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

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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