Northwich Rowing Club hosted their annual Spring Head of the River Race on Sunday 1st April. The club welcomed local crews from The Grange School and Sir John Deane’s College with visiting crews from across the country and attracting clubs from within the North West region. The entry was the largest for a Spring Head with a record breaking 269 boats entered to race over 3 divisions through the day from 9.45 to 3pm.
This is a very popular event for all ages and abilities as the course is a short 2,600 meters on the River Weaver. This year the rowers, scullers and spectators were bathed in spring sunshine throughout the day with perfect racing conditions resulting in some very fast times. Northwich entered 23 crews with nine wins overall.
Congratulations to York City RC who had a very successful visit entering 23 crews and finishing the day as top winners with 13 wins overall.
Racing commenced with the single scullers division in which 89 boats took to the water with the ages of competitors ranging from 13 to 60 years. Northwich Rowing Club’s rising star Ed Grisedale won the division in Elite single category in 8:57.1 nine seconds ahead of Agecroft RC.
The 2nd and 3rd divisions included Eights, Fours, coxed and coxless Quads and Doubles.
The 2nd division had 78 boats racing, 9 of which were Eights. NRC had 5 wins.
IM3 coxed Four’s beating Salford University by 2 seconds. The crew comprising of older junior boys were very satisfied with their win building into their preparations for the forthcoming Inter Regional Regatta later in the month. Northwich RC / Royal Chester composite Pair had a decisive win against their opposition from Mersey RC. The Women’s Novice coxed Four comprising of junior girls raced extremely well to beat their opposition from neighboring local clubs. The Women’s squad won 2 Masters categories, Women’s Masters D coxed Four beating Pengwern RC for Shrewsbury by 4 seconds and Women’s Masters B/C double sculls delighted with this success which will encourage them in their training programme for future events.
Royal Chester RC won the 3rd Division in a very fast time 7:40.8. The crew was delighted to be presented with the “Walter Benyon Trophy” for the fastest boat of the day by his widow Susan Benyon. 73 boats raced and Northwich RC had 3 wins; IM3 coxed Eight comprised of older junior boys continued their run of success over the winter months narrowly winning against NRC Senior men. Masters C double sculls finishing 27 seconds ahead of their opposition from Grosvenor & Bradford. Women’s Novice coxed Eight, the crew was represented by the WJ16 girls and raced well beating a visiting Murray Edwards College crew from Cambridge by 10 seconds. The girls will be in the final stages of their training programme in preparation for the Inter Regional Regatta when they will represent the North West Region with their fellow junior boys members.
The next event to be held at the club will be the Northwich Regatta on Sunday 27th May. Racing takes place all day starting at 10am. Admission is free with catering and refreshments available. Spectators are very welcome!
Names of winning crews:
Elite single 08:57.01
IM3 coxed Four 09:01.73
Zak Triggs, Fynn Lawton, Tom Astiradias, Alex Murphy cox Craig Milne
Pair – Matt Jump (NRC) Richard Hawkins (Royal Chester RC)
Women’s Novice coxed Four 10:05.51
Sam Over, Ashlene Hudson, Beth Chaplin, Katy Meehan cox Chloe Weston
Women’s Masters D coxed Four 10:57.92
Clare Holt, Carolyn MacRitchie, Carole Riddell, Elaine Young cox Jonty Moore
Women’s Masters B/C double sculls 10:53.87 (rec’d 12 sec handicap)
Clare Briegal, Melanie Benson
IM3 coxed Eight 08:27.3
Joe Renolds, Fynn Lawton, Nathan Jump, Rian Gamble, Zak Trigg
Tom Astirades, Liam Adamson, Alex Murphy, cox Craig Milne
Masters C double sculls 09:18.5
Simon Crouchley, Andy Malins
Women’s Novice coxed Eight 09:31.4
Libby Weltman, Olivia Oakes, Sam Over, Ashlene Husdon, Kristian Purchas,
Issie Philps, Beth Chaplin, Kate Meehan cox Chloe Weston.
Spring Sunshine at the Start
Finish - A Good Days Racing!