at the Copper Box. Race The Thames continued to grow, with 18 teams raising £30,000 for charity. With covid already looming on the horizon, we were delighted we were able to run the event - NJIRC 2020 was one of the very last rowing events to go ahead before lockdown just a few weeks later.
Race The Thames!
1950 Participants
Location: Copper Box Arena
After nearly a decade at Lee Valley, NJIRC moved onto the Olympic Park, taking up a long-planned residency at the Copper Box Arena. The new venue gave a "big arena" feel to NJIRC and allowed us to launch the first ever edition of Race The Thames, with 11 corporate teams fundraising to help cover the costs of running NJIRC.
Goodbye Lee Valley!
2130 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
2018 was NJIRC's final year at Lee Valley! After a brilliant 8 years, it was time to refresh and reboot NJIRC. But Lee Valley went out on a high, with the most participants since 2012 and the biggest and best Festival to date.
The Great Outdoors
1930 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
We continued to develop the outdoor activities running alongside the rowing competition, including activities from the NFL, Triathlon, Cycling Clubs and the ever-popular Smoothie bikes. The space freed up indoors allowed our partners to showcase employment and training opportunities for young people.
10 Up... and Row4Results
1759 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
Ten Years Old! To celebrate, for the first time we ran the Row4Results grand finale, funded by Tideway, alongside NJIRC. This additional element to the event was a huge success and helped forge LYR's partnership with Tideway which helped fund the hugely successful 2017-2021 Active Row programme.
A sea of rowing machines...
1890 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
As NJIRC continued to develop, for the first time ever we used 120 rowing machines on the race floor. In the new set up, the machines were facing each other giving the event another competitive edge!
Festival feel!
1900 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
Now firmly established on the racing calendar, NJIRC continued to develop. Using the space of the Lee Valley venue, we set up a festival feel to the event, with lots of activities alongside the rowing and numerous food trucks. The aim was to give competitors a fantastic day out of school and give the NJIRC the feel of a truly National event.
NJIRC meets GB Rowing
1850 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
The first edition of NJIRC following the amazing success of the London 2012 Olympics, we were incredibly lucky to welcome members of the GB Rowing Team at NJIRC. The team ran a series of Q&A's for the participants so they could meet their heroes post-London 2012.
NJIRC & The Boat Race
3130 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
After many years of talking to the Boat Race, we were delighted to welcome both the Oxford and Cambridge crews from that year's boat race to the event. The Oxbridge rowers helped out on the race floor, gave out medals and cheered on the young people taking part. Two different ends of the same sport, it was brilliant to see them getting involved and providing inspiration for everyone taking part!
5 Years Old & Still Growing...
2140 Participants
Location: Lee Valley Athletics Centre
As NJIRC turned 5, the event continued to grow. Word was spreading between schools and the rowing community, and more and more groups from outside London wanted to take part. The move up to the Lee Valley Athletics stadium allowed people from all over the UK to drive to the event - it was such a great venue it would be NJIRC's home for the next 8 years!
A million light bulbs!
2080 Participants
Location: Battersea Evolution
In our final year at Battersea, we used the million bulb ceiling cloth at the venue to let people know what colour (representing a particular age group) were racing next - nobody had any excuse for missing their race that year!
NJIRC embraces the Arts!
1500 Participants
Location: Battersea Evolution
In our second year at Battersea, we worked with a local college to bring an artistic flavour to NIJRC. Students at the college painted artworks around the themes of water, youth and teamwork during the day of the event, which were then used as backdrops at the prize-giving
New Year, New Location!
1100 Participants
Location: Battersea Evolution
Following the success of the inaurural NJIRC, LYR knew the 2008 edition would be bigger and better. We needed a new venue - Battersea Evolution sponsored the event and was our home for the next three years! The new venue helped us take NJIRC to the next level.
Inaugural NJIRC
840 Participants
Location: Hammersmith Town Hall
The first ever NJIRC! LYR worked with LB Hammersmith and Fulham deliver an event in the borough. The Festival of Sport was only just getting started though... a climbing wall was the only other activity running alongside the rowing!