13 June 2012

National Schools' Regatta June 2012

The weather at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham over the Jubilee weekend 3/4 June may have been dismal and disappointing but the results returned by the visiting crew members were bright and promising !

Ed Grisedale raced in the "Sculls Cup", Championship Single sculls with very strong contenders for the title. He had the "race of his life" as Jed Barlow, his coach, explained. Ed was out of the medal places with 200m to go but his determination helped to drive him to a very close finish. He powered over the line to win a Bronze medal by a mere half a second. All the medal positions were covered by about 3 seconds!
Gold was won by Tideway Scullers School, Silver by Westminster School.

Lucy Burgess raced in the "Internationals' Cup", Championship Girls Single Sculls, winning her semi final race decisively by 12 seconds, meeting  her rival Katie Bartlett of Nottingham RC in the final. Lucy recovered from a bad start to be level at 1,000m halfway marker. Unfortunately, after a ding dong battle she narrowly lost out in the sprint for the line by two seconds to win a well deserved Silver medal with all the other competitors trailing well behind.
Lucy will be as determined as ever when this contest may well be resumed at Women's Henley next week when they both chase the Elite Sculls title.

Two up and coming young scullers who have been making their mark, Finn Lawton and Harry Blake gained a lot of experience from this challenging competition. Both young men did well considering they only started rowing a year ago! They both have the potential to progress further, so watch out for the build up to next year!
Finn missed qualification for the semi final in the J16 single sculls by 0.5 seconds and Harry finished fourth in the semi final of the J15 single sculls needing to be second to progress.

The two Junior14 girls crews attending the Regatta for the first time enjoying the moment, competing very well, to the delight of family members and their coaches Graham Law and Tim Preece. Both crews raced the processional time trial in coxed quads with NRC "A" coming 12th out of 40 crews. They progressed to the semi final gallantly finishing in third place in their heat with first and second going to the final. The experience will encourage all of them and certainly boost their confidence for future races.

All eyes and hopes will be focused on the third and final World Cup Regatta in Munich on 16 & 17 June when Northwich Rowing Club will be cheering on the Men's Eight with Matthew Langridge in the seven seat! Good Luck to the team GB!

03 June 2012

Learn to Row Regatta May 2012

The final eight Learn to Row candidates celebrated the end of the 8 week course on Wed 30 May when they were joined by family, friends and club members to compete in their own mini Regatta and toast their efforts with a well earned glass of Pimms!
Two Eights comprised of beginners and club rowers raced the best of three races over a 300m stretch.
The Learn to Row members loved the thrill and excitement of the "Sprint"!
The club hopes they will now be keen to further their progress with the sport and we will be delighted to welcome them.
      Gold Winners                                                                                       Silver Winners



GB Eight win Silver Medal at Lucerne, Switzerland

The second World Cup Regatta took place at Lucerne, Switzerland on 25-27 May 2012.
Our interest lies with Matthew Langridge as part of the GB's Men's Eight. The Eight scooped a silver medal again in the final only a second adrift of the reining world champions Germany. The weekend had started slowly with the crew who needed a repechage to reach the final after finishing third in the heats on Friday.
The squad will be racing again in Munich at the third Regatta meeting on 17 June 2012

NORTHWICH Sprint Regatta.

128th Northwich Regatta 2012 will be well remembered for the record breaking racing entry and the unseasonal hot sunny weather! The race organizers had a challenge to accommodate over 200 crews with racing starting at 9am and continuing non stop through the day until 7pm, over the 500m sprint distance.
This premier sporting event held on Sunday 27 May, at the rowing club on the river Weaver is a high quality, busy event attracting crews from around the country. The club prides itself in making the regatta a successful and enjoyable day for spectators and competitors alike.
This year the sunshine was an added bonus for everyone but a challenge for the athletes on the water to keep cool and hydrated; the essentials being a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water!
The club was delighted to welcome visiting crews from within the NW region and further afield namely Pengwern RC, Wellbeck College RC, Bradford RC and Lancaster Schools RC. The spectators were entertained with some exciting races and very close finishes. Northwich RC entered approx 30 crews covering all status categories with many crews having closely fought races.
It was the Junior squad who excelled returning 7 wins.
The older Junior girls and boys racing at Senior status winning Mixed IM3 coxed Four, Womens IM3 Eight and the younger 13, 14 and 15yr girls and boys racing extremely well during the day with many of them having several rounds to reach the finals namely the Junior 13 double and Women’s Junior 14 coxed quad.
The Eights races are always exciting to watch heralding the end of the days racing. The Junior girls who have recently been deprived of competition, due to adverse weather cancelling their events, were fired up for their race, a straight final, against Wellbeck College RC, Loughborough in Women’s Intemediate 3 coxed Eight, winning comfortably by five lengths. The final two races were highly charged Challenge Eights with the NRC junior girls and boys racing against their rivals from the Grange School. The NRC boys Eight was delighted to win their race by a comfortable two and a half lengths and the Grange girls Eight winning by a half length in a hard fought race to the finish line.
Mixed IM3 coxed Four beating Wellbeck College RC by one and a half lengths

Alex Walton, Rebecca Jones, Nathan Jump, Liam Adamson
cox Libby Weltman

Women’s Intermediate coxed Eight  beating Wellbeck College RC by five lengths

Libby Welman, Olivia oakes, Samantha Over, Izzy Philips, Kristina Purchas, Ashlene Hudson, Bethany Chaplin, Katie Meenan, cox Chloe Weston

Junior 16 double scull     savoring their win against strong competition from Queens Park High School by a length.

Nathan Jump, Finn Lawton

Junior 15 double scull  winning a close race against Runcorn RC  by three quarters of a length.

Jake Dutton, Harrison Blake

Junior 13 coxed quad   beating Pengwern RC in the first round and winning comfortably against their neighboring rivals Royal Chester RC.

George Crouchley, Fergus Brown, Greg Murphy, Lawrence Williams,
cox Jack Hudson

Junior 13 double scull  who were on the water for some time racing in a large entry of eight crews and doing extremely well to reach the final against Royal Chester RC beating them easily showing off their sculling skills and boosting their confidence for future events.

Greg Murphy, Lawrence Williams.

Women’s Junior 14 coxed quads Two NRC WJ14 crews were represented in this large group and were also on the water for some time. Each crew raced well beating The Grange RC and Royal Chester RC in their heats to then meet in the closely contested final. The winning crew crossing the line with a one and a half lengths lead.

India Trigg, Callie Bloodworth, Emma Roberts, Victoria Gargner, cox Sam Platt