13 December 2011

Ed’s Progress…..

Ed Grisedale is back fighting fit. It was good to see him back on the water training in his single this weekend.

Ed is at present much involved in the GB Under 23 programme. He attended, as a result of good performances, a weekend U23 training camp at Nottingham in early November.
Jed Barlow, his coach, has just confirmed that Ed has received and accepted an “official” invitation to join a development group to take part in a High Altitude Training Camp in the Sierra Nevada, Spain next month. What a great start to 2012!

Meanwhile, Saturday 17 December, it is the GB Senior Trials at Boston, Lincolnshire which is a 5 K compulsory squad time trial. Within this Senior Trial there will be a number of U23 men and Ed will be a part of this group. Ed is no stranger to this venue and level of competition but the pressure will be even greater! “I’m thrilled to be part of this and I’m looking forward to meeting up with my mates from the Junior World Championships and of course having a chat with fellow club person, Olympian, Matthew Langridge” explained Ed. We all wish you Good Luck and we look forward to hearing all about it!

2011 Volunteer Awards were held at a special ceremony in London in November. This year the ceremony also included the Coach of the Year Awards in a move to celebrate the work of individuals across the sport at the same time.
Northwich RC is very proud and delighted that Jed Barlow was commended in the Club Performance Award 2011 in recognition of the coaching of Ed Grisedale from complete beginner to member of the GB Junior squad. “What motivates me is helping the club produce the best people and giving them the best possible chance” he says, “and putting something back into the sport that’s given me so much pleasure over the years”.
Congratulations, Jed, from all of us at the club!

07 December 2011

Head of the Float 3 December 2011

The Head of the Float race is hosted by Liverpool Victoria RC at Wallasey floating dock. Weather conditions play a vital part for the organisers of this event and this year it was very nearly cancelled in anticipation of the wild weather conditions predicted. The competitors were fortunate that there were no large ships docked however we were not so fortunate with the weather. The club sent a mix of male and female senior and junior crews.

This race is over two legs and for safety reasons the course was shortened to
600m each way, to use the more sheltered area of the dock. However, no where escaped the ravages of the strong, gusting wind and driving rain in the early divisions. Fortunately, the weather conditions improved through the day but it remained challenging for coxes and rowers alike.

The club returned one win for the junior girls racing in Women’s Novice Eights
finishing well ahead of their competitors Kings Sch Chester BC, Liverpool University BC & Runcorn RC.
All the crews young and old will remember this event as “an experience”!

Winning crew:

Women’s Novice Eight: Elise Parkes, Libby Weltman, Olivia Oakes, Daisy Dell, Tori Scott, Alex Walton, Sam Over, Ash Hudson (str), cox Becky Jones

Head of the Soar Race 26 November 2011

Northwich RC travelled to Loughborough on Saturday 26th Nov to compete
in the Head of the Soar race. This is the first time the club has attended this small yet popular event held on the River Soar covering a 3000 m distance.
The Junior Coaches wanted to give their crews a race following the disappointment of being withdrawn from our own Head race, a fortnight ago, due to the high volume of entries. The NRC crews ranging from Junior 14 – 18 girls and boys were delighted to gain the experience of racing against clubs
from outside our own region.

The club returned 2 wins for the older Junior girls (17 yr & 18yr) who raced in Women’s Senior categories of Women’s Intermediate 3 & Women’s Novice
coxed fours.
This squad is a product of the long standing NRC Junior Development Plan having started the sport as 13 year old scullers. They have been growing in strength and ability in sweep oar boats over the past few months. These wins are a good indication of their potential for the next racing year with the prestigious Henley Women’s Regatta 2012 in their sights. Coach Kevin Jump explained “We had a very enjoyable day and all the NRC crews performed extremely well. The girls in particular had decisive wins with the WIM3 crew beating Leicester RC by one second and the Women’s Novice crew racing well to beat six other crews.”

Winning crews:
WIM3 coxed four: Harriet Beesley, Alice Elliot, Beth Wynne, Emma Chaplin (s), cox Chloe Weston.

WNovice coxed four: Libby Weltman, Ash Hudson, Beth Chaplin, Kate Meehan (s), cox Becky Jones.

The club will be sending 6 crews on Sat 4 December to the Head of the Float hosted by Liverpool Victoria RC situated on the Wirrell

Both winning crews l-r Ash Hudson, Kate Meehan, Beth Wynne, Harriet Beesley, Chloe Weston, Beth Chaplin, Becky Jones, Libby Weltman, Emma Chaplin, Alice Elliot

27 November 2011

Learn to Row

The current Learn to Row course is going really well, its great to see the crews progressing so well. Two weeks to the finale race event on Sun 11-Dec-11.

19 November 2011

Autumn Small Boats Head of the River Race. Sunday 13 November 2011

Northwich RC hosted their annual small boats Head race on the river Weaver between Vale Royal and Hunts Locks a distance of 2,600 m. The event was held in sunny autumnal conditions throughout the day with racing commencing at 9:45 with Division 1, finishing Division 3 with the fading light at 16:00 dealing with 100 boats in each division! This event has a reputation for being one of the best in the northwest attracting local clubs and many from other regions. This was reflected in the huge entry the club had to deal with, subsequently taking the difficult decision to reject many crews namely our own to make way for visiting clubs. The event was a huge success. It was a very long, busy day but enjoyed by everyone; athletes, volunteers and visitors alike. NRC was delighted to have 6 wins with many of the club crews racing extremely well against strong opposition.

There are two coveted trophies to race for in this event, namely the Tim Hooper Trophy for the Men’s fastest boat of the day and the Susan Benyon Trophy for the fastest Women’s boat of the day.
Joyce Hooper was delighted to present the Tim Hooper Trophy to composite crew Northwich RC & Royal Chester RC, who raced in a coxless quad covering the distance in a very fast 8:00, 30 sec ahead of their competition, Royal Worcester Grammar School.
Crew: Matt Jump (NRC), Oliver Cocklin (RCRC), Rupert Wiltshire (NRC) & Richard Hawkins (RCRC).

The Susan Benyon Trophy winners Trentham BC WJunior18 coxless quad covered the distance in a respectable 9:03.
Div 1
J18 single scull Hugo Norris
Womens Masters C single scull Clare Briegal, club Captain.
Div 2
Masters E coxed four winning decisively against their younger opposition from Liverpool Victoria RC, Steve Wignall, Simon Bannister, Tom Kilkenny, Nev Hand cox James Morrison
Div 3
Elite coxless quad mentioned earlier
J18 coxless quad Grange Sch RC & Northwich RC Callum McRoberts, Hugo Norris (NRC), Connor Gay & Luke Ozsanlav-Harris (who won a medal in all three divisions in different boats)
WMastersD coxed four Carolyn MacRitchie, Clare Briegal, Carole Riddell,Elaine Hemsted, cox Jonty Moore continuing their unbeaten success in the region.

07 November 2011

NRC Masters” Race the Tideway

Two Masters Crews made the journey to London departing in fog at 6am to race the Masters Head of the River Race. Fortunately conditions improved as we headed south. There was a large entry across the ages. Our crews boated at Barnes Bridge so there wasn’t much time for a warm up as we were practically at the start. As we boated the weather conditions were favorable, calm, dry and not too cold. However, as we raced the stretch between Barnes and Hammersmith Bridges the water conditions were challenging, typical Tideway – choppy waves with a strong head wind. Fortunately it calmed down for the last section of the race to the finish which we were all relieved to see!

Masters E coxed four:
Steve Wignall, Simon Bannister, Tom Kilkenny, Nev Hand, cox James Morrison

Women’s Masters D coxed four:
Carolyn MacRitchie, Clare Briegal, Carole Riddell, Elaine Hemsted cox Jonty Moore.  

The course is on a section of the river 4¼ miles (6.84km) long Mortlake to Putney. This is a large event with 216 crews competing in the race. 

01 November 2011

George Musker Awards 2011

Northwich Rowing Club held their annual awards ceremony on Sunday 16 October 2011. Club Members, family and friends gathered to celebrate and recognise those who performed to the highest standards, as well as those who helped to make this happen.

Clare Briegal, NRC Captain, explained 2011 had been particularly satisfying seeing the continuing development of NRC’s Junior squads progress within the men’s squad, the establishment of regular Master’s crews, close cooperation with local clubs and of course our newest member of the GB squad.
The club raced at over 30 events through the year including not only all the local NW Heads and Regattas but also many national events and championships achieving a fantastic 61 wins in total across the squads. Furthermore introducing over 30 people to the sport of rowing; Juniors and Seniors.
Eddie Phillips Junior Award , for the best & most promising junior of the year
Winner : NRC J15 squad

This year NRC’s juniors’ rowing was all about “squads”.

We had an exceptionally strong WJ16-18 squad, coached by Kevin Jump who joined up with the Grange School and created two strong VIII’s. They competed at the Women’s Eights Head of the river, won the North West Regional Time trial and won a bronze medal at the InterRegional Regatta at Holme Pierpoint. This squad took delight in beating Manchester University at WIM3 8+s’ at our own regatta. I’m delighted that this joint approach is continuing into 2011-12 season.

Starting out in rowing were the J12/13 girls and boys squads coached by Faith Murray, Simon Crouchley and Jed Barlow. The WJ13 girls clocked their first win at Northwich Spring Head and the J12 boys at Warrington Regatta.

However our most successful age group by far was our J15 squad, both girls and boys. They achieved over 20 wins between them in a variety of boats – singles, doubles, quads, fours, eights. They competed in girls, boys, senior women and senior men’s events, as well as mixed senior events. Wins included Dee Head, Northwich Autumn Head, Senior Men’s Novice Pennant at the Head of the Float, Head of the Mersey, Trafford Head, Northwich Spring Head, Merseyside, Northwich, Bridgenorth, Ironbridge and Burton Regattas.

With such strength in numbers it was impossible to single out one individual so in the spirit of the team itself the Eddie Phillips Junior Award is presented to the whole J15 squad!
Who is, in no particular order:
Tom Asteriades, Nathan Jump, Zak Trigg, Rian Gamble, Liam Adamson, Joe Ronald, Alex Murphy, Craig Milne (cox), Kate Mehan, Beth Chaplin, Olivia Oakes, Libby Weltman, Ash Hudson, Sam Over
Eddie Phillips Award for the Best VeteranWinner: Elaine HemstedThe Masters squads remain a strength at Northwich. We have many oarsmen who have rowed at the club first as juniors, then seniors and now represent us in Master’s events. Many club members have started as Master’s rowers through our Learn to Row scheme.

This year’s winner graduated from our Learn to Row course in 2007.

She demonstrated strong potential from the off. Her first medal was a Bronze at the English Indoor Rowing Champs in February 2008.

Her first win on the water was in a Women’s Veteran Novice 8+ at the North of England Head in 2009 and she won a Silver Medal at the English Indoor Rowing Champs in the same year.

In 2010 things really started to take off with another medal at the English Indoor Championships and then first regatta wins at Trentham and Warrington in WMasC 4+.

Since October 2010, Elaine has been rowing in the WMasD 4+. This crew has had an exceptional season winning at Agecroft, Northwich Autumn and Spring, The Head of the Mersey as well as Shrewsbury, Northwich and Ironbridge Regattas. Elaine also won WMasC 8+ pennants at Runcorn and the North of England Heads.

Elaine had her first taste of multilane racing this summer. The four competed at the National Master’s Regatta at Holme Pierpoint and came third in WMasC 4+. The crew is sticking together this year, so far winning at Runcorn Small Boats Head and entered in the Veteran Fours Head on the Tideway in November.

Several years ago NRC donated an Eight Ivy Irvine to the Grange School when they were setting up their own club at Acton Bridge.

Ivy Irvine, born Alec, rowed for Shrewsbury School and won a trial cap for Oxford, he worked for ICI and coached at both Northwich and Royal Chester Rowing Clubs.

Ivy’s brother Sandy (Andrew) was also a rower at Shrewsbury and Oxford, rowing in the blue boat in 1922 and 23. Just 1 year later he lost his life with George Mallory in 1924 attempting to climb Everest at the age of 22.

In 1953 Ivy donated a spectacular trophy to Northwich Rowing Club of which we are very proud. The Everest Challenge Oar commemorates the conquest of Everest and was awarded from 1954 until 1988 for coxed schoolboy 4’s.
Andrew C Irvine was known for his spirit of determination and endurance.

A new award was announced in the memory of the Irvine’s.
The Irvine Award for the Most Improved RowerWinner: Phil Hewitt
Phil joined the Club through the Learn to Row programme and has really taken to the sport. He won his rowing novice at Trentham Regatta last year and has concentrated on sculling in 2010/11. Throughout the summer he trained in a single and a double with Nick Parkes. In August he won Novice Sculls at Warrington Regatta.
The Simon Crouchley Coaching Award recognises Coaching Excellence.
Winner: Jed Barlow
Ed Grisedale his protégé accepted the award in his absence.

Jed has rowed and coached at Northwich Rowing Club for over 40 years. He has nurtured young talent in one person in particular, Ed Grisedale, who holds him in great esteem.

In Ed’s own words:
“Jed took me on at the age of 15 knowing that he had a lot of work to do for me to catch up with rowers of the same age that had started years before.

Jed worked round lessons and exams that enabled me to get the correct number of training sessions in. Jed came down to the club early or stayed late to help my parents as my Dad has spent lots of time in hospital; he has even spent the whole day at the club and has sorted out meals.
Jed organised for me to go to other North West clubs giving experience in different crew boats and water conditions. This also gave me the advantage of being able to jump into any crew boat and row with confidence, something that really helps when it comes to seat racing.

Jed was very aware that I trained the majority of time alone so organised & took me twice a week to train during the winter with Grange School on the ergo's etc.

Jed is retired and has a boat in France but has worked his holidays round GB Trials and my events. He has made contributions that have had an impact not only on his social life but also his own pocket, spending numerous weekends away from home, driving up and down the motorway and spending nights in hotels.

Not only has my rowing taken over my life, my rowing has taken over Jed's life.”

The audience was delighted to have a video message all the way from sunny France from the man himself.
Dennis Mills Coxing AwardWinner: Craig Milne (J15 squad member)

Rowers really appreciate the smaller members of our club, who brave the bad weather and sit for hours in the coxes seat of our fours, quads and eights.

A band of dedicated professionals with cox box in one hand, seven layers of clothing and lifejacket they sometimes resemble the Michelin man.

But never underestimate the role of the coxswain in winning. Steersman, coach, motivator, technician; they have many roles.

The award this year goes to a member of the award winning J15 squad so you already heard about their successes.
The Bill Cotton Award presented to recognise the person or persons who have gone beyond the call of duty for Northwich Rowing Club.
Winners: Steve Jump and Kevin Hudson
This year two members were thanked and recognised for their efforts and their time given to the Club & whose entire families have become a big part of the Northwich Rowing Club scene.

Always ready to lend a hand around the Club but both with specific skills these two men have made a huge difference to the running of Northwich Rowing Club.

The first is part of a rowing dynasty but uses his craftsman skills to keep our fleet afloat with expert boat repairs. The second has kept our coaches in motion on the bank with regular bike repairs.

Both individuals are quick to volunteer for the less glamorous jobs around the club, whether it is bagging and clearing rubbish or laying flagstones or even making tea and toast.
The Chairmans Award presented by the Club Chairman
Winner: Clare Briegal

Grange School Trophy for Endeavour
Winner: Enid Barlow
The Learn to Row programme has been a vital part of the Club over the past few years for recruiting senior and master’s rowers.
Behind such a successful course the Club is fortunate to have a dedicated and professional administrator, keeping tabs on the applicants, taking payments and filling in paperwork also organising booklets and certificates for the course members. These are the types of activities that she completes without fuss or complaint


The George Musker Award.
The final and most prestigious award for Excellence and Elitism shown in the Sport of Rowing
Winner: Ed Grisedale

At Northwich Rowing Club we sometimes take it for granted that our top athletes will be selected to represent their country.
We have a rich history & a track record from the first winner of the George Musker Award in 1980 Geoff Simms, who competed in a single for England in the Home Countries Regatta. Others including Jo Rafferty, Rachel and Elizabeth Hooper, George and Will Laughton.
Not forgetting our George Musker winner in 1999, 2008 and 2009, GB World Champion, Matt Langridge, silver medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and contender for London 2012.

We well know to secure a place in the GB squad takes a great deal more than a strong pedigree.

This young man has put body and soul into his training. He has proven himself throughout the year and through GB trials. An exceptional sculler, his wins for the year include; J17 1x at Chester Long Distance Sculls, J18 1x at the Dee Autumn, then teaming up with talented oarsman from the Grange School he won J18 2x and 4x at Northwich Autumn Head. He won the J18 category at the English Indoor Championships both individual and team events, with PB of 6:20.2 for 2000m. Then with Tom Ford from the Grange he won J18 2x at Hampton Head – their quad came second to Leander by just 0.2 seconds.

He performed well in trials. In the early Junior assessments in November he came 4th overall in the 1x and then 8th in February and 3rd in the 2x trials. By April he was down to 11th in the time trials at Dorney Lake, Eton and he failed to reach the A final. He knew he had to do more to impress the selectors – there were only 7 seats available for the Junior sculling squad! So in the B final he set off determined to win. In second place at 500m he pushed through and won convincingly in a time that would have put him in 5th in the A final.

This was good enough for the selectors and following a successful GB camp in March, Ed earned his first GB vest in May at the Munich Junior regatta.

During the summer he increased his experience by joining Royal Chester at the Marlow Regatta and Henley Royal.

Invited back for more trials in July he secured a place in the GB junior team at the World Junior Championships at Dorney Lake, Eton in August.

Initially disappointed to not make the quad our award winner raced in the 2x. In an exceptionally strong field they had the race of their life in the semi final and secured a place in the A final, exceeding Team GB’s expectations.

The Club was delighted to be informed, Ed Grisedale, the winner of the George Musker Award “the bow man in the 6th fastest junior double in the world”!

30 October 2011

Dee Head 29-Oct-11

Grosvenor Rowing Club hosts the annual Head race in Chester, Cheshire, which attracted over 200 entries to this year’s contest.  Racing starts at the A55 bridge, south of Chester, and finishes 4000m downstream as the River Dee winds its way into the city centre.

The club had two status wins and five second places, including a strong performance from the WJ16 squad who won Women's Novice 8's convincingly in a time of 14:34.6, 1minute and 32s ahead of the next competitor in that category.

Ed Grisdale won Intermediate 1 singles and was the fastest single sculler of the day at 14:09.  He competed with Royal Chester Rowing Club in the morning division winning Intermediate 1 quadruple sculls. 

Ed has just returned from the first round of trials for the U23 GB rowing squad where he performed well on and off the water scoring a personal best in his 2k ergometer test. 

Winning Crews:
WNov 8+ : Bow Sam Over, Tori Scott, Libby Weltman, Alex Walton, Ash Hudson, Olivia Oakes, Beth Chaplin ,Stroke:Kate Meehan ,Cox: Chloe Weston
IM1 1x: Ed Grisdale

click table to enlarge

20 October 2011

Agecroft Head RaceSaturday 15 October 2011

Northwich RC traveled to Manchester on Saturday 15th Oct to attend the very popular & highly competitive Agecroft Autumn Head located at Salford Quays to race on the River Irwell. This is an interesting course which starts in the heart of Manchester and covers 3050 m finishing at the Lowry Centre footbridge. The weather conditions were perfect with little wind and glorious autumn sunshine.

The club returned 2 wins.

J18A single scull: Ed Grisedale winning his category in an impressive 11:42 despite colliding with a bridge at the start of the race. He started 22nd and finished 4th overall racing against a number of Elite Agecroft scullers a few years older than him.

Women’s Masters D coxed four: The ladies had an excellent row and were delighted be awarded a medal against their opposition Warrington WMas B coxed four.
Crew: Carolyn MacRitchie, Clare Briegal, Carole Riddell, Elaine Young
Cox Jonty Moore

Northwich RC was well represented at the event with a number of crews being narrowly beaten, namely the J16 boys quad coming a close second out of 7 entries to rivals Queen’s Park/ Trafford and the WJunior 16 girls who entered a Women’s IM3 coxed Eight racing extremely well against strong opposition coming second to Royal Chester but pleased to have beaten Agecroft and Warrington eights.
The Pairs Head of the River Race.
Saturday 8 October 2011

Northwich Rowing Club is delighted to be celebrating a win at the Pairs Head of the River Race on the Thames Tideway, London on Saturday 8th October 2011.
Ed Drisedale and Joe Guppy won Intermediate1 Double Scull category.

This 4,000 m race down steam, on the ebb tide, from Chiswick to Hammersmith Bridge features over 400 entries male and female from junior, senior & masters races in pairs and double sculls. The double completed the course in 12.02, a fast time over this distance aided by a strong tide and tail wind finishing 13th overall.
This is the first time they have raced this event and despite being critical of the row both enjoyed the experience hoping to return next year. “We could have rowed better but winning our category was the most important thing” said Ed.

Ed (NRC) was teamed with Joe from Eastbourne RC to compete at the 2011 FISA World Junior Championships at Dorney Lake, Eaton in the summer when they reached the final of their event. They have forged a strong bond proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

Training is difficult as they are based hundreds of miles apart but they hope to compete at Northwich RC’s Small Boats Head Race on Sun 13 Nov in the double scull.

NRC will be sending a large entry of boats to Agecroft RC Head of the River race at Salford Quays on Sat 15 Oct.
The annual George Musker Awards will take place at the Clubhouse on Sun 16 Oct.
Runcorn RC Autumn Small Boats Head Race
Saturday 1st October 2011

Traditionally, Runcorn R C Autumn Small Boats Head Race is raced in challenging weather conditions on the River Weaver however this year it will be remembered for the sunshine and high temperatures the rowers had to endure. This race attracts a lot of entries from the region as it is the first long distance race of the winter season for many.
Northwich Rowing Club sent a number of crews to the event held on Sat 1 October. The younger junior crews race a shorter distance of 2,500 meters while the older juniors, seniors and masters race the longer distance of 4,500 meters.
The club was delighted to return with four wins.
Two wins in the morning division, the Women’s Masters C/D coxed four continue their unbroken run of wins through the year in this category and WJ14A coxed quad.
Two wins in the afternoon division, the Masters D/E coxed four and J13 coxed quad having a very decisive win in this their first long distance race finishing well ahead of their rivals Warrington and Runcorn.
Crew names:-
Mas D/E coxed four
Steve Wignal, Simon Bannister, Tom Kilkenny, Nev Hand (s)
Cox James Morrison
W.Mas C/D coxed four
Carolyn MacRitchie, Clare Briegal, Carole Riddell, Elaine Young (s)
Cox Jonty Moore
J13 coxed quad
Sam Platt, George Crouchley, Lawrence Williams, Greg Murphy (s)
Cox Jack Hudson
WJ14 coxed quad
Vicky Gardner, Callie Bloodworth, India Trigg, Emma Roberts (s)
Cox Jack Hudson

J13 coxed quad
L-R Jack Hudson (cox), Lawrence Williams,
Sam Platt, George Crouchley, Greg Murphy.

Next race for the club will be Agecroft Autumn Head Sat 15th Oct at Salford Quays, Manchester

25 September 2011

Chester Long Distance Sculls 25-Sep-2011

The club attended Chester Long Distance Sculls - the first event of the new head racing season.

An annual head race is held over 5km from Eccleston Ferry to the Groves for singles, doubles, quads and Octs. First raced in 1955 the event is in 2 divisions and attracts over 300 competing crews.

For the race the conditions were good - warm and sunny with a strong tailwind in the afternoon.

Northwich entered 8 crews including two WJ18 quads, WJ16 quad, boys J16 quad and double and three single scullers.
One win for NRC Clare Briegal WMasC 1x (masters C single).

Two club members Ed Grisedale and Matt Jump raced in the fastest boat of the day (Royal Chester men's quadruple scull) posting a very fast time of 16 minutes and 30.7 secs.  Faster than any other crew by 36 seconds.

Clare Briegal

21 August 2011

Peterborough Regatta 13-14th Aug 2011

Two days of four lane racing on the 1000m rowing lake in Peterborough. This is a great venue for the sport, a fantastic event to take part in. The weather over the weekend was cloudy with sunny intervals, no rain with a brisk tail wind which died off on the Sunday.

Saturday (1000m event)
The club put entries in the following events IM2.1x (Andy Malins), W.Nov.1x (Mel Benson), IM3.2x (Nick Parkes - Str and Phil Hewitt - Bow) and IM3.4+ (James Morrison - Cox, Tom Fuller - Str, Chris Crawford - 3, Matt Begley - 2 and Adam Webster - Bow). The crews who entered gained some really good experience, unfortunately the standard of the competion was very high and none of the crews made it to the finals.

Sunday (500m event)
The IM3.4+ crew stuck around for this event and were the only NRC entry on the Sunday, this was a more successful days rowing than the Saturday. The day started well with a win in the heat, followed up with second in the semi final qualifying the crew for the final. The final was a very close race which was won by Reading RC the Northwich crew came third. Overall 3rd out of 12 crews, this is a great acheivement for a crew which started this years regatta season as  novice oarsmen.

Special thanks to Nick Emmett the mens squad coach who organised the attendance of this event for Northwich RC

The Northwich 4 a head of Peterborough

09 August 2011

World Rowing Junior Championships

Congratulations to Ed Grisedale on his recent selection and success making the final at this event. It was held 3-7th Aug 2011 as an Olympic test event at Dorney Lake.

British Rowing - "One of the surprise performances of yesterday was Ed Grisedale and Joseph Guppy sneaking into the final of the double sculls at the expense of Belgium. The British knew they had a hard task to make an impact in the 'A' final yet gainly stayed in touch with the field and pressured fifth-place Slovenia all the way to the finish before crossing the bubbles in sixth."

19 June 2011

Shrewsbury Regatta

 We sent a few crews to Shrewsbury Regatta on 14th May.  It's a lovely regatta on the Severn held by Pengwern Boat Club and along the picturesque stretch of the river by Shrewsbury School.  Conditions were showery with a gusty head wind along the course.

The WMasD 4+ crew (below) of Jonty Moore Cox, Clare Briegal (S), Carole Riddell (3), Elaine Hemsted (2) and Carolyn MacRitchie (B) beat Pengwern in the final in a closely matched race by 1/2 length.

The WNov 4+ crew of Andy Morrison (Cox), Kerry Clarke (S), Clare Holt (3), Sue Easton (2) and Vicky Cheshire (B), came through the first round beating De Montford University but were knocked out by Grosvenor (the eventual winners of this event) in the semi-final.

Report By Clare Briegal

05 May 2011

Merseyside Regatta : Saturday April 30 2011

Regatta Racing over 500 metre sprints

2 Golds and 5 Silvers for NRC

Gold for J15 Double Tom Asteriades and Alex Murphy (Photo)
Gold for Women’s intermediate Coxless Quad of Becky Jones, Beth Wynne,
Silver for Coxed Quad J15 - Liam Adamson (S), Tom Asteriades, Zak Trigg, Nathan Jump, Cox Craig Milne (Photo)

Silver for Coxed Quad WJ15 - Katie Meehan (S), Olivia Oakes, Libby Weltman, Ash Hudson, Cox Sam Over (Photo)

Ian Adamson

04 May 2011

Saturday 9th April – Junior Inter Regional Championships at Nottingham

Two Crews from Northwich represented the North West at the Inter Regional Championships at Nottingham:

WJ16 Eight
A mixed Northwich RC and Grange School crew represented the North West as a WJ16 Eight after securing a first place at Runcorn in the North West trials. They achieved a great result by achieving a Bronze and were only just pipped for Silver by Thames Upriver in the last 750 Metres.

Another success for the North West ensured that they were able to secure the Victor Ludorum for the Women’s Title.

Katie Meehan, Chloe Tully, Alex Walton, Emma Chaplin and Alice Elliott   represented Northwich Rowing Club
J15 Four
An all Northwich Crew secured their place after securing a first place at Runcorn against other regional crews in March. They were able to secure a  Final Place after qualifying in sixth place in the heats and were able to better this is in the final, by finishing in fifth place and just missing fourth by less than one second.

Their result contributed and enabled the North West to achieve 3rd place overall.
Stroke to Bow……Tom Asteriades, Alex Murphy, Zak Trigg, Ryan Gamble, and Cox Craig Milne

Ian Adamson

28 April 2011

Northwich Spring Head 17th April 2011

Fantastic weather conditions greeted the competitors for this event it felt like a mid-summer regatta

The full results for the event can be found here

Here are some video clips of the div 3 event

The WALTER BENYON Fastest Boat of the day trophy was captured by the Royal Chester IM1.8+

This crew completed the 2350m course in 07:32:15

Bow: Jamie Leighton, Miles McWilliam, Oliver Cocklin, Patrick Stephens, Jonathan Hardie, Ed Harden, Matt Jump, Stroke: Richard Hawkins, Cox: Akash Kotecha (Grange Sch)

Their were 4 NRC Winners:

With a double success for Emma Roberts and Libby Chaplin in their first race together     

Masters Women Coxed Four…Carolyn MacRitchie, Elaine Young, Carol Riddell, Stroke: Clare Briegal, Cox Jonty Moore 

And not to be outdone, the Boys chipped in with J15 Coxed Quad of Nathan Jump, Alex Murphy, Tom Asteriades, Stroke: Liam Adamson , Cox Craig Milne 

And the Masters Men Coxed Four of Dave Annells, Simon Bannister, Geoff Sims, Tom Kilkenny, Cox James Morrison

Some more Photos from the day

23 March 2011

Runcorn Head 12th March 2011

The winning WMasC 8+ from Runcorn Spring Head on Saturday.  Beat Liverpool Victoria, Runcorn and Royal Chester.

Back: Carol Riddell (5), Kerry Briggs (7), Clare Briegal (2), Dave Wilkinson (Coach), Elaine Hemsted (4)
Front:  Carolyn Macritchie (Bow), Mel Benson (6), Jonty Moore (Coxwain), Clare Holt (3), Emma Collinson (Stroke)
 The J16 girls won as well (they were in WJ18 8+ event)

13 March 2011

Warrington 5-Feb-11

On a very wet day in Warrington the Northwich Crews were in action at the Head of the Mersey event. Competing over two legs, Northwich Ladies had a great return securing two first places with a Junior and Senior Team. The event is two legs of 2000 metres both up and downstream to create an aggregate time.

The WMasD 4+ crew  of Cox Jonty Moore, Bow Carolyn Macritchie, 2 Elaine Hemsted, 3 Carole Riddell, Stroke Clare Briegal secured their first place by an aggregate time of 1 minute 36 seconds. This senior team of ladies has been racing together since the autumn at the Agecroft Head and remains unbeaten in the North West.  MasD is an average age of 50 or more.

The W.J15A.4x+ Junior Ladies of Cox Libby Weltman, Kate Meehan Stroke, Ash Hudson, Beth Chaplin and Sam Over achieved an aggregate time of 15 minutes 18 seconds, securing their first place by almost a minute over the second placed Runcorn Crew.

Ian Adamson

Hampton Schools 5-Feb-11

The prestigious Hampton Schools Head took place over the weekend with two of our local rowers combining. Ed Grisedale (Northwich), Tom Ford (Grange school) winning Gold in the J18 2x at this major event on the rowing calendar.

To add further glory and medals, the local boys teamed up with Runcorn’s Alistair Young and George Patrick and were narrowly pipped in the Quad, winning very notable Silver. They lost out to the Leander crew by just 0.2 sec!

Ian Adamson 

Learn to Row

‘We began rowing last summer as participants on the 2010 Learn to Row course. In
September, we became members of Northwich RC and joined the Women's novice crew
during the autumn. As part of the winter training, we attended Ergo training
with the Senior Women. Prior to rowing we both kept fairly active and this
definitely helped rowing on the indoor rowers. Having demonstrated a good level
of fitness we were encouraged by the senior women to enter the National Indoor
Rowing Championships on the 31st January, despite having done little specific
training. We were keen to set a baseline time so that we had a goal to work at
over the coming 12 months and increased our training in the fortnight leading up
to the event.

When race day finally came around we arrived at the Manchester Velodrome knowing
little about how the event would run, so we were quite surprised to see a
commentator and a big screen with our names on! Despite rowing in different
categories we raced next to each other with 12 other contestants.

Kerry completed her race in a time of 8:25.7 earning her a silver medal whilst
Vicky completed her race in 7:50.9 earning a bronze medal. Having had our
official photographs and recovering from the race itself it dawned on us how
much we had achieved in such a short space of time and although we both came of
the rower saying 'never again' already we are thinking ahead to next year in the
hope that we can win even more medals and set even better times.

We were overwhelmed by the encouragement and support that we received from other
members of the club and friends / family and would definitely encourage anyone
thinking about taking up rowing to come and join us at Northwich’

Vicky Cheshire and Kerry Clarke

15 February 2011

English Indoor Rowing Championships

On Sunday the 30th January the English Indoor Rowing Championships took place at the Velodrome in Manchester. The competition is based on personal best times for 2000 Metres on an ergometer and Northwich Rowing Club coming away from the national championships with three medalists.

Ed Grisedale a pupil at Sir John Deane’s and a product of the Northwich Rowing Club Junior section won gold in the Men’s J18 event with a very fast time of 6:20.2.  Ed has also been invited to the next GB Junior Squad trials at Caversham over the weekend. 

Not to be outdone, the ladies had success with; Vicky Cheshire winning the Bronze in the Women’s 30-39 event in a time of 7:50.9 and Kerry Clarke winning Silver in the Women’s 30-39 Lightweight event in a time of 8:25.7. Both these ladies are recent graduates of the ‘Learn to Row’ programme at the Rowing Club and are also now competing in a Novice Crew.


Three other club members competed at the event on Sunday – Elaine Young, Nathan Jump and Chloe Weston.