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