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Sunday, 11 September 2011 16:00 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Sunday, 11 September 2011 16:08


News articles from the old website

Read below to find out about what is happening at the club. Articles are in reverse date order so the latest news is at the top.

Learn to Row courses


For Individuals The club hosts learn to row courses - the cost is likely to be £60 per person. Further courses will be arranged as soon as we have enough people wishing to learn.

See the flyer for general details, Email Jenny Huskinson or phone 07984 158030 for details on dates of sessions or to request a place.

Summer 2011 newsletter

The Nottingham Rowing Club Summer 2011 newsletter is now available in the club, or online as a 5 MB pdf here

Henley Royal Regatta 2011

report by Keith Atkinson

4th July 2011

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and it holds a unique place in the respect and affection of all rowers. Founded in 1839, it is famous both as a great sporting occasion and a social event. People come from all over the world to attend, either as spectators or competitors. Winning an event at Henley has always been considered one of the greatest achievements of an oarsman’s career, even amongst those who have become world and Olympic champions. Rowing life is not complete if it does not include competing at Henley. The classic course distance is 1mile 550yds. A good four will cover this in 7 minutes.

This year Nottingham Rowing Club entered five boats. In the Princess Grace Challenge Cup for Women’s quadruple sculls the crew, which had a major accident at Women’s Henley, bravely qualified for the main regatta. Pippa Whittaker replaced an ill Catherine Lineker and joined Lyndsay Marshall, Fiona Bassett and Nikki Spencer. They are coached by Dez Atkins.

Two Wyfold coxless fours and a coxed Britannia four, coached by Dan Johnson, were also in the main draw. Ben Sibly, coached by Martin Kay, failed to make the cut in the Diamond Challenge Sculls, and returned to Nottingham to prepare for the National Championships to be held at Holme Pierrepont.

On the first day of racing both Wyfold fours got through, The A crew beat Doncaster and the B crew beat Upper Thames on their own water, as Upper Thames were disqualified for steering before the race had finished. The coxed four lost to eventual finalists London Rowing Club. On day two the B crew were eliminated, the A crew beat Henley Rowing Club. Friday was quarter-finals day. The girls quad was eliminated by the eventual winners Princeton. The A crew beat City of Bristol Rowing Club and qualified for the semi-finals on Saturday where they met and beat The Tideway Scullers School – twice, as the race was re-rowed with the same results after Scullers appealed that their rudder had been fouled by weeds - to win a place in the final, a first for Nottingham Rowing Club’s men since their foundation in 2006. The crew-Matt Ley at bow, Rob Yates, Matt Gotrel and Richard Watton at stroke - lost to London Rowing Club after their fifth race over the course since Wednesday.

"It’s been a great Henley for the Club with most crews going out to the winners. Credit to our athletes and to coaches Dan Johnson and Dez Atkins." said Club President Keith Atkinson, "We are very proud of them all and look foreward to the National Championships later in July. "

Juniors On Trial At Holme Pierrepont, Katie Off To The Worlds.

report by Keith Atkinson

28 June 2011

Four Junior members of Nottingham Rowing Club were at rowing trials over the week-end at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont in an attempt to secure places in Team GB.

Three fifteen year olds-Olivia Duckworth (Fernwood School, Wollaton), Connor Gamble (Dayncourt School, Radcliffe-on Trent) and Dominic Parnell (Grove School, Balderton, Newark) acquitted themselves well competing against older athletes and coach Claire Parnell felt that the experience would stand them in good stead next year when they moved into the next age range.

The other main contestant was Katie Bartlett (Trinity School, Aspley) coached by Julie Edwards and sponsored by "Insideland". Katie won the single scull trial and then had to produce a qualifying crew row in a quadruple scull. After an impressive row against the clock with fellow trialists- Lucy Burgess, Jess Leydon and Kiara Weaver with Katie driving the crew on from the stoke seat the whole group were chosen to represent Great Britain at the World Junior Rowing Championships on Dorney Lake in August in the Quadruple Sculls. Dorney is the site for the Olympic Regatta in 2012.

A delighted Katie was at pains to thank her club, her sponsors her coach and her Dad John.

"Katie is the first of our Internationals this year" said Club President Keith Atkinson, "The Club is so pleased that she made it. But she is a talented athlete, has an excellent attitude, a very good coach and sound support at home and from the sponsors. "

Nottingham Rowing Club Off To Ironbridge. The Wilsons Are Back!

report by Keith Atkinson

27 June 2011

By way of a change Nottingham Rowing Club, having rowed on multi-lane courses in Nottingham, Peterborough and Dorney Lake, went to an old style side by side regatta at Ironbridge near the new town of Telford. The event is held on the River Severn, which had been having problems with low water levels due to the summer drought although it was rapidly being topped up by recent rains, including the Friday night.

With 1000m on Saturday and 500m on Sunday there was plenty of exciting racing and the Club returned with six pots.

On Saturday there were wins for the Veteran E coxed four, the Intermediate 1 Double Scull stroked by Aidy Leibert and the Women’s Novice Sculls where Becca Rimmington had three races in two hours to win in her first ever sculling race.

Sunday was a day to remember. As Club Vice President and local businessman Andrew Wilson put it: "25 years ago, almost to the day I was rowing in the Great Britain lightweight squad. A quarter of a century later and 40kg heavier I won Masters D coxed fours beating Stourport in an exciting final, with Dave Knight, Mark Cooke (Club Manager) and Kevin Titterton, we were coxed by my daughter Mary who has been out of rowing for a year with back problems. Mary then teamed up with clubmate Sarah Padbury and beat Hereford Rowing Club to win Women's J17 Double Sculls. My son Jack rowing in Leeds colours won at Bradford Regatta. So 3 in a day for the Wilsons! We are back". The E coxed four of Simon Hughes, Paul Johns, Steve Cuthbert and Dave Wregg beat Northwich Rowing Club to take the title and bring the week-end haul to 6. Heidi Dobbs coaches the Masters crews.

Mark Cooke reports that racing on Sunday was abandoned when debris on the river sank the safety launch!

Henley Women’s Regatta 2011.

report by Keith Atkinson

21 June 2011

With three composite wins in Elite Coxless Pairs, Senior Quadruple Sculls and Elite Eights Nottingham Rowing Club women made sure that the record of winning at Henley every year since the club’s foundation in 2006, was secured. It was the first time that the Club had been in the eight and pair finals.

Laura Wheeler was in the coxless pair and won the final with her Reading University colleague, easily. Vicky Meyer-Laker and Pippa Whittaker were in the winning and fast moving elite eight and Katie Bartlett from Trinity School Aspley sculled in the junior quad which won the senior event by a canvas having trailed their opponents, against a senior crew. Dez Atkins coaches the elite women and Julie Edwards the juniors. Katie now faces further trials to be held this week-end at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, prior to the announcement of Team GB for the World Junior Championships at Dorney Lake near Windsor in August.

Earlier the club eight coached by Helen Bloor was defeated by Royal Chester Rowing Club. The double scull of Kate Hurst and Grace Neal who are having an excellent season went down in the final to a powerful Nereus crew from the Netherlands.

Two regattas at the National Watersports Centre

report by Keith Atkinson

14 June 2011

This week-end saw two rowing Regattas held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. On Saturday the inaugural East Midlands Regatta, run by local Club members from Nottingham Rowing Club, Derby Rowing Club, Newark Rowing Club and Loughborough Boat Club, took place. On Sunday the British Rowing Masters Championships (for those over 27 years of age) attracted a record entry of over 550 boats!

Saturdays conditions were cool, dry and bright with a light cross wind. On Sunday afternoon it poured down!

As ever local Nottingham Rowing Club were in action and won the first final of the day at the new regatta, when Peter Savage, a pupil at Djanogly City Academy, took the J13 event. Olivia Kay, from Rushcliffe School West Bridgford, then won WJ14 sculls with Anna Thornton, Fernwood School Wollaton, second. Declan Gamble, returning from injury, coached by Martin Kay, won a tough JM18 final from Loughborough and Derwent. Wins in Women's novice double sculls by two juniors, Heather Barnes and Olivia Duckworth, who beat Trent University and Lincoln Rowing Club and mixed Intermediate 3 quadruple sculls of John Dainty, Lewis Muirhead, Lisa Thomasson and Ruth Starkey brought the morning total to five.

In the afternoon Nick Musson and Adam Stancer, coached by Martin Kay, won Intermediate 2 double sculls and were congratulated by the umpire after a fierce scrap with Evesham Rowing Club. Heather Barnes and Olivia Duckworth won WJ16 double sculls and Olivia Kay and Anna Thornton won WJ14 doubles, their second win together in a week. The junior squad are coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory with guest appearances by Club President Keith Atkinson.

Sunday dawned fresh and bright but by mid-day the rain had set in. First win of the day was a C (over 43) coxless four of Paul Williamson, Chris Royles, Graham Angus and Chris Beesley coached by Heidi Dobbs-they dispatched Crabtree and Tyrian, alumni crews from Cambridge and London Universities. Bill Payne and Peter Massey won H (over 70) double sculls.

The Women's A eight were well on to winning at 250m when a boatstopping crab brought them to an abrupt halt. Having re-started they rapidly made up ground but as coach Helen Bloor put it "We just ran out of lake!"

The women's squad finished off the day with 2 gold medals. A quadruple scull of Athalie Redwood-Brown, Lindsay Marshall, Grace Neal and Kate Hurst won their event then split into two double sculls and came first and second in the final with Grace and Kate winning the gold. Two medals for the men and two for the women left honours even at the club as squads limber up for Women's, Men's and Master's Henley regattas.

Eight wins at the new regatta and four at the Masters brings the current total for the 2011 season to 55. Since its formation in 2006 Nottingham Rowing Club have won an annual average of 50 winter and 100 summer trophies making it one of the most successful clubs in the country.

Nottingham Win at the Metropolitan Regatta

report by Keith Atkinson

6th June 2011

With the younger juniors at Peterborough and the Veterans and Women’s Henley eight back at the Club the men and High Performance women went to the Metropolitan Regatta held on Dorney Lake site of next year’s Olympic Regatta.

On day one the high performance girls were involved in three wins and star junior sculler Katie Bartlett, in two. The women won Elite Eights and Elite Coxless Fours in composite crews with Vicky Meyer-Laker and Laura Wheeler in both boats and Kate Hurst and Grace Neal won Senior Double Sculls. Also in a composite crew of juniors, Katie Bartlett with girls from Tees, Runcorn and Latymer Upper won Women’s Elite and Senior Quadruple Sculls beating more experienced club members, the GB under 23’s and the lightweights in the process.

Katie is coached by Siemens supported Julie Edwards, sponsored by "Insideland Ltd" and is in line for a place on the GB Rowing team for the World Championships to be held at Dorney in August. Dez Atkins coaches the High Performance squad. On day two the men, coached by Dan Johnson, rowed well in the eight and split into fours to race in the Senior event in which they came first and fifth. The winning crew was Matt Ley at bow, Rob Yates, Matt Gotrel, and Richard Watton at stroke.

The womens high performance group continued their great run of form at the "Met" by winning Elite Eights in a composite crew, Elite Quadruple Sculls with Nikki Spenser, Catherine Lineker, Fiona Bassett and Lindsey Marshal, Intermediate 1 Quads where Rebecca Gill rowed with Staines RC and Kate Hurst and Grace Neal took Women’s Intermediate 1 double sculls.

Nottingham Rowing Club was involved in ten wins at the "Met" over the week-end and their Juniors won another 10 at Peterborough a great foundation for the rest of the season.

Juniors Win at Peterborough

report by Keith Atkinson

6th June 2011

Nottingham Rowing Club's younger junior squad, led by Junior Coordinator and coach Claire Parnell, raced on the 1,000m multi-lane course at Peterborough near to the river Nene.A cool north-easterly wind ruffled the water and made getting onto the start very difficult.

On day one four of the seven entries won and the others came second.Olivia Kay convincingly won WJ14 sculls then teamed up with Anna Thornton, competing in her first regatta and won WJ14 double sculls.Olivia Duckworth and Heather Barnes took the WJ15 double sculls title and Rowan Law and Faisan Shah won J14 double sculls.

On day two with no let up in the cool north-easterly wind there were even more successes with wins in 6 out of 7 events. Faisan Shah won J13 sculls,then with Peter Savage on board he won J14 double sculls.Dominic Parnell won J15 singles and with Connor Gamble took the J15 double sculls.Olivia Duckworth won both WJ15 and WJ16 sculls.

The youngsters are coached by Andy Ivory and Claire Parnell mainly in single sculling boats to prove and enhance their skills.Peterborough shows that the policy is working.There are moves to race in quadruple sculls in the future.

Wind and Waves at National Schools Regatta 2011

report by Keith Atkinson

30 May 2011

The National Schools Regatta is the largest regatta for juniors in Great Britain. Held annually in May the three day event offers racing for juniors between J14 and J18. The regatta was first raced in 1947 as the @quot;Colts and Third VIIIs Regatta@quot;. In 1964 it became the 'National Schools Regatta' and by 1973 had moved from the Thames Valley to the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont to take advantage of the six lane racing. It has remained in Nottingham ever since.

Conditions were cool and breezy which led to choppy water and slow times.

Nottingham Rowing Club were in action on day one. Olivia Duckworth, a pupil at Fernwood School, Wollaton, and Olivia Kay from Rushcliffe School West Bridgford progressed through a morning processional race, semi-finals and raced one another in the final of girls J15 sculls. Olivia Duckworth won a bronze medal just ahead of her younger training partner. Connor Gamble from Dayncourt School was unfortunately ill and was eliminated in the semi-finals of his J15 race. All three scullers are coached by Claire Parnell.

On day two, with increasing wind and some boats sinking, Katie Bartlett, a pupil at Trinity School Aspley, revelling in the conditions, won the Gold medal in the girls J17 sculling event. Katie spends most of her training time at Holme Pierrepont and is well used to choppy water. Katie is a World Class Start athlete. She is coached by Siemens supported Julie Edwards and sponsored by @quot;Insideland Ltd@quot;.

On day three, with wind speed increasing, side by side racing was abandoned and medals decided on the results of processional races over 1,000m. Katie Bartlett was back in action but this time she paired up with clubmate Sarah Padbury and won a bronze medal rowing in the girls Championships coxless pairs, just edging out a King's Chester crew. The girls had only been out four times! Local schoolmaster Ben Dobbs coached the crew. With wins in both sculling and rowing Katie has further strengthened her claim to a place in Team GB for the World Junior Rowing Championships to be held at Dorney Lake in August. The event is seen as a dummy-run for the Olympics in 2012.

On the same day and in rough conditions Dominic Parnell and Connor Gamble, although only 15, entered the J16 double sculls, they came 6th from an entry of 26 and put down a strong marker for next year.

Nottingham City Regatta 2011

report by Keith Atkinson

23 May 2011

Nottingham City Regatta, with an excellent entry of over 350 boats, was rowed at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont with most races over the 2000m course. Veteran, now "Masters" events were 1000m in length. Conditions were fine and dry but breezy which made for slow times and choppy water. Regatta Secretary Paul Williamson said that had the wind been as strong as it was on Sunday the regatta would have been called off.

Local Nottingham Rowing Club recorded ten wins in all classes of racing from novice fours to the blue riband "elite eights" event.

First winners of the day were the men's novice four coached by Charlie Whyman. The crew of Steven Cannell, Adam Stancer, John Dainty and Lewis Muirhead were coxed by Jo Dodgson. Later John and Lewis, coached by Ruth Hyde and Charlie Whyman, won the Masters A double sculls. Alan Crowther, Mike Walker the Masters Captain, Mike Fay and Club Captain Andy Brown coxed by Lucy Mason and coached by Heidi Dobbs, won the Masters B four.

Not to be outdone the Women's squad coached by Helen Bloor won both the Women's Intermediate 2 Eights and the Intermediate 3 fours. Both crews were stoked by Lou Townrow, the eight was coxed by Ashley Hewitt and the four by Jo Dodgson. Helen was very proud of her crews' success and felt that they had coped very well with the poor water conditions.

Ed Mace won Elite Lightweight Sculls. Ed is coached by Dez Atkins who also coached Kate Hurst and Grace Neal to win both Women's Intermediate 1 and 2 Double Sculls.

Star sculler Katie Bartlett, a pupil at Trinity School, Aspley, coached by Julie Edwards and sponsored by "Insideland Ltd' was also in action preparing for races at the National Schools Regatta. She won Women's Intermediate 1 Sculls.

Race of the day was the final of Elite Eights. Nottingham Rowing Club took on Bedford Modern School, 2 Nottingham University crews and current National Club Champions London Rowing Club. Striking over 40 strokes per minute Strokeman Richard Whatton took his men out of the blocks determined to snatch a lead. By 500 meters the 2 University crews, tying up in the choppy water had been dropped, passing half way London Rowing Club were faltering but Bedford were matching Nottingham stroke for stroke, with 500 meters to go both crews went for the line and Nottingham got home with a length to spare. The crew was coxed by Tamsin Cottle.

Commented Club President Keith Atkinson "I have been a member of Nottingham Boat Club since 1954 and of Nottingham Rowing Club since its amalgamation with Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club in 2006 and this is the first time that we have won this event. I feel a party coming on". he quipped. "Credit to the crew and to the fine coaching of Dan Johnson who is preparing the men for Henley Royal Regatta. "

NRC win at Shrewsbury

report by Keith Atkinson

15 May 2011

An excellent win in the Intermediate 1 Double Sculls by Dominic Harrison and Ed Fisher at Shrewsbury Regatta brought Nottingham Rowing Club's total for the 2011 season to 10.

Coach Martin Kay said "The final was against old rivals Grange School over the 1,000m course. At 500m we were half a length down but rowing well and a fine burst in the closing stages put us 2 feet up on the line. The boys were rowing in a new boat for the first time. "

Katie on Fire

report by Keith Atkinson

9th May 2011

Katie Bartlett, 17 year old star sculler from Nottingham Rowing Club and a pupil at Trinity School, Aspley, has just returned from the international rowing regatta in Hamburg with gold and bronze medals.

Katie spends most of her training time at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre under the watchful eye of Siemens sponsored coach Julie Edwards. Katie herself is sponsored by local development consultants "Insideland" who must be well pleased with these results as Katie pushes towards a place in Team GB for the World Junior Rowing Championships to be held on Dorney Lake in August 2011.

The gold medal was won in a quad combination on Saturday which was then changed on Sunday to take on the top German crew. Kiara Weaver, Jessica Leyden, Lucy Burgess and Katie came away with a bronze medal after a really hard race.

Six at Chester for Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

9th May 2011

On a showery Spring week-end Nottingham Rowing Club made a modest start to its fifth full year since its foundation in 2006. The Club won six events at Chester Regatta which was founded 275 years ago and is raced over a 750m course on the River Dee close to the city and only disturbed by a ferry taking passengers across the water.

The Veteran Squad now called "Masters", coached by Heidi Dobbs, returned with three trophies. The Masters C eight stroked by Paul Williamson, beat Rex Rowing Club easily, The Masters E four, stoked by Paul Johns, beat local favourites Royal Chester and the Masters C crew beat Chester University in an invitational MasC vs Int3 race after both crews opposition had withdrawn prior to race day.

Coach Martin Kay had two wins with Ben Sibly winning Senior 1 sculls and Nick Musson Intermediate 2 sculls.

Hero of the day was Connor Gamble from Dayncourt School Radcliffe-on-Trent who had six rows to win Junior 15 sculls easily from his local Chester rival. Connor is coached by Claire Parnell and trains at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

First Blood for Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

10 April 2011

On a sunny spring morning at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham Rowing Club won its first regatta trophy of the 2011 season. The fifth full year since the foundation of the club on Trentside.

Olivia Kay, coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory, won the Women's J 14 sculling event at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta which attracted entries from all over the country.

Olivia is a pupil at Rushcliffe School, West Bridgford. Her father Tom is an ex-World rowing champion. It is her second win this season having previously won at the Boston Head.

With a warm day and stiff tail wind crowds were treated to a day of exciting racing.

What Katie Does Best

report by Keith Atkinson

5 April 2011

Following an exhaustive set of trials for junior rowers at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, 17 year old Katie Bartlett, Nottingham Rowing Club's star sculler, has been selected to represent Great Britain at the International Regatta in Munich.

Katie is a sixth-form pupil at Trinity School Aspley; she is coached by World Class Start coach Julie Edwards and is sponsored by local development consultants "Insideland".

The selection is one more step to securing a place in Team GB for the World Junior Rowing Championships to be held in early August 2011 at Dorney Lake, Eton. This event is widely seen as a dummy run for the Olympic rowing regatta in 2012.The final trials for junior team places will be held in June, again at Holme Pierrepont.

In Munich Katie will scull in the double and quadruple races.

At the recent World Championships in New Zealand the senior women won both these events for GB.

Bragging Rights on Trentside

report by Keith Atkinson

3 April 2011

A week after Oxford beat Cambridge in the annual University Boat Race from Putney to Chiswick, six eights from Nottingham Rowing Club ventured south to row over the 4 and a quarter miles from Chiswick to Putney.

Three crews were entered in the Men's Head of the River race on Saturday and two men's and a women's eight in the Veteran-now Masters- event on Sunday. Over 400 crews were entered for the Men's race and over 200 for the Masters event. Nearly 5,000 rowers competed for trophies on the Thames over the week-end!

In the Men's race Nottingham 1 came 39th.It was placed 3rd in the Jackson Trophy for Provincial crews and 3rd in the Intermediate 2 status. The crew is coached by Dan Johnson and claim the bragging rights on Trentside having defeated Nottingham and Union and Nottingham University. Nottingham 2 came 117th having started 234th and Nottingham 3 were 322nd.

The Veteran (now Masters) crews-the men coached by Heidi Dobbs and the women by Helen Bloor had good rows on a pleasant Spring tide. The Masters C crew came 19th and were 8th in their class, the F crew were 121st and 10th in their event and the Women, who were faster than the F men came 103 and were 4th in their class.

The Head racing is now over. Crews will soon be on Easter camps and the preparation for the 2011 season gets underway. Since it's foundation in 2006 Nottingham Rowing Club have won more than 500 events in four years. Over 50 more have been taken over this winter so a minimum of 100 is expected over the next few months.

Success for Sarah

report by Keith Atkinson

20 March 2011

Sarah Padbury has been named as Sportswoman of the year 2010 for the Hinkley and Bosworth area. Sarah is a successful sculler at Nottingham Rowing Club and began the winter season for the Club with a win at the Boston Marathon.

Donna Kellog, a Badminton International presented the trophy.

NRC women take Senior pennant at WHORR

report by Keith Atkinson

20 March 2011

The week-end saw nearly 300 eights row from Chiswick Bridge to Putney in the annual Women's Head of the Thames. Conditions were unusually good. Nottingham Rowing Club was involved in four crews.

As Nottingham Rowing Club begins its fifth full season since the amalgamation of the Nottingham Boat Club and the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, the high performance group coached by Dez Atkins took the Senior Pennant finishing just ahead of Cambridge University. This group have returned from the Thames with a trophy every year since the Club was founded.

The Intermediate 3 crew coached by Helen Bloor started at 94 and finished 51st, also finishing 3rd in the INT3 category and 4th fastest provincial club crew. The Novice squad coached by Athelie Redwood-Brown came 165th.

Katie Bartlett, a pupil at Trinity School Aspley, rowing in a junior composite, started 230th and finished 21st.Very good news for her sponsors Insideland Ltd as she bids for international selection this year.

The Cub have now won 52 events over the winter, chasing last year's record of 58.

NRC getting closer to the winter record

report by Keith Atkinson

14 March 2011

With five wins at the Lincoln Head of the River, bringing the current total to 51, Nottingham Rowing Club moved closer to breaking its record of winter wins of 58, set up in 2010.

The event was raced over 3,000m (about 2 miles), on the River Witham at Lincoln. Conditions were cool dry and sunny.

All Nottingham's wins were in sculling boats. Ashley Hewitt, last years' Senior Women's cox, won the J17 event, Adam Stancer won Novice Sculls, Ben Sibly, back from injury, was the winner of Elite Sculls, Dr. Dave Sperry, usually to be seen at the Queen's Medical A&E won Masters Sculls and Bill Payne, Peter Massey, Derek Crowley and Martin Kay won Masters Quadruple Sculls. Martin felt that it was a very well run Head and results would boost his athletes' confidence.

Nottingham Rowing Club Run Riot

report by Keith Atkinson

02 March 2011

The 2011 Head of the Trent was rowed in cold, wet conditions with a strong stream flowing. The event was in three divisions all starting at Clifton Bridge.

Division 1, mainly for men's eights and women's fours, was over a 6K distance finishing at the Training Ship Orion. Division 2 was for Novices, covered 4K and finished just above Trent Bridge. Division 3 for Women's eights and men's fours was the same as Division 1. Nottingham Rowing Club won an impressive seven events bringing the winter total to 46 chasing last year's record of 58. In Division 1 the men's first eight coached by Dan Johnson won Intermediate 2 eights and were only 5 seconds behind the overall winners from Upper Thames. The Women's Masters' eight, coached by Helen Bloor, stroked by Lou Townrow won their event; they were coxed by Jo Dogson taking part in her first race. Bill Payne's Masters G Quad also rowed well to win. In Division 2 a new eight under the direction of Athelie Redwood-Brown won the Women's Novice eights, beating local favourites Nottingham University convincingly.

In Division 3 Jaqui Round, making a welcome return to the Club, stroked the Women's eight, coached by Dez Atkins, to win the prestigious Robin Haslam trophy for the fastest Women's Crew. The Women also won the Intermediate 3 pennant; the crew was stroked by Lou Townrow and coxed by Sam Tilley and coached by Helen Bloor. Graham Angus stroked the winning Masters C eight coached by Heidi Dobbs.

"Coaches and athletes deserve great credit for these excellent results," said Club President Keith Atkinson, "and it sets us up well for the regatta season in six weeks' time. "

Local support for Junior Sculler

report by Keith Atkinson

03 February 2011

Katie Bartlett, top Junior sculler at Nottingham Rowing Club, is to be sponsored by local land and development consultants "Insideland Ltd." who are based in Regent Street in the City.

Katie is a 6th form pupil at Trinity School Aspley. She is coached by Julie Edwards, a World Class Start coach sponsored by Siemens, based at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

Katie, who is ranked in the top three junior scullers in the country, is to receive £10,000.

"It is incredibly generous of Insideland Ltd to support a young athlete in this way. This will help Katie a great deal in her aim to represent GB at the Junior World Championships at Dorney Lake, site of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, later this year. We will use the sponsorship to buy Katie suitable equipment and to access some sports science services, which ultimately will help her to achieve yet higher standards" said coach Julie.

Speaking to Katie and Julie at a cold and breezy Holme Pierrepont, Steve Brandon, representing Insideland, said that the firm were delighted to be supporting local talent.

NRC scullers at Thames Valley Trials

report by Claire Parnell

02 February 2011

Two Nottingham Rowing Club Junior Single Scullers, along with their coaches, set off at 4am Sunday morning and travelled South to compete in the Thames Valley Trial Head over 1900m of the Dorney Lake Course at Eton - racing predominantly against southern clubs and schools.

Olivia Duckworth rowed in the WJ15 single sculls in a large draw of 30 scullers. Following on from her recent wins at Marlow, Walton and Boston - she made it four in a row scoring a win by one second. She rermains unbeaten in the 2010/11 Head season.

Dominic Parnell, also in a large field, competed in the J15 single sculls to finish in 3rd place.

Both scullers are coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory.

Boston brings bonus

report by Keith Atkinson

27 January 2011

The Boston Head of the River was rowed over a 3, 000m downstream course of the River Witham, on a cold winter Sunday, in three divisions.

Nottingham Rowing Club, chasing last year's record 58 wins, won 11 trophies bringing their current total to 38.

In Division 1 there were victories for the boy's J18 quadruple scull stroked by Ed Fisher a pupil at Harry Carlton School, East Leake, coached by Martin Kay, Laura Wheeler, coached by Dez Atkins, in Women's Elite Sculls, Olivia Duckworth coached by Andy Ivory and Claire Parnell. In the Women's J18 Double Sculls Katie Bartlett from Trinity School Aspley, teamed up with Beth Bryan from Tees Rowing Club and won the event.

In Division 2 there were wins for Faisan Shah from Farnborough School Clifton coached by Claire and Andy and the Men's Novice Quad coached by Ruth Hyde.

Division 3 brought five more victories. Connor Gamble, a pupil at Dayncourt School Radcliffe-on-Trent took the J15 title, Olivia Kay from Rushcliffe School West Bridgford, in her first ever race, won Women's J14 sculls. Rob Milligan won Men's Novice Sculls. Beth and Katie won a second event taking Women's Intermediate 1 Double Sculls, Rob and Katie are coached by World Class Start Coach Julie Edwards. The Women's Intermediate 1 Eight coached by Helen Bloor and stoked by Lou Townrow won their event. Club Captain Andy Brown was well pleased with the results and felt that there was plenty of time to pass last years record total.

Boston Head January 2011

report by Mike Fay

24 January 2011, updated 25 January

On Sunday 23rd, Nottingham RC crews headed to Boston for the 3000 metre downstream Head races on the River Witham. Conditions were tradition January - cold and overcast. In all, Nottingham crews claimed eleven wins.

At the J14 and J15 categories, NRC's juniors had a healthy clean sweep of the mens and womens single sculls. Connor Gamble took J15 1x and Olivia Duckworth WJ15 1x, while Faisan Shah won J14 1x and Olivia Kay took the WJ14 1x win. All four are coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory.

NRC crews also took the J18 quad, women's elite singles, novice men's quad, novice men's singles, and women's IM1 eight. The NRC/Tees composite women's double took the WJ18 and WIM1 wins.

NRC Workplace Health Scheme featured in The Telegraph

18 January 2011

Nottingham Rowing Club's Workplace Health Scheme has been featured in an article in The Telegraph. Journalist Gary King joined Andrew Pitts, Nathan Price, and Ian Grady, from the Environment Agency for their lunchtime Workplace session on the water. The article appeared in the 'Active' section of the paper, titled Rowing: Paddle your way to New Year fitness

Katie's Busy Start to 2011

12 January 2011

Nottingham Rowing Club's star junior sculler, Katie Bartlett, a sixth form pupil at Trinity School Aspley, has made a busy start to the New Year.

Last year's trials ranked Katie third in the country, she has recently returned from a training camp in Nantes in France, attended a gifted and talented get together at Loughborough University and is on the short list for a local Sports Personality award.

Katie is coached by Julie Edwards and spends most of her training time at the National Watersports Centre. She is looking forward to warmer conditions which will melt the ice on the lake and allow regular water training sessions.

Junior win at Walton Small boats Head

report by Claire Parnell

12 December 2010

The juniors at Nottingham Rowing Club have battled against the freezing temperatures and icy conditions for the last couple of weeks by continuing to train throughout the big freeze both on and off the water - swapping a frozen Holme Pierrepont lake for the river.

The weather fortunately cleared enough just in time for a small group of junior athletes coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory to make the journey south to Walton-on-Thames for the Walton small boats head on Saturday 11th December.

The performance of the day for Nottingham Rowing Club was by WJ15 sculler, Olivia Duckworth, who competed in a draw of 10 athletes to score to win on the 3km Thames course - following her recent win at Marlow.

Rowan Law finished 2nd out of 11 entrants in his J14 single sculls and then paired up with Niall Highes to row up a year in J15 double sculls, also finishing second out of 9 entries.

Vets and Juniors in weekend action

reports by Claire Parnell, Mike Fay

22nd November 2010, updated 23rd, 25th November

NRC crews from opposite ends of the age spectrum went in opposite directions to race on the two Rivers Ouse on Sunday 21st November. While the Men's Masters squad headed north to the River Ouse and York Small Boats Head, the junior men headed south to the River Great Ouse in Bedford for the Star Small Boats Head.

The boys returned with four wins over the 2km course at Bedford - Dominic Parnell (J15) won two pots, winning in MNOV 1x and MNOV 2x with partner Connor Gamble (J15) who also finished 2nd in J15 1x. The pair were awarded a consolation pot for their novice double scull after being impeded on the course by a quad for some 15 seconds.

Mike Lavelle (J17) and Rowan Law (J14) made it two in a row – consolidating their convincing wins at Marlow LDSC three weeks earlier to win in J17 1x and J14 1x respectively.

The Vet men also added to the tally of Nottingham's wins this season. The NRC Masters took seven crews to the 3000m upstream course at York, three racing in the Vet B/C 4+ category which featured seven crews in total. Simon Hughes, Mike Walker, Alan Crowther and Mike Fay, coxed by Tam Cottle, took the win in that category, with another NRC crew second. The third C 4+ crew were unfortunately stopped by a collision with a university crew they were overtaking. After cheering on the other Nottingham crews going past, they disentangled themselves from the stricken students and raced strongly on the way back, overtaking a number of crews. Simon and Tam also won in the NRC Mas D/E4+, along with Steve Cuthbert, Paul Johns and Dave Wregg.

Graham Angus and Chris Beesley were clear winners in the Mas DEG 2x, and also took a second win with the fastest NRC time of the day in the MasC/D 4- with Paul Williamson and Chris Royles, finishing a good 27 seconds ahead of the next crew in the category. The Masters EG quad had an unplanned exploratory swim in the Ouse, but still decided to go out and compete even though they must have been freezing and uncomfortable, epitomising the spirit of the NRC Masters.

Also at the weekend, juniors and veterans were at the British Indoor Rowing Championships. NRC entrants took a number of medals, with Alicia Brown and Katie Bartlett taking gold and bronze in the WJ18. Bronzes also came from Fiona Bassett in Womens Open Hwt (won by Olympian Debbie Flood), Olivia Dadge in Womens J13, Louise Hart, of Nottingham RC and Loughborough Uni, in Womens Student Lwt, and Bill Payne in the Men 75-79Hwt category.

Olivia Duckworth (WJ15) finished in 7th position out of 80+ entrants in her 5 minute ergo with a score of 1282m – only 32 m behind the winner. Olivia Kay (WJ14) finished in ninth position out of 84 entrants in her 4 minute ergo with a score of 1003m. Faizan Shah finished 4th of 55 in the J13 men category.

Elite Women Win at Fours Head

report by Keith Atkinson

15th November 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club entered an unprecedented number of crews for the 56th annual Fullers Head of the River Fours on the Thames in London.

Ten boats joined more than 2,000 rowers in 500 crews to compete over the four and a quarter mile Championship course from Mortlake to Putney. Conditions were far better than expected following a wet, windy week.

Outstanding performance of the day was by the Women's high performance group coached by Dez Atkins. They were the first Women's boat home in a time of 19.52.71 and brought back a Head of the River Pennant for Quadruple Sculls. Pippa Whittaker rowed bow, Lindsay Marshall was at two, Vicky Meyer-Laker at three and stroke was Nikki Spencer. This is the first time that Nottingham Rowing Club Women have won such an event. Their success builds on the excellent results at Women's Henley where the Club won four trophies and cements their reputation as the only Women's high performance centre north of the Thames.

"This is a tremendous result for the Club" said President Keith Atkinson, "Not only were the girls first women's boat home but they took out a host of men's crews too! All credit to them and their coach."

Bill and Mike clock up another win

report by Keith Atkinson

6th November 2010

Henley Sculls Head is rowed over 3,000m of the River Thames at Henley and finishing at the Royal Regatta enclosure. Bill Payne and Mike Collier won Masters I double sculls in a corrected handicapped time which made them 20th overall.

It was yet another win for the Nottingham veterans who have won National, International and Henley titles.

The event was rowed in excellent autumn conditions enjoyed by all competitors. This was Nottingham Rowing Club's 15th win of the 2010/2011 winter campaign chasing a Club record of 58 set in the 2009/2010 season.

Juniors at Marlow LDS and Camp

report by Martin Kay

1st November 2010

Ten Junior Squad members had a short half- term training camp at Longridge Activity Centre, Marlow, to scull on the Marlow-Cookham stretch of the Thames. We were joined by friends from Norwich and Peterborough, making it a very successful venture. This was self catered by Jenny Huskinson and Shirley Savage resulting in a first class training menu over the three days at minimum cost.

Finishing up with racing at Marlow Long Distance Sculls, we had three "first wins" with Olivia Duckworth WJ15 and Rowan Law MJ14 taking pots home from the morning short start division (2600M from Bourne End to the Cardboard Castle at Marlow). Dom Parnell and Connor Gamble both put in very creditable fast times as non- qualifiers for trophies under the "restricted experience" rules for this division, perfect training for them. In the afternoon long course (4800M from Cookham Sailing Club to the Castle) Mike Lavelle came home with his first win in Novice category, and Ed Fisher took second in J17. Dom and Connor raced again to finish 3rd and 4th in their field of 11 MJ15 scullers.

Visitors Sam Tuck (J18, Peterborough) and Mollie Appleton (WJ16, Norwich) also took home trophies in their categories, making it a successsful day overall.

Finally, many thanks to Sir William Borlase BC, who helped in an essential way with training on this reach, with the kind loan of a coaching launch.

Nottingham Shine in Boston Trials

report by Keith Atkinson

26th October 2010

British Rowing held trials in Boston Lincolnshire as they laid plans for the 2011 season. Athletes were tested over 2,000m on the Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine and over a 5,000m stretch on the River Witham. Nottingham Rowing Club representatives put in good performances. Cut-off times were applied on the machine, 7.05 for Women, and 7.28 for lightweight women and 6.33 for lightweight men.

Vicky Meyer-Laker, from the Club's high performance group coached by Dez Atkins destroyed the field on the machine with a 6.38.7 row putting her within 10 seconds of the British record! She then came third on the water. Pippa Whittaker was 9th overall and the 2nd U23 sculler. Fiona Bassett, coached by World Class Start coach Julie Edwards, sponsored by Siemens came 12th.

Nikki Spencer was third overall lightweight sculler on the water. Both Nikki and Pippa won British Universities gold in their singles. Richard Watton was 10th U23 athlete on the water.

"Considering many of our people were ill this was a great start" said President Keith Atkinson "Vicky's performance was quite exceptional. She is a great role-model for the rest of the Club. "

Pairs Head report

report by Claire Parnell

19th October 2010

With the rest of Nottingham Rowing Club competing at their home event last weekend, Dominic Parnell was the only athlete competing for NRC at the Pairs Head on the Thames in London on Saturday 16th October. Coached by Claire Parnell, he formed half of a composite crew with Daniel Guerrero of Leeds RC. Although Dom has just turned 15 years old, they were racing J16 2x. Out of a field of 21 crews, they finished 5th in their class, completing the breeze course in a time of 00:14:47.74. They finished in 139th overall in a race of 481 entries.

Autumn Head of the River Races on the Trent

18th October 2010, updated 19th October 2010

The annual Nottingham Autumn Heads were held on a cold bright day on the River Trent in two divisions.

Division one for experienced single scullers over a distance of 5, 450m, started near Beeston weir and finished just below Trent Bridge.

Division two started at Clifton Bridge, finished at the same point, catered mainly for crew boats and covered 3,850m.

In Division 1, where the overall winner was Jonny Walton from Loughborough Students, Nottingham Rowing Club won four events. Richard Watton won Senior Sculls, Matt Ley won Intermediate 3 Sculls both men are coached by Dan Johnson, Vicky Meyer-Laker, coached by Dez Atkins, took the women's Elite sculls title and in so doing beat most of the men! Katie Bartlett, coached by Julie Edwards, fom Trinity School Aspley, won women's intermediate 1 sculls.

In the second division, won by a Nottingham University eight, the first Nottingham Rowing Club winner was the Intermediate1 coxless four of Dale Beech, Tom Barclay, Mark Child and Ray Hughes, coached by Dan Johnson.

A very well earned win was the men's novice quadruple scull of Paul Cooper, Brandon Nibbs, Stephen Cannell and John Dainty who beat off local rivals Nottingham and Union RC.

Simon Hughes, newly elected Club Captain Andy Brown, Alan Crowther and Mike Fay won Masters C/D fours, they were coached by Heidi Dobbs and coxed on the day by James McKeating.

Zara Muirhead-Smith, Cassie White, Ruth Starkey and Sarah Royles, coached by Helen Bloor, took the women's Intermediate1 Coxless four title. They were followed home by the double scull of Alicia Brown, Redhill School, and Katie Bartlett who won the women's Intermediate 2 double sculls. Bill Payne and Bob Griffiths took the Masters F double sculls pennant.

"Ten wins on the Trent is a great result" said Club President Keith Atkinson, "Last years winter total was 58 wins overall so with Sarah Padbury's win at the Boston Marathon we are well on our way. "

Keith Atkinson interview on Concept2

18th October 2010

Concept2 feature an interview with Keith Atkinson, as he passes his 30 million metre mark on the indoor rowing machine

Stitch This!

14th October 2010

72 year old Keith Atkinson, President of Nottingham Rowing Club, has just completed rowing 30 million metres on the Concept 2 Indoor Rowing machine. It has taken him 12 years, the equivalent of rowing over 6 thousand metres every day!

“When I began in December 1997”, explained Keith “I had two main objectives. One was to learn as much as possible about the machine as my wife and I were part of the newly formed Concept 2 Education Team. The other was to maintain my aerobic fitness level. I had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which was making walking increasingly difficult, so sitting down, and exercising was a good option. More by accident than design, I settled into a 2 million metres a year pattern. In 1999 and 2000, I was fortunate to race at the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, Mass. where I won the bronze medals in the over-65 Lightweight category.

That was really my competitive swansong, as things became more difficult. When London won the 2012 Olympics, I set myself a personal target; that I would try to complete 30 million metres by the time the Olympics opened. It has become something of an endurance trial as the disease tightened its grip, and I have had to increase the amount of work done daily in order to achieve my target whilst I still could.

I have been fortunate that the disease – I have the Primary Progressive version – has progressed at a slow rate, and I am convinced that the reason for this is that I have been able to continue to exercise regularly. My regime is an early-morning start, with between 6 and 8 thousand metres indoor rowing. I follow this with around an hour's stretching and yoga. It's not all hard work – I do have Christmas Day off!

I wonder if some folk who read this might think "Get a life!" Well that's exactly my philosophy and is just what I am endeavouring to do.

So, what next? Well in the immortal words of Fagin: "I'm reviewing the situation".

Boston Marathon 2010

report by Keith Atkinson

23rd September 2010

The Boston Marathon is a rowing race, which takes place annually on the third Sunday in September over a 31 mile stretch of the canalised River Witham from Lincoln to Boston with a lock at Bardney, 11 miles from the start.

It began as a private Boston Rowing Club match in 1946 and was rowed from Boston to Lincoln. By 1950 it was an open race starting in Lincoln.

The event attracts over 200 crews each year competing in all types of boat and every rowing category.

The record time for the distance is just under three hours by a University of London eight set in 1991.

This year several Nottingham Rowing Club stalwarts entered the event, rowed in cool showery conditions with problems with weed over the closing stages.

Sarah Padbury, coached by Ben Dobbs, won Women's J17 sculls and set a new record of 4h.48.5 and is the first winner in the Club's 2010/2011 season. Brother David competed in the J 16 event. Tom Huskinson coached by Martin Kay was second in the J18 sculls.

Two men's Novice Quads were separated by 16 minutes with the younger boys Connor Gamble, Dominic Parnell, and friends from Tees and Leeds coached by Claire Parnell, beating the older crew of Paul Cooper, Brandon Nibbs, Stephen Cannell and John Dainty. The youngsters came 22nd overall and were the fourth fastest junior crew.

Connor Wins at Cambridge

report by Keith Atkinson

14th September 2010

Dayncourt School pupil Connor Gamble won J15 sculls at Cambridge regatta after three rounds. He also doubled up with Dominic Parnell in Novice Double Sculls where they lost to the eventual winners.

Dominic also lost in the novice single sculls where despite being 14 he took on adult opposition in an unsatisfactory re-row. Both boys are coached by Claire Parnell.

Elder brother Nick is to study in London and will join London Rowing Club’s lightweight squad.

The British Rowing Tour 2010

report by Keith Atkinson

13th September 2010

Last weekend the British Rowing Tour took on the River Trent winding down the river, through a host of locks, from Nottingham to Lincoln.

The trip started at Nottingham Rowing Club at Trent Bridge. Several Club stalwarts including Geoff Nicholls, Mike Collier and Bill Payne with newcomers Richard Pickup and Kirwin Rees went as far as Newark with the flotilla. Geoff is very keen to establish touring as an alternative to competitive rowing and expand that aspect of the Club’s activities. Sport England have funded a recreation fleet for the Nottingham club.

The Trent is the third largest river in England after the Thames and Severn. It is unusual in that it flows north and has a tidal bore, which comes up to Cromwell lock.

The 2010 tour was organised by Wayfarers in conjunction with Nottingham Rowing Club, Newark Rowing Club an ‘Explore Rowing’ club offering recreational rowing and Lincoln Rowing Centre.

Newark was an overnight stopover point and the group attended a welcome meal after a day on the water.

Anyone interested in recreational, as distinct from competitive rowing should contact Nottingham Rowing Club on 01159811251 . As Ratty says in Wind in the Willows "There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. "

It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (or a Master)

report by Carole Dickinson

6th September 2010

On Saturday 4 September, a group of Nottingham rowers made the trip to Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale to take part in the North of England Sprint Championships. The competition consisted of 500m three-lane racing on a reservoir.

First crew to compete was the composite Vet F4+ - Paul Johns (Nottingham Rowing Club), Derek Crowley (Nottingham and Union Rowing Club), Moe Rossell (Nottingham and Union Rowing Club) and Dave Wregg (Nottingham Rowing Club) coxed by Carole Dickinson. It was a straight final against Royal Chester. An extremely close race all the way down the course with neither crew knowing who had won as they crossed the line. On approaching the bank, the finish umpire uttered those dreaded words “Dead Heat – Rerow”. It shouldn’t happen to a vet and especially not Vet Fs. So back to the start to do it all again. Unfortunately second time around Chester proved the stronger crew.

Next up was the Nottingham Rowing Club Vet D4+ - Simon Hughes, Mike Walker, Nigel Hollingworth, Steve Cuthbert, again coxed by Carole Dickinson. In the semi-final they also raced Royal Chester and won by one length. In the final the opposition was City of Sheffield and the Nottingham crew came out winners by ½ length.

The two fours then combined to form an E8+. A straight final against Royal Chester (again!) and Tees – who were actually a D8 and therefore had a 3 second handicap. The two E crews were both determined to win and yet again the majority of the race was absolutely side by side. However in the final 10 strokes Nottingham’s desire for revenge gave them the extra strength they needed and they pushed through to win by ½ length.

Also racing were Lewis Muirhead in a Novice scull who came second in his semi final. Adam Stancer, was beaten in the semi final of the J17 single sculls by a Northwich sculler who went on to win the final comfortably. Adam started rowing 3 months ago and has only had around 30 outings in a fine scull, it was his second regatta.

Lewis and Adam then joined up with Mark Hudson and Canice O’Reilly (another NRC veteran!) for a quad race. This was very much a scratch crew on the day with Canice a late replacement, pushing the crew into Intermediate 3 rather than novices. They started well and were in contention to the half way mark but then Liverpool Victoria pulled ahead and won by 1½ lengths but all were agreed that it was a great race.

Nottingham Women Strike Gold in Canada

report by Keith Atkinson

6th September 2010

The 2010 FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta took place in St Catherines, Canada. 3,000 rowers from 34 countries raced over 1000 metres in a variety of boats and categories.

Masters rowing starts at age 27 and continues over 90!

This year the average age of men was 54 and women 49 and represents ex-Olympians to first timers.

St Catherines rowing course is best known for the annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The venue hosted the 1999 World Rowing Championships.

Nottingham Rowing Club sent a Women's eight, which split into two fours. Ashley Hewitt from the Becket School coxed Zara Muirhead-Smith, Katherine Wiley, Cassie White, Sarah Royles, Lisa Bailey, Louise Townrow, Ruth Hyde and Netty Cox. They had been coached this season by Helen Bloor and Mike Fay.

The B eight came fourth and the A eight second by 0.36 seconds. The highlight was a win for the B four of Zara, Katherine, Cassie and Sarah, coxed by Ashley, who return as gold medallists and World Champions. Not only that but they were pictured on local television! Their opponents, in a six-boat final, were all from United States clubs; Hudson River and Genesee from NY state, Western Reserve from Cleveland, Capital RC from Washington DC, and Ann Arbor from Michigan.

"We are delighted with this result" said Club President Keith Atkinson. "The good news is that there will be a welcome home party, the bad news is that winter training starts in three weeks time. "

Nottingham Lightweight Students in the Medals

report by Keith Atkinson

24th August 2010

36 of 46 British entries for the European Universities Rowing Championships in Amsterdam reached the finals and helped Team GB to win the EUSA Silver Salver as Victor Ludorum. Nottingham Rowing Club members, part of the High Performance group coached by Dez Atkins, were in action representing their own Universities.

George McKirdy and Richard Watton, representing Nottingham University, came fifth in the A final of the lightweight coxless fours. They then rowed in the Nottingham lightweight eight with Carl Delaney and came 2nd in the eights B final in an excellent time of six minutes. They were the fastest lightweight eight in the event and were awarded gold medals. The crew is coached by local boatbuilder Ray Sims.

Athalie Redwood-Brown and Nikki Spencer, representing Nottingham Trent University, came third in the Women's lightweight double sculls and return with Championship bronze medals.

All Nottingham Rowing Club athletes have won medals.

Nottingham Masters Rowers Run Continues

report by Keith Atkinson

24th August 2010

Following wins at Bewdley and Stourport regattas Paul Johns, Steve Cuthbert, Dave Wregg and Nigel Hollingsworth entered E fours at Warwick Regatta.

In the final the Nottingham boys beat Stratford on Avon and brought the season's total to 104 wins.

The course is overlooked by the imposing Warwick Castle and along with giving traditional head to head river racing for masters, the event also attracts first timers to the sport.

Junior Rowers muck in to get weed out of National Water Sports Centre

report by Martin Kay

22nd August 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior Mens' Squad turned out on Friday 20th August to help remove massive rafts of summer weed from the rowing lake. Working with the Boatmen's team, a tonnage of matted weed was pulled out, to help speed up recovery of full usage of the lake. Warm water and sunny conditions since June have led to phenomenal growth of long tendrils and associated green scum on the surface, making the lake virtually unusable to all rowers and very limited for other users, not least swimmers in Triathlon, kayakers and sailors.

Much more weed remains to be pulled out, however a useful area has been cleared, which shows that the saying, "Many hands make light work" applies in this case.

Nottingham rowers off to European University Championships

report by Keith Atkinson

18th August 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club athletes are part of the 130 strong team off to Amsterdam to compete in the 6th European Universities Rowing Championships.

The three-day event will be rowed over 2,000m of the Bosbaan in Amsterdam from Friday 20th August-Sunday 22nd.

The team comprises of 130 athletes and 24 coaches drawn from 23 Universities spread across the UK.

The EUSA Rowing Championships allow students to compete for their University and at the same time be part of a National Team.

Richard Watton, George McKirdy and Carl Delaney will row in the University of Nottingham lightweight eight coached by local boatbuilder Ray Sims. Carl recently won a bronze medal in the World U23 Rowing Championships in Belarus. George and Richard, who won silver medals in the British Rowing Championships in Strathclyde, will also be in the lightweight coxless four.

Nikki Spenser and Athelie Redwood-Brown, silver medallists at Strathclyde and England's boat for the Home Countries International in Cork, Ireland, will compete for Nottingham Trent University in the lightweight Double sculls; Nikki will also be in the lightweight single.

All five athletes are members of Nottingham Rowing Club's high performance group based at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and coached by Dez Atkins.

Nottingham Masters Mop Up At Stourport

report by Keith Atkinson

16th August 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club Veteran/Master rowers spent the weekend in the West Midlands competing at Stourport-on-Severn Regatta and Sprint. They returned with four trophies, which brings the Club's total so far this season to 101!

On Saturday the E eight coxed by Carole Dickinson and stoked by Paul Johns beat a local combination of Stourport and Bewdley rowing clubs. Then in the F fours they defeated Worcester.

On Sunday the local joint eight was dispatched again in the 600m sprint. Then a Bradford-on-Avon four was defeated in the E fours.

Tom Wins On His Own

report by Keith Atkinson

15th August 2010

Tom Selby, one of Nottingham Rowing Clubs J16 scullers coached by Martin Kay, has spent most of the season in a very successful quadruple scull, but this weekend he took to the water in a single scull.

Rowing over 1000m of the lake at Peterborough, he won the J16 event and put pressure on his teammates to show what they can do on their own.

Gold For Monica In Hungary

report by Keith Atkinson

15th August 2010

Monica Relph has won the gold medal, rowing in a coxless four in the World University Championships in Hungary with girls from Durham University and Imperial College. Monica is part of Nottingham Rowing Club's high performance group based at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre and coached by Dez Atkins.

The crew qualified direct for the final beating the Netherlands in a tough scrap.

In the final, plagued by strong wind, Monica said "It was a very good start, hard, focused and solid. An early lead meant that we could react to any move by the opposition. Now it's time for a holiday!"

The GB crew went on to win with Romania second and Italy third.

Monica won a gold medal in 2009 rowing in the Women's U23 eight with Jacqui Round, also from the Nottingham Rowing Club.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Monica off to Hungary

report by Keith Atkinson

12th August 2010

A team of 32 athletes are travelling to Szeged, Hungary to take part in the 11th World University Rowing Championships. The GBR team will be competing against crews from 27 other nations between Friday 13th August and Sunday 15th. The squad includes athletes who rowed in the U23 World Championships in Belarus.

Monica Relph, part of the Nottingham Rowing Club High Performance group coached by Dez Atkins, is in the Women's coxless four with Emily Taylor from Durham University and Leonora Kennedy and Zoe Lee from Imperial College.

Monica was in the U23 gold medal winning eight in 2009, she came fourth in the women's coxless four in 2010 and can be expected to medal in Hungary.

All Round Success for Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

8th August 2010

Now near the end of its fourth full season Nottingham Rowing Club, an amalgamation of Nottingham Boat Club and Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, is fast approaching 100 wins, bookings for the Club are well up and fourteen members have rowed internationally this season. Athletes from 16 to senior level have been involved in the J16 Anglo-French Match in Nantes France, the J18 Coupe de la Jeunesse in Hazelwinkel, Belgium, the Home Countries International in Cork Ireland, the Commonwealth Rowing Championships in Ontario, Canada and the World U23 World Championships in Brest, Belarus.

"Things are already looking good for 2011", said Club President Keith Atkinson "We have plenty of local talent from City and County schools and our reputation is drawing in established rowers from other parts of the Country. With twelve miles of river rowing on the Trent and the National Watersports Centre nearby we clearly have the water. Our coaches are nationally recognised for their expertise and professional approach. The Club is well run and well led by manager Mark Cooke. The winter programme starts soon and we can't wait to get on with it. "

Lindsay in the medals

report by Keith Atkinson

2nd August 2010

Lindsay Marshall, elite sculler in Nottingham Rowing Club's High Performance group based at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and coached by Dez Atkins, represented England in the Commonwealth Rowing Championships.

The regatta was held at the Welland Flatwater Centre in Ontario, Canada.

Lindsay was in several different boats: in coxless pairs with partner Mathilde Pauls she came third. The winners were Canada. The pair then came fourth to Australia in the double sculls. Changing into the quadruple sculls Lindsay came second to Canada and finished the regatta with a sprint event in single sculls with another silver medal, Australia being marginal winners.

Lyndsey returns from Canada with three medals. She is one of fourteen Nottingham Rowing Club athletes who have rowed for the Country this season.

Katie wins three medals in Belgium

report by Keith Atkinson

2nd August 2010, updated 2nd August

Katie Bartlett, Nottingham Rowing Club's sixteen year old star sculler, a pupil at Trinity School, Aspley, represented Great Britain in the 'Coup de la Jeunesse' a rowing event for European under 18 athletes.

The racing took place in Hazelwinkel, Belgium. Twelve nations competed over three full days of competition. Katie sculled in the British quad, rowed in the eight and is sponsored by Baxi.

On day one, rowing in the GB Women's eight, she won a silver medal behind a powerful Italian crew. On day two, sculling in the quad she took the silver medal' losing to Italy by inches but putting Spain into third place. On day three, the crew was beaten into bronze medal position by Italy and Ireland.

Katie is part of a World Class Start group based at Holme Pierrepont' coached by Julie Edwards and sponsored by Siemens. Julie was the co-ordinating coach for the whole team.

The Great Britain boys were overall winners of their event and the girls came second to Italy who won the 'Coupe'.

Nottingham Rowing Club Update

report by Keith Atkinson

1st August 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club Veterans/Masters, rowing in a green coloured boat sponsored by John A Stevens, coxed by Carole Dickinson and stroked by Paul Johns, won their eights event at Bewdley regatta on the River Severn, beating the home club in the final.

Athelie Redwood-Brown and Nikki Spencer, rowing for England came second to the Irish Lightweight double scull in the Home Countries International Regatta in Cork in Ireland.

Vicky Bramley, rowing in the Women's Eight for England in the Home Countries, won the gold medal. Vicky is coached by Julie Edwards, World Class Start Coach sponsored by Siemens.

Lindsay Marshall is currently in Canada as part of England's team. Lindsay will be sculling and rowing.

Lindsay, Athelie and Nikki are part of Nottingham Rowing Club's high performance group coached by Dez Atkins. Three other members recently competed in the World U 23 Championships in Belarus.

Another Win at St Neots

report by Keith Atkinson

26th July 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club Junior rowers spent the weekend at a very warm St. Neots regatta. The U15 girls sculled well but were beaten by Peterborough City.

Coach Heidi Dobbs was well pleased with their performance.

A boys J15 quad with Dominic Parnell and Connor Gamble on board, which included Leeds and Tees scullers, won two rounds and beat Oundle in the final. This combination, coached by Claire Parnell has the Boston Marathon as a target for this season.

Nottingham Rowing Club, now in its fourth full year, has won ninety trophies so far this season.

Carl Delaney wins bronze at World U23

report by Keith Atkinson

26th July 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club athletes have been competing in the British Rowing team in the World Championships in Brest, Belarus.

Monica Relph, last years gold medallist in the eight, came fourth in the coxless fours final, won by the United States in near record time.

Victoria Meyer-Laker was second to Italy in the 'B' final of the Women's Quadruple Sculls.

Carl Delaney, in the men's lightweight Quadruple sculls, won the bronze medal. The crew were fifth for most of the race but moved up in the closing stages and caught Italy on the line.

The British team brought back seven medals in all, a record haul at the U23 championships.

Bill Payne back in Action

report by Keith Atkinson

20th July 2010

After a spell sculling in a quad Bill Payne, Nottingham Rowing Club's most successful master rower, got back into his single.

Competing at Molesey Regatta over the weekend, when the rest of the Club were in Scotland at the British Championships, Bill won single sculls defeating Mortlake-Anglian in the final. He then teamed up with Mike Collier and held off a determined charge by Bewl-Bridge, to win double sculls.

"It was a really good event," said Bill "it ran to time and was very athlete friendly."

Nottingham Rowing Club Men Breakthrough

report by Keith Atkinson

20th July 2010

Rowing in a boat sponsored by local Builders Merchants, John A Stephens, Nottingham Rowing Club men won a silver medal at the British Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Park.

The crew - Richard Whatton, Andreas Endruit, Mark Childs, Ray Hughes, George McKirdy, Rob Yates, Matt Ley and George Caines, coached by Dan Johnson, made a major breakthrough for the Club. Now in its fourth full season, this is the first time that the men's squad have brought back Championship trophies. The men also came second and fourth in the coxless fours final.

"Rowing in top quality boats is essential at this high level" explained Club President Keith Atkinson "The crews have confidence in their equipment and just row better.We are very grateful to John A Stephens for their support and hope they like the results!"

Junior Rower's coach calls for East Midlands Sponsor

Martin Kay

20th July 2010

"Give us the tools to do the job"

Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior Under 16 Boys squad has had a cracking 2010 season with 3 Gold and one Silver National Medals in Quadruple Sculling in all of our top Junior Home Championship Regattas. In addition they were topped up with Gold and Silver in Belgium, racing against top class European crews too. The highlight of the crew's season was success in GB Trials to be selected on to the team representing GB in an international match against France. The 2010 Medals record for all of the Club's Junior Rowers, reported elsewhere, clearly shows strength in depth, ranging from JU14 successes to GB Coupe de Jeunesse Selection and JU18 Golds, which will take us into 2011 with great aims to be the best all-round Club in UK.

With this season coming on top of an outstanding record by all the Club's Juniors in 2009, when the Team beat all the big rowing Schools barring Eton College in the Medals Table at National Schools Regatta, the J16s'coach Martin Kay is asking: "Where is the Big Sponsor in East Midlands Business who will back these future international athletes? We are flying the East Midlands Flag. Give us the tools to take the Club right to the top"

The Quad Scullers took a risk and got themselves a privately funded boat from Ray Sims of Nottingham, which proved a winner. Without an exclusive-use crew boat this crew's top medals tally would not have been possible. Others need this opportunity, starting in September, 6 weeks from now.

There are now eight boys under 16, with many younger ones following, and a similar sized group of girls.

After the holidays, they will all be out in small boats again, benefiting from the great training environment provided by Nottinghamshire County Council, at Holme Pierrepont Rowing Lake, right through the tough winter conditions, strengthening the foundations to beat the best of the Big Schools again in 2011.

Contact is possible through the website for details on how the Club can respond to a sponsorship offer with a top class plan up till and beyond 2012!

Martin Kay, Coach, Junior Men.

British Rowing Championships 2010

report by Keith Atkinson

19th July 2010

The 2010 British Rowing Championships were held on a large lake at Strathclyde Country Park, close to the M74 motorway, between Lockerbie and Glasgow. Rain, wind and rough water disrupted racing. A Blue-Green Algae warning was also in place for the water in the loch!

Nottingham Rowing Club attended the event in force. On day two, they came away with four medals - two silver and two bronze. Alexandra Millett (Becket School) and her partner Anna Smart from Marlow Rowing Club won the bronze in the Women's Junior 15 Double Sculls. This was despite the fact that Lexxie had had Glandular Fever, which disrupted training and stitch during the race causing distress. In a very tight encounter, Dominic Parnell and Connor Gamble, coached by Claire Parnell, took bronze in the boys J14 Double Sculls. Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School) with girls from Tees and Rob Roy, won silver in the Women's J 16 Quadruple Sculls. Edward Fisher, George Greenfield, Dominic Harrison, and Tom Selby, coached by Martin Kay won silver too in a very close scrap with Windsor Boy's School in the boys J 16 Quadruple Sculls.

On day three, seven more medals were won making a total of eleven for the Club.

Katie Bartlett, sculling with friends from Latymer Upper School and Dame Alice Harper won gold in the Women's Quadruple Sculls. Later in the afternoon she joined a composite junior eight and won gold again in the Women's eights. Katie, a pupil at Trinity School Aspley, is coached by World Class Start coach Julie Edwards. Winning sculling and rowing golds on the same day shows 16 year old Katie is a real talent.

Silver medals were won by Nicola Spencer and Athelie Redwood-Brown in Women's Lightweight Double Sculls.

Then the men's four of Richard Whatton, Andreas Endruit, Mark Child and Ray Hughes took silver in the Coxless Fours. George McKirdy, Rob Yates, Matt Ley and George Caines came fourth in the same race. The two fours then combined in an eight and won silver behind London Rowing Club and ahead of Newcastle University. The men are coached by Dan Johnson.

Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School) won silver in Women's Junior Sculls. Alicia is coached by Julie Edwards.

Catherine Hurst rowing with Laura Wheeler from Trent Rowing Club took the Bronze medal in Women's coxless pairs.

Members of Nottingham Rowing Club featured in many close fought finals. Holly Oughton was 5th in Women's J17 sculls, Tom Huskinson 5th in Men's J17 sculls, Adie Leibert and Gary Padmore came 6th in Lightweight Doubles. Robert Milligan and Thomas Lister were 6th in U23 doubles. Vicky Bramley was 4th in Women's U23 sculls, Athelie and Nicola were 4th in Women's Doubles and Nottingham Trent University eight were 6th in the Women's Eights final.

Said Club President Keith Atkinson “On such a trying week-end the Club came up trumps and were in more finals than ever. From Junior girls to Senior men all played their part and returned with eleven medals from yet another successful event. ”

Three Nottingham Rowing Club Rowers in U 23 Team

15th July 2010

The 2010 U 23 World Rowing Championships are to be held in Brest, Belarus from July 22nd 25th. Three Nottingham Rowing Club members, part of their high performance group based at Holme Pierrepont and coached by Dez Atkins, have been selected by British Rowing in three separate boats.

Monica Relph gold medallist in last years eight, is in a coxless four.

Vicki Meyer-Laker is in the Quadruple Scull and will be coached by international Nick Strange.

Carl Delaney will scull in the Lightweight Quad and will be coached by Steve Trapmore an ex Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association member and stoke of the gold medal eight at the Sydney Olympics.

In order to be with his athletes Dez Atkins has volunteered to be the team driver.

Nottingham Rowing Club take two at Henley Veterans

12th July

Henley Veterans Regatta has been rowed on the Henley reach the week following Henley Royal Regatta since 1994. In line with FISA regulations, this year the age minimum was reduced to 27, with races held for age categories up to 80 years of age. From next year the regatta will be renamed "Henley Masters Regatta".

This year's regatta was held in hot, sunny conditions that led to the competitors making shade and rehydrating their priorities. It also produced some very good racing, and two more wins for Nottingham Rowing Club.

In the women's A double sculls, Athelie Redwood-Brown and partner won A Double Sculls.

Towards the other end of the age range, Bill Payne, Stuart Wharton, Peter Massey and Carl Unwin took the H Quadruple Sculls. Bill Payne is to return to single sculling for next season.

Also reaching finals were the women's B4+ of Zara Muirhead-Smith, Sarah Royles, Cassie White and Viccy Newton, coxed by Ashley Hewitt. Joined by Cat Rooke, Lou Townrow, Ruth Hyde and Netty Cox, they also reached the finals of the Women's B8+.

Three more for NRC at Burton

11th July

On a fine summer day over 1,000m of the River Trent at Burton Nottingham Rowing Club won three events and took their seasons tally over the seventy mark.

Nick Musson and Jack Caston won Intermediate 3 Double Sculls.

Holly Oughton and Sarah Padbury won Women's J16 Doubles. A combined J15/J16 eight coxed by James McKeating with Niahm Gibbons at stroke, Sarah Padbury, Holly Thompson-Barr, Holly Oughton, Helen Ladds,Megan Hughes, Sarah McKeating and Chloe Smedley then defeated Loughborough Rowing Club in the final of Women's Intermediate 3 eights.

"We intend to merge these squads next season so things look good already" explained coach Ben Dobbs. His wife Heidi is overseeing the training of over 30 younger junior members.

Olivia Duckworth and Brandon Jones had a good afternoon sculling.

Katie is selected by British Rowing

8th July

Nottingham Rowing Club's star sculler, 16 year old Katie Bartlett, a pupil at Trinity School Aspley, has been selected to compete in the 'Coup de la Jeunesse' to be held in Hazelwinkel, in Belgium from July 31st-Aug 1st.

She faces opposition from all over Europe.

Katie will scull in the women's Quadruple event with colleagues from Dame Alice Harper,Latymer Upper and Henley Rowing Club and be coached by Julie Edwards who is a World Class coach sponsored by Siemens and is based in Nottingham. Julie said "This is a fantastic opportunity for Katie, she is only 16 and has two more years as a Junior." Final trials were held at Caversham near Reading. This followed months of trials, regattas and assessments and a series of high quality wins by Katie, including National Schools and Women's Henley. 19 scullers were reduced to 14 after a time – trial and Katie was given her International kit following subsequent racing. A delighted Katie said "It's a great honour to be selected for Great Britain thanks go to my coach Julie Edwards, my Club Nottingham Rowing Club and to my sponsors Baxi, Monkton Bluefriars, the Mark Lees Foundation and Mr.Sean Atkins of Bildurn Ltd." Julie Edwards is the lead coach for the Coupe team which is supported by the UK Sport Lottery Fund.

Junior Rowers Selected at GB/France Match Trials

Report by Martin Kay

6th July

Nottingham Rowing Club's Under 16 scullers came up with the goods on Sunday 27 June, on the Holme Pierrepont Rowing Lake in hot conditions against all comers from round the country.

They gained two of the GB Team Crew positions for the annual Challenge Match against France. Alicia Brown, coached by Julie Edwards, cemented her resurgence this year in the Women's Single Sculls. The Club's Quadruple Sculling crew in the Men's event raced to another success against strong crews, and will go to France with Club Manager Mark Cooke as Coach. This crew of Edward Fisher, George Greenfield, Dominic Harrison and stroke Tom Selby, has performed consistently as winners since March, and now plan to take their racing to the next level.

The GB Team will leave from Hampton on 8th July, and the Match will take place at Nantes on 10/11 July. It is the youngest international level of racing in the sport, and gives our athletes their first taste of the thrill in being alongside the best rowers of another nation.

This performance further underlines the strength in depth that the Club's Junior Squad is building up over the current 5 Year Plan.

NRC crews at Henley Royal Regatta

28th June

With the draw for the 2010 Henley Royal Regatta now out, Nottingham RC crews now know their opposition for the first rounds.

The Peterborough/Nottingham composite for the Fawley Challenge Cup (junior quads) will be facing Upper Thames RC B, with the winner meeting a Leander/Peterborough composite in the next round.

In the Wyfold Challenge Cup (club coxless fours), Nottingham A have a local matchup against Newark, while Nottingham B face Elizabethan Boat Club

In the Princess Royal Challenge Cup (women's single sculls), Lindsay Marshall faces E Bello of Centro Nazionale di Canottaggio Piediluco, Italy in the first round.

Nottingham Trent at Henley Women's

Nottingham Rowing Club's tenants, Nottingham Trent University, were also at Henley Women's - their Women's Captain, Emma Corless, reports:

This year saw NTUBC's Women's 1st four of Georgia Seddon, Emma Corless, Becca Gill, Rosie Shephard coxed by Fiona Hill take on the booms of Henley.

The four racing for the Cathy Cruickshank Trophy on Friday had a time trial to qualify to proceed to the knock out stages. Out of 32 crews the top 16 were to qualify. Set off directly after local rivals Nottingham University the four had an extremely strong row the girls took 4 out of the 6 Lengths of Nottingham University and coming off the water very happy with their performance.

The draw came out with the joy of finding the girls had been seeded in coming top four from the time trial and through to the top 16 knock out stage.

On Saturday morning the side by side racing started, racing Royal Holloway University of London in the first round, the girls had a strong start giving them over a length of the end of the island. The girls kept pulling away and settled down just sitting 4 lengths on RHUL to the finish line.

Quarter finals were to happen on Friday afternoon this is where the girls had aimed to finish in the top 8. The girls were to race United Hospitals in the quarter finals. Again the girls had a strong start and had a length on United hospitals of the end of the Island. The girls had another strong, relaxed row down the course to a victory of 3 Lengths, putting them through to the semi-finals.

Sunday 'Finals' Day at Henley. The girls were racing in the semi finals. The nerves and adrenaline were pumping, racing Southampton who had set the new course record previously in the quarter finals in a time nearly 10 seconds faster than NTU the girls knew the race of their lives was coming. Off the start the girls rowed strong, Southampton unfortunately stronger but the girls still had cover off the end of the island. The girls fighting the whole way down the course however unfortunately not being able to hold onto the stronger Southampton girls with the final Verdict of 1.75 Lengths.

After a successful weekend all the girls went back home very pleased with their efforts and having Southampton win the final by 1.5lengths it was a nice thought having lost to the winners. Congratulations to all a fantastic effort showing what these girls are made of and keeping up the name of NTU was fabulous roll on next year's Henley and all the success that keeps on coming to NTU. Also I would like to add a thank you the the parents of Becca Gill for letting the crew stay at their family home for the week, we made a mess got in the way but they were happy to have us and it was lovely having a home to stay in rather than a hotel, to the Gill family, thank you.

Nottingham Win Four at Henley Women's

Early report by Mike Fay


Nottingham Rowing Club tasted success four times at Henley Women's Regatta, as a strong tailwind contributed to ten course records

In the elite coxless fours (Avril Vellacott cup), the Durham/Glasgow/ Nottingham/Sport Imperial composite defeated HSRV Pelargos / Asopos de Vliet by three quarters of a length in a record time of 5 minutes flat, six seconds quicker than the fifteen year old previous record.

The Nottingham/Leander composite in the elite quads (Borne Cup) produced the first ever sub-five minute time for a quad scull at the regatta in beating Reading University by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 4:55.

Other Nottingham winners were in the double sculls, with the Nottingham/Runcorn composite defeating Tees in the Sch/Junior 2x (Raynor Cup), and in the Senior 2x (Rosie Mayglothling Trophy), where NRC equalled the course record to beat Sport Imperial Boat Club by 3/4 length in the final

In the Elite Singles, Lindsay Marshall reached the semi-finals, where she narrowly lost to former NRC member Franki Jus-Burke, now rowing for Thames, despite leading at the barrier and Fawley. Jus-Burke went on to win the final by four lengths.

Winning crews with NRC members:
Elite 4-: Jenny Arnold (DUBC), Monica Relph (NRC), Lottie Howard-Merrill (Sport Imperial), Polly Swan (Glasgow)
Elite 4x: Catherine Lineker (NRC), Lauren Fisher (NRC), Victoria Meyer-Laker (NRC), Pippa Whittaker (Leander)
Senior 2x: Victoria Bramley (NRC), Fiona Bassett (NRC)
Junior 2x: Lucy Burgess (Runcorn), Katie Bartlett (NRC)

Other NRC crews:

Elite 1x (Marshall) : semi-finals
Elite Lightweight 4- : Saturday, lost to Molesey Boat Club
Elite Lightweight 2x: NRC A Saturday, lost to Clyde ARc/Strathclyde
Elite Lightweight 2x: NRC B lost to Mortlake Anglian and Alpha (Semi-finals)
Senior 4+: Second round, lost to Commercial, Dublin
Senior 1x (Hurst): Quarter finals, lost to Leeds RC
Intermediate club 8+: First round, lost to Thames RC A (event winners)
J16 4x: Quarter finals, lost to Latymer

Nottingham off to Henley in force

published 17th June

Over the next few weeks three major regattas will take place on the river Thames at Henley. Women's Henley, Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Masters will draw crews from around the world.Nottingham Rowing Club will be there in force. Extra pressure will be felt by the women because since the Nottingham Rowing Club was formed in 2006 they have won at their regatta.

Club coaches Helen Bloor and Mike Fay are taking four crews - an eight, four, lightweight double and lightweight coxless four. World Class Start coach Julie Edwards has entered a joint School double scull,a senior women's double and a joint quad with Tees and Rob Roy.

Dez Atkin's high performance women will be in a single scull,a lightweight double, a senior quad and a coxless four. Andrew Wilson and Ben Dobbs will take a J16 quad.

Dan Johnson has entered two Wyfold Fours for the Royal Regatta. Ben Sibly will scull in a joint Fawley Cup entry with Peterborough City.

The Club's Masters have yet to finalise their arrangements but Bill Payne will be making his customary appearance.

Loughborough Regatta 2010

published 17th June

Loughborough Regatta 2010 was held at the National Watersports Centre at Holmepierrepont. Water conditions were very good and Nottingham Rowing Club enjoyed a successful day, rowing over the 1,000m course.The event ran like clockwork and finished ahead of schedule.

The morning programme was a mixture of heats and finals. Nick Musson won Intermediate 3 sculls, Ben Sibly followed this with a resounding victory over his Loughborough opponent and the morning finished with the Junior 15 girls eight, which had shown good form at National Schools, turning up only to find that Nottingham University had withdrawn. An embarrassed Regatta Committee awarded the race to the girls but did not award any points. The crew stroked by Niamh Gibbons rowed over and claimed the trophies. The afternoon was all finals and the Club then won seven more events.

First winners of the afternoon were Dominic Harrison and Ed Fisher, coached by Martin Kay'rowing in their Linear Insulations sponsored boat.They took Intermediate 2 double sculls from a strong field. Hereford and Belfast were then defeated by the winning Intermediate 2 Coxless pair.This was followed by wins in Intermediate 2 sculls and Novice sculls where Tom Lister, coached by Julie Edwards, won an all Nottingham final. Ben Sibly sculled away from the field to take the Intermediate 1 title, his second win of the day.

Impressive crew wins were recorded by the Women's Intermediate 2 Eight coached by Helen Bloor, currently preparing for Women's Henley and the girls U18 quad of Mary Wilson, Lucy Crooks, Holly Oughton and Sarah Padbury who, although only 16, brushed aside older opposition from Newark Rowing Club and Welbeck College.The crew is coached by Andrew Wilson and Ben Dobbs and are preparing for Women's Henley too.

Nottingham Take Two at Marlow Town

published 15th June

Marlow Town Regatta was rowed over a 900m downstream stretch of the River Thames starting at Bisham Abbey. Conditions were fine and dry.

Jo Topham (Trinity School, Aspley) and Harry Townsend (South Wolds School, Keyworth) won the J15 Double Sculls. The Umpire awarded the race to the boys after Latymer Upper School were judged to have impeded them in a race for the line.

Lexxie Millett (Becket School) teamed up with a Marlow sculler and won the Women's Junior 16 Double Sculls.

Women perfect at British Masters

Early report by Mike Fay

published 14th June

With Women's Henley coming up next week, NRC's women only entered two races at the British Masters Championships, but won them both against tough fields. The racing, at Holme Pierrepont, took in the whole range of June weather, from a chilly start through some warm spells of sun, to an early evening downpour.

Athalie Redwood-Brown claimed the first gold of the day for the club, winning a hard-fought final of the Women's Masters A singles after opening the days racing with a win in the heats to take the gold from a field of seven.

Not to be outdone were the Women's Masters B eight of Netty Cox, Ruth Hyde, Lou Townrow, Lisa Bailey, Sarah Royles, Cassie White, Katherine Wiley and Zara Muirhead-Smith, coxed by Ashley Hewitt. Although they faced former World Masters medallists in the fast-starting field of five, the NRC crew held their nerve and pushed through the pack to the front. They took the gold by a length from the other crews, who were left to battle for the silver. Their boat, "Hello Gorgeous", has been recently bought by the club following a fund raising Duck Race and a boat naming auction, won by the West Bridgford beauty salon of the same name.

In the men's races, Graham Angus and Chris Beesley won bronze in the D double sculls, while Peter Massey, Bill Payne, Stuart Wharton and Carl Unwin overcame the rain to win gold for the NRC/Nottingham & Union composite in the H/I quads

Five wins on Dorney Lake at Met Regatta

published 7th June

The prestigious Metropolitan Regatta was held on Dorney Lake at Eton, site of the 2012 Olympic rowing events. In bright sunshine crews raced over the classic 2,000m course.

Nottingham Rowing Club was involved in 5 wins at the regatta.

First trophy of the Saturday was Women's Elite Double Sculls, a joint effort with Yarm School. This was followed by Lyndsey Marshall, who is coached by Dez Atkins, taking Intermediate 1 sculls from Quintin and Molesey opponents. A combined Women's Elite Quad then beat another combination involving Leander Club and Nottingham.

Highlight of the day was a convincing win in Men's Coxless fours where Richard Watton, Andreas Endruweit, Mark Child and Ray Hughes, coached by Dan Johnson, dominated their event and defeated crews from Bristol, London and Molesey.

On Sunday the Women's Elite combination Quad battled home just ahead of the Nottingham/Leander composite.

Four Star Sculling Day at Peterborough Regatta

Report by Martin Kay

published 7th June, updated 8th June

On Saturday 5th June, Nottingham's Junior scullers showed star form in small boats across the age groups, on a beautiful day at the 1000M Peterborough rowing course next to the River Nene.

Tom Huskinson, 17, racing "Carpe Diem" in Senior sculling category Intermediate 1, cleared the field in 2 rounds to win, then stepped into a coxless four with the Men's squad, raced, stepped out and promptly threw up after the fierce pace. Undeterred, and rehydrated, he went straight out again to the Junior 18 sculls final, to win that in style 3 lengths ahead of heavier opponents.

Star No. 2 Declan Gamble, 16, in Intermediate 3 sculls faced 3 preliminary races in the 18-man draw, then came up against a giant adult sculler in the final. Even so he managed second place, just 1 ½ lengths behind and raising quite a few eyebrows, with Nick Musson also creditably reaching the final in 4th place.

Star No 3, Alicia Brown, 16, cemented her comeback record with two confident wins ahead of her age category, in both Intermediate 3 and Junior 18 sculls, in her new Wintech boat "Miss Brown."

Single sculler Star No4, Dominic Parnell, racing in "Red Arrow", together with last week's doubles crewmate Connor Gamble, in his Culligan-sponsored Wintech boat, both 14, finished 1st and 2nd respectively at the head of the J14 field, setting the pace in this age-group and underscoring the training programme set up by their coach Claire Parnell this year.

J14 sculler Dominic Parnell also competed at Peterborough on the Sunday, rowing up an age group and won J15 2x in a composite crew with Leeds Rowing Club and came 2nd in J15 1x after being knocked back by the launch wash during the race – he missed 1st place by 1 second.

Nottingham Juniors Land 6 Medals at 3-Day National Schools Regatta.

Report by Martin Kay

31st May 2010, published 4th June

The two Gold medals won in quad sculls on the Holme Pierrepont rowing course at the weekend (see separate report) were backed up with three silvers and a bronze. This strong performance overall shows how the 2006 amalgamation of four Nottingham Clubs (Britannia RC, Nottingham Boat Club, Notts County RA and Nottingham Schools RA), is really now bearing fruit at junior level as well as in senior rowing.

On Friday over the 1000M short course, Connor Gamble and Dominic Parnell claimed the silver medal in a field of 23 entries in J14 double sculls, with the gold going to a heavier Walton crew more suited to the stiff headwind. “They really rowed at their best," said coach Claire Parnell, "It bodes well for upcoming Regattas. While Dominic has a wealth of experience in winning regattas, Connor is a newcomer with 6 months in a boat, a credit to the Club and his sponsors, Culligan International UK Ltd." J14 girls Lexxie Millett and Sarah Lyons are snapping at their heels, just missing the Finals in their 26-boat contest, so the rest of the season holds promise indeed for them too.

Saturday's racing brought a bronze medal for Katie Bartlett, a tough tight race with all the medals within a boat length. She was deliberately racing up a year in J17 single sculls in her Wintech boat sponsored by Baxi Heating, while crewmates Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson made the final in the 24-boat draw for girls' J16 double sculls.

In the big boat the first ever J15 girls' eight fielded by the Club hit surprising form with coach Heidi Dobbs thrilled to get them to 5th overall having got ahead of Emanuel, Haberdashers and Kings Chester Schools in a spirited semi final qualifying row. At J18 level, Ben Sibly achieved 6th placing in the final of Saturday's Championship Sculls, an event with no room for mistakes, from a draw of 24 scullers. Coach Martin Kay noted that many of these are fellow GB Triallists, all aiming, as he is, at the GB Teams for Junior World Championships in Czech Republic or the Coupe de Jeunesse in Belgium.

Sunday brought thrills and spills. Comeback girl Alicia Brown made silver medal position in J16 single sculls, after 6 months out for injury. "I am really pleased with this" said coach Julie Edwards, "considering it is her first race back in the boat."

Coxless pair makes the Final without a rudder in vicious crosswind.
The J16 coxless pair of Tom Savage and Culligan- sponsored Declan Gamble, an inexperienced combination, realised their target of making their Final, as a beginner crew among 10 well-supported school crews. By removing the rudder in training, they went sufficiently faster to be in with a chance, though risky. As relative beginners, qualification from the semi final would only be possible with no rudder, provided no steering infringement happened. They did it. Then Finals day dawned with that ferocious crosswind, but great skill got them down the course without mishap, even though they were robbed of 5th placing by a major launch wash which chucked the boat out of the water and landed them in 6th position. "Well satisfied" said Tom, "lets go on to the British National Championships in July!"

The following race on Sunday saw another first for NRC, with Saturday's J16 boys' quad winners splitting into two doubles and both in the final from a 25-crew field. With both crews feeling the fatigue after the hard quad race, Tom Selby and George Greenfield pushed on bronze, just missing it in 4th, while Ed Fisher and Dom Harrison, lying 2nd, attacked Commercial RC from Dublin in the last 250M, only to be thwarted at 150M to go by another launch wash, leaving them back in the silver slot. This total score of two gold medals, three silver and a bronze speaks for itself, for a Club where in a squad of 60, twelve athletes made the medals podium, seven of them twice, and another twelve made the final placings 4th to 6th, making 40% of the squad across the ages reaching the finals.

Duck race fundraiser

Report by Viccy Newton

1st June 2010

Bank holiday Monday saw the release of 600 ducks down the white water canoe course at Holme Pierrepont to raise money for the new women's 8, with 10% of proceeds going to MacMillan.

The ducks were prepped and ready to go (carbo-loading had been taking place), and the conditions looked good for a fast, but civilised time down the white water course. What we hadn't banked on was the skill and cunning of those pesky ducks, and the secret escape plans they had been hatching (!) whilst in their boxes in the boathouse.

After some initial treading water in the first rapid, the ducks started moving off down the course, ably encouraged by the odd bemused canoeist. Quite a few got stuck in the first eddies and the numbers dwindled as they neared the finish line, lulling the marshals into a false sense of security. The first three ducks came through in a civilised fashion, and the winning numbers were recorded, but then, phase 2 of their escape plan kicked in. Approximately 400 ducks then rushed the finish line netting and broke through, with their sights set on the main stretch of the river Trent, 100m further down the course.

The marshals were caught unawares, and ducky freedom looked to be in their sights, as the ducks made it out onto the river. The club netters and baggers rushed up and down the bank like loonies thinking all was lost (at £1 for each duck we couldn't return!), until salvation appeared in the form of one small canoe, and a fireman with a bizarre desire to strip off and jump into the river.

Stuart the Jolly canoeist, Fireman Dan and a flotilla of random people waving nets then managed to capture almost all the escapees, although many had got a good kilometre further downstream before captured.

A magnificent seven did manage to elude capture however, and we bid them well on their voyage of discovery, and hope they don't have too much trouble with the locks downstream!

Thank you very much to everyone who bought and sold tickets, provided nets, launched the ducks without slipping in, took photos, ran about like madmen, and special thanks to Stuart and Dan for going beyond the call of duty and providing much entertainment to those on the bank!

We raised just over £3000 in total - Thank you!

Winning ducks from yesterday were

1st - Ticket 288 - Janet Deacon (sold by Ruth Hyde)
2nd - Ticket 41 - Elizabeth Mayfield (sold by John Bartlett)
3rd - Ticket 162 - Marisa Bailey (sold by Sarah Jones)
605 ran

National Schools Regatta 2010

Report by Martin Kay

1st June 2010

Double Tops in Quads for Robin Hood County
Under 16's Scoop Both National Schools Gold Medals in Quadruple Sculls.
Hunt on for Equipment Sponsors to Back Younger Athletes.

Nottingham Rowing Club's J16 squad have scored again in a big way by winning the hotly contested quad sculling events in both boys' and girls' events, in the face of strong opponents from top Schools as well as Clubs nationwide.

Saturday's tussle with Westminster School for Tom Selby at Stroke, Dominic Harrison, George Greenfield and Edward Fisher steering ended in a convincing winning margin after a hard fight in the middle of the race with both crews clearing the rest of the field. Rowing in their state-of-the-art Nottingham built boat from Ray Sims, never dropping below 37strokes/minute, the boys said that "the further it went the easier it felt", a sure sign that their technique was right for the job on the day, using the successful Race Plan which brought Olympic Gold to our GB lightweight scullers in Beijing 2008.

Sunday saw a repeat performance in the face of a big push from high quality opponents by Mary Wilson at Stroke, Katie Bartlett, Holly Oughton and Sarah Padbury steering, with the Nottingham girls leading off the start to take the race by the scruff of the neck. Dropping Sir William Borlase early on, they then countered a major burst by Tideway Scullers School over the middle stage of the race. Sticking to the Race Plan of getting an early lead, then make sure of the result by the 3rd 500M section, the girls powered to a 6 second margin at the Line. Their Wintech boat, also Nottingham supplied, is of a tried and tested design used by the Chinese Olympic team also in Beijing.

Both these boats are privately funded by the athletes families, and so will be expected to follow the crews as they progress up the age-groups to Under 18 in 2012. The Rowing Club has a bulge of 14 and 15 year old athletes coming through, so the hunt is now on for one or more benefactors to find up to £30,000 in coming months, so that these younger crews can form and repeat the process next year with the right tools for the job.

Nottingham City Regatta 2010

Report by Keith Atkinson

27th May 2010

Nottingham City Regatta was rowed on the lake at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont over the 2,000m international Olympic distance (1,000m for Masters events.)

Over 1,000 athletes and their supporters watched over 300 crews battle for trophies on calm water and under cloudless skies. Event Organisers bought extra water and sunscreen for helpers and even had an emergency plan in case of thunderstorms. The weather remained fine and warm. Competitors were even entertained by a local steel-band. The scene was set for what turned out to be a very successful event.

Nottingham Rowing Club had an excellent day. The High Performance group, coached by Dez Atkins and based at the Centre, won five events. First over the line was a very impressive Senior quadruple scull stroked by Nikki Spencer with Lyndsey Marshall, Monica Relph and Athelie Redwood-Brown on board, they were ahead of a Nottingham Rowing Club Junior composite crew. They followed a club men's novice quad who came second in their first race ever. The next race saw a photo-finish with the Club's Intermediate 1 double missing out by inches.

Kate Hurst won Novice Sculls. Victoria Meyer-Laker took the Women's Intermediate 2 singles and then with Monica Relph, the Intermediate 2 double sculls. In this race, Nottingham took the first three places but again the Juniors were put in their place by the Senior Women. Lyndsey Marshall won Intermediate 1 sculls to complete the Club's domination of sculling events.

The Club's Men, coached by Dan Johnson, had a good day too, winning another three trophies. Taylor Rodwell won Novice Sculls, and Men's Captain Aidy Liebert and Gary Padmore from Nottingham Trent University reversed their morning disappointment by winning Intermediate 2 Double Sculls. But pride of place goes to the Men's Intermediate 2 coxless four of Richard Watton, Andreas Endruit, Mark Childs and Ray Hughes, who although dumped off the start showed superior race pace and caught, overtook and beat the field. The eight wins brings the Club's summer total to 33 following hard on the winter total of 58 trophies.

National Schools Regatta Preview

preview by Keith Atkinson

24th May 2010

On Friday the UK's premier junior rowing regatta comes again to the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, recently taken over by Nottinghamshire County Council. Since 1973 the best of the Nation's junior athletes from the biggest Schools to the smallest Clubs have come here to contest the full range of events in the sport of Rowing. Events are open to ages from Under 14 (J14) up to Under 18 (J18 Championship) classes. Last year there was a record entry of 3973 competitors from 153 Clubs and Schools, both boys and girls.

The Regatta offers exciting racing over 1000M for J14 and J15 crews on Friday 28 May, and over the full 2000M course for J16, J17 and J18 Championship crews, on Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May. Our East Midlands Rowing Clubs, based on the Rivers Trent, Soar and Witham, will once again face the best from Devonshire to Aberdeenshire, including the great and famous Public School names as well as the major Clubs based on the Rivers Thames, Severn and Clyde, to name just a few. Without a range of big rowing schools in this region, the flag will be flown by the junior sections of our Clubs, whose members' own schools do not have their own Boat Clubs. Team Supporters and Spectators are generally able to follow the action from the moving vantage point of double-decker buses along the South side of the Rowing Course. This grandstand view is often rewarded with close and thrilling racing across the 6- lane Course. Event types in each age-group, both sexes, feature sculling (two oars per person) in single, double and quadruple crews. For older athletes, (J16 to Championship J18), as well as the sculling events, sweep-oar rowing (with one oar per person) is contested in pairs, fours and eights.

Entries in some events can reach up to 40 hopeful crews, so early races each day are processional Time Trials to reduce the field to 12 or 18 crews, who will then contest 2 or 3 semi-finals respectively to qualify for the Finals. Once in the final line-up towards the end of the day, the stage will be set for loudly cheered crews to fight it out over the final stages in front of large crowds of family, fellow team-mates and the Public all along the final 500 metres. Presentation of Medals always takes place at the Finish Tower Pontoon. Gold, Silver or Bronze medals are up for the taking. These crews may well face racing flat-out over the Course three times in the day, taking it right to the wire in many events.

Racing can start from 8:15AM according to entry levels, and details can be found online at the Regatta website:

NRC take Four at Shrewsbury Regatta

Report by Mike Fay

16th May 2010

Shrewsbury Regatta, organised by Pengwern Boat Club, is located in a picturesque river valley in the centre of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, with Saturday racing covering a 1000 metre upstream stretch of the River Severn. This year, the Saturday racing enjoyed fine weather, with calm water for the racing. NRC crews from the veterans, womens and juniors sections were all in action.

The women 's IM1 crew of Shirley Myers, Sarah Royles, Cassie White and Viccy Newton coxed by Ashley Hewitt, powered through both of their rounds to win convincingly. This marked Cassie White's first rowing point, and she added another shortly afterwards as stroke of the Novice Eight. Along with Netty Cox, Ruth Hyde, Heather Wesson, Johanna Zumer, Charlie Whyman, Lisa Bailey and Cat Rooke, having defeated Royal Chester in the first round comfortably beat out The Queen's College in the final.

Not to be outdone, the veterans also claimed two wins. The Masters E eight defeated Pengwern on their home water in the first round before triumphing over Bewdley in the finals, again with Ashley as cox. Finally, Dave Sperry and Alan Crowther claimed a win in the Masters C double sculls against Trafford.

A J14 girls crew had their first taste of regatta action, and although not successful this time have now been bitten by the bug and are keen to join in the winning in future.

NRC Squad Lands 9 Trophies at Durham City Regatta

Report by Martin Kay

9th May 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club's annual foray to the 750M Durham City Regatta on 8 May scored a tankard tally of 9 wins. Racing against Clubs and Schools mainly from the North East, we steered the not – quite – so - easy "straight" course with a few close shaves and one "Bank visit", to spice up the enjoyable day which all clubs racing there appeared to have in sunny but sharp conditions, with curiously quirky winds coming down the slope from Pelaw Wood.

In the intense every 2- minutes racing programme the thrill of the day came with a dead heat in J18 quads for Ben Dobbs' (J16) girls against locals Durham School. Turned round to re-row immediately, they pulled out the stops and won convincingly, from being behind initially, pointing to sound training foundations being put to good effect. This came after the crew had already had an all- NRC tussle in the final of W IM3 doubles, where honours went narrowly to Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson just ahead of Holly Barr and Lucie Crooks.

Connor Gamble won J14 sculls final, well ahead after a tough semi final, and in IM3 double sculls Nick Musson teamed up with Ben Thomas from Boston to finish out in front with their best row this season.

Other All-NRC finals saw Tom Huskinson win J18 singles v Tom Lister, and J16 boys in alternative combinations George Greenfield and Ed fisher just ahead of quad crewmates Dom Harrison and Tom Selby in Elite Double Sculls. These J16's had also won J18 doubles and IM2 doubles in their usual combinations too.

Veteran G coach Martin Kay was able to win single sculls, in Tom Huskinson's boat kindly lent for the purpose, nevertheless remembering that the saying "Don't do what I do, do what I say" still applies!

In Novice Double Sculls, Mike Lavelle and Fin Hooker tasted their first race wins in 2 early rounds of their big event draw. Getting across the line ahead for the first time is always unforgettable and an exciting vital step setting you up to win in future

A very good day, with thanks very much due from everyone to Andrew Wilson for masterminding trailer loading and towing up the A1 in what always turns out to be a long tough stint at the wheel.

Junior Inter Regional Regatta April 25 2010

5th May 2010

Only bad luck keeps Team East Midlands out of the top three.

This year the East Midlands region fielded its strongest team ever. With 18 members of the team doubling up we were able to enter boats in every event for the first time. Nottingham crews formed the mainstay of the team with strong contingents from Newark and Leicester. Derby, Burton and Trent were also represented. This year saw the first inclusion of scullers from Lincoln and Derwent. Finding enough rowers to fill all of the slots has always been a problem. This year we only had three J15 boys in the whole region to fill 11 places. Thankfully an inexperienced J14 composite 4x/+ crew from Derwent, Lincoln and Leicester gallantly stepped into the breach to row up in the J15 4x/+. Then Callum Jones who was home for the weekend from St Edwards School agreed to do the J15 single and double up into a scratch J15 4+ with James Mckeating (coxing) Will Ablet from Leicester, Joe Topham and Jack Caston. Which left Joe and Jack to doubled up to fill the 2x slot.

During the morning most of the East Midlands crews raced well and qualified for the A finals. In all 20 out of 24 including all of the single scullers who score double points. The J15 4+ was one of these qualifying crews but unfortunately when Caston and Topham raced in the double their luck ran out. At half way they were well in contention when things started to go wrong, at 500m to go disaster struck, Jack collapsed in the boat with a suspected asthma attack. Eventually they were able to manoeuvre the boat to the side and Jack was taken into the ambulance for treatment. Though Jack did recover sufficiently to race the 4+ final the 2x wasn't able to race again so the points from that event were lost.

In the afternoon the finals got off to a good start with Callum Jones collecting a silver medal in J15 1x, This was followed by a Gold in J16 1x (Trent) and another silver in WJ14 1x (Newark). The other single scullers Including Mary Wilson in WJ16 all put in strong performances and added very healthy points scores to the total. Dom Parnel was particularly unlucky not to medal after being put off by the wash from a safety launch.

In the quads and fours event s the successes continued with silver medals in the Mj14 4x/+ (Newark) and MJ16 4+(Leicester, Newark). The J16 and WJ16 quads from Nottingham also came up with the goods. The boys quad of Tom Selby, Dom Parnel, George Greenfield and Ed Fisher stamped their authority on the event with a convincing Gold and the girls quad of Mary Wilson, Holly Oughton, Lucy Crookes and Sarah Padbury took the silver behind a strong Tideway scullers crew.

The J15 quads and fours didn't fair quite as well but still brought in points for the team. The WJ15 4+ of Lois Packham, Sarah McKeating, Georgia Lee, Lizzy Walsh, coxed by Jess Gaten set the pace in the first part of the race but faded to finish in 6th place, The WJ15 4x/+ of Megan Hughes, Sarah Lyons, Lucy Mason, Niamh Gibbons, Tabitha Millet managed 5th. The MJ15 4+ understandably out of sorts also came in 6th place.

In the doubles events there were more very strong performances from East Midlands Crews. In MJ16 2x Ben Eames from Trent (who had already won Gold in the 1x ) teamed up with Chris Williams from Burton they battled through to win silver. In the WJ16 2x Harriet Housam from Boston (who had competed in WJ15 1x) stepped in with Holly Thompson Barr to replace the injured Chloe Smedley. After a good effort in the heat they finish 6th in the final. In the heat of the WJ15 2x Nottingham double of Helen Ladds and Lexxie Millet put in an under par performance to qualify in 5th pace. After a stirring pep talk from coach Julie Ladds they turned things around dramatically in the final to take the silver only 1 length down on the winners. The WJ14 2x from Trent RC were fourth and the MJ14 2x from Nottingham of Dom Parnel and Connor Gamble put in a very strong performance to take yet another silver.

Coming to the last events of the day, the overall scores were very close and it was looking like we may actually take second place overall. The eights events are always a challenge for the East Midlands because we never have a whole crew from one club that can train together. As a result when we have entered crews then they have always been scratch composites. This year was no exception the girls eight consisted of the coxed 4 from Leicester and Newark with additional girls from Leicester and Derby and the boys eight was the boys coxed four from Leicester and Newark joined by Mike Lavelle, Matt Pomeroy and Declan Gamble from Nottingham and Ben Thomas from Boston. Both crews managed a brief outing on Saturday afternoon but that was the only practice they had and for Mike Lavelle this was his first ever experience of sweep oar rowing.

Despite having the odds stacked against them both eight attacked the event with total conviction. The girls narrowly missed qualifying for the A final and finished 8th overall. The boys eight which had finished second in the heat behind Kings school Chester came out of the blocks with all guns blazing. While Hampton School and Kings Chester moved ahead, our boys were well in the battle for the bronze for much of the race. In the last sprint the lack of practice started to show and they slipped into 5th place only a length and half behind Monmouth school in the bronze medal position.

After an amazing effort from all of our crews and some fantastic racing we waited with baited breath for the final scores. In the boys competition East Midlands were second, only 3 points behind the North West and in the girls competition we were 4th. Having finished fourth overall last year we were hoping to break into the top three but it was not to be. The overall totals placed Northwest in Gold, Thames Upriver in Silver and Thames Downriver in Bronze, the East Midlands in 4th place again missing 3rd by only 6 points.

What Katie did next!

27th April 2010

The GB Junior Regatta was held at Dorney Lake, site of the 2012 Rowing events, on Sunday 26th April. Competitors were aiming to achieve a standard which would lead to an invitation to the final GB team selection.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Katie Bartlett, a pupil at Holygirt School, finished 7th in the initial time-trial but was only 3 seconds behind the winner.

Katie raced hard in her semi to finish in the first three and qualify for the A final. With 300 metres to go in the final Katie was lying fifth but she put in her trademark finish burst. She overtook two boats and came third overall, much to the delight of coach Julie Edwards, who is sponsored by the Siemens World Class Start scheme, her father John and her boat sponsors Baxi.

Katie is still a J 16 athlete and has two more years rowing as a junior!

JU16 Quad Scullers Strike Gold for East Midlands at Junior Interregional Regatta

Report by Martin Kay, Graham Greenfield

26th April 2010

Sunday 25th April 2010 saw the National Junior Interregional Rowing Regatta held at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont. This event brings the best in each of 12 regions in the country to compete against each other.

In the JU16 Quadruple Sculls category Nottingham Rowing Club's crew of Tom Selby, Dominic Harrison, George Greenfield and Ed Fisher, representing East Midlands, won their mid morning heat by a narrow margin of less than a second against the champions of the Thames Upper Region.

This set up a thrilling final, with the six best regional crews battling against each other for the J16 quad gold medal. The Nottingham boys made a strong start and after 500m had moved to half a length lead from the Welsh regional representatives with Thames Upper region a close third. In the next 500m the Nottingham crew pushed hard extending their lead to over a length, with Thames Upper and Wales neck and neck for second place. In the final 500m Nottingham increased their stroke rate to 38 per minute which proved too much for the competition. The early pace took its toll on the Welsh representatives which allowed North West Region to take bronze, Thames Upper Region to take silver and the Nottingham crew a well deserved gold medal, winning by a length and a half.

Three very valuable silver medals from Nottingham boosted the EM Team score to bring us up to 4th place nationally. Callum Jones In JU15 Single Sculls, with Dominic Parnell and Connor Gamble in J14 Double Sculls flew the flag for the boys, while in the JU16 Quad Sculls, Lucy Crooks, Holly Oughton, Sarah Padbury and Mary Wilson brought in another strong performance, again showing the all round strength in the Club's youngsters' squad at this early stage in the racing season.

Junior Inter Regional Championships – could this be a record year?

22nd April 2010

This year's Junior Inter Regional Regatta takes place on Sunday at Holme Pierrepont. It is a competition between the 12 British rowing regions who each put forward a team covering most boat types for categories J14,J15 and J16. With only 9 clubs and no eligible rowing schools the East Midlands is one of the smallest regions so it is no surprise that in the past we have found it hard to compete with the likes of Thames Upper and The North west. This year for the first time ever we have managed to put together a full team. With such a small pool of rowers to draw on most of the eligible rowers in the region have been included and quite a few are having to double up events. This year Nottingham are making a significant contribution to this team with 35 out of the 84 places filled by Nottingham Members

To put this into some context in the early years of the event the most Nottingham managed to contribute to the regional team was maybe one or two scullers. After 2003 the number of Nottingham rowers in the team gradually grew but with limited success. In 2005 only 4 of the East Midlands crews managed to make the finals and only the J14 boys 2x managed to win a medal (silver). Over the next couple of years the number of finalists and medals grew slowly but because we couldn't fill all of the events we were loosing too many points to the bigger regions. In 2006 EM were 8th overall, 2007 we were 9th, 2008 after getting together our strongest team to date the event was cancelled due to bad weather. Last year 2009 we came back with a vengeance finishing 2nd in the girls competition and 5th in the boys we managed 4th overall.

Over the years this event has encouraged the development of junior rowing in the region. The necessity to make up composite crews has spawned many collaborations and friendships between the clubs. On a personal note I am very please that so many of the young people that I have taught to row in my time as Community Sports Coach have developed on to be such competitive athletes (39 out of the total of 84).

This year's team should be the strongest yet with many of the selected crews and scullers having real medal prospects. So weather permitting I hope we might be in for something really special on Sunday.

Jim Waller

NRC Juniors enjoy mixed fortunes at Leicester regatta Sunday 18 April

20th April 2010

Nottingham Junior section had 4 singles and 3 doubles racing at Leicester regatta. More crews had been entered but unfortunately did not get races as the regatta was heavily oversubscribed. While the racing crews enjoyed a great day out at Leicester those not competing were able to take advantage of the great weather to put in some hard training for the Junior Inter regional Championships next weekend.

Leicester Regatta is a very friendly and well run event which provides a good sharpener for crews at the beginning of the season and a safe venue for the inexperienced to enjoy their first race. It does however provide another challenge for Nottingham crews who are used to wide expanses of water as the river is quite narrow with hard banks and some overhanging bushes.

The first crew to come a cropper was the boys J14 double of Niall Hughes and Max Hancock. This was the first race for a crew that only got together last week with Max having only started rowing in early March. They rowed well off the start but at 100m gone failed to see the overhanging willow bushes which grabbed them. By the time they managed to untangle themselves the race was lost. Rowan Law had a similar problem in his straight final in J13 singles. Fortunately he was able to extricate himself a bit quicker and after a spirited fight back he rowed through his opposition from Peterborough to win his first pot at his first regatta. Other mishaps included Joe Topham colliding with a swan in J15 singles and the boys J15 double losing a slight lead after clipping the bank in a very close race with Kings School Ely.

Jack Caston from the double had no such problems in the J15 singles event which he won convincingly after progressing through three rounds. Likewise the WJ15 double of Helen Ladds and Lexxie Millet also had a comfortable win. Lexxie Millet and Peter Savage both won their heats to get through to the finals in WJ15 singles and J12 singles but were beaten by strong opposition. Despite mishaps it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and the Nottingham juniors did the club proud, not only with performances on the water but also with their good sportsmanship, behaviour and the co operation they demonstrated getting the boats on and off the water.

Junior rowers scoop five medals at Gent International Regatta

report by Martin Kay

12th April 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club's annual team entry to the Gent Spring International 2-day regattas last weekend brought home a medal tally of 2 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze. Racing against Clubs and Schools from up to 7 European nations in many events, this performance further underlines the strength in depth that the Junior Squad has built up over the last 3 years.

In the packed racing schedule, JU16 double scullers Dominic Harrison (Col Frank Seeley Sch) and Edward Fisher (Harry Carlton Sch) took Silver on Saturday in a 20-crew draw, then topped it on Sunday with a Gold, a length ahead of Germania Dusseldorf RC, hammering home with a sparkling performance in a vicious cross-headwind.

In Sunday's U23 single sculls event, Ben Sibly, 18, (Bilborough College) won Gold and the East Flanders Province Trophy with a blistering attack on the Dutch/Belgian/British field in the same tough conditions.

JU16's Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson kept the Club flag flying with a Silver medal in JU18 coxless pairs, having challenged themselves to race 2 years above their age. In a similar adventure, they followed up with Bronze in JU18 double sculls, lending further credit to the effective training programmes at all levels provided by the Club's coaching team.

On both days the Club's JU18 quad scullers, in deliberately untried combinations, including Ben Thomas of Boston Rowing Club, produced top-drawer results in the top 5, overcoming several rival UK School crews in the process.

Saturday evening's final event saw a surprisingly effective combined Gentse RS/Nottingham RC eight, fielding Tom Huskinson, Ed Fisher, Nick Musson and Tom Savage with four Gentse RS rowers Reinout Laureyns' Iskandar Kholbadayev, Hannes Zeghers, Jonas Vanderhaegen with cox Julien Vandenbroucke, racing in a top flight Empacher boat provided by the home Club. Breaking into the top half of the rankings among well-practised school opposition after only two short training sessions, they came out of the woodwork to upset many longer-standing UK school crews. Both Clubs agreed that this again proves the standard policy of single sculling, which always gives the racing skills to do well in any bigger boat type.

At the beginner level this Regatta's JU14 events enabled Peter Savage, 12, to kick start his rowing career with his first races in both single and double sculling (with Davide, a Gentse sculler) among 41 other JU14 scullers.

A big "Thank you" goes to Annemarie de Wispelaere of Gentse RS Club for hosting such a highly competitive and enjoyable regatta, and to Dieter Oosterlynck, GRS Junior Coach, for making the combined eight possible. Martin Kay

Bedford Fours & Small Boats Head

12th April 2010

Bedford Fours & Small Boats Head was held over a 2000 metre course on the River Great Ouse through the centre of the town on a day with sunny weather but an occasionally blustery headwind. Frustratingly, no wins came to Trentside crews despite Nottingham RC and Nottingham Trent combining for five second places.

Rachel O'Sullivan and Katherine Morton were second – by one second – in the women's senior pairs. Also taking second place were the women's novice coxed four of Cassie White, Cat Rooke, Lisa Bailey and Charlie Whyman, despite having a seat failure before the start in division 7 and having to race in division 8 in a different boat, with Sam from Trent coxing. Hayley and Rachel Kugele took equal second place in the W Int2 double sculls.

The Women's Int2 coxed four crew took fourth, although due to injury-enforced change the crew would have qualified as Int3, and put up a time that would have taken second in that category. The WInt1 4+ came third in their category.

Nottingham Trent's women crews second places came in the women's Int2 and Int3 coxed fours.

The Regatta Season - its here again!

5th April 2010

Our annual Club Regatta was held on Good Friday at Holme Pierrepont Rowing Lake, and again heralded the first thrills of side by side regatta racing, bringing a breath of Spring (with attendant rain of course!)

J16 single sculls winners Dominic Harrison and Mary Wilson were pushed hard by their respective Clubmates to get over the line first in their 1500M races with a strong crosswind all the way. Then Sam Ward, last year's winner of Open Sculls, returned from Southampton University to find a strong challenge from Tom Huskinson forcing him to dig deep at 1600M gone, in order to pull through and win the 2000M race. In J16 Double Sculls, Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson held their form to win the girls' event, while the stars of the day must surely be the Gamble Brothers, Declan, 16 and Connor, 14, who unexpectedly held on to their 20sec age - handicap (for Connor), storming the boys race to win decisively. No chance of getting that handicap twice!

Vintage trophy tankards, kindly donated by the family of the late Mike Butterworth, were awarded to the young winners. Some of these are over 50 years old, won by Mike at regattas from Leeds to Bridgnorth, lending a touch of continuity to our sport and a connection to the past for our new generation of keen scullers.

Thanks go also to parents and supporters who provided video, umpiring and finish judging, plus vital cakes and tea, without which we could not run such an event.

Spring newsletter

The Nottingham Rowing Club Spring 2010 newsletter is online here

Tideway results

29th March 2010

The Men's Head of the River Race, over the traditional four and a quarter miles, was won overall by Molesey, who had beaten both the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race crews in fixtures in the last few weeks. Starting 48th overall, Nottingham Rowing Club I finished 41st, also placing third in the competition for the Jackson Trophy for the best provincial club crew, and sixth overall in the Senior category. The NRC II crew, racing with a number of late substitutes, finished in 281st, with the largely veteran NRC III finishing in 227th.

The Vesta Veteran's Head the next day was raced on a shortened course from Hammersmith Bridge to Chiswick, as tides and time changes meant the traditional course would have had to have been run too late in the day. The race attracted crews from Europe and the US as well as the UK, and in an international field of 38 crews in the Vet C category, Nottingham RC claimed 9th overall. The Nottingham RC / Nottingham & Union / Henley RC Vet H composite was the fastest vet H crew, but were 4th in their G/H category. The Women's Vet B crew were unfortunately forced to withdraw due to illness.

Yet more wins for Nottingham rowers

report by Keith Atkinson

23rd March 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club athletes were at Lincoln and Cambridge over the week-end and returned with yet more trophies to add to their growing winter haul.

At Lincoln Dave Knight drove his Veteran eight to victory over a 5,500m upstream stretch of the River Witham on a cool showery spring day.

At Cambridge Dominic Parnell from Grove School Newark won both j14 single sculls and with his partner Connor Gamble from Dayncourt School Radcliffe-on Trent won the J 14 double sculls. It was Dominics 11th winter win. He is unbeaten in his class.

Nottingham Rowing Club have won an unprecedented winter total of 58 trophies!

Nottingham women take on the Tideway

report by Mike Fay

14th March 2010

Three Nottingham Rowing Club crews competed in the 70th Women's Eights Head of the River Race. Racing over the traditional 4 1/4 miles course from Chiswick to Putney, the crews were aided by mild and calm, but largely overcast, conditions.

Nottingham Rowing Club A claimed the Provincial pennant, with a time of 19:23.06, finishing 10th overall. NRC B finished in 124th at 21:10.97, while NRC C finished in 21:35.68 to take 174th overall, and more importantly third overall in the Novice Club category.

Nottingham was also represented by Katie Bartlett in the Great Britain junior squad boat composite crew, which finished 14th overall.

NRC's tenants, Nottingham Trent University, finished a commendable 71st overall.

Nottingham take two at Junior Scullers Head

13th March 2010

Fresh from victory in the Schools Head, Nottingham Rowing Club's J16 girls comfortably won the women's J16 quad sculls at the 2010 Junior Sculling Head. This time, they were joined in victory by the boys, who also won their J16 category, with the B crew coming 7th.

Nottingham J16 girls win Schools Head

12th March 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club's girls have triumphed in the 2010 Schools Head of the River, winning the JW16 eights in a time of 20 minutes and 34 seconds, two seconds ahead of last year's winners, Headington School. The race is held over the 4.5 miles championship course between Mortlake and Putney.

Coach Ben Dobbs said "I don't think I've ever seen a crew put that much grit and determination into a race to produce a result against the odds, I can't commend them highly enough! "

Nottingham Win Four On Home Water.

1st March 2010

The 2010 Head of the Trent was rowed on a 6,000 m stretch of the fast flowing river from Clifton Bridge to the Training ship Orion. In view of the winter storm warning the Race Committee cancelled Division 2 the day before, which had the novice and junior rowers in it. Fortunately, the weather was less severe on the day than the forecasts predicted, and Division 1 and 3 were able to go ahead as planned.

Nottingham Rowing Club won four events. The Women's eight with the high performance group coached by Dez Atkins were overall women's winners, claiming the Robin Haslam Trophy, and prepared well for London. The Veteran B/C eight stroked by Graham Angus, followed up their Boston win with another pot. The Intermediate 1 coxless four won. The J16 quad stoked by Dominic Harrison and coached by Martin Kay won too.

Sister Club, Nottingham Trent University, won Women's Intermediate 2 fours.

The four wins brought the winter haul to 51, another record for the new Club, now in its fourth full year.

Two Junior Wins At Norwich

28th February 2010

Dominic Parnell, a pupil at Grove School Balderton, continued his excellent winter preparation by winning J 14 sculls over a wet 2000 m course on the River Yare at Norwich.

He beat training partner Connor Gamble, from Daynecourt School, Radcliffe, into second place. The boys then teamed up and won J14 double sculls.

Coach Claire Parnell, with the 2010 season in mind, has the National Schools and National Championships regattas in her sights. The two wins brought Nottingham Rowing Club's winter total to 47.

Nottingham's junior rowers shine again

25th February 2010

Following Sport Nottinghamshire's recognition of the Nottingham Rowing Club's J14 boys quad as 'Team of the Year' comes news of an award to Sam Padbury as 'Sportsman of the Year' by Hinckley and Bosworth Sports Alliance.

Sam is coached by Martin Kay and amongst his many wins last year were gold and silver in the double at Ghent, doubles at Marlow and J18 singles at the Nottingham Small Boats Head.

Sam has complimentary membership of Hinkley Leisure Centre as part of the 'Backed for the future' scheme for talented athletes. He is currently training in his single and double sculls with Ben Sibly.

Veterans tame the Thames

23rd February 2010

Braving a river running an amber warning and taking on crews from the tideway and upper Thames, Nottingham Rowing Club Veteran eight, stroked by Bill Payne brought back the forty fifth trophy of the winter campaign.

Rowing in the F/G category (65+ age group) the crew had drafted in partially sighted Alan Crowther and club stalwart Chris Royles to bring the age down from 70+!

Bill explained that the conditions were very fast but the crew stuck to their task and completed the 3,000m on the Thames at Molesey, in fine form.

When the results were announced, placing Nottingham fourth overall, with the age-related handicaps applied, a roar of delight came from the Nottingham squad as they had left in their wake Tideway Scullers, Wallingford, Thames and Crabtree made up of ex Cambridge blues.

The crew are looking foreward to the Trent Head where they hope to repeat victory in front of home supporters.

Nottingham Boat Club prints for sale

12th February 2010

24x19 inch prints of A Century of Rowing by G. Herickx and Sunday Outing by A Spooner - depicting Nottingham Boat Club members in 1994 and 1894 respectively - are available for sale from Tony Lorrimer.

For more details see the attached leaflet

NEWS UPDATE (in case you missed it!)

11th January 2010

Alan Crowther and Dave Sperry won Veteran double sculls at Peterborough Head bringing the Club winter total to 42.

Steve Millet was shortlisted for Performance coach of the year at the Nottinghamshire Sports Review of the Year held at the University.

Steve's J14 Quad were awarded the Junior Team of the year trophy and were presented with a fine engraved glass plate. Having gone a whole season unbeaten and winning gold at National Schools and National Championships they were seen as Sporting Heroes - so well done indeed Jack Caston (Becket School), Jo Topham (Trinity School, Aspley) Harry Townsend (South Wold's School, Keyworth) cox Llachlan Smith, who has just returned to Australia and stroke Callam Jones (He also won J14 Singles at National Champs easily!) who has since gone on to St Edward's School, Oxford.

Junior Coach Ben Dobbs is currently coaching a Nottingham Rowing Club girls J16 eight. He hopes to start putting pressure on the big Public Schools. They came second to Headington School at Hampton and were third girls eight overall. Stroked by sculler Katie Bartlett they have entered the School's Head in London. Katie also came second to a Runcorn competitor in the J18 sculls.

Boston Head 2010

25th January 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club was well represented at the annual Boston Head of the River, run by Boston Rowing Club in three divisions, over 3,000m of the canalized River Witham. All Club Squads from high performance to women's novices entered.

First crews afloat took to the water at 8.30 am for a 10.00 am start. Conditions were cool, dull but dry with showers late in the day. Boats made their way up river to the 47km marker of the Boston Marathon at Anton's Gowt lock, and raced down to the 50km marker near the clubhouse.

First winner of the day was the women's novice eight stroked by Ruth Hyde with Army Captain Netty Cox at bow. They were coached by Helen Bloor and Mike Fay, and coxed by Ashley Hewitt from Becket School. A women's Intermediate 1 four also coached by Helen were the fastest in their class but had no opposition.

The High Performance section of the Club, coached by Dez Atkins had a good day with Lyndsey Marshall winning Elite Women's Sculls and George Caines winning Men's Elite Sculls.

Julie Edward's World Class Start group, sponsored by Siemens had a good day too. Rob Milligan won novice sculls. Katie Bartlett won J17 sculls in a faster time than the J18 race-she also pushed the club's elite women. Fiona Bassett took Women's Intermediate 3 sculls and Vicky Bramley stroked the winning Women's Intermediate double scull but their opposition did not race.

Martin Kay coached two winning doubles. Ben Sibly and Sam Padbury won Intermediate 1 Doubles and Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton) and Tom Savage (Djanogly City Academy) rowing in a boat sponsored by Linear Insulations, won the J16 event by 1 second from training partners and local rivals Newark Rowing Club.

Dominic Parnell, coached by Claire Parnell won both J14 and J15 sculls and in so doing, brought an end to an unbeaten run of 18 by a York City youngster.

The Club veteran men were not to be outsmarted by the rest of the members and produced a grandstand finish that was declared a dead- heat and the boats, one stroked by Dave Knight and the other by Jonny Austin shared 18 pots!

Twelve wins brings the winter trophy total for Nottingham Rowing Club to 43 in all, with three more months to go a winter all time record is on the cards.

The Carl Smith Memorial Fund

8th January 2010

Sometimes we don't realise what we have until we lose it and that describes exactly how the tragic loss of Carl has affected the Club. Carl was unique and his loss has reverberated across the rowing world.

Therefore, it is imperative that we ensure that Carl is not forgotten and to this end, the Carl Smith Memorial Fund is being established to ensure that, at least for a period of time each year, we associate Carl's name with our sport. The objective of the fund will be to assist promising young rowers by giving a small bursary each year to one outstanding junior (J15-18) based within the East Midland region.

More details and donations form

Carl Smith funeral service

Details from Andrew Wilson

8th January 2010

Carl Smith's funeral service will be on Friday 15th January, 1pm at St.Mary's Church, High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham. NG1 1HW

There are two multi-storey car parks just a minutes'walk on both nearby Fletcher Gate and Stoney Street.

The burial at 2pm, Wilford Hill Cemetry, Loughborough Road, Nottingham NG2 7FE

And also from 2pm at Nottingham Rowing Club, Trentside North, West Bridgford, Nottingham. NG2 5FA

As attendance is likely to be large, would anyone hoping to attend please direct their e-mails to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sad News

Tribute by Nick Hartland

3rd January 2010, updated 5th January 2010

Nottingham Rowing Club is sad to report the tragic death of four-time GB world champion Carl Smith, who was travelling home from a training session at Nottingham Rowing Club on New Year's Day, when his car left the road and hit a tree.

The 48-year-old father-of-two was a long-time member of the GB rowing team through the 1980s and 90s, winning lightweight doubles world gold with fellow Notts County rower, Alan Whitwell, in 1986 on their home Holme Pierrepont course.

Carl went on to win gold in 1991 (LM4-), 1992 (LM4-) and 1994 (LM8+), as well as winning one silver and three bronze medals, and two bronzes at the 1986 Commonwealth Games (L1x/2x) in Edingburgh.

Among numerous Henley wins, Carl was part of the lengendary Notts County eight that won the Ladies Plate at Henley Royal Regatta in dramatic style in 1988, breaking the record not once, but twice in one day, after a re-row was awarded against final opponents Harvard, who complained of a piece of wood trapped under their fin, following the British crew's five length victory.

Having already changed and started to celebrate, Notts County got back into their kit and went out and beat the three-stone-a-man heavier Americans again, lowering the record for a second time, by another two seconds, to six minutes 11 seconds. The prizegiving had already been held by the time of the re-race, but no-one returned home, with the Stewards Enclosure opened to the public and rammed to the rafters.

Amid memorable scenes, thousands roared them home and Sports Minister Colin Moynihan welcomed them back to the landing stage. The crew reconvened at Henley this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their famous victory.

Our thoughts are with his wife, son and daughter.

Tribute by Nick Hartland (former NCRA rower) A tribute from some of Carl's friends and colleagues at Nottingham Rowing Club is included in this report from This is Nottingham

Down at The Boat - The Legend by the Trent

Article by Keith Atkinson

25th December 2009

Nottingham Boat Club, situated between Trent Bridge and the new Forest Stand, was founded in 1894 by a group who insisted on rowing on Sundays.

The founders are commemorated in a painting by local artist Arthur Spooner, which was later sold at auction for over £90,000.00.

The boathouse was gutted by suffragettes in 1913. At their next meeting they were subjected to " various indignities" by the men ("so nothing changes there then"! ) said Club Coach Helen Bloor.

In the 60's, 70's and 80's The Boat Club was one of the leading rock venues in the country hosting most of the great acts and artists of their time. A survey of local bands highlighted it as their favourite venue. Rod Stewart speaking recently to the audience at the new Nottingham Arena recalled gigs at the Boat with Jeff Beck. Robert Plant said "The punks hated us for Knebworth, quite rightly so But we couldn't go on playing The Nottingham Boat Club just to prove to people in long overcoats that we were OK. " Def Leppard in On Through the Nightmare said"At the Boat Club in Nottingham, capacity about 300, 400 were turned away at the door. "The band were supported by Black Sabbath clones Witchfynde Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Jethro Tull, Gary Moore and Zoot Money were just a few of the visitors over the years. What was the attraction?

The Club's formula: A novel riverside venue; a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and loyal following, welcoming helpful staff and people more interested in the show than the money-a formula that still delivers today.

In one of his Resnick novels John Harvey wrote:- " Oars men were lifting their boat from the water and carrying it towards the nearest of the two rowing clubs that stood back from the path by the waterside. Later that evening the buildings would be transformed by flashing lights and speakers pushed almost to distortion. "The Boat, Charlie. Half eight, nine. " Resnick thought he might be lucky to get there at all. Resnick walked along Arkwright Street, away from the city, the muffled bass patterns audible before he stepped onto the bridge. A Hammond organ surged as Resnick handed over his money and stepped inside. Thick with bodies the room swam with the scent of sweat and tobacco. On the stage a seven piece band was playing Green Onions In those days they were always playing Green Onions.' "

The interior of the club was recently used in a film, the biopic of Ian Curtis of the ill fated Joy Division called Control which starred Samantha Morton from Clifton. The filming took place in Nottingham because the Producer felt it looked more like Manchester than Manchester did !

In 2002 John Peel converted the ladies' changing room into a recording studio and broadcast live to the nation on Radio One over a three day period.

Weekly the Club is hired out for retirement parties, anniversaries, weddings and family celebrations, where proud parents show their children where they first met up and referring to Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees which has pride of place on the Club wall, can show the groups they danced to. All showing the constant changing face of the Club "Ultimately we are a local Rowing Club" said Keith Atkinson, President Nottingham Rowing Club.

Brabants and Grainger praise Nottingham rowers

Report by Keith Atkinson

22nd December 2009

Nottingham's Olympic gold medal canoeist Tim Brabants and triple Olympic silver medal winning rower Katherine Grainger praised two Nottingham rowers after they were selected to attend a national camp for highly talented athletes.

Katie Bartlett, a pupil at Holygirt School and Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School will be among 130 aspiring Olympians in eight sports at the National Talent orientation camp run by the Youth Sport Trust at Loughborough from January 6th-9th.

Katie and Alicia are World Class Start athletes sponsored by Siemens and coached by Julie Edwards. Katherine said "Getting selected for the Youth Sport Trust National Talent orientation camp is a real Achievement and something that Katie and Alicia can be proud of. One of the key aims is to offer the young people a window into the world of performance sport, exploring the expectations and demands and allow them time to reflect on their own talent. "

The four day camp blends cross-sport training sessions and competition with motivational workshops delivered by past and present Olympic and Paralympic medallists, while the youngsters will also learn from a variety of scenarios that occur in the life of an elite performer including working with the media. "What a wonderful opportunity for the Nottingham Rowing Club girls-and well deserved after the 2009 season, "said Club President Keith Atkinson, "I'm sure that mixing in such illustrious company will bring them on even further. Their Club is very proud of them. "

Ten for Nottingham at Newark

Report by Keith Atkinson

8th December 2009

The Newark Head of the River was rowed over 3,800m from Farndon to the town. The morning started with a heavy downpour, followed by clear but blustery conditions that made for difficult steering on the course. Several boats ended up in bushes, trees and reeds along the riverbank.

Nottingham Rowing Club took a large contingent ranged right across the club from High Performance, Mens and Womens Squads, Juniors and Veterans. Sister Club Nottingham Trent Úniversity were there in force too.

Fastest Nottingham crew home, who came third out of 200 entries, were an Intermediate 1 Quad, a joint venture with Newark, with two Newark lads rowing with Ed Fisher and Dominic Harrison. This combination tied with another Nottingham Intermediate 2 quad stroked by Nik Parnell. An Intermediate 1 Coxless four, with Ben Sibly from the Junior squad on board, was the next winning boat over the line.

Next winner was George Caines who took Elite Sculls despite the fact that he had to stop as his course was blocked by novice fours! Declan Gamble (Daycourt School, Radcliffe-on-Trent ) and Matt Pomeroy (Nottingham Boy's High) won J 16 double sculls. A Womens Senior Coxed four stroked by Rachel O'Sullivan won their event. Athelie Redwood-Brown won Women's Elite sculls. Andreas Endruweit won Intermediate 1 sculls, again he had problems clashing with other boats. Steve and Graham Daw won Veteran E/F double sculls. Rachel Kugele won Women's intermediate 2 sculls and the ever reliable Bill Payne and Mike Collier brought the Head total to 10 and the winter total to 31 by winning the Veteran G/H double sculls.

It was a good day for the Club. The High Performance group coached by Dez Atkins won 2, as did Martin Kay's juniors, Dan Johnson's seniors and the DIY Veterans. The Women coached by Helen Bloor, went one better and won 3, that is if the appeal over the novice fours goes in Nottingham's favour!

Nottingham Trent University won Women's Intermediate 3 coxed fours.

NRC win three more

Report by Keith Atkinson

23rd November 2009

Over 100 crews competed for trophies at the annual Head of the Soar run by Loughborough Boat Club. Conditions were cool but dry and a reasonable stream was running.

Two boys from Nottingham Rowing Club won three events. Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton) and Tom Savage (Djanogly City Academy) won Intermediate 3 double sculls and J 16 double sculls, and Dominic won Intermediate 3 single sculls. Overall they were the second fastest boat headed by a four and ahead of everyone else. Tom was subbing in for Ed Fisher who was ill. The boys are coached by Martin Kay who was very grateful that parent Niel Fisher towed the trailer. They rowed in a boat sponsored by Linear Insulations.

The three wins brought the current winter total to 21.

Gold and Silver for Nottingham R.C.

Report by Keith Atkinson

30th November 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club returned from the Hampton Small Boats Head with gold and silver medals in the Women's Junior 16 double Sculls event, having come first and second in the race. This brings the total number of trophies won by the Club so far in the winter campaign to 18.

The Head was rowed downstream over 3000m of the River Thames, close to Molesey Boat Club and within walking distance of the famous Hampton Court. Conditions were cool and windy. Competition was fierce with entries from rowing schools like Lady Eleanor Holles, Latymer Upper and Emanuel School and clubs like Marlow, Thames and Tideway Scullers School.

The girls are coached by Andrew Wilson and local schoolmaster Ben Dobbs. The winners were Holly Oughton (Trent College) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girl's High School). Four seconds behind and six seconds in front of the bronze medallists were Lucy Crooks (Nottingham Girls High) and Sarah Padbury ( John Cleveland, Leics).

Another two for Dominic

Report by Keith Atkinson

23rd November 2009

On a cold, wet and breezy River Ouse at Bedford, Dominic Parnell, coached by Claire Parnell, took on a range of scullers in both the J14 and J15 events in the Star Head of the River.

He won both events whilst trying out a new rig on his boat - clearly it didn't slow him down, as he clocked up his fourth and fifth win of the 09/10 campaign.

British Indoor Rowing Championship

Report by Keith Atkinson

23rd November 2009

The British Indoor Rowing Championship is the world's biggest indoor rowing race and the largest indoor sporting event in the UK, with over 2,000 competitors racing at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham over the course of just one day.

The Championship attracts sporting legends and stars, and over the years has become an integral part of the training and selection programme for the British Rowing Squad.

Sir Steve Redgrave is the Honorary President for the day, and the Steve Redgrave Trust is the official charity of the Championships.

Nottingham was well represented with youngsters from Nottingham City School-Sport Partnership, Rushcliffe School-Sport Partnership and the Nottingham Rowing Club.

Rugby player Garath Archer was the overall winner, beating members of the National Rowing Squad. The top ten finishers were sub-six minutes for 2,000 metres, the equivalent of the four-minute mile for athletes.

The first Nottingham medallists, as they had an early race, were Bill Payne who took the Gold in the 75+ category and Mike Collier who won the Silver.

In the Women's Open Event, won by Debbie Flood, Fiona Bassett gained the Bronze. Fiona is coached by World Class Start Coach Julie Edwards and is sponsored by Siemens. Two of Julie's other charges, Alicia Brown and Katie Bartlett, from Arnold Hill School, won Gold and Silver in the Women's Junior 16 event.

City's Emily Ward won the J13 Bronze. Willow McGowan won the Gold in the Womens' J12 event and her sister Sacha came fourth. Both girls are coached by Nottingham Rowing Club's Ian Wain and Bill Payne. They competed for the Rushcliffe Partnership.

Callum Jones won the Gold in the Boys' J15 event. Jo Topham was fourth and Harry Townsend fifth.

In the team events, with four athletes on one Concept2 Indoor Rower, Callum Jones (St. Edward's School, Oxford), Harry Townsend (South Wolds School, Keyworth), Jack Caston (Becket School, West Bridgford) and Jo Topham (Trinity School, Aspley), a Nottingham Rowing Club crew unbeaten in 2009 in coxed quadruple sculls, took the Silver Medal in the Boys' J15 event, just behind Stratford on Avon Rowing Club. The crew is coached by Steve Millett. The Nottingham girls, coached by Andrew Wilson, won the Gold Medal in the J16 event, and set up a new competition record. Holly Oughton (Trent College), joined forces with Mary Wilson, Lucy Crookes and Georgia Smith (all Nottingham Girls' High School), and beat Trentham Rowing Club by a fraction.

Mike and Bill in the medals again!

Report by Keith Atkinson

16th November 2009

High winds and heavy rain on Saturday led to the cancellation of the Fours Head of the River, due to be rowed on the River Thames from Chiswick Bridge to Putney, a distance of 7,000m. Over 500 crews were ready to take to the water but with the wind whipping up the tideway, the event was cancelled on safety grounds. Six Nottingham Rowing Club crews had a frustrating day.

However on Sunday conditions were much improved for the veteran event and the four NRC crews competing. Mike Collier, of Nottingham & Union RC, and Bill Payne from Nottingham Rowing Club with friends from Henley and Reading won the veteran G/H quadruple sculls for the 70+ age group. This follows their recent win in the Pairs Head.

Rowing at Dayncourt School

Report by Chris Ballard - PDM Dayncout School, Radcliffe

9th November 2009

Two years ago, lottery money given to the Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership funded several rowing machines across secondary schools including Dayncourt School, and, as part of a three year project with Nottingham Rowing Club, success has come at Dayncourt in the form of Year 11 student, Declan Gamble.

Declan first started rowing at Dayncourt as an extra curricular activity via the project and the support of regular coaching by Nottm Rowing Club. He has proved to be such an ambassador for the sport that in October 2008, Declan attended a Junior Rowing Leaders course. From the course, he has now been promoting rowing and delivering sessions in our local primary schools including Candleby Lane School, and has also been helping out with various indoor rowing competitions, proving a very dab hand with all the technical equipment that has to be set up in order for any event to take place.

Also in October 2008, Declan qualified to represent the Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership at the British Indoor Championships. Here he got his first taste of the big time. From this, Declan set out to become faster and stronger as a rower.

Earlier this year Declan took part in a 5 week course of 'wet' rowing on the River Trent, and from there was invited to join the Nottingham Rowing Club. As a member he now trains 5-6 days a week at the club.

As if being in your last year at Dayncourt with exam pressures and coursework and representing Year 11 as Vice-Chairperson on the whole school student council isn't enough, Declan runs a rowing club for our Year 7 students at lunchtimes on a Tuesday passing on all the skills that he has learnt.

On 8 November Declan took part in the Henley Long Distance Sculls on the River Thames which was rowed over a 3,000 m course. With the help of his rowing partner, Matt Pomery Declan recorded his first win in the J16 double sculls earning him a well deserved trophy.

Declan also won the recent Rowing Factor held at Dayncourt School and through this has proved that he is the number one rower in Year 11 throughout the whole of Rushcliffe. He will now go on to represent Dayncourt and Rushcliffe once again in the British Indoor Rowing Championships on Sunday 22 November at Birmingham National Indoor Arena along with Sam Bright Year 7, Callum Reader Year 10, Will Gill Year 10, Jo Gilbert Year 11 and Daisy Hickman Year 11.

Victories at Henley Sculls

Report by Keith Atkinson

9th November 2009

Henley Long Distance Sculls was rowed over a 3, 000m course on the River Thames finishing at Leander Club. On a cool, Autumnal day Nottingham Rowing Club returned with two well earned trophies.

The crews, both coached by Martin Kay, won J16 double sculls and J18 quadruple sculls.

The quad of Tom Huskinson, Ben Sibly, Luke Harrold and Sam Padbury, who also won at Nottingham last month, came fourth overall and saw the race as great preparation for Henley Royal Regatta next July.

The double of Matt Pomery and Declan Gamble recorded their first win. Declan is a ex-swimmer from Daynecourt School Radcliffe and has been coached over the summer by Jim Waller.

Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson, coached by Andrew Wilson came a close second in the J16 doubles as did Ben Sibly in the J18 singles.

Dominic Puts Down A Marker At Marlow

Report by Keith Atkinson

1st November 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club's young sculler Dominic Parnell, a pupil at Grove School, Balderton, Newark, coached by Claire Parnell, began his winter campaign with a resounding victory on the river Thames with a win in the J14 event at Marlow Long Distance Sculls. He brushed aside competition from clubs like Marlow and Wallingford, some in double sculls and quads, continuing the form that has made him the Club's most successful athlete this year.

Tough trials at Boston

Report by Keith Atkinson

27th October 2009

Trials for places in the British Rowing Team took place in Boston Lincolnshire over the weekend. Rowers had to complete 2,000m on a Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machine with cut off times posted, before water trials over 5,000m on the canalized River Witham. Heavyweight Men were expected to get below 6.10, Women 7.05, lightweight Men 6.33 and women 7. 28.

Overall winner on the water was veteran Olympian Greg Searle. Debbie Flood - silver medallist in Bejing - was the fastest woman.

Only two of Nottingham Rowing Club's sickness ravaged squad coached by Dez Atkins made it past the ergometer cut offs. Nik Parnell posted a creditable time on the water but it was Nikki Spencer, who had recently won elite sculls at the Nottingham Autumn Head, who caught the eye with her third place in Women's lightweight sculls. This put Nikki, a student at Nottingham Trent University, in line for a squad place.

Katie on form - Yet again!

Report by Keith Atkinson

26th October 2009

15 year old Nottingham Rowing Club sculler Katie Bartlett, part of the 'World Class Start' group based at the National Water Sports Centre sponsored by Siemens and coached by Julie Edwards, has just completed a very busy and successful week.

Last weekend she won J17 sculls at Nottingham Autumn Head. Then she came 4th at a Talent get together at Holme Pierrepont earlier this week, and this weekend she won J17 sculls at Tees where she was the fastest female sculler on the water. Katie then teamed up with her training partner Alicia Brown and two Tees friends and won the quadruple sculls event.

Current form suggests that Katie, still only 15 and National Schools and National Champion in her age group, will be a major competitor next year.

Dave, Dave and Dave triumph!

Report by Keith Atkinson

19th October 2009

The Nottingham Autumn Head races were held in cool, calm conditions and took place in two divisions. Division 1 was over 5,450m, started at Clifton Grove, and was aimed at experienced single scullers. Division 2, which started at Clifton Bridge, was 3,850m long and catered for small boats.

Division 1 was won by Tees sculler Rowe with Graham Coleman from Nottingham & Union RC second and Karl Delaney, Nottingham Rowing Club third. Nottingham Rowing Club won three events. Dave Sperry, a doctor at Queen's Medical Centre, won Veteran C sculls, Spencer won Women's Elite sculls and Katie Bartlett, who has dominated J16 sculls all season, stepped up to J17 level and won that too.

In the second division, the Club won four events. First Quad home was the Intermediate 1 crew of Padbury, Harrold, Sibly and Watton. The J16 quad of Fisher, Greenfield (Newark), Harrison, and Selby (Newark) won their event and came third. Women's Captain Sarah Royles won Women's novice sculls setting a fine example to her flock. However, it was in the Veteran G Double sculls that the real surprise of the day happened. Dave Cogman and Dave Sharp took on National Champions, Henley winners and even a World Champion and beat them all. Not only that, they rowed their opposition down between Clifton Bridge and the Clubhouse.

Provisional results from London Pairs Head of the River, held on the previous day, show Mike Collier (Nottingham & Union RC) and Bill Payne as winners of the Veteran G double sculls. No doubt, this will be some solace for Bill after the drubbing handed out by the two Daves.

The eight wins set Nottingham Rowing Club up for the winter campaign ahead.

Nottingham Autumn Heads

18th October 2009

The Nottingham Autumn Heads results (Division 1 - the Nottingham Sculling Head and Division 2 - the Nottingham Autumn Head) are now online at the Nottingham Autumn Heads website

Thanks again to all who took part.

Suspension bridge - safety rules

October 2009

Please note the circulation pattern for the Suspension Bridge during the repair works has now changed (as of 2nd October 2009). Crews are to now pass on the City Side. Boats going downstream continue to have priority, but boats going in both directions should proceed with caution.

In very windy conditions, crews should not pass under the bridge.

See the attached word document

Nottingham Rowing Club's Internationals

article by Keith Atkinson

September 2009

September saw several Nottingham Rowing Club athletes in action on the Continent.

75 year old Burton-Joyce resident Bill Payne brought back two gold medals from the World Masters Championships in Vienna. One was for single sculls - Bill has been World Champion in his class for most years since 1995 - the other was for Quadruple sculls where he teamed up with Mike Collier from Nottingham and Union Rowing Club and two friends from Reading.

Conditions were very poor with wind and rain, another distraction was that the course on the River Danube ran through a naturalists camp. Bill felt that this was not an ideal preparation for a hard race!

Athelie Redwood-Brown, a high performance athlete based at Holme Pierrepont, won a bronze medal in the World Universities Championships for lightweight sculls.

Two other high performance members of the Club, Monica Relph and Jacqui Round, who had already won gold in the U23 World event, rowed in the GB Women's eight at the Eurpean Championships.

Cambridge Regatta

22nd September 2009

We had a clean sweep in the J14 single sculls and J14 double sculls at the Cambridge Regatta on Sunday 13th September:

Dominic Parnell (Grove School, Newark) and newcomer Toby Mclardy (St Hughs, Grantham), competing in his first regatta, both won through three rounds of the J14 single sculls on opposite halves of the draw to both reach the final making it an all Nottingham final. There was a total of 11 scullers in the draw making it a tough event for both Nottingham boys. Toby beat opposition from St Neots and two scullers from Peterborough, whilst Dominic beat Peterborough, Royal Docks and St Ives Rowing Clubs. In the final Dominic took an early lead off the start and finished some 4 lengths of Toby.

Dominic and Toby then moved on to demolishing the field in the J14 double sculls. They had only been in a boat just 4 times together previous to the regatta but out of a field of 7 crews they took the win in a final against Peterborough after comfortably beating the winners of the double sculls at the J14 Championships in Peterborough earlier in the summer in the semi-finals.

This takes Dominic's tally of wins this summer to 15 and gives Toby his very first win in his first ever Regatta. The pair are both coached by Claire Parnell and they commented that they are looking to build on this early success in a double scull at the York Sprint Regatta on September 19th.

Nottingham Rowing Club Induction for Junior members

Jim Waller, Junior co-ordinator

3rd September 2009

If you would like to attend the Induction Session then please contact our membership secretary Jenny Huskinson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, also see the attached documents:
Fitness Standards
NRC juniors provisional weekly schedule

Summer newsletter

The Nottingham Rowing Club summer 2009 newsletter is now available, both in the bar at the club and online here

Warwick Regatta

report by Derek Crowley

28th August 2009

A lonely Veteran E4+ went to Warwick regatta last Saturday, the crew made up of Paul Johns, Moe Rossell, Graham Grocock and Derek Crowley, and coxed by Carole Dickinson.

Warwick probably has the most picturesque start in the country but one of the trickiest courses so the old faithful boat - Greg Dominic - was definitely the boat to use.

It was a nice day (except for the wasps) with some good racing and we won which gives the club another win.

World Rowing Championships

article by Keith Atkinson

24th August 2009

The World Rowing Championships will take place on Lake Malta in Posnan, Poland from August 23rd-30th.

The GB rowing team sponsored by Siemens is converging on Posnan from training camps across Europe. Some athletes are in different classes of boats than they were in Beijing. Katherine Grainger is in a single scull rather than her usual quad.

2009 has been a season of experimentation in the lead up to London 2012. Youngsters from the World Class Start and Club High Performance programmes have been drafted into the main group.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Tina Stiller is in the Women's eight. Jacqui Round, fresh from her gold medal performance in the U23 World Championship eight, is spare woman for the GB women's squad.

Nottingham to Newark Row

18th August 2009

Jim Waller is organising a sponsored row to Newark aimed mainly at the juniors but it is open to all seniors and vets. There will be a £15 entry fee per person (which includes trailer fee) and everyone participating is asked to get sponsored for doing the row. Our aim is to raise £1,000 which will go towards supporting junior rowing activities.

More details on the flyer

Dominic wins yet again

report by Keith Atkinson

17th August 2009

Dominic Parnell, one of Nottingham Rowing Club's talented junior scullers,who is coached by his mother Claire, won J13 sculls at Stourport Regatta.

Beating Evesham Rowing Club in the final it was Dominic's thirteenth win of the season. It brought the Club tally to 134 so far this season.

Had it not been for the withdrawal of the local Stourport sculler on Sunday Dominic would have won that race too.

Peterborough Summer Regatta 2009

report by Keith Atkinson

11th August 2009

Peterborough Summer Regatta was held on the 1000m multilane purpose-built rowing lake close to the city and the river Nene. The weather was hot and sunny for much of the weekend.

Nottingham Rowing Club were there in force as their competitive season neared its close. They came away with the Victor Ludorum trophy as the most successful rowing club there.

The men's novice eight was a mixture of junior scullers coached by Martin Kay and older rowers coached by Jo Baldwin. Stroked by Sam Ward from Bilborough College, they took the scalp of Jesus College Cambridge in an exciting, close fought final. This was the first men's eight regatta win of the season. Ashley Hewitt, from Beckett School, coxed the boat and was crucial to their success. Over the two days, Ashley coxed eleven boats!

Anna Lavelle, another Bilborough College student and last year's club "Top Gun", made a welcome return to winning ways and stroked a composite women's intermediate 1 quad with Rachel Vojvodic and colleagues from Leicester and Derby to victory on both days.

Coach Julie Edwards' World Class Start athletes, sponsored by Siemens, were much in evidence. Peter Muhley won intermediate 3 sculls. Alicia Brown took the Women's J15 sculls, and Katy Bartlett teamed up with Fiona Bassett to win women's intermediate 3 double sculls.

Callam Jones, coached by Steve Millett, won J14 sculls on both days. He is off to St. Edward's School in Oxford in September on a sporting scholarship. Dominic Parnell, coached by Claire Parnell, won J13 sculls. Callam and Dominic have won over twelve times so far this season.

The women's intermediate 2 four of Sarah Royles, Katherine Wiley, Louise Townrow and Vicky Newton won on the Sunday, with Vicky winning her novices having returned to rowing last year, a decade after she rowed for Cambridge University women's lightweights. They were coxed by Ashley.

The ten wins over the weekend made this, the third full season for Nottingham Rowing Club, its most successful ever.

Sister club Nottingham Trent University, resident at the Rowing Club, also had two fours wins at Peterborough, dominating the women's novice fours on the Saturday. They also had two scullers make novice singles finals.

Nottingham Rowing Club - High Performance

report by Keith Atkinson

4th August 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club's High Performance group are based at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and are coached by Ade Roberts. Being part of this well respected and successful set up is a route to National and International recognition.

The athletes have had a great season winning at the Women's Head of the River, Nottingham City, the Met,Women's Henley, National Championships, Home Countries International, World U23 Championships and supplying a spare for the World Championships.

Jacqui Round has rowed a 6.52.6 ergo,was in the Women's Head of the River eight, won the gold medal at the World U23 Championships in the GB eight and is the spare strokesider for the World Championships. Monica Relph was also in the Head of the River eight and is a World Champion following her win in the GB eight in the Czech Republic. Lyndsay Morton,another member of the London eight, won at Nottingham City.She was in the winning Coxed four at Women's Henley and as the result of her National Championships win in the singles, was selected to row for England in the Home Countries International in the single and the eight. Catherine Lineker has rowed a 7.04 ergo, was in the London eight, won at the Met and was in the winning coxed four at Women's Henley. Athelie Redwood-Brown rowed bow in the London crew, won gold, silver and bronze at BUCS(the British Universities Championships). She won a bronze in the Women's Lightweight single at the National Championships. Athelie has been selected to row for GB in Poland in the World Universities Rowing Championships.

Tamsin Cottle coxed the pennant winners on the Thames And won the Men's Eight at the Home Countries.

Dave Marshall has rowed a 5.56.9 2K ergo and a 15.58.6 5,000m. He won at the Met, National Championships and had victories in the double and quadruple sculls at the Home International.

Being part of the Nottingham Rowing Club's High Performance group is a clear pathway to success. The Club is anxious to recruit high aspiration candidates for the 2010 season. See details (2009 pdf)

A rainy day on the Mersey at the Warrington Regatta

report by Claire Parnell

4th August 2009

Dom Parnell made win 10 and 11 at the weekend at a rainy Warrington Regatta over a 700m course on the Mersey and he maintains his unbeaten season at J13 single sculls.

He was entered for J14 single sculls and won through 7 tough opponents to come out on top in the final against Royal Chester Rowing Club by 0.7 seconds, having beaten Northwich and Agecroft in the heats and semis. He fought very hard in the final and maintained the narrowest of leads from start to finish against a bigger opponent who kept the pressure on for the entire race.

He also entered the J13 single sculls event finishing on top again out of a field of 6 scullers from the North West Clubs, beating Warrington in the final.

Nick Parnell was unlucky not to get an entry for IM2 1x or IM1 1x. There was no opposition.

Trentsiders take to the surf

report by Roland Evans

3rd August 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club raced at the UK Open Surfboat Championship , held at Saunton Sands, North Devon on 1st August 2009 and produced some very exciting performances to make the final.

Matt Ballaam, Ed Whiteley, Roland Evans and Nottingham canoeist Nigel Jones made up the Nottingham crew (Trentside Trash) who competed against the best of Devon and Cornwall surfboat clubs including European and UK Champions Porthtowan Blue Bali, The Bude Rockets, The Bristol Barracudas, The Llantwit Major Crocodiles and The Perranporth Desperados. Also competeing were an Italian crew from Milan (Canottieri Milano), Celtic Longboat rowers fresh from rowing in the Ridley Scott film "Robin Hood" due for release in May 2010, and river rowing clubs: The London City Slickers - London RC, The Cambridge Blues, The Molesey Marauders, The Bristol Breakers - City of Bristol and The Twickenham Tridents - TwRC.

The race was held on decent size surf, which created a vertical learning curve for the Nottingham crew with little surf rowing experience. Canoeist Nigel Jones performed outstandingly with only 3 prior outings the week before to convert his technique from canoeing to rowing on the Trent. The organisers kindly loaned a boat and a sweep (Mike Lord from Llantwit Major) which also provided an opportunity to practice the day before the race which proved invaluable.

The race was based on a points system for the heats, with three rounds of racing all about accrueing points in order to progress forward to the 2 x 5 boat semi finals. Each race involved rowing out through the surf, around a buoy (about 500m out ) and back to the beach trying to catch the waves in. The bow-man then jumps out the boat and sprints to the flag to complete the race.

The Nottingham crew improved dramatically with each race, and three solid performances with no mishaps ensured safe passage to the semi-final. In the semi-final the Nottingham crew were in 4th position on the return leg from the buoy and were gradually catching the Llantwit Major Crocodiles who then made a mistake on the wave in. This resulted in the crews being level and set the scene for a dramatic sprint for the finish flag. Matt Ballaam then produced a lightning 150m sprint up the beach to just beat the Llantwit Major bowman to the flag by a fraction of a second to guarantee a place in the final for Nottingham !! This was an outstanding performance for a river crew, particularly in the sizeable surf.

In the six boat final two crews stood out, Porthtowan Blue Bali and The Barracudas (formerly from City of Bristol), both crews dominated the final from the start. Nottingham had a shaky start but then managed to claw back into equal 4th position around the buoy. A gamble on a wave in to push for the bronze medal didn't pay off, and the crew experienced their first major wipe-out with the boat capsizing and everyone catapulted into the surf.

1st Porthtowan Blue Bali - Nick Healey, Tim Bracey, Mladen Maranovil, Tom Hanna, Sweep - Gary Walters
2nd The Barracudas - Chris Sparrow, Russell Croft, Martin Downey, Dominic Hall, Sweep - Mark Bannister
3rd The Molesey Marauders - Pete Wells, Max Stallard, Tom Stallard, Gavin Weeks, Sweep - Nick Beringer
4th The Bristol Breakers - Alex Cheney, Will Downey, Tony Larkman, Morgan Specht, Sweep - Peter Gaisford
5th Twickenham Tridents - Mike Dowell, Scott Smith, Adam Ellis, Estevao Pape, Sweep - Richard Meadmore
6th Trentside Trash - Roland Evans, Edward Whiteley, Nigel Jones, Matthew Ballaam, Sweep - Mike Lord

Day Trip to Bewdley

report by Derek Crowley

28th July 2009

A few members of NRC made the journey to Bewdley on Saturday 25 July. River conditions were tricky to say the least, with a strong current and cross wind and there was the usual chaos over boating, with races running up to an hour late.

Chris Royles (Vet C 1x) left at the crack of dawn, towing the trailer, to be there for his first sculling race at 9.16, only to discover that his opposition from Burton Leander had scratched and he could have had a couple more hours in bed! Chris met the Stourport sculler (Gwilliam) in the semi-final who unfortunately proved too strong and subsequently went on to beat Dave Sperry in the final. Dave had beaten a Trafford sculler in the semi.

The Intermediate 2 4+ (Andy Wallis, Ian Dyke, Chris Royles and Matt Pritchett coxed by Ashley Hewitt) were drawn against a home crew from Bewdley. Both crews found themselves fighting the conditions at the start and took some time and three attempts to get themselves aligned. When the starter was finally happy, the stream and wind took the bows and after just 5 strokes the crew found themselves fighting off the bank. They pulled themselves round, did a second start and fought back hard but unfortunately the gap was too much to make up.

Old rivalry was renewed in the Vet E4+ event, with NRC (Paul Trinick, Moe Rossell, Paul Johns and Derek Crowley, coxed by Carole Dickinson) drawn against Bewdley. These crews have met many times in the past and competition is always keen. On this occasion, NRC came out the victors by a length.

4 wins for Nottingham RC at St Neots Regatta from the Parnell brothers

report by Claire Parnell

27th July 2009

On Saturday Dominic Parnell (aged 13) raced in the J14 single sculls over a 1000m course. In the heats he beat Cantabrigian, in the semi he overcame a local St Neots sculler and then went on to beat Norwich in the final. All races were won by very large margins which was very pleasing as he was racing up a year.

On Sunday he had 6 rounds to get through in as many hours. He started his long campaign for two more pots at 12 noon and had a race every hour until 6 pm over a 500m course.

In his J14 single sculls, he overcame a Globe Rowing Club sculler in the heats, Huntingdon in the semi and Norwich again in the final. This time the final was closely fought with Dom taking 2 lengths just before the finish line.

In his J13 single sculls he beat Peterborough's Veal-Gray in the heats, St Neots in the semi and his close rival Marshall from Peterborough in the final by some 3 lengths.

So 2 days, 9 races, 9 wins and 3 pots, making 9 wins so far this summer for Dominic.

Not to be totally upstaged by his younger brother, Nick Parnell (aged 18) won IM3 single sculls on Sunday and now moves up to IM 2. He had hard fought races against Northampton in the heats, Maidstone Invicta in the semi and then he went on to beat Yare in the final.

He also reached the final of IM2 single sculls beating Broadland RC in the heat, but he narrowly missed out on a win the final against Lincoln Rowing Centre.

Gold for Monica and Jacqui at the U23s

report by Keith Atkinson

27th July 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club's High Performance girls Jacqui Round and Monica Relph, rowing in the Team GB eight, qualified direct for the final of the Championships and faced the current World Champions the United States in the World U23 Rowing Championships at Racice in the Czech Republic.

Rowing conditions were good with a light following wind.

The race plan was to go out hard and put the pressure on the rest of the field. Leaving the start at well over 40 strokes per minute the British eight grabbed a slight lead. The Poles were in second place, the World Champions in third.

The fired up Brits withstood everything that was thrown at them. The United States overtook Poland, moved into the silver medal slot and launched a sustained attack on the British girls who in turn refused to give ground and sprinted to the line leaving a very tired United States in their wake.

"A wonderful result and all credit to the girls", said Club President Keith Atkinson. "I anticipate that this will encourage more talent to join Nottingham Rowing Club high performance group at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont as it is clearly a route to the very top".

Result on World

Dave Marshall - a Man on a Mission

report by Keith Atkinson

27th July 2009

The Home Countries International Regatta was held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont last week-end.It was part of London 2012 Open Week end supported by BP,celebrating three years until the next Olympic Games. Prizes were awarded by Di Ellis CBE Chairman of the Amateur Rowing Association to various tunes including ‘Rule Britannia','Ye Banks and Braes'.'Cockles and Mussles' and even Tom Jones singing' Delilah!'

Conditions were fine and sunny with a cross headwind making for slow times.

Nottingham Rowing Club had four athletes selected to row for England against Ireland,Scotland and Wales. World Class Start girls Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College and Emma Lindley(Carlton-le Willows School) ,sponsored by Siemens and coached by Julie Edwards, came second in the Junior double sculls event. Lyndsay Morton was entered in single sculls and the women's eight where she was placed a very creditable second. But it was Dave Marshall who caught the eye.He was a man on a mission and was able to showcase his undoubted sculling talent at the event.

Joining his partner Dan Johnson from Reading University he took the men's double sculls just as he had at the National Championships the previous week.He then took out the quadruple scull and put them through a strenuous warm up routine including technique exercises,race pace pieces,starts and finish sprints.Observers felt he might have overdone it. They were wrong.Dave took his crew out of the blocks at a scorching pace and never let up for the next 2,000m! winning by clear water and showing the benefits of a winter spent on the Concept 2 Indoor Rower. Dave and Lyndsay are part of the Club's High Perfomance group and are coached by Ade Roberts.

Nottingham Rowing Club were even involved in the winning men's eight as they had loaned their best boat, sponsored by John A Stevens, to the winning England crew and it was coxed by club cox Tamsin Cottle.

And Now There Are Ten

article by Keith Atkinson

23rd July 2009

As the result of his fine performance at the National Rowing Championships in winning the Men's double sculls with his Reading University colleague, Nottingham Rowing Club's Dave Marshall has been selected to row in this weekends Home Countries International to be held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. He will compete in the double and quadruple sculls.

Dave is the tenth Nottingham Rowing Club athlete to wear Team GB kit this year. He is part of the Club's high performance group and is coached by Ade Roberts. He spends most of his training time at Holme Pierrepont.

Racing will take place from 10.30-16.30 on Saturday 25th of July. Entrance is free - a great opportunity to see international rowing and support local athletes.

Medals Galore for Nottingham at Nat Champs

article by Keith Atkinson

20th July 2009, updated 21st July 2009

The National Rowing Championships took place over three days at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. Conditions varied, it was generally cool, breezy and showery. On Friday racing was suspended for over an hour due to thunder and lightning. All races were rowed over the full 2000m (one and a quarter miles) distance.

Nottingham Rowing Club's talented Junior squad, made up of local school pupils from the City and County, were undeterred by the conditions on their home water and by the end of day one had put over ten crews and scullers into the finals. Rowing in their distinctive Lycra suits emblazoned with the Robin Hood logo and with dark blue, light blue and gold oars there was no mistaking Nottingham rowers. Once the finals started there was no mistaking their intentions.

By the end of day two, the juniors had four gold, two silver and two bronze medals! First onto the podium was Katy Bartlett (Holygirt School) in the WJ 15 event, coached by Julie Edwards, World Class Start coach sponsored by Siemens. Katy tracked her Runcorn opponent to the line and beat her by 0.31secs. Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School) was fifth in the same race. Next up was Callam Jones (Belvoir High) in the J14 single sculls, coached by Jim Waller, who led his race out of the blocks and won convincingly. Dominic Parnell (Grove School Balderton) although only thirteen, was fifth in the race. Dominic is coached by Claire Parnell.

The third gold went to Holly Oughton (Holygirt School) and Mary Wilson coached by Andrew Wilson, in the WJ 15 double sculls. Sculling beautifully they put in a critical burst at 500m and cleared the field winning by over three lengths. The next gold was won by the boy's J14 coxed quadruple scull of Jack Caston (Becket School), Jo Topham (Trinity School Aspley), Harry Townsend (South Wolds School, Keyworth) who were coxed by Llachlan Smith and stroked by Callam Jones taking his second gold of the day. The crew is coached by Steve Millett and has not lost a race all season. They won convincingly.

Silver medals were won by Harry Townsend and Jack Caston (Becket School) in the J14 boy's double sculls. They caught their opponents with a blistering acceleration to the line and claimed the silver medal by 7 hundredths of a second.

Ed Fisher (Harry Carlton School East Leake) and Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton) coached by Martin Kay and rowing in a boat sponsored by Linear Insulations were themselves caught on the line having led for most of the race by sister club Newark in the boy's J15 double sculls and had to settle for silver.

A surprise bronze was won by Alexandra Millett (Becket School) and Helen Ladds (South Wolds School Keyworth) coached by Paul Stevens in the WJ14 double Sculls. The day ended with another Julie Edwards crew taking the bronze in the WJ16 quadruple sculls. Katy Bartlett and Alicia Brown were joined by Georgia Smith and Lucy Crooks (Nottingham High School for Girls).

The following day Julie's world Class Start Girls won two more golds. Emma Lindley(Carlton –le –Willows School) won WJ17 sculls and was joined by Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College)and won the WJ 18 double sculls gold beating Henley Rowing Club by a second Ben Sibly (Bilborough College) came 4th in J17 sculls and 5th in J18. The Junior squad ended the Championships with 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals and outperformed their total of 9 medals at the National Schools Regatta.

Again on the final rain soaked day Lyndsey Morton won the gold medal in the Women's single sculls by. 94 of a second from her Minerva-Bath rival. Dave Marshall teamed up with a Reading University colleague and won the Double scull gold comfortably. Athelie Redwood-Brown won bronze in the women's lightweight sculls and brought the medal rush to a close. Ade Roberts, the High Performance coach based at Holme Pierrepont, coaches all three scullers.

Matt Ballam came 5th in U23 sculls, Sam Ward was 5th in Junior double sculls and the men's eight came 4th in the final race of the regatta.

"8 gold, 2 silver and three bronze medals - quite a haul" said club president Keith Atkinson "but what really impressed me was how the athletes took the racing to the opposition. Many medals were won by a matter of feet. Well done the rowers, their hard working dedicated coaches and supportive friends and parents."

More NRC Internationals

17th July 2009

The Amateur Rowing Club have just announced the team for the U23 World Championships at Racice in the Czech Republic from the 23rd of July to the 26th.

Two Nottingham Rowing Club women have been selected to row in the eight. Jacqui Round and Monica Relph, who normally train at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont under high performance coach Ade Roberts, join four club juniors who wear GB kit for this season.

Club President Keith Atkinson wished them all the best and looked foreward to seeing the medals.

Ton Up again for NRC

article by Keith Atkinson

12th July 2009

For the second year in succession Nottingham Rowing Club, in only its third full season, has won over 100 trophies and the season is not over yet.

Last weekend was a very busy one for the club with crews and scullers in Henley, Cardiff and Burton-on-Trent.

At Burton the Club entered ten events and won seven. Burton is a traditional river regatta rowed over a 1,100m course, with two bends to tax the scullers. It was founded in 1865 and is run by local clubs Trent and Burton Leander. The women's Intermediate 3 coxed four crew coached by Helen Bloor and stroked by Rachel Morton won and enabled Lou Townend and Charlotte Storr to win their novices. Charlotte May was the fourth member of the crew. Charlie Whyman, coached by Mike Fay, beat Derby in the final of women's Intermediate 3 single sculls. Lucy Crookes and Georgia Smith from Nottingham Girl's High School, coached by Paul Stevens, won J 15 double sculls. They also went on to win Women's Intermediate 2 double sculls! Luke Harrold, Redhill School Arnold and Tom Huskinson, Greenwood Dale School were separated by a photo finish in an all Nottingham J16 scull final, with Tom being declared the winner. Luke then linked up with Tom Savage from Djanogly City Academy and won J16 double sculls. Helen Ladds (South Wolds School Keyworth) and Alexandra Millett (Becket School) won J14 sculls. At the end of the regatta, NRC won the WR Brake Memorial Trophy, awarded to the regatta's most successful junior squad.

At the Veteran Henley Regatta, rowed into a strong headwind over 1,000m from Temple Island to the new Upper Thames Rowing Club, Bill Payne beat his Star Rowing Club opponent easily in the over 70's event. Bill rarely fails to bring a medal back from such an event and is currently training for the World Masters Championships to be held in Vienna. Other boats, including the first Women's veteran crew entered by the club, did not make the finals.

In Cardiff, with the wind blowing and showers crossing the bay, the Nottingham crew selected for the Anglo-French Match – Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School, Katy Bartlett and Holly Oughton from Holygirt School and Mary Wilson from Nottingham Girls High - were swamped and the race was awarded to the French even though they had not finished either! This was a very harsh decision view of the fact that other races were shortened and rowed in slightly better water. The girls next race at the National Championships in Nottingham next weekend.

NRC 2009 Junior Summer School

10th July 2009

The Nottingham Rowing Club Junior rowing academy summer programme is on again. Learn to Row courses, Improvers Sessions and Competitors sessions are all being run at Holme Pierrepont, along with two Expeditions on the river Trent from Nottingham to Newark.

For more details and costs, see the NRC Summer Course 2009 flyer (pdf)

To apply for a place on one of the courses, see the NRC Summer Course 2009 application form (doc)

Henley Royal Regatta 2009

report by Keith Atkinson

5th July 2009

Henley Royal Regatta began on earnest on Wednesday morning. All five Nottingham Rowing Club men's crews had qualified for their chosen events. The forecast was for a very warm day, with temperatures expected to top 30 degrees C - so hot that for the first time since 1976, Henley stewards allowed men in the Steward's Enclosure to remove their blazers.

On Wednesday, the Nottingham 'B' crew in the Wyfolds was eliminated by seeded crew Maidstone Invicta. All four other crews went through.

On Thursday the Goblets coxless pair was eliminated by the seeded Greek crew and the Wyfold 'A' crew went down to Glasgow Rowing Club.

Two boats remained on Friday. The Britannia Coxed Four and the Prince of Wales Quadruple Scull. Both these crews were eliminated. The coxed four, a seeded boat, was in the fastest race of the day with City of Bristol RC.

NRC's neighbours on Trentside, Nottingham and Union Rowing Club, reached the final of the Wyfold fours but were beaten by Sydney Rowing Club from Australia.

Next weekend, Nottingham Rowing Club crews are off to Cardiff for the Anglo-French Match, Veteran's Henley and Burton Regatta.

20 years ago at Henley Royal Regatta

article by Mike Fay

4th July 2009

The 1989 Henley Royal Regatta was the event's 150th anniversary, but was also notable for the memorable final of the Ladies' Plate between Harvard and Notts County Rowing Association.

Despite averaging 30 pounds a man less than their heavyweight American rivals, Notts jumped to lead immediately, and moved away to win by over five lengths in a course record of 6:13.

But that wasn't the end of it. The Harvard cox, at the end of the race, had removed a mass of vegetation that had become trapped on their boat. Despite Henley's rule that, once a race has begun, equipment failure is just bad luck, the Harvard coach protested the race result, and the protest was upheld.

Legend has it that Notts were already on the beers toasting their victory when told they had to do it all over again. Worse still, the tailwind that reduced Harvard's weight advantage had died away. In the re-row, Harvard matched the course record that NCRA had set in the first race, 6:13. No matter though - Notts had rowed the course in 6:11, claiming the win by 2/3 of a length.

Following the founding of Nottingham Rowing Club in 2006, NCRA merged with the club to form the high performance programme.

NRC juniors medals at Peterborough

report by Keith Atkinson

29th June 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club entered five crews for the Peterborough J14 regatta and returned with five medals, much to the delight of coaches Jim Waller, Steve Millett and Paul Stevens.

Gold medals were won by Callam Jones (Belvoir high School) and Dominic Parnell (Grove School Balderton). Callam sculled in the J14 event and beat his Peterborough opponent comfortably recording 3.43 for 1000m. He is one to watch for the National Championships. Dominic in the J13 race put up a personal best time of 4.02 for the 1000m course and made it six wins out of six so far this season. Dominic overcame a local favourite from Peterborough. He is coached by Claire Parnell.

Silver medals were won by Helen Ladds (South Wolds School Keyworth) and Lexxie Millett (Becket School) in the J14 double sculls. They lost to Norwich in the final. Joe Topham (Trinity School, Aspley) and Jack Caston (Becket School) won silver in the boys event losing a close race with Stratford, the National Schools winners, by a foot!

Recording yet another silver medal win this season, with a great charge over the last 250m taking them through Lady Eleanor Holles School on the line, was the octuple scull coxed by Lizzie Walsh and stroked by Niamh Gibbons with Megan Huges, Lois Packham, Rebekka Royles, Sara Lyons, Lucy Mason, Georgia Lee and Rowan Raynor. The girls are from the Becket School and West Bridgford School.

NRC Girls Selected for Anglo-French match

report by Keith Atkinson

29th June 2009

Four Nottingham Rowing Club girls have been selected to row in the Anglo-French match to be held in Cardiff on the new Cardiff Bay course.

Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School), Katie Bartlett and Holly Oughton (Holygirt School) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High School), who recently won at Women's Henley, were victorious at the weekend trials at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre. They beat Maidenhead Rowing Club by over two lengths in the final. The crew is coached by World Class Start Coach Julie Edwards who is sponsored by Siemens. Despite being a J15 crew they overcame all J16 opposition.

Trials continue for the J18 squad and Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College) and Emma Lindley (Carlton-le Willows School) are still fighting for places.

Henley Royal Regatta 2009 preview

preview by Keith Atkinson

26th June 2009

Henley Royal Regatta, rowed on nearly one and a half miles on the river Thames, was founded in 1839. By 1986 it had become a five day event with eliminating races taking place the weekend before the main regatta to get numbers down to a manageable size. Such is the draw of Henley that many rowers would prefer a Henley medal to an Olympic one!

It is testament to the sound coaching of Helen Bloor, Dez Atkins and Dan Johnson, and the good crew performances throughout the season, that all the five men's entries from the Nottingham Rowing Club have made it through to the main event.

The coxed four in the Britannia event has been seeded. The stewards clearly see Rob Yates, Pete Muhley, Matt Ballam, Matt Ley and cox Tamsin Cottle as potential winners. Pete and Matt Ballam are world class start athletes sponsored by Siemens. They face Wallingford Rowing Club in their first row.

Two Wyfold fours, for club coxless fours, are entered. The 'A' crew of Chris Davey, Ed Whitley, Andreaus Endruweit and Dan James qualified directly but the 'B' crew of Ryan O'Sullivan, Andy Cleeve, Steve Marshall and Raymond Hughes came through the eliminating races. Ed Whitley is another world class start rower at Nottingham. The 'A' crew races Quintin and the 'B' Maidsone Invicta, a seeded crew.

Dave Marshall is with some Reading University colleagues in the Prince of Wales event for quadruple sculls. They are drawn against Birmingham University.

Jackson and Allwork face a seeded Greek crew in the Silver Goblets for coxless pairs, in what is probably the toughest draw for Nottingham's entries.

NRC Summer Newsletter

25th June 2009

The Nottingham Rowing Club summer newsletter is now available, both in the bar at the club and online here (2Mb pdf download)

Women's Wj16 quad win at Henley

report by Julie Edwards

23rd June 2009

08:00 Sat morning - time trial to reduce 18 crews to 16. The 4x of Alicia Brown, Katie Bartlett, Mary Wilson and Holly Oughton looking competitive and, unofficially, the fastest crew.

12:33 Saturday 1st round against Henley - was up early on and continued to move away, winning easily in time of 5:24

The quarter final was on Sunday at 10:20 where the Nottingham crew raced the Nottingham/Rob Roy composite. After a few steering problems from both crews in the first few hundred metres and a near clash, Nottingham began to forge ahead to win by 3 lengths in 5:23

This took them through to a semi final at 13:56 against the J16 national schools winners' Runcorn. This was always going to be a tough race and Runcorn pulled a length ahead in the first half of the race but then Nottingham started to come back. With 500m to go Nottingham were still a canvas down on Runcorn but were working there way past. Verdict 3/4 length in a time of 5:20

The final was scheduled for 16:35 against Maidenhead who had won all their previous races convincly. We knew they were fast off the start so had planned to stay in touch and then pull through in the 2nd half. As expected, Maidenhead gained a lead of a length in the first half but then Nottingham clawed the distance back and pushed ahead to win by 3/4 length. A great achievement from a crew that are all still J15!

Women's Henley 2009

report by Keith Atkinson

22nd June 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club entered eight boats at Women's Henley and all progressed through the initial qualifiers. The event was rowed on a cool breezy stretch of the River Thames.

The Women's A coxed four and the Lightweight coxless four, coached by chief Club Coach Helen Bloor, both lost to the eventual winners (Stratford on Avon Boat Club and Mortlake Anglian and Alpha Boat club.)

The joint entry with Leander, Wallingford and Minerva/Bath with Lyndsey Morton and Catherine Lineker aboard, won elite coxed fours beating Oxford City in the final by one length. This ensured that for the third year in succession and indeed every year since it was founded in 2006, Nottingham Rowing Club women have won at Women's Henley. It was Catherine and Lyndsey's second Henley medal.

Then in almost the last race of the day the J15 quad beat Maidenhead Rowing Club in the final of the J16 event. With Katy Bartlett (Holygirt School) at bow, Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High School) at two, Holly Oughton (Holygirt School) at three and stroked by Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School) they had earlier eliminated a Rob Roy/Nottingham composite coached by Paul Stevens and containing Lucy Crooks and Georgia Smith both from Nottingham Girls High.

The winning crew is coached by Andrew Wilson and Julie Edwards - a World Class Start Coach, sponsored by Siemens, who is based at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. The girls rowed in a boat sponsored by local firm 'Oarsport'.

Nottingham Rowing Club aim to hold a party to celebrate this weekend's successes which brings this season's haul to 90 so far.

Yet more success at Dorney Lake

report by Keith Atkinson

22nd June 2009

Marlow Regatta 2009 was held at the Eton College's Country Park and Rowing Lake at Dorney, the intended site for rowing in the 2012 Olympic Games. For senior and junior men, it is the last major event before Henley Royal Regatta. Conditions were cool and breezy. Two Nottingham Rowing Club crews made the finals. Coaches Dez Atkins and Dan Johnson felt results boded well for Henley.

The club's Juniors rowed well and took three trophies.

Sam Ward (Bilborough College) combined with Sam Bradbury from Leicester Rowing Club to repeat their Ghent exploits and win J 18 double sculls beating hosts Marlow in the final.

Ben Sibly (Bilborough College) won J 18 single sculls overcoming his rivals convincingly in a very good time of 7min 23secs for 2000m. Nik Parnell was fifth in the same race and came third in a final on Sunday. Martin Kay coaches the boys.

Two others from the Junior squad, Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton) and Ed Fisher (Harry Carlton School East Leake rowing in a boat sponsored by Liniear Insulations, came second to Walton Rowing Club. The boys had entered the J16 event even though they are only 15.

Nottingham's unbeaten J14 boy scullers then combined with Marlow and won the J 14 octuple event beating Radley College and Windsor Boys School in the final. Jack Caston(Becket School), Harry Townsend (South Wolds School Keyworth) and Callam Jones (Belvoir High School) have won at Dorney earlier in the year. Steve Millett is their coach.

Rowing under the Suspension Bridge - New Instructions

notice from Canice O'Reilly

18th June 2009

To All Nottingham Rowing Club Members,

You are now able to row underneath the Suspension Bridge if you adhere to the instructions on the attached document.

1) You must stop at the buoys and check that it is safe to proceed underneath the bridge.
2) Boats going downstream have priority.
3) Do not race underneath the bridge!
4) If it is very windy do not go underneath the bridge as the wrapping and or scaffolding may have become unsafe

The channel for passing under the bridge will be changed in about 3 to 4 weeks depending on how the works progress.

Nottingham Veteran rowers shine

report by Keith Atkinson

15th June 2009

A record entry of over 400 veteran rowing crews gathered at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham to contest the annual Veteran Championships. Veteran rowers, both men and women, aged 31 to 75+ are classified A-I according to the average age of each crew.

Nottingham Rowing Club was well represented at the regatta and Bill Payne won his customary gold medals in the H sculls and I double sculls where he rowed with Mike Collier from Nottingham and Union RC. Both men are over 75 and still train almost every day!

The Veteran B (36+) was a close run affair. In a six boat dash for the line, the Nottingham Rowing Club coxed four stroked by Paul Stevens with Roly Evans, Kev Campbell, John Stevens and coxed by Llachlan 'mouse' Smith just made it over the line first, following an inspired sprint by Paul prompted by a call from Roly.

A fourth gold was won by the combined Nottingham Rowing Club and Nottingham and Union Rowing Club Veteran B eight. This time stroked by John Stevens and coxed by Tamsin Cottle. All members of the crew were previous members of the Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association which is now part of Nottingham Rowing Club.

A silver medal was won by the Veteran E eight (55+) who were defeated by Crabtree Boat Club made up of ex-Cambridge Boat Race Blues. The Nottingham Crew were stroked by Paul Trinnick and coxed by Carole Dickinson.

Another silver was a composite four with Minerva Bath Rowing Club. Dave Knight and Kevin Titterton were the Nottingham component and grabbed a silver on the line.

Chris Royles won a bronze medal in the hotly contested Intermediate 3 Veteran C sculls.

"11 wins over the weekend, with Holme Pierrepont at it's very best, brings us to 86 wins so far this season" said club manager Mark Cooke. "This is ahead of where we were at this stage last year so could we be looking at yet another record? Watch this space... "

Nottingham Scullers dominate Loughborough

report by Keith Atkinson

15th June 2009

Loughborough Regatta was held on the National Watersports Centre 2,000 m course at Holme Pierrepont. Conditions were excellent for athletes � including members of the Sichuan Rowing Association in China, who are in the East Midlands for a training camp - and spectators, with calm water and pleasant sunshine.

For Nottingham Rowing Club the day started with an excellent win by Dominic Parnell in the J13 sculls. The commentator felt it was a "comfortable" win with "excellent technique. " Dominic, who is coached by Claire Parnell, has won five times in five races this season.

The Women's Novice Quad stroked by Ruth Hyde, steered by Viccy Newton, and with Army Captain Netty Cox and Cat Rooke onboard, took on local rivals Nottingham and Union Rowing Club. The commentator felt it was a "comprehensive" win. The crew sculled beautifully. The quad is coached by Mike Fay and Adie Leibert.

Third winner of the morning was the men's intermediate three Quad. Again, they stamped their authority on the race and were never seriously challenged. Ed Fisher (Harry Carlton School, East Leake) rowed bow, Sam Ward (Bilborough College) was at 2 Luke Harrold, (Redhill School) was at 3 and Tom Huskinson (Greenwood Dale School) stroked the boat. The crew were all juniors but had stepped up to race and outclass the seniors. Sam Ward then teamed up with Sam Padbury from Leicester and won Intermediate 2 double sculls beating Northwich Rowing Club in the final. Both crews are coached by Martin Kay.

George Caines, once at Trinity School Aspley and now at Loughborough University, made a welcome return to racing after a spell of illness. Rowing in a new boat, he won Intermediate 2 sculls and looked in fine form. Nik Parnell, also from Nottingham Rowing Club, was a creditable second. George is coached by local High Performance coach Ade Roberts and is based at the Watersports Centre.

The day closed with a fine victory by the Women's Intermediate 2 coxed four stroked by Rachel Morton, with Katherine Wiley, Shirley Myers and Charlotte May, coxed by Ashley Hewitt, beating Nottingham University. The crew was coached by Helen Bloor, adding a sweep win to the five sculling wins.

Pewter at Peterborough for Nottingham R.C.

article by Keith Atkinson

10th June 2009

Peterborough Spring Regatta was rowed on a multilane lake close to the River Nene in cool, windy and showery conditions. On Saturday the race distance was 1,000m, on Sunday it was a 500m sprint.

Whilst the Women's main squad went down to Henley, with coach Helen Bloor, to practice for the coming regatta and the Men, supervised by coaches Dez Atkins and Dan Johnson, trained on the Trent, the rest of the club went to Peterborough. They returned with 17 trophies, with the World Class Start group sponsored by Siemens and coached by Julie Edwards winning nine.

Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College) and Emma Lindley (Carlton-le Willows School) began the haul on Saturday with a win in the J18 double sculls. They both went on to win single sculls events as did Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School). On Sunday Vicky and Emma won two double scull events - this brought Emma's total for the weekend to four! Alicia Brown teamed up with Katy Bartlett (Holygirt School) and won J15 double sculls and Alicia took a single scull trophy yet again. Newcommers Sam George and Fiona Bassett entered and won mixed Intermediate 3 double sculls to complete the WCS total.

Also on Saturday the Men's Veteran C (over 43's) eight, with Dr.Dave Sperry from Queen's Medical Centre aboard, beat local favourites Peterborough City, although Dave's attempt to win two events in a quarter of an hour proved too much, coming third in the Vet C singles final.

The men's quad stroked by Paul Stevens repeated their Nottingham Regatta success and won. Ben Sibly (Bilborough College), although only 17, won men's elite sculls. This is the second time this season that Ben has won elite sculls. Callam Jones (Belvoir High School) won J14 sculls beating fellow Nottingham sculler Dominic Parnell (Grove School Balderton). Lucy Crooks and Georgia Smith, pupils at Nottingham Girls High School, took the J15 title bringing the Saturday's total to nine.

On Sunday Callam again won J14 sculls with Jo Topham (Trinity School Aspley) and Jack Caston (Becket School) making it a Nottingham 1-2-3. Dominic Parnell, reverting to his J13 status, continued his unbroken run with victory over a previously undefeated Peterborough sculler. Charlie Wyman, giving a lead to her colleagues in Sport England, won Women's Novice Sculls.

"17 wins brings us a total of 75 trophies for the season" said proud President Keith Atkinson, "This must make us the most successful Sports Club in the County-we are going out for sponsorship to expand our activities and keep this success rolling."

No rowing above Suspension bridge

Notice from Canice O'Reilly

posted 8th June 2009

Severn Trent are commencing work on the repair of the Suspension Bridge from Tuesday 9th June

All members of the club are instructed not to proceed above the Suspension Bridge from 12pm midnight Monday 8th June until further notice. If anyone disobeys this instruction they will be suspended from the club immediately. This includes Nottingham Trent University using NRC equipment.

A Brief History of The Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club

article by Colin Pritchett, former President of The Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club

posted 7th June 2009

The NBRC was formed in 1869 making it the second oldest Rowing Club in Nottingham. The Club's first boathouse was in a building leased from Mr. AJ Witty a Nottingham boat builder. The Boathouse being on the Trent bridge side of the River Leen. It was not until 1891 that its first boathouse was built on Meadow Lane, now a wharf. At that time finances were low and to assist the club in establishing a more stable financial position it took what was then an unprecedented step for a sporting organisation and formed a Limited Company with capital made up of �1 shares held by the members.

The origin of the Club's name is an interesting story in that the Club was founded as the result of a bet between two members of the Nottingham Canoe Club. The bet was that they could form a Rowing Club. It is said the bet was made in the Britannia Inn in Queens Road Nottingham, so the new Club took the name from the Pub.

By 1913 the acquisition of new premises had again become a matter of urgency and property belonging to Earl Bentinick was offered to the Club for �1500. As the Club would have had to find a great deal of additional money to equip the new building and also pay ground rent, they declined the offer. However the following year amid a great deal of controversy at the Club they built the present boathouse on the West Bridgeford side of the Trent next to the Nottingham Forest Football Club, at a cost of �1300.

Like all Rowing Clubs over the years the members were struggling to keep their heads above water financially. It was then in the 1960's that they began a venture that not only save them financially but made them on of the richest clubs in the Midlands.

This was the opening of a discotheque in their boathouse, opening 4 nights a week to social members who paid an annual subscription of in old money 2 shillings and sixpence. This fee only entitled them to attend the discotheque. Social membership at that time increased to 3500 members, and the Club was able to buy new boats and extend the boathouse.

In 1960 Cliff Booth who has been both President and Captain of the Club and also one of the Club's top coaches for many years had one of his most memorable coaching triumphs when a Britannia pair that he was coaching were selected for the 1960 British Rome Olympic team. Although they did not win a medal it was still a great honour to represent their Country.

In 1980 he was awarded the ARA centenary medal for his contribution to the sport of rowing. Cliff was also at the forefront of the people who were responsible for the building of the multi lane rowing course at Holme Pierrepont.

In 1969 the Britannia celebrated its centenary and to mark this occasion the club presented a trophy to Henley Royal Regatta. The Britannia Challenge Cup is an event for club coxed fours.

In 2003 Colin Pritchett President of the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club presented on behalf of the committee a new solid silver Jackson trophy to Andrew Ruddle Secretary of the Head of the River Race.

The new trophy worth several thousand pounds replaced the existing trophy originally presented to the Head of the River Race by the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club. The Jackson trophy is presented every year to the fastest provincial club eight at the Head.

Its replacement follows Britannia winning the 2002 Jackson trophy, which they considered was looking a little worse for wear and the Committee and members felt it was the right time to present a new trophy to the Head Race.

In June 2006 Nottingham Britannia merged with the Nottingham Boat Club to form the new Nottingham Rowing Club. The merger of these two great Trent side Clubs made good financial and rowing sense, and proves that two into one will go.

Triumph at the Met

article by Keith Atkinson

1st June posted 1st June

Nottingham Rowing Club senior rowers, close on the heels of their rampant junior squad, went to the famous Metropolitan Regatta this weekend. On Saturday rowing in hot, sunny conditions with the risk of sunburn and dehydration, they won 4 trophies. On Sunday they were involved in plenty of good rowing and won yet another pot.

On Saturday the club recorded wins, in very strong fields, in the intermediate 3 coxed fours where they beat Durham University and intermediate 1 Coxless fours. The intermediate 1 coxed four came second. The crews are coached by Des Atkins and Dan Johnson. Dave Marshall, with a Reading University colleague, won the double sculls and Catherine Lineker took the Women's intermediate 1 sculls.

On Sunday the Intermediate 1 eight came third in the final and claimed the scalps of Thames Rowing Club and provincial rivals Grosvenor Rowing Club from Chester. Dave Marshall and his Reading colleague again won senior double sculls.

'Another great week-end for Nottingham Rowing Club'.said Club Manager Mark Cooke,'Just as the Juniors did at National Schools so the senior men stepped up a gear at the Met.It's great to see the Club on this wave of success. Many thanks to our dedicated coaches and long may it continue.'

The 'Met' was founded in 1866 and rowed until 1977 from Putney to Hammersmith. An early secretary was Charles Dickens Jnr. The regatta has been staged at Thorpe Park and in the Docklands, but is now sited at Dorney Lake, Eton where the 2012 Olympic regatta will be held over the classic 2,000m distance.

Learning in Banyoles

article by Keith Atkinson

31st May posted 1st June

The Nottingham Rowing Club U23 pair of Monica Relph and Jacqui Round, coached by Ade Roberts, spent the weekend in Banyoles near Barcelona, site of the 1992 Olympics and were part of the GB winning World Cup team.They came 5th in the final of the Women's Senior Coxless pairs.

Sieman's official report says:- "They can take heart from their performance. They were in contention with the pack and kept their pace right to the end."

The girls talked of the significant benefit for an U23 pair to soak up the experience. Monica said "When we race we want to do as well as we can and we did today but we have learned a lot." Jacqui added "We had a really good row today. We are on a massive learning curve and we have made several changes already."

The GB team won nine gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Katherine Grainger won single sculls as did Alan Campbell, who beat Olympic champion Olaf Tufte. Many combinations were experimental and part of the preparation for 2012.

Nottingham Rowing Club teenagers show sponsors what they're made of!

posted 29th May

Three local companies who provided new top class WinTech racing boats recently for promising junior rowers from Nottingham Rowing Club, helped ensure three major titles were claimed only weeks after the boats were launched. At last weekends' prestigious National Schools Regatta held at Holme Pierrepont, 15 year olds Katie Bartlett, Mary Wilson, Holly Oughton, Dominic Harrison and Edward Fisher produced performances any sponsor would be proud of with nail-biting finishes that had the crowds on the edge of their seats.

Katie, sponsored by Baxi Boilers and coached by Julie Edwards, took the Junior 15 Girls single sculls County Trophy, Mary and Holly sponsored by Oarsport and coached by Andrew Wilson took the Junior 15 Girls double sculls Wycliffe Watermens Trophy and Dominic and Edward, sponsored by Linear Insulations and coached by Martin Kay took the Junior 16 Boys double sculls Marlow Bowl Trophy despite being a year younger than their opposition.

Andrew Wilson, sponsor, coach, ex-international rower and Managing Director of local rowing company Oarsport, said, "I know from experience that racing in new boats and using good equipment provides the edge needed for success and that is just what we got and deserved. These teenagers have put in months of tough physical and mental preparation throughout the winter in all weathers and now they are rewarded by collecting the silverware in some style. They are a credit to their club and themselves for being so dedicated and focused. Sponsorship can help Nottingham Rowing progress further and dominate at top events all over the country and even abroad".

It doesn't stop there as the rest of the club's junior squad won two other gold, two silver and two bronze medals which elevated Nottingham to second place in the final medal table of the regatta � their best ever position and in amongst top rowing schools such as the mighty Eton, Radley and Pangbourne Colleges. "If you have the urge to support local rowing talent, please contact Mark Cooke of Nottingham Rowing Club".

J15 girls changing gear for National Schools.

report by Andrew Wilson

26th May 2009, posted 28th May

The clubs' 15 year old girls, Katie Bartlett, Alicia Brown, Georgia Smith, Lucie Crooks, Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson showed the rest of the country's clubs and schools what strength we have in this age group currently and put on some great performances by upping their game since silver and bronze medal performances in the Junior Inter Regional regatta last month. In a one-two finish for Nottingham in the J15G 1x County Trophy, Katie took the title and Alicia the silver in a real nail-biting finish seeing off their closest rivals from Runcorn and Canford School. The J15G 2x Wycliffe Watermen Trophy title was taken by 'A' crew Mary and Holly who had looked fairly comfortable in the time trial and their semi-final and then went on to take apart the final with a crushing push and gear change to win by 3 seconds. The 'B' double of Georgia and Lucie were unlucky to miss out on a place in the final by just half a second after a tough neck and neck race against Inter Regional winners Christchurch who were the ones to watch.

Then, combining the next day in the J15G 4x+ Leslie Langton Cup over 2000m, Mary, Katie, Georgia, Holly and cox Lexxie Millett completely dominated this event from start to finish with a show of impressive crew sculling. Our own timing of the time trials showed that we were the fastest qualifying crew by some margin which was repeated in the semi-final with a 13 second gap and then again by 11 seconds in the final, completely turning the tables on the favourites and Inter- Regional champions, Trentham. An equally good quad from the King's School Worcester also looked quite slick, but our girls showed they were in a class of their own powering into the head breeze.

These 2 golds and a silver from this girls' group added to the final tally of 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze won by our juniors putting us second only to Eton College boys in the final medals table. Only 3 golds have come our way in 30 years at Nat Schools so we can be extremely proud of their outstanding performances.

Nottingham breakthrough at Nat Schools

report by Keith Atkinson

24th May 2009, posted 26th May

Keyworth resident Peter Townsend was a gold medallist in the quadruple sculls at the National Schools Regatta thirty years ago, and was invited this year to present the gold medals at the same event - to a winning crew that included his son, Harry. Both Peter and Harry went to South Wolds School Keyworth. The crew was stroked by Callam Jones (Belvoir High School), Harry was at three, Jo Topham (Trinity School Aspley) at two and Jack Caston (Becket School) was at bow. The crew were coxed by Lachlan 'mouse' Smith and coached by Steve Millett and Pete Townsend.

For years the National Schools Regatta has been dominated by the Public Schools but recently smaller clubs and schools have made an impact. This year, in the largest regatta ever when many events were so oversubscribed that processional races were held prior to heats, semi-finals and finals, Nottingham Rowing Club have made a significant breakthrough. With five golds, two silvers and two bronze medals Nottingham has stepped up a gear and taken the fight to the establishment.

The World Class Start group sponsored by Siemens and coached by Julie Edwards won gold, silver and bronze medals. Katie Bartlett from Holygirt School won J15 sculling gold, her training partner Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School won silver in the same event and Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College) and Emma Lindley (Carlton-le Willows School) won bronze in the girls J18 sculls.

Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High) and Holly Oughton (Holygirt School) coached by Andrew Wilson, took gold in the girls J14 double sculls. They then combined with Katie and Georgia Smith (Girl's High) to win gold in the J15 coxed quadruple sculls, coxed by Lexxie Millett. The girls dominated both events and were never in danger of losing the gold.

The girl's octuple scull clocked up their third trophy of the season by winning silver in the J14 event. The crew coached by Paul Stevens and Jim Waller consisted of youngsters from local schools. Cox Jess Gaton was joined by Becket school chums Niam Gibbons, Georgia Lee and Lizzie Walsh, Rowann Raynor, Charish Cornish and Lucy Mason are from West Bridgford school, Lois Packham is at the Girls High School and Helen Ladds at South Wolds School Keyworth.

Dominic Harrison Col. Frank Seeley School Calverton and Tom Savage Djanogly City Academy won a bronze medal in the boy's J14 double sculls. On Sunday with Edward Fisher from Harry Carlton School East Leake replacing Tom, in an epic stuggle with Walton RC they won the gold in the boys J15 double sculls. They are coached by Martin Kay and row in a new Wintech Double sponsored by local firm Linear Insulations Ltd.

"I have found this week-end to be quite surreal" said club President Keith Atkinson. "When I arrived on Sunday the commentator was saying how well Nottingham athletes were sculling then I watched Dominic and Edward win an excellent race and then the phone began to ring with congratulations from supporters. Over 20 of our rowers won medals at this prestigious event. I feel a party coming on - athletes, coaches, parents and the rest of the Club will want to celebrate this outstanding achievement" he added.

Medal Totals 2009 (top three only)
Club Name Club Code Gold Silver Bronze
Eton College ETN 6 2 0
Nottingham R.C. NRC 5 2 2
Windsor Boys' School WBS 4 2 1

Nottingham girls to row in World Cup

preview by Keith Atkinson

19th May 2009

GB Rowing has announced the crews who will compete at the season opening world cup in Banyoles in Spain from May 29-31.

A total of 18 senior crews plus an U23 women's pair will race on the course which staged the 1992 Olympic Games rowing regatta.

The U23 pair is Nottingham Rowing Club's Jacqui Round and Monica Relph, who are based at Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre and coached by Ade Roberts.

Both Jacqui and Monica were part of the U23 team last year and have showed up very well in pre-season trials. They have recently rowed in the GB senior women's eight.

National Schools Regatta - the Big One!

preview by Keith Atkinson

19th May 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior Squad has made a very impressive start to the 2009 season with over 30 wins already, but this weekend they face the might of the Public Schools rowing tradition at the three day National Schools Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. Over 50 from a squad of 60 are due to race.

Only two Nottinghamshire schools have ever won gold medals at this prestigious event. South Wolds School, Keyworth, won coxed fours in 1979 and 1980, and Trinity School, Aspley, pupil George Caines won J16 single sculls three years ago. Hopes are very high in the Nottingham camp, but athletes and coaches are well aware that this really is the 'Big One.'

They open their account on Friday with entries in single, double, quadruple and octuple sculls. The crews are made up of pupils from City and Rushcliffe schools and are coached by members of Nottingham Rowing Club. An anxious weekend awaits athletes, parents and coaches.

Over 1,000 youngsters will be in action each day in what must be the biggest event of its kind ever held at Holme Pierrepont.

Nottingham win at windy Worcester

report by Keith Atkinson

17th May 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club brothers Nick Parnell (18) and Dominic Parnell (13) both at Grove School,Balderton,competed at Worcester Regatta over a 750m course, in trying conditions.

Dominic continued his unbeaten run of wins in the J13 single sculls with impressive wins against Dragon School Rowing Club,Ross Rowing Club and Bristol Rowing Club.Despite the wind and rain he won the heats and finals convincingly.

His brother Nic competed in the Intermediate 3 single sculls and beat the local favourite in the final by two lengths.

They were both congratulated by the hosts on their excellent sculling technique.

NRC at Shrewsbury

report by Steve Millett, additional by Mike Fay

13th May 2009

Veterans, Novices and Juniors were all together in Shrewsbury for the weekend. The weather was good, the setting stunning and the rowing successful. The juniors led the way with 7 wins and the veterans another 5 out of a field of over 650 boats over the two days.

Our undefeated J14 boy's quad of Callum Jones, Harry Townsend, Joe Topham and Jack Caston continued their quest for a season without defeat, in the J14 4x+ on Sunday after being given a tough challenge to win at J15 on the Saturday over the longer course. They were victorious in both events with Tabitha Millett steering and pushing them down a tricky course over the weekend. Stepping up an age and winning showed what potential these boys have.

Jack Caston (Becket School) and Joe Topham (Trinity School) also raced up a group at J15 in a double scull and, despite their protests at being pitched against older and more experienced competition, won their final and two knockout rounds convincingly by a few lengths before their final in the J14 4x+.

Harry Townsend (South Wolds School) also doubled up and raced J14 1x during Sunday racing from boat to boat to get through the heats to the final where he won the third of his pots over the weekend.

Callum Jones (Toot Hill School, Bingham) was not content with winning another easy pot at J14 1x and asked to be raced at J15 1x. He won through the rounds to the final where he raced superbly well over the short 600m sprint to be narrowly defeated just before the final of his quad race. In all the boys entered five events and won four over the weekend.

The WJ14 8x raced their final on Saturday evening and romped home some lengths ahead of their competition to comments about a very beautiful octuple from the control tower over the loud speakers. Tabitha Millett coxed Niamh Gibbons, Georgia Lee & Lizzie Walsh (Becket School) were joined by Rowan Raynor, Charis Cornish, Lucy Mason (West Bridgford School) along with Helen Ladds (South Wolds) and Lois Packham (Nottingham Girls High School) in the WJ14 8x+. These young ladies are all part of our large WJ14 squad and add this win to the Bronze medal won at the National Junior Sculling Head at Dorney Lake. They are now very hopeful of another major medal at the National Schools Regatta held at Home Pierpont this month from 22nd to 24th May - this is the biggest rowing event in the country for junior rowers and will be attended by a few thousand competitors from schools and rowing clubs all over the country.

Nottingham Rowing Club girls were pitched against one another in the WJ14 1x final with Helen Ladds winning to make it two pots in two days in her first season rowing.

Dominic Parnell won his second event in two weeks with convincing wins in his heat and the final to show how far ahead of the pack he is at the moment.

Chris Royles soundly won the Vet C 1x in convincing style on top of organizing and towing the trailer.

Veteran success also came with wins for the veteran D eight, veteran D quad scull, Veteran D pair and veteran E coxed four. The women's novice quad, three of whom are veterans, reached the final on Saturday despite racing at Intermediate 2 level. Nottingham's veteran rowers will be looking to get among the medals at the National Veteran's Rowing Championships at Holme Pierrepont on the 14th of June.

Nottingham's junior section had also entered our youngest rower, Tabitha Millett, into her first sculling event at WJ11 1x but unfortunately she did not have any competition at this age or the one above so she had to be scratched - another day Tabitha!

Ben tops the bill for Nottingham at Durham

report by Martin Kay, additional by Keith Atkinson

11th May 2009

Ben Sibly, 17, came home from the 2-day Durham City regatta this weekend with three trophies. In the Junior 18 event he rowed through Yarm sculler Kessell on the finish line to pick up his first pot, then winning Elite Mens' Double Sculls with Matt Betts, 18, as well as Elite Single Sculls, helped the NRC Team to a total of 10 wins overall in small boats on their first visit to this NE England Regatta. Everyone on the Team experienced exciting racing on the River Wear course, a setting spectacularly overlooked by Durham Cathedral and Pelaw Woods.

Dominic Harrison, 15, paid top price, faced with 9 races in all over the two days, to bring home 2 trophies, first in double sculls racing with his 2008 medallist partner Tom Savage, then on Sunday in the single, in races hotly contested by scullers from York RC, Yarm School and Bradford Grammar School.

Not to be outdone, Tom Huskinson, 16, picked up the open Intermediate 3 doubles trophy with Luke Harrold at stroke position. Like Tom, Luke, a first-time winner at 16, is now no longer a novice in open senior events. Earlier in the day Tom won the Int.3 singles event with 3 races in a 9-crew knock-out draw.

Flying the womens' flag, recent Nottingham City quads winners Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson, 15, coached by Andrew Wilson, took the WJ 15 trophy against a Sunderland and Bradford line-up while Kim Donze and Vanessa Gray, new Senior members with NRC, broke out of their Novice status, beating Durham School by a solid 3 lengths in their Novice Double Sculls final, to the great delight of Sam Ward, who helped them with their race preparation last week.

This type of repeat racing, 1 on 1, provides excellent tough training for all the crews at this stage in the season, as they prepare for the big summer regattas coming up.

Keith Atkinson adds

Martin Kay joined his junior scullers and won Veteran G sculls beating a Durham City rival in the final.

Family success for Nottingham Rowing Club

article by Keith Atkinson

3rd May 2009

Dominic Parnell, a pupil at Grove School Balderton and youngest of Nottingham Rowing Club's fine group of Junior scullers, was the Club's only entry at York Spring Regatta, rowed on the River Ouse finishing at Lendal Bridge within easy walking distance of the famous Minster.

Despite being only 13 Dominic entered the JN14 event. He defeated a St Peter's School sculler in the first round and one from Leeds Rowing Club in the semi-final. In the final he met the local favourite from York City and found himself down after the start, but he worked his way back through the opposition and went on to win by two lengths.

Dominic is coached by Claire Parnell. York Spring 2009 was very much a family success.

Not another makeover!

article by Keith Atkinson

30th April 2009

The smell of fresh paint, the delivery of new furniture, 'sails' on a re-vamped ceiling and yet more party bookings, can mean only one thing at the Boat Club Boathouse! Dave Sharp has decided it is time for a makeover.

Ever since his retirement ten years ago Dave has kept a close eye on the state of the clubhouse and has, almost singlehandedly re-decorated the place more than once.

Dave's links with the legendary riverside venue go back to the early sixties when he played lead guitar in the R&B band 'Blues and Roots' resident at the Boat Club for over three years. However, it was not until a chance meeting with current Club President Keith Atkinson at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, nearly twenty years ago, that he began to take an active part in the running of the Boat Club.

Keith takes up the story. 'I was coaching a crew at the time and a cyclist stopped for a word. It was Dave Sharp - I had not seen him since the glory days down at the Boat. He said he would like to go out in a boat and in no time he was rowing, in fact when he was in his fifties he won his novice pot in a four at Nottingham Sprint Regatta. He has rowed regularly ever since and has recently been on the Club Easter Training Camp in France with double- sculling partner Dave Cogman. He readily admits that he is not the best rower in the new Nottingham Rowing Club-but he more than makes up for it with his business acumen and his efforts keeping the Clubhouse up to scratch.'

Dave says' I really don't know what I would have done with my life if I hadn't discovered this great sport. I am fitter than I have ever been, I have lost weight and I have made many good friends at the Club. I recommend it to anyone who has recently retired and wants to do something different, enjoyable and useful.'

Having finished the work at the Boat Club Dave went off to the Britannia boathouse. Time for another makeover?

Nottingham City Regatta 2009

report by Keith Atkinson

26th April 2009

The annual Nottingham City Regatta was held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont over the 2000m course, Veterans - (those over 31) rowed 1000m. It was a pleasant spring day with a light crosswind, which made for good but slow racing conditions. The day was split into a morning and an afternoon programme.

The morning's successes began for Nottingham Rowing Club with the juniors leading the way, as they have done all season so far, with an excellent win in the J18 quadruple sculls coached by Martin Kay and stroked by Sam Ward from Bilborough College in a time of 6m. 52secs. This was followed by a very good row by the Women's novice quad, coached by Mike Fay and Adie Leibert, who came second to Rob Roy RC and a win by Lyndsey Morton, coached by Ade Roberts, in the intermediate 2 sculls. The morning session ended with a fine display of quadruple sculling by the veterans stroked by John Stevens. All members of this crew are ex-rowers from Notts County Rowing Association, who are now part of Nottingham Rowing Club.

The afternoon session brought another three wins for the club. Again, the Juniors led the way with a win by the J16 quad stroked by Mary Wilson from Nottingham Girls High School and coached by father, Andrew Wilson, rowing above their age group. They were followed by the Men's Intermediate 1 coxed four, coached by Des Atkins and stroked by Rob Yates. The day came to a close with the women's intermediate eight beating Manchester University in a hard-fought last race of the regatta. This crew was stroked by Rachel Morton and coached by Helen Bloor.

"It was a good day for the Nottingham Rowing Club" said President Keith Atkinson, "With six wins from Juniors, Senior Men and Women and the Veterans at a quality regatta like Nottingham City it's clear that winter training and coaching went well and we are ready for the season ahead. "

Leicester Regatta

report by Mike Fay

posted22nd April 2009

The proximity to Easter and training camps, with crews concentrating on Notts City the next weekend, saw a smaller than usual number from Nottingham Rowing Club travel south to Leicester Regatta - the club was represented by two scullers, Charlie Whyman in the women's novice sculls and Adie Leibert in the IM3 singles. Charlie, whose only previous race in a single had been on the coast of Sardinia, lept out to a four length lead in the first round. Unfortunately, racing on the sea does not give much experience of coping with canalised rivers, and her progress was stopped by a collision with the reeds near the bank. Adie, who has spent much of the winter coaching the women's intermediate squad, was more successful, coming out the winner from a field of four.

Junior Inter-Regional Regatta

report by Steve Millet

posted22nd April 2009

The Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on a windy Saturday was another great day for Nottingham Rowing Club junior athletes.Leading the way was the unbeaten J14 4x+ of Callum Jones, Harry Townsend, Joe Tapham and Jack Caston coxed by Lachlan "Mouse" Smith. Four out of Four - 100% record as a crew. These boys have now been to four events and won each time - two of these have been major National events. They are getting into a great habit of winning but more importantly of racing and race tactics. The boys were head and head with Marlow and Trentham until 750m to go when their cox, Mouse, called a technical burst (squezing just a little bit more out of every storke for twenty strokes) and they pulled a length clear. This proved a telling move and the competition were unable to claw them back. They have been challenged to go all season winning every event they enter - they may well do it if they keep their heads, fitness and composure!!!

The WJ14 2x won a fantastic Silver medal in their final. This crew of Sarah Lyons (Becket School) and Rowann Raynor (West Bridgford School) was put together only a week ago due to injury and illness but came through the pack to take a silver medal. They just did not want to finish fourth so started their push at 500m and came through three boats to take the Silver. Both boats are coached by Steve Millett, Jim Waller and Paul Stevens.

Tom Huskinson, coached by Martin Kay, won Bronze in J16 1x, again showing his potential and Katie Bartlett,coached by Julie Edwards, won Silver J15 1x and missed out on gold by less than a second - another 50m and it may well have been gold. This bodes well for both Katie and Tom for the season ahead especially over the longer 200m race distance.

Katie Bartlett and Alicia Brown won Bronze in the WJ15 2x in a hard faught race. Both girls had already had three tough races before this and still dug depe to find the energy to take third place. They are both coached by Julie Edwards.

The East Midlands region was represented by Nottingham RC, Derby RC, Newark RC, Leicester RC and Trent RC in a true team effort with all team members cheering on and supporting the rest of the region. The overall 4th Place in an amazing achievement considering the region is by far the smallest region competing. It is also the best result for a number of years with a total of nine medal winning crews coming from the East Midlands. The girls came joint second in the Girls Trophy and the boys finished 5th in the Boys Trophy. Team Captain, Jim Waller is still smiling after his squad performed so well and demonstrated the wealth of junior talent we are developing in the East Midlands.

Overall, it was a great example of how rowing brings young people together in a competitive environment whilst teaching them some valuable life lessons about commitment and team work. The health benefits are obvious but the mental strength that a competitive sport like rowing requires is useful throughout the lives of these young athletes.

We're Ready! say Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

21st April 2009

As coaches and athletes return from training camps in France, Nottingham and races in Belgium the message is clear, the Nottingham Rowing Club is ready for the racing season ahead.

Since New-Year 2009 the Club have won eighteen Head Pennants, four gold and three silver medals for Indoor Rowing, seven regatta medals on the continent and six at the recent Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham. The Club junior rowers (those under 18) from City and Rushcliffe Schools and Colleges look particularly strong.

Nottingham Rowing Club, now in it's third year, is the leading rowing club in the midlands and ranks in the top ten in the country. This weekend the men's and women's senior squads will compete at the Nottingham City Regatta and have made twenty entries.

The regatta will take place from 9.00am to 6.15pm on Saturday 25th of April at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. Current forecast is for a dry cloudy day with a light breeze.

The Two Sams are Flemish Senior Champions at Gent

report by Martin Kay

16th April 2009

In a stunning race Sam Padbury and Sam Ward, both 18, outgunned four adult Belgian crews to take gold in the Open Mens category of Lightweight Double Sculls on Sunday of the Gent Spring Regatta. Leading after 250M, they steadily opened up their margin through the race to 3.5 secs at the line. This is the first time these boys have been through the weigh-in formalities required in this type of event, also their first 2000M race together, using a new Wintech boat recently sponsored for the NRC Junior Team by a local enterprise, Linear Insulations Ltd, and Sportsmatch UK.

In a separate contest Edward Fisher and Dominic Harrison stormed the Junior 16 doubles event (even though they are still 15) to overcome Union Nautique Lille, who had beaten NRC into Silver Medal position in the same event the day before. Dom and Ed got so far ahead in their race wave that they risked catching the preceding race on the course to the amazement of the Belgian commentator. This result was particularly fine, at 7 secs margin over Lille rowing in a separate wave, in a field of 20 crews of nations from Cyprus to Germany. Big thanks again to the Wintech boat used also by the Two Sams!

On Saturday NRC had the double header when Ben Sibly, 17, took Gold in Mens U23 sculls, 0.13 secs ahead of Sam Ward, 18, followed byBoreas Zwolle NED, Kings Hospital IRL, Germania Dusseldorf GER andMonmouth School GBR crew. These boys took their own sculling boats to Belgium and profited from the security of knowing exactly the performance characteristics of their personal craft.

Junior girls at Gent Spring Regatta

report by Andrew Wilson

16th April 2009

With no WJ15 events at this regatta, Holly Oughton (Holygirt) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High) had their work cut out in 2000m WJ16 2x and WJ16 1x events for both days. On Saturday, winning a Silver medal behind a formidable German double from Ingleheim was an excellent performance and 5 seconds clear of their nearest GBR rivals. Then in the singles later in the afternoon in a head breeze, again the two big German girls were too strong for them taking Gold and Silver, 15 seconds ahead of the pack. Mary and Holly pulled in a spirited 8th & 9th respectively.

On Sunday, with a following breeze in the 2x, Mary & Holly got out of the blocks quickly and secured another Silver behind the Germans and again destroyed the following pack with a gritty and determined row. In the singles in the afternoon, Mary finished a very respectable 4th place and also Holly in 8th in a field of 23 scullers from Great Britiain, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

For a rowing course that was built in 1946 by German POW's, the layout, access and organisation is very good. The regatta itself was very well organised and smooth running. Races all on time despite there being 5 or 6 races in some events, only 5 racing lanes and one transit/safety lane and all FISA umpired from a car! British events have something to learn from what was a very enjoyable weekend.

Nottingham Rowing Club Girls On Trial.

report by Keith Atkinson

14th April 2009

Jacqui Round and Monica Relph came second in their semi-final of the coxless pairs at the GB trials at Hazelwinkle in Belgium. Lyndsey Morton and her partner Leanora Kennedy from Thames Rowing Club were third in the other semi final.

In the final Jacqui and Monica were third and Lyndsey sixth. GB Rowing is to hold a press conference on the 29th April to announce the team for the World Cup in Banyoles, Spain, the site of the 2000 Olympics Rowing Regatta.

The trials were hard fought, many of last years Olympians were there. Katherine Grainger won the women's single sculls and Alan Campbell the men's. Nottingham Rowing Club are pleased and proud to have their athletes performing at such a high level. Coach Ade Roberts faces an anxious wait until the end of April.

Ghent Glory For Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

14th April 2009

Nottingham Rowing Clubs junior rowers spent the Easter weekend at the Ghent Spring Regatta in Belgium with coaches and parents. They returned with seven medals despite some of them rowing above their age groups.

On Saturday, Tom Savage (Djanogly City Academy) and Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School) won the silver medal in the J16 double sculls in a field of 7 different nations. Holly Oughton (Hollygirt School) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High) won the silver in the women's J16 double sculls. Then training partners Ben Sibly and Sam Ward, both from Bilborough College, took the gold and silver medals with only millimeters between their sculling boats in a multi-national field.

On Sunday, with 20 entries from 7 nations, Ed Fisher (Harry Carlton School, East Leake) and Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School) won the gold medal in the J16 double sculls. Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson won the silver in the women's double sculls and Padbury and Ward teamed up to take the Flemish Senior lightweight men's gold medal.

" A great week-end for the club ", said President Keith Atkinson " Thanks to all coaches and parents but a particular thanks to Andrew Wilson who not only took a trailer load of boats but loaned some of the craft from his firm Oarsport for the juniors to race in. "

2008-09 Head Race Season

Nottingham Rowing Club Learn to Row (aka Sculling School)

9th April 2009

On the course you'll be coached on the indoor rowing machines to develop good rowing technique before getting out and having fun on the water in sculling boats (where you have an oar in each hand). There will be opportunities to try both individual and crew boats.

Start of course Thursday 9th April
Thursday 6.30-8.00
Sunday 2-4
Until the last session on Sunday 3rd May

After this you can decide whether you want to join the club and carry on rowing!

Nottingham Rowing Club Boathouse
Middle of Three, Trent Side North, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5FA

The boathouse is the second boathouse looking building you get to on the road, with blue doors and a balcony with metal stairs leading up to it. The entrance is at ground level to the right of the blue boathouse doors.

�60 for 8 sessions
Includes �22 membership of the Amateur Rowing Association with a 12 month subscription to Rowing and Regatta Magazine.

What do I need to bring?
For the first evening session we will be on the rowing machines indoors, so come equipped with some gym kit, e.g. leggings, shorts and a t-shirt. When we go on the water you will need some warm layers, and a woolly hat if it is likely to be cold. If it's hot you'll need some sunscreen as it can get warm on the water!

If you can't swim let one of the coaches know before going out on the water. If you have any individual needs that coaches might need to know about, let them know.

If the weather is too bad, e.g. if there's a gale, then we will be on the indoor rowing machines, so it's always a good idea to bring some kit for indoors just in case!

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Yet more interest in rowing

9th April 2009

Ever since the great success in Beijing by Team GB rowers, where they won two gold,two silver and two bronze medals and became the most successful rowing team at the games,local interest in the sport has remained high.

In Nottingham Stuart Jolly,local rowing Club and Coach Development Officer, with a specific brief of bringing new people into rowing, is currently working with three groups, all of which are operating out of the Nottingham Rowing Club.

The first group is Nottingham Trent University who have moved from the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont to be on the river and share use of some of the Club's boats.This puts them close to their fierce rivals Nottingham University.

Two other groups are new to on-water rowing.South Notts College have recently purchased 10 Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machines.Stuart has been to the College to help with instruction and is now taking students onto the water. A local school, Emmanuel sited near the river Trent at Wilford has also begun rowing.

The new link with Nottingham Trent University is already having great success .At the recent Northwich Head of the River, where the Clubs shared trailers, Nottingham Rowing Club won three junior events and Trent University won four senior events-Intermediate Mens Coxless Fours, Novice Eights,Intermediate Women's Coxed Fours and Novice Sculls.

'It was a great day'said parent / coach Steve Millett. 'We were cheering for one another and stripping boats then loading the trailer. It was good to see the youngsters mixing in with the students.'

Do something different this Easter

9th April 2009

Learn to row!

On the 14th 15th and 16th of April coach Jim Waller will be running an introductory course covering rowing technique and watermanship.If you are still at school and have tried indoor rowing then this is for you.

The course will take place at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont from 9.30-1.00 on Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday.
Total cost is only �30.00.

You need a warm change of clothes and layers to keep warm and don't forget a towel and a packed lunch.

Its first come served!

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Nottingham off to Northwich

Article by Keith Atkinson

9th April 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club sent 14 crews and scullers to row downstream on the River Weaver at Northwich.The bulk of the entry were younger junior rowers coached by Community Coach Jim Waller,Paul Stevens and Steve Millett supported by parents Peter Townsend and Julie Ladds. The Spring Head race is 2,350m long,is rowed in three separate divisions,begins at a railway bridge,then goes under the A556 Hartford Bridge and finishes close to the Northwich Rowing Club boathouse.It was a fine spring day and water conditions were excellent.

Nottingham's juniors were in the medals with the coxed J14 quad taking pride of place with their third win of the season.Jack Caston from Becket School,Harry Townsend South Wolds School Keyworth,Joe Topham from Trinity School Aspley and Callam Jones - Belvoir High School were coxed by Llachclan Smith. Callam won the boys J14 sculls. Lexxie Millett and Helen Ladds took the women's J14 double sculls.

It was very much a 'deja vu' for Harry's dad Peter Townsend as he had won J16 fours at Northwich regatta several years before on the same day that the current Club President,Keith Atkinson won veteran fours.It was Keith's last win on the water. 'It was a good event,well run and super conditions' said Peter.

NRC crews battle the windy Witham

Article by Mike Fay

2nd April 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club headed into the fens once more on Saturday 28th March for the Lincoln Head, held over 3000 metres upstream on the channelised River Witham.

The race, held for the first time last year, is hosted by the Lincoln Rowing Centre, founded in 2007. However, the course has seen annual racing for much longer, having hosted the start of the Boston Marathon for many years.

The day was cold with a raging headwind, with the second division also seeing rain and hail. Fortunately, fears of a repeat of this year's Boston Head, where the wind whipped the water up to unrowable conditions, were not realised. However, crews - single scullers in particular - were tested by the wind and water as well as their rivals.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Vet E8 repeated last years victory in the E/G bracket, with a time that also bettered the winning Vet C/D 8+.

The women's novice quads saw a NRC one-two, with the intermediate squad crew of Charlie Whyman, Cat Rooke, Ruth Hyde and Viccy Newton overtaking the club's junior quad entry to seal the win. The juniors also took second in the WS4 4+, beaten by NRC's tenants, Nottingham Trent.

NRC Juniors warm up for the regatta season

Article by Keith Atkinson

31st March 2009

Taking advantage of the clock change and a calm spring evening with the temperature touching 15C, the Junior Squad of Nottingham Rowing Club ran it's own regatta.

Parents, coaches and supporters followed the event at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. First race away was the Women's Junior 15 single sculls won by Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School, with Katie Bartlett, Holygirt School second and Mary Wilson, Nottingham Girls High third.

The boys J 15 double was then won by Hooker and Allwright from Rushcliffe and West Bridgford schools.

The girls J14 sculls was won by Lexxie Millett in convincing style.

Dominic Harrison, Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton and Tom Savage, Djanogly City Academy won the J15 double sculls but were given a fright by Callam Jones, Bingham Toot Hill, and Jo Topham, Trinity school Aspley who came second and were a year younger.

In the J15 singles Callam, with a handicapped start would not let Dominic or Tom back and laid down a marker for the season by going over the line first.

The boy's J 18 sculls was won by Sam Ward from Bilborough College, with a younger Tom Huskisson, Greenwood Dale School second and Matt Betts third.

In the Women's Junior double Sculls Emma Lindley, Carlton-le-Willows School and Vicky Bramley Bilborough College came first followed by Alicia Brown and Katie Bartlett-all four girls are part of World Class Start sponsored by Seimans and coached by Julie Edwards. In third place was Georgia Smith from the Girls High School and Sarah Padbury from Leicester Rowing Club.

'It was an excellent way of preparing for the season 'said coach Martin Kay, 'crews and scullers had to be there on time and ready to race. Some were very good and some lacked focus-better to make mistakes now than in the final of the National Schools Regatta. My thanks go to all helpers particularly Steve Millett who ran the timing and computer systems. '

Harry Carlton school pupil sets new record

Article by Keith Atkinson

26th March 2009

At the recent Indoor Rowing Championships for Rushcliffe Schools, Harry Carlton School year 10 pupil Edward Fisher set up a new local record of 1,399m for a five minute row beating the previous boy's record by 44m.

Edward, who rows for the Nottingham Rowing Club, was disappointed and felt he can go faster and further.

At the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships held in London, Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School broke the National Record for year 10 girls and covered 1,413m in five minutes, beating the previous best by 30m. Alicia also rows for the Nottingham Club.

(for those not involved in school education - Year 10: 14/15-year-olds)

Men on the Tideway

Article by Keith Atkinson

23rd March 2009

Following the recent successes of the Women and Junior rowing squads, it was the turn of the Nottingham Rowing Club senior and veteran men to race on the national scene.

Four eights rowed over the 4.25 miles from Mortlake to Putney, the reverse of the Oxford-Cambridge boat race.

On Saturday two men's eights came 44th and 67th in a huge field of over 400 crews, 65 of them from abroad. The race was won by the Tideway Scullers School containing seven of the fastest nine men's single scullers from the 2008 Olympic Games along with 2000 double sculls gold medallist Iztok Cop. The Nottingham Rowing Club first boat, stroked by Eastwood schoolmaster Rob Yates, was the first Nottingham crew home beating the local Universities and the Loughborough Students currently rowing from the Nottingham and Union club.

On Sunday two men's veteran eights in a field of 200 raced over the same course. They started 9th and 100th and finished 18th and 47th. The veteran B crew aged 36+ came second in its class and the E crew aged 55+ was fourth.

Indoor Rowing at Ash Lea Special School

20th March 2009

At a special assembly at Ash Lea Special School in Cotgrave, the Trent Bridge Rotary Club was thanked by pupils and staff, for it's donation of a specially adapted Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machine. It adds support to youngsters who lack core stability.

Head teacher Dawn Wigley, with enthusiastic youngsters on the weight bearing rower, showed that pupils who had walking difficulties could exercise and strengthen their legs using the machine.

Rotary Club President Graham Bradley was showered with thank-you cards prepared by the pupils. There were several other Rotarians in attendance and one, Chris Hind a retired oarsman, rowed alongside one of the children on a separate machine.

Representing the Rushcliffe Schools Indoor Rowing Project which has put indoor rowers into Rushcliffe secondary schools, Keith Atkinson added his thanks to the Rotary Club and praised what they were doing for the wellbeing of the pupils at Ash Lea.

NRC Gold Rush - again

article by Keith Atkinson

19th March 2009, updated 20th March 2009

The annual National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) took place at the Evolution Centre in Battersea Park. The event had nearly 2000 competitors from all over the country. The event is organized by London Youth Rowing, a major sports initiative based in East London. Competitors race in age groups on Concept 2 Indoor Rowing machines.

In the early races, Nottingham Rowing Club's athletes had varying fortunes. Callam Jones from Toot Hill School Bingham won the silver medal in the Boys 4min race and Nic Parnell from Grove School, Balderton, came 7th in the Year 13 event. Dominic Parnell, Grove School Balderton, came 5th out of 162 in the year eight boys - he is coached by Claire Parnell.

Among the girls, who were there in force, Rowan Raynor a Bridgford School pupil came 6th in the girls year 9 event. Alicia Brown, Arnold Hill School won the gold medal in the year 10 event, followed home by her training partner Katie Bartlett from Holygirt School who took silver, Georgia Smith from the Girls High came 6th. Emma Lindley from Carlton-le �Willows won gold in the Year 12 race and Vicky Bramley took silver in the year 13 event. At the end of the individual races, the Club had won 2 gold and 3 silver medals.

Then the team races began and the girls, mainly coached by World Class Start Coach Julie Edwards, turned on the style. The first race was a sprint over 2000m in teams of four. Nottingham Rowing Club won, beating Sir Steve Redgrave's old school Great Marlow into second place and taking four gold medals. The next race, in teams of eight, was over the Boat Race distance of 6780m. Again, the Rowing Club girls romped home ahead of the field taking eight gold medals.

Not only did the team win 17 medals but as a result of their efforts they won a brand new rowing machine and an invitation to watch the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in a following launch. "Not a bad day's work", quipped Club President Keith Atkinson, "A sackful of medals, a new rowing machine and a close up view of the Boat Race. All credit to the girls, the Club is very proud of them. "

NRC dominate Newark Head

article by Keith Atkinson

17th March 2009, updated 18th March 2009

The Newark Spring Head of the River was held in three divisions, each capped with a maximum of 80 entries, over a very bendy 3,000m stretch of the River Trent, starting at Farndon and finishing just outside the town. Conditions were fine and in complete contrast to last December when a similar event was called off for safety reasons.

Nottingham Rowing Club Juniors, fresh from their success at the National Junior Sculling Head, were there in force, as were their coaches and parents. The J14 boy's quad who took the gold at Eton, Jack Caston from Becket School, Harry Townsend from South Wolds School, Keyworth, Joe Topham Trinity School Aspley and Callam Jones from Toot Hill School Bingham won their event and then Callam and Joe won the J14 double sculls.

"Joe has won 3 trophies in a week and is clearly following in the footsteps of his hero George Caines, also from Trinity" said Club President Keith Atkinson.

The girls had a great day too. Rowan Raynor and Rebeka Royles from West Bridgford School won the J14 women's double scull. Lexxie Millett, Helen Ladds, Niamh Gibbons, Georgia Smith coxed by Tabitha Millet won the J14 women's scull. The crews were coached by Steve Millett, Community Coach Jim Waller and Paul Stevens with valued help from rowing parents Peter Townsend and Julie Ladds.

Julie Edward's World Class Start girls of Katie Bartlett �Holygirt School and Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School, won the women's J15 Double sculls and then they were joined by Emma Lindley, Carlton-le Willows School and Vicky Bramley from Bilborough College and they won the women's senior four quads. Vicky and Emma also won Women's Senior 3 double sculls. The seven wins all by Nottingham Rowing Club Juniors ensured that the Club won the Victor Ludorum trophy.

NRC news round-up

article by Keith Atkinson

12th March 2009, updated 12th March 2009

Dave Sharp has re-decorated the clubhouse yet again and bookings keep coming in for weddings, birthdays, retirements and Christmas parties.

Romulo Bouzas, James Clarke, Graham Coleman and Dave Marshall were the first quad home and won division 3 of the Trent Head. The day before Dave came 9th in the national trial in Boston.

Viva Espagna! - the men's squad spent a weekend in Spain. They reached the A final on day one and eliminated the Russian national eight in the process. On day two they came 8th out of 24 in a head race. The Nottingham crew had members from Mexico, Germany, France and West Bridgford in it. Stroke Rob Yates felt it had been a bonding experience.

International rower and coach Nick Strange, aided by Jim Waller, Stuart Jolly and Simon Dowdy, all from the Amateur Rowing Association, ran an interactive coaching session which focused on the physiology of good rowing at Nottingham Rowing Club. It was well received by participants from across the region.

An independent audit of Clubmark was recently carried out And the Club passed with flying colours-thanks to a recent update by Mark Cooke.

After a review of the timings from the National Junior Sculling Head earlier in this week, Nottingham Rowing Club's J18 quad, stroked by Sam Ward, have been promoted from 15th to 7th. The crew were coached by Martin Kay.

NRC juniors at National Junior Sculling Head

article by Keith Atkinson

posted 10th March 2009, updated 11th March 2009

Almost all of the Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior rowing squad, their coaches, and parents went to Henley-on-Thames to row in the National Junior Sculling Head.

Then, due to adverse weather conditions on the Royal Regatta straight, the whole event was switched to Dorney-Lake Windsor, the intended site for the 2012 Olympic Rowing events. Two timed runs over the course were added together and the 350+ crews were rank-ordered to gain the finish results. It was cool and the wind was a problem.

The Nottingham squad is drawn from City and Rushcliffe schools and relished the chance to go head-to-head with the top rowing schools and clubs in the country. Five quadruple sculls and an octuple (eight scullers in one boat) were entered and there were more girls than boys.

The team returned with gold, silver and bronze medals and showed yet again that they are a force to be reckoned with in national junior rowing.

Gold medal winners, coached by Jim Waller and Steve Millett, were the boy's Junior 14 coxed quad, who beat 33 other crews. Jack Caston from Becket School and Harry Townsend from South Wolds School Keyworth, with Joe Topham Trinity School Aspley and Callam Jones from Toot Hill School Bingham were coxed by Lachlan Smith.

Silver medallists in a field of 17 were the girls Junior 16 coxless quad of Katie Bartlett and Holly Oughton from Holygirt School and Georgia Smith and Mary Wilson from Nottingham Girl's High. They were coached by Andrew Wilson, Martin Kay and Julie Edwards.

The bronze medallists, who beat 21 other crews, were the girls Junior 14 coxed octuple scull. This was the first time that the club had won such an event not only that but this crew had only been out once before. Paul Stevens coached the crew with support from Jim Waller and Steve Millett.

Sarah Lyons from Becket stroked the boat Jessica Gaten from the same school coxed it and her schoolmate Lizzie Walsh was joined by Rebeka Royles, Rowan Raynor, Charish Cornish, Lucy Mason, Megan Hughes all from West Bridgford School and Lois Packham from the Girls High School. Coach Jim Waller was keen to point out that many of the team are in their first year of rowing and 5 had only been rowing since the summer.

All crews did very well and are well set up for the season.

NRC women win on the Thames

9th March 2009

It was with a certain trepidation that the women of Nottingham Rowing Club took to the unusually calm Thames this weekend.

Wracked with illness and injury, all of the three crews entered in the Women's Head of the River were carrying substitutes. Only this week Hazel Raynor, a student at Bridgford School and a mainstay of the second crew, had been hospitalized.

The event was rowed over the Mortlake to Putney course of over four miles. Three crews were entered and were starting at 4, 69, and 100.The entries were closed at a maximum of 300. Unlike last year, the entries included returning Olympic stars.

The A crew, coached by Ade Roberts and stroked by Jacqui Round, rowed out of their socks and finished fourth. Beaten only by international crews, they were awarded the Senior 2 pennant. They were the fastest all club crew in the field. Said Jacqui 'We overtook Oxford Brookes who started third, then rowed Durham University down and by the finish we had caught Osiris, the Oxford University women. So it was a very eventful race and we are well pleased with the result.'

The B and C crews, coached by the Club's Head Coach, Helen Bloor and carrying the bulk of the inexperienced substitutes, came 110th and 148th. Helen, who over the years has been in many winning crews, was herself recovering from illness and said " It has been disappointing, but we were lucky to be there at all. I have sent them away to rest up, get well and get ready for the Easter Training camp in France."

NRC Vets win again

9th March 2009

Following up their fine win at the Head of the Trent the Nottingham Rowing Club's Veteran E eight raced at the Yorkshire Head of the River.

Nearly 200 crews rowed 5,100m downstream on the River Ouse, finishing at Lendal Bridge just below the York City Rowing Club and within easy walking distance of the famous York Minster.

It was a cool brisk Spring day. The crew had World Champions Durham City in front of them and a very experienced Derby crew behind. Strokeman Paul Trinnick took them off at a high rate and began to close the gap on the World Champions and although unable to overtake them the crew had established an overlap by the finish and had won their event. Crew member Simon Hughes felt it had been a noteworthy victory. 'It is not often that you track down and beat World Champions' he said 'It sets the season up rather well and we look foreward to our next tussle with Durham.'

Also entered in the race but not in the same division were the veteran double scull of Bill Payne and Peter Massey. They were unable to beat local favourites York City.

NRC Pirates report

Report by Sam Ward

8th March 2009

On Sunday 1st of March, Pirates from Nottingham Rowing Club and Trent University took part in a 600m race on the River Trent. On what was a fine, clear day both juniors and seniors grasped the spirit of the event to create a great atmosphere and some very impressive costumes! Thanks to generous donations we managed to raise �132 on the day for Comic Relief and Red Nose Day, and the total is still rising through sponsorship! Thanks to everyone who took part in the event and to everyone who helped with organisation to make this day possible.

NRC Boat Names

6th March 2009

Traditionally boats at rowing clubs have been named after members which the club wished to honour, or after sponsors of boats.

Nottingham Rowing Club, just beginning its third full season, continues this tradition but has also recently branched out and set new trends.

The recreational fleet, grant funded by Sport England, uses names from the local Robin Hood legend - so Robin Hood and Maid Marion can be seen on the river Trent.

New single sculling boats funded by the Society for Sports and the Arts are part of the 'Blue Fleet'. The first of which, Blue Moon and Blue Streak, are now on the water.

Further expansion of the racing fleet has opened up yet another theme - inspired by the character 'Richard Sharpe' from Bernard Cornwell's series of novels, played in the ITV series by Sean Bean. "The Forlorn Hope" is the first of this group, named after the volunteer force whose role it was to storm the breach in a city wall created by the gunners during a siege in the Napoleonic Wars.

"Guts and determination would be needed for the task and that's no different from racing on the water" said President Keith Atkinson, an ardent Sharpe fan.

Red-nosed Pirates

20th February 2009

On Sunday the 1st of March 2009 there will be a 600m race on the River Trent between the Suspension bridge and Trent Bridge, with crews dressed as pirates, in aid of Comic Relief and Red Nose Day. Everyone will meet at 11am in the boat club and there is a �1 entry fee per person. Juniors will row in scratch coxed quads and seniors will row in scratch eights. Any volunteers to help with making or selling food/cakes/drinks are greatly appreciated. Entries need to be in by Wednesday 25th of March to Sam Ward ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Thank you for your support.

Head of the Trent report

19th February 2009

Sunday 15th February saw more than 100 crews competing in the 2009 Head of the Trent. Crews from as far afield as York to Barcelona took part in the competition with the first and third divisions racing a 6000m course, and a third division of just under 4000m for the less experienced rowers. Also included were a number of university crews, last minute entries after the cancellation of the BUCS head race.

The race took place in mild conditions, a pleasant change from the cold conditions in the weeks before, with little wind. Meltwater from the recent snows produced fast conditions. Despite the high stream, the large team of marshals from the Trentside and neighbouring clubs kept the race running smoothly.

The Robin Haslam Trophy for fastest female boat was won by Cambridge University Women's Boat Club in a time of 17:07. The Cliff Booth Memorial Trophy for fastest boat was won by Agecroft RC, with a time of 15:14

NRC at GB February Trials

19th February 2009

The 14th February saw the third GB Winter Assessment Trials at Boston, Lincolnshire. A number of Nottingham Rowing Club athletes took part in the Trials, along with many rowers who represented Britain in Olympic finals at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Dave Marshall finished in 9th in the openweight men's singles, a quarter of a second behind 2008 Olympic silver medallist Colin Smith. Matthew Ballaam finished in 25th overall, 5th of the U20. Anthony Browne was 28th.

In the Women's singles, Jackie Round finished in 12th, and was the third fastest U23. Monica Relph took 19th, while Lindsay Morton and Catherine Linekar were 29th and 31st.

Capsize Drill - Sunday 8 March 2009

16th February 2009

For any NRC members who can answer "no" to the following questions:
 Would you know what to do in a capsize situation?
 Do you know how to get back into a boat?
 Are you sure that you could swim 100m wearing rowing kit?
 Do you know how to throw a throw line?
 Could you help someone else that had capsized?
there will be a Capsize Drill and Swim Test organised for the 8th March.

More details here.

Head of the Trent 2009

11th February 2009

Local crews will take on opposition from as far afield as the Tyne, Tees, Chester, York, Bangor, Oxford and Cambridge on the River Trent on Sunday February 15th. Over 100 crews will take part in the 2009 running of the Head of the Trent.

The event will be raced in three divisions, all starting at Clifton Bridge (map link).

Division one will cover 6,000m down to the Training Ship Orion (map link). The view of the course up to the finish from the new Riverside flats will be quite spectacular. In this group will be the men's and veteran eights and women's quads and coxless fours. The start is at 10:00am.

Division two finishes just upstream of Trent Bridge (map link), and caters for less experienced rowers. The distance raced is 3,700m and leaves Clifton Bridge at 12. 15 pm.

Division Three is again over the full 6 kilometre course, beginning at 14:30 hrs, and includes the Women's eights - including Cambridge University - and Men's fours.

Spectators will have an excellent view of the action from the bankside footpaths between the Toll Bridge and Trent Bridge. However, one traditional vantage point, the Victoria Embankment Suspension Bridge remains closed to the public.

"The Head of the Trent is a great opportunity to see local rowers in action. Look out for the red and black oars of Nottingham and Union Rowing Club and the Light Blue, Dark Blue and Yellow of the Nottingham Rowing Club, now entering its third full season " said Tony Lorrimer, Chaiman of the Regatta Committee. It is Tony's task to co-ordinate the work of the large local team who oversee the start, finish and welfare of all competitors, both on and off the water.

A warning has been issued to all attending the event to prepare for cold conditions.

Nottingham Rowing Club DIY

10th February 2009

With the cancellation of both the Boston and Peterborough Head races due to adverse weather conditions, and faced with an ice-covered regatta lake at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, the Nottingham Rowing Club Junior Squad and their coaches moved onto the River Trent and ran their own event between the Lady Bay Bridge and the Sailing Club.

20 boats were involved, racing one behind the other down to the Sailing Club and then back to Lady Bay. The times of the two runs were added together and divided by 2. Conditions were cold, clear and there was a moderate cross-tail wind going downstream.

Fastest sculler of the day was Sam Ward from Bilborough College, who managed to beat a coxless pair stroked by Nik Parnell from Newark. Both boats are coached by Martin Kay.

Fastest girl was Vicky Bramley, Bilborough College, followed by Emma Lindley, Carlton-le-Willows School, and Katy Bartlett fom Holygirt School. The girls are part of the World Class Start group coached by Julie Edwards who is currently looking at putting together a junior (U 18 ) quadruple scull for the season.

"It's an indication of the strength of Junior rowing at the Club that we can put on a training session like this with only half of the whole squad on the water" said Club Manager Mark Cooke.

Greenwood Dale take Indoor Rowing Crown

2nd February 2009

On a cold and rainy winter evening, the final Nottingham City Schools Indoor Rowing League competition took place at the Farnborough School in Clifton. To tracks from Oasis, Queen and other great rockers, over 100 youngsters from across Nottingham, rowing on Concept2 indoor rowing machines, competed for the Champion's Shield held by Farnborough School.

The annual event has been held over the past five years at Farnborough School, Fernwood School, Nottingham Bluecoat School, and Djanogly City Academy. It is organized by Partnership Development Manager Paul Walker, who is based at Farnborough, and Mrs Maxine Tompkins, the School Sports Coordinator at Djanogly.

In the girls event Manning School were fourth, Bluecoat third, Greenwood Dale second and Farnborough first.

As Paul Walker said "The event went down to the wire, and at one stage there was only 40 metres between the leading teams after a winters racing"

However the superior fire power of the Greenwood Dale boys proved vital. The boys results saw Bluecoat School in forth place, Djanogly City Academy in third, Farnborough School in second and new Champions Greenwood Dale first.

"Paul and Maxine have put together a great winter programme for city youngsters. It is ideal for those turned off by traditional sports, or for those who can't get on to fields because is dark or they are waterlogged. Cardiff had a similar event just before Christmas and Manchester has one at the Velodrome next week but Nottingham was the first and still leads the way." said Keith Atkinson who was talent spotting for Nottingham Rowing Club. "Long may it continue to do so."

Winds thwart Nottingham armada

25th January 2009

As both a traditional return to racing after the season's festivities, and a local club offering a (mostly) straight line 3000m downstream course, the Boston Head usually sees a large entry from Nottingham Rowing Club. This year, it took three trailers to fit on all the boats needed for the NRC entries, covering vet men, men's and women's senior squads, and a large number of juniors.

However, on arrival at Boston none of the boats were to even get on the water - due to unfortunate weather conditions, this year's event had to be cancelled. With high gusts of winds along a percentage of the course, Boston's Safety Officer & Race Committee agreed that it would be unsafe for the event to proceed.

Free fitness for busy workplaces

14th January 2009

Nottingham Rowing Club, supported by Sport England, are offering free fitness sessions to Nottingham's workplaces.

Club Manager Mark Cooke explains "Sport England have helped us purchase indoor rowing machines and leisure boats for Workplace Activity. We have already had the Fire Service, Queen's Medical Centre, the Environmental Agency and County Hall involved and we are looking for additional, enlightened employers to take up the workplace challenge. Schools, Colleges, Local Government and Local Business are very welcome to phone me on 0793 2668557 and I will fit them into our schedule. Feedback from the last group from County Hall was very positive and some still come over at lunchtime for a workout on the Concept 2 indoor rowers."

Added Club President Keith Atkinson "The credit crunch and job insecurity are causing a great deal of stress in the community, my experience of combating multiple sclerosis with exercise has convinced me that feeling good as the result of being fit can fend off stress. I would encourage everyone to be active. Supporting the Shape Up Notts campaign is a great way to do it and Nottingham Rowing Club are here to help. "


4th January 2009

Taking a lead from their governing body, the Amateur Rowing Association, Nottingham Rowing Club is helping local schools implement government policy. PESSCL (PE, School Sport and Club Links) aims to give every child two hours of quality PE in school curriculum time, and further time playing School Sport over lunch or after school. In addition, links with local sports clubs will give pupils over 5 hours of physical exercise per week.

There are currently over 60 youngsters rowing at Nottingham, supervised by several coaches led by Martin Kay and including Jim Waller (Community Coach), Ian Wain, Steve Willetts and Mark Cooke. They come from City and Rushcliffe Schools. All are regular users of the Concept 2 Indoor Rower. The Club also runs after-school indoor rowing sessions in several Rushcliffe schools.

There are many excellent examples of the support the Club is giving. George Caines began indoor rowing whilst at Trinity School, Aspley, and joined Nottinghamshire Schools Rowing Association, which was part of the ARA Project Oarsome group of clubs. He went on to win the J16 single sculls at the National Schools Regatta, followed that with a win at the National Championships, where he still holds the course record, and this year he won in a quadruple scull at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. George is currently studying at Loughborough University, he trains over 2 hours each day and at present he is on a training camp in Nantes in France.

Harry Townsend, from South Wolds School Keyworth, seems to be following a similar route. He began indoor rowing on the Concept 2 machine whilst at Willowbrook Primary School Keyworth. He won the gold medal at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in Birmingham, whilst still in primary school. Recently he won J14 sculls at the Marlow Head of the River held on Dorney Lake, site for the 2012 Olympic Rowing Regatta. Harry trains and rows every week. His father, Peter, was a successful rower, and he takes a keen interest in Harry's progress.

Anna Lavelle, ex-Beckett School but now at Bilborough College also began rowing on the indoor rower, progressed to the water and in the 2007-2008 season was the most successful athlete in the Club in terms of numbers of wins. She has won both sculling and rowing events; amongst her collection was a medal in the National Championships Lightweight fours. Anna trains every day and is currently part of NRC's Women's squad, coached by Helen Bloor. There are three other Juniors in the senior group, one from Bilborough College and two from West Bridgford School.

Fifteen year old Alicia Brown, from Arnold Hill School, is the current National Indoor Rowing champion for her age group and has just spent the week on a local training camp, rowing twice a day on the Trent. Alicia is part of World Class Start based at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. She is coached by Julie Edwards. Her training group includes Emma Lindley from Carlton-le-Willows school, Katie Bartlett from Holygirt and Vicky Bramley from Bilborough College.

"I have every admiration for the youngsters" said Nottingham Rowing Club President Keith Atkinson "They fit their training in with a very demanding academic programme. They are a very pleasant group to be with and are a credit to their schools and parents without whom we could not achieve our present high level of success. "

NRC at GB Rowing Senior & U23 Trials

21st December 2008

Whilst the rest of the club, with colleagues from Nottingham and Union Rowing Club, contested the scratch annual @quot;Pudding Races@quot; on the River Trent, seven members of Nottingham Rowing Club went to Boston, Lincolnshire for the Senior and U23 Trials.

Rowed over a 5,000m stretch of the canalized River Witham, the field included athletes returning from the Beijing Olympics. In fact the men's winner was Andy Triggs-Hodge who was in the gold medal coxless four, while Alan Campbell, GB's finalist in the single sculls in Beijing, was third.

In division one Dave Marshall came 16th and Matt Ballaam, coached by Julie Edwards, was 49th

Jacqui Round was 15th in the Women's trial. Catherine Lineker was 29th. Both girls are coached by Ade Roberts. The women's trial was won by GB Olympian Beth Rodford, with Tina Stiller, now rowing for Leander, the leading U23 in third place overall.

In division two, George Caines, an ex-Trinity school pupil now at Loughborough University, rowing in the U23 lightweight category came 28th. Sam Ward of Bilborough College was 46th and Nicola Spencer was 6th in the Women's lightweight event.

Two World Junior Records set during Children in Need Cycling Challenge

9th December 2008

Two members of Nottingham Rowing Club have used the revolutionary new Wattbike to set junior World Records for static cycling. Sam Ward and Edward Fisher set Under 18 and Under 16 world records respectively for cycling the greatest distance in their age group within a set period of time.

The Wattbike event took place in the busy entrance hall of an ASDA store in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Eleven bikes were set up, with the public invited to book slots in order to raise money for Children in Need. A great number of people decided to challenge themselves and have a go, helping to raise over �10,000 in the process.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Sam Ward set an under 18 world record for his 12 hour stint on the bike, riding through the night to achieve his goal. In total he covered 263814 meters/163.9 miles in his 12 hours. He was well supported, with several members of his club attempting a 24 hour relay alongside him, creating a wonderful atmosphere during the hardest hours of the challenge.

Following the completion of his effort, an exhausted Sam said: "That was one of the hardest things I've ever done! It's definitely more of a mental challenge than a physical one, especially during the early hours of the morning. The bike is incredible and I kept myself focused by checking out all of its features. After 12 hours though, I'm not the best of friends with the saddle � give me a cold morning in a boat on the Trent any day!"

Edward Fisher, a junior member of Nottingham Rowing Club also managed an under 16 world record for his four hour spell on the Wattbike in which he managed to cycle 110008 meters/68.4 miles. He said: "I started off just trying to support Sam, but it turned out I was doing quite well. I'm really pleased to have set a record for my age group � I'll just have to aim at beating Sam next time."

Two other records were set over the course of the 24 hours. Ultra distance athlete, Neil Rhodes of Yeovil, set a 24 hour world record, celebrating his 51st birthday in the process. Perfect Motion, organisers of the event, also set a 24 hour relay world record.

The efforts of all the people taking part helped make the ASDA store the top fundraising branch in the country and served as a great spectacle. The generosity of all the shoppers and the people sponsoring the riders ensured that the event will help make a difference to the lives of children all over the world.

Co-ordinator of the rowing club's relay, Martin Kay said: "What a fantastic day. There was a great buzz around the whole event and the camaraderie between everyone made it fun to be a part of. Above all though, I'm exceptionally proud of my guys. Sam and Edward deserved their records as they pushed themselves to the limit, and all the others who did the relay showed what a great bunch of youngsters the sport of rowing is able to attract. Well done to all involved."

NRC end year with new record

9th December 2008

On a cold, calm and sunny winter Sunday, Nottingham Rowing Club signed off their second full calendar year of racing with nine wins at the Newark Rowing Club Head of the River, and set up a new Trentside record of over 150 wins in a year.

Fastest crew was the double scull of Matthew Ballaam and Ed Whiteley, both Loughborough students coached by Julie Edwards. Julie also coached Katie Bartlett from Holygirt School who won Women's J15 sculls, and Vicky Bramley from Bilborough College who won Women's senior 4 sculls. The girls then combined to add the Women's Senior 4 double sculls title.

Dave Knight stroked the winning Veteran C four, recording the same time as the Intermediate Men's Senior 3 four. Sam Ward from Bilborough College won Men's Senior 2 Sculls. Ben Sibly, also from Bilborough, doubled with Matt Betts from South Notts College and won the Senior 3 event. Nick Parnell won J18 sculls. All the scullers are coached by Martin Kay.

Matt Pomeroy (Nottingham High School) and Will Busby (Becket School) coached by ex-Becket boy Steve Millett won the boy's J15 double sculls bringing the day to a very successful conclusion.

"I was surprised that we had so many wins" said retiring Captain Mark Cooke, "When I arrived I saw many of our crews having steering problems and even going up the bank. This is a problem we have training on a wide river or even on the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. It doesn't prepare us for narrow waterways. "

Nottingham Rivalry on the Thames

7th December 2008

The local rivalry between Romulo Bouzas, Nottingham Rowing Club's Mexican sculler and Graham Coleman, of Nottingham and Union Rowing Club, was played out on the Thames on Saturday 6th December, as the Scullers Head of the River took place over the 4.25 mile championship course, from Mortlake to Putney on the ebb tide. It was sunny, cold and there was a light breeze. Over 400 competitors took part. Coleman gained his revenge for a defeat at the Nottingham Sculling Head and came 9th, one place ahead of Bouzas who finished 10th. NRC's Roly Evans, a veteran B sculler, came 99th just ahead of Nottingham's Tina Stiller who won the Women's Elite Event sculling in her new Leander colours.

And what happened next? Part Two

Following the highly successful Open Day at Nottingham Rowing Club, organized by Dave Sharp, Netty Cox penned her initial favourable impressions. Five months later she looks back and writes:-

"Back in June I was asked to sum up my experiences as a novice rower new to the Rowing Club. Nearly five months on I almost feel part of the furniture which is testimony to the welcoming nature at the club. I can remember meeting the Women's Captain, Sarah Royles and she said that rowing can become quite addictive. I now have no real life of my own, it belongs to an unassuming but big hearted club on the Trent. It is certainly true that you get out of rowing what you put in. Quite early on I decided that I wanted to be more than a recreational rower. I wanted to be the best that I could be, you have to stretch yourself ( being 5' 2" means literally in my case) that meant training with the Novice/Intermediate Squad 5/7 days a week including week-ends, whatever the weather but it's been worth it-I am much fitter, have made new friends and rowed in two Head races. I was part of the winning novice, coxed quadruple scull at the Soar Head with newcomers Ellie Wittam. Ruth Hyde and Jo Hallam coached by Nicky Ranoe and Mike Fay. My first race was on home water-let's put it down to experience and say that sub-aqua is my other preferred sport. So it's onwards and upwards next race the Boston Head in January. "

Like to follow in Netty's footsteps? Ring 0115 981 1251 for a look round. The Clubhouse is between Trent Bridge and the Forest Ground.

Hollingworth and Wregg claim yet another win for Nottingham R.C.

While the Intermediate squads and some of the juniors were at Hathern racing and winning five trophies in the Head of the Soar, Nigel Hollingworth and Dave Wregg entered their Veteran E coxless pair at the Evesham Head of the River. On the cold River Avon they won, and in doing so put up a new course record for their events. This was in spite of the 'no overtaking' part of the course, where they were forced to slow down to avoid overtaking their rivals Gloucester.

NRC Christmas Party

Nottingham Rowing Club's annual Christmas Party is taking place on the 20th December at the Club.

The party flyer is here

NRC perfect at Loughborough

30th November 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club sent six crews, racing in five categories, to Loughborough's Head of the Soar and won all five. The race was over 3000m on the twisty River Soar, raced in misty and cold conditions. The Junior women took the WS4 4x, while Ed Fisher took the J16 1x and fastest single sculler overall, beating the S1 1x winner by four seconds. The intermediate men, coxed and coached by Jo Baldwin, won in the S4 4+ category. The intermediate women, coxed and coached by Nicky Ranoe, won the WN4+ and WN4x+ categories. Three of the quad, Jo Hallam, Ruth Hyde and Netty Cox, had only started rowing this summer

Coaches Mark Cooke and Mike Fay agreed that it was an excellent performance by all the Nottingham crews.

WS4 4x+ Emma Lyons, Charlotte Hernom, Jessica Gaten, Mathilda Gross
J16 1x and fastest single Ed Fisher
S4 4+ Coach/cox Jo Baldwin, Paul Cooper (stroke), Will Harris, Dan Enright, Adam Leachman
WN 4+ Kate Howarth (stroke), Charlotte Storr, Catriona Rooke, Louise Townrow, Nicky Ranoe (cox)
WN 4x+ Nicky Ranoe (cox), Ellie Wittam (stroke), Jo Hallam, Ruth Hyde, Netty Cox (bow)

NRC at York, Boston, Caversham and Marlow

24th November 2008

As an icy blast blew in from the north, bringing snow with it, Nottingham Rowing Club squads went in different directions in search of more competition while several crews stayed training on the Trent.

The mens senior squad coached by Des Atkins, Anthony Scoon and Daniel Johnson went with the men's veterans squad to York, for the Small Boats Head raced on the River Ouse over 3,000 metres. Nottingham RC crews won the Senior 1 coxless fours, Veteran E fours and Veteran pairs.

The Juniors, coached by Martin Kay, and the World Class Start squad, coached by Julie Edwards, went to Boston for the Junior Trials. Conditions were poor, with building waves on the River Witham forcing the course to be shortened later in the day, and athletes suffering from cramp due to the cold. In a field of ninety for the girls event, Vicky Bramley from Bilborough College came 13th and Emma Lindley from Carlton-le-Willows school was 21st. The girls were happy with their performances and are well placed for the GB Junior team in the summer. Out of the 150 entries for the boys event, Ben Sibly of Bilborough College was 45th, Matt Bess (South Notts College) 63rd and Tom Huskinson (Greenwood Dale School) was 24th in the J16 event.

At Caversham, near Reading, the Redgrave-Pinsent rowing lake hosted a training weekend in a wide range of boats for potential internationals, including Nottingham Rowing Club's elite women, coached by Ade Roberts.

Finally, another group of Juniors, led by Community Coach Jim Waller and parent/coach Steve Millett went down to Marlow for the Marlow Fours and Pairs Head. The race was over 1900m at Dorney Lake, having transferred to the site for the 2012 Olympic Rowing due to unsafe conditions on the Upper Thames. Despite the shorter course, the freezing rain made the race a tough prospect. Harry Townsend from South Wolds School, Keyworth won boy's J14 Sculls and Rebekka Royles from West Bridgford School won girl's J14 sculls. Both Harry and Rebekka come from rowing families.

Foundation for Sport and the Arts support NRC

21st November 2008

The Foundation for Sport and the Arts, which includes Trustees Sir Christopher Chataway, Sir Tim Rice and Lord Attenborough was set up in 1991 to channel money from Littlewoods and other football pools companies to a wide range of sporting and artistic causes. Over ten years ago, led by Dave Sharp, Nottingham Boat Club was able to complete a major boathouse refurbishment which involved the underpinning of part of the club, re-roofing it and installing new men's and women's showers, through the generosity of the FSA.

The club has moved on since then and in 2006 merged with the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club. 2008 has seen the new club win more trophies than any Trentside club has ever won. The Foundation have recognized this and have made a generous grant towards the purchase of a fleet of new sculling boats and new sculling blades to go with them.

Using the main club colour blue the fleet will carry names using 'blue' - so very soon boats called 'Blue-Moon', 'Blue-Bayou'and 'Blue-Heaven' will be seen on the Trent alongside the recreational fleet which carry the Robin Hood legend names.

The boats are to be supplied by 'Oarsport' who are based in Ruddington. Andrew Wilson is a Director of Oarsport, an ex-international oarsman and a Vice-President of the Nottingham Rowing Club. He takes a keen interest in activities at the Club and his children Jack and Mary both row.

Mary, a pupil at Nottingham High School for Girls has already won six events in her first year of competition. Andew has lent his support with boat loans, rigging advice and even towing boat trailers to events. His efforts and those of other supportive parents are very much appreciated by the club.

River Safety Rules

18th November 2008

Earlier this month, the East Midland Regional Rowing Council held a Safety Advisor meeting to discuss the safety rules for rowing on the River Trent. The following points were agreed, and put to committee of the various clubs involved:

1. All crews when rowing between Trent Bridge and Lady Bay Bridge should abide by the following
Reduce rate of stroke to a maximum of 22
Reduce pressure of stoke to � or UT2

2. At night can use an additional solid red light on the stern of the boat in conjunction with the existing solid white lights.

3. That crews remain on their side of the river and try to avoid the middle of the river at all times unless due to overtaking others or training purposes

4. In the case of either fog or mist where Trent Bridge is not visible from the Clubhouse or Lady Bay Bridge is not visible from the University Boathouse crews cannot boat until conditions improve.

5. Safety advisors to meet every six months to discuss safety related issues and report back their recommendations to their respective club Committees

6. Crossing point signs to be positioned on the City side of the river to advise crews regarding the correct position for crossing the river when returning to the landing stages.

Nottingham rowers switch to bikes for 24 hours for charity

15th November 2008

Juniors from Nottingham Rowing Club swapped boats for bikes in support of "Children in Need"

The ASDA store in West Bridgford hosted a fleet of the revolutionary Wattbikes. The NRC juniors rode alongside Neil Rhodes, who five years ago suffered a brain haemorrhage, as he completed 24 hours on the Wattbike. The bike has been developed with some of the top coaches and sports scientists from the world beating British Cycling team. Chris Hoy has already set up times and power outputs on the machine, allowing riders to measure themselves against the Olympic Champion.

Aided by friends from the University and three veterans, particularly Chris Royles, 24 juniors manned machine 9 for a whole day. 5 buckets of coins and notes were collected by Steve Millet and his girls squad.

Sam Ward, a J18 rower from NRC and a student at Bilborough College, completed a 12 hour record attempt at 8am on Saturday morning, and was cheered over the line in the foyer by a full staff turn out.

Martin Kay, Junior Coach and team organiser, spoke warmly of the help ASDA staff had given them - " Strong coffee, endless bananas, Mars bars, water, juice - we couldn't have done it without them and we all thank them very much "

The juniors are now anxiously awaiting the count-up to see the results of their efforts.

Nottingham Small Boats Head photographs

13th November 2008

A belated reminder that one of Nottingham Rowing Club's members spent the day of the Nottingham Small Boats Head perched on bridges overlooking the race to take photos of all 150 crews that competed. These photos are available from an external website here

Successful weekend for Nottingham rowers

Report by Keith Atkinson

9th November 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Senior Men's and Women's rowing squads and the Junior group went south to race over the weekend.

The seniors headed for London and the 54th Head of the River Fours over the 4 1/4 mile 'Championship Course' between Chiswick Bridge and Putney, for quadruple sculls, coxed and coxless fours. They joined 2,400 athletes in over 500 boats, including a number of British and foreign Olympic rowers, competing for their home clubs.

The top NRC performers were the men's Senior 2 quadruple sculls with Romulo Bouzas at stroke, Dave Marshall at 3, George Caines at 2 and James Clark steering at bow. George is now studying at Loughborough University. They came second in their category, missing the pennant by less than 1 ½ seconds, with the 14th fastest time overall.

Nottingham's fastest Women's crew was the quadruple scull of Catherine Lineker, Nicola Spencer and Lindsay Morton stroked by Jacqui Round, which finished 5th in the women's Elite 4x- category.

Meanwhile, Nottingham's junior squad were competing in the Pangbourne Junior Sculls races. Over 400 boats competed in single, double and quadruple sculls over the 2800m course, including competitors from all the major rowing Public Schools.

Ben Sibly (Nottingham High School) and Sam Ward (Bilborough College), coached by Martin Kay, won the J18 double sculls. Ben also won the J17 singles event in the afternoon division.

Alicia Brown (Arnold Hill School), coached by Julie Edwards, won the WJ15 single sculls in a category dominated by Nottingham. Fellow club members Katie Bartlett, Holly Oughton (Trent College) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High School) took second, third and fourth places. They also dominated the WJ15 double sculls, Mary and Holly claiming the win with Alicia and Katie in second.

Men's J15 double sculls also went to Nottingham, with Dominic Harrison (Colonel Frank Seeley School) and Tom Savage (Djanogly City Academy) winning by 0.6 seconds.

"There will be some Public School rowing masters who have gone away from this event with a different view of Nottingham Rowing" said President Keith Atkinson, "our coaches, the athletes and their supportive parents need to keep the momentum going but it has been a great weekend for the Club and we took some great scalps. Hampton, Eton, Latymer, Radley and Bedford should never be underestimated on the water."

Medals for Nottingham in Birmingham Indoors

Report by Keith Atkinson

28th October 2008

The British Indoor Rowing Championships, organized by Concept 2 UK, took place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. With over 2000 competitors aged from 10 to 85 it is the biggest event of its kind in the world.

Despite it being half term, Nottingham pupils were there in force. Teams representing Nottingham City and Rushcliffe School Sports Partnerships, Nottingham Rowing Club and Concept 2 (makers of the indoor rowing machine based in Ruddington) were there.

In the under 12 event Harvey Kay won a bronze medal and Emelia Larkin a gold. Harvey and Emelia go to Lady Bay Primary in West Bridgford, rowed for the Concept 2 team, and have fathers who are ex-international rowers.

Joseph Howland, in the Rushcliffe team, came fourth in the boys U12 event. Rowan Raynor won bronze in the girls U14 race and was chased home by Anna Davies from the City.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School won gold in the U15 event and set up a new National Record in the process. Katie Bartlett from Holygirt School took the silver and Emma Lindley (Carlton-le-Willows School) won bronze in the J18 race.

Nottingham was also well represented in the veteran levels - Bill Payne took silver in the over 75 event and Mike Collier the bronze.

In the team events Rushcliffe School Sport Partnership won silver in both the girls U13 and U14 races, while the U14 boys were fourth. Nottingham Rowing Club's Girls U15 team brought proceedings to a close with a resounding victory to take the gold medals.

'The link between Rushcliffe Schools and the Rowing Club is clearly paying off' said Nottingham Rowing Club President Keith Atkinson. 'Results both on and off the water are most encouraging'.

Olympic Rowing Cycle begins in Boston, Lincs

Report by Keith Atkinson

27th October 2008

In cold, wet conditions, Olympic rowing hopefuls converged on Boston Lincolnshire for the first trials weekend of the run up to London 2012.

Strict cut offs were applied to athletes as they had to undergo a 2,000 m test on the Concept 2 indoor rowing machine to qualify for the 5,000m row on the River Witham.

Having successfully completed the indoor rowing Nottingham Rowing Club's Dave Marshall came 9th and Matt Baallam 68th of the 100 men's heavyweight entries.

Nottingham's women also did well on the water. Jacquie Round was 6th, Catherine Lineker 17th, and newcomer Sophie Delaney came 20th.

A surprise entry was Sam Ward from Bilborough College who although still a junior entered the lightweight event and finished 45th.

Adie Roberts, based at the National Water Sports Centre, is the group's coach.

Nine wins for Nottingham Rowing Club

20th October 2008

The Nottingham Autumn Head races took place in cool, blustery, dry conditions. 150 crews raced from upstream of Clifton Bridge to the Rowing Clubs at Trent Bridge. There were two divisions, one for experienced scullers over a 5,450m distance and a second for crew boats and novice scullers over 3,850m.

Winner of the first division, where the fastest three home were separated by just one second, was Nottingham Rowing Club's Mexican International Romulo Bouzas, who competed in the Sydney Olympics. Chris Beesley won the Veteran Sculls and Vicky Bramley from Bilborough College the Junior 18 title.

In the second division the Junior men's eight, coached by Martin Kay, won the novice event. Chris Davey, a schoolmaster from Ashfield School, stoked the Senior 2 coxless four to victory. Jessica Gaten from Becket School stroked the winning novice women's quadruple scull. Mary Wilson and Holly Oughton won novice double sculls, Katie Bartlett from Holygirt School won J16 sculls and Bill Payne and Peter Massey completed yet another win in veteran double sculls, to add to the Club's haul this year.

Two newcomers to the Club, Jo Hallam and Netty Cox, competed in their first race. Netty fell in while marshalling for the start after some of the singles tangled, but was none the worse for her ducking, and completed the course. Safety launches were on hand at all times.

High turnout for Mini head

13th October 2008

Ahead of next week's Nottingham Autumn Heads, Nottingham Rowing Club held a club mini-head, which saw 25 crews from both the Club and the University of Nottingham timed on the training line from the Farm to just downstream of Trent Bridge.

With the boats setting off in an approximately estimated reverse order, this gave crews plenty of practice for overtaking and tight racing. Times are available in the Club Newsletters section.

NRC Juniors (+Martin) Pick up 9 Trophies at St. Neots Head.

15th October 2008

On Sunday 5th October the Nottingham Rowing Club Junior Section took the clubs large trailer fully loaded with boats to St. .Neots Small Boats Head. All together the club had 32 crews and scullers with entries in most junior categories. St. Neots Head is always a well run and friendly event which is ideal for juniors as each of the 5 divisions has a full course and a mini head for inexperienced crews. This meant that all of the clubs new recruits from this summer (12 in total) were able to get their first experience of racing.

The day started with torrential rain which continued through the first three divisions but this didn't put off any of the crews who all put up excellent performances. Most people were doubling however there were some that were so cold and wet after the first race that they didn't race a second time. Those who were tough enough to race again were able to take advantage of the improving conditions in divisions 4 and 5.

The wins were as follows:
     J15 2x Dom Harrison and Tom Savage
     J16 1x Tom Huskinson (also the fastest single sculler)
     J15 1x Dom Harrison
     WJ15 4x/+ Holly Oughton and Mary Wilson in a composite with Norwich
     Vet E/F 1x Martin Kay
     WJ15b 2x Georgia Smith and Lucy Crook
     WJ15b 1x Georgia Smith
     WJ14b 2x Lizzy Walsh and Niamh Gibbons
     WJ14b 1x Lois Packham

Well done to everyone and thanks to all of the parents and coaches who helped make it a successful day despite the weather.

NRC crew win at Boston Marathon

23rd September 2008

The annual Boston Rowing Marathon - a race where finishing is a great achievement in itself - was held last weekend, and attracted over 200 entries to test themselves agains the 34 mile course. Nottingham Rowing Club's Veteran E pair won in a record time of 4:24:10 - congratulations are in order to Nigel and Wreggie.

The other NRC crew finished second in the mixed S4 2x category in a time of 4:19:14.

Rockers Back Again

article by Keith Atkinson

21st September 2008

Nottingham Royal Centre will host classic rock acts on Tuesday 28th October. Two of the bands played at the Boat many years ago.

Wishbone Ash were on stage in April 1971 with support band Flying Fortress a month after one of Nottingham's most celebrated gigs by Led Zeppelin.

The Groundhogs backed American blues legend John Lee Hooker in May 1965, soon to be followed by Alexis Korner, Brian Auger, Chris Farlowe and Alex Harvey.

John Lee was back again in November 1968 again with the Groundhogs. This was a week after a visit by John Peel. Later in the same month Muddy Waters and Jimmy Witherspoon appeared.

Yet again in March 1969 John Lee Hooker and the Groundhogs played the Boat. In June and October Howlin' Wolf further cemented the reputation of the Boat Club as a premier Rock and Blues venue.

Tina and Debbie fifth on European final

report by Keith Atkinson

21st September 2008

Olympic silver medallist Debbie Flood and Nottingham Rowing Club's Kristina Stiller came fifth in the final of women's double sculls at the European Rowing Championships. They were coached by Nottingham's High Performance coach Ade Roberts, who is based at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. The winners were Ukraine, with Bulgaria in sixth despite having Beijing Olympic sculling Champion Rumyana Neykova in the boat.

World Rowing reports:-

"Medals were awarded in 14 boat classes at the 2008 European Rowing Championships at the Schinas Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre in Marathon, Greece.

Due to a forecast of adverse weather conditions all races were brought forward one day.

Finals were rowed in very rough conditions with wind and rain driving across the course.

Host nation Greece proved that they are a new force to reckon with in rowing, taking gold in five of the 14 events"

Running the Greath North Run in memory of Mike Butterworth

Letter from Ashley Fullard

19th September 2008

I have been a close friend of Stephen Butterworth since childhood and have grown up knowing the Butterworth family.

Neil Brumfitt and I are running the Great North Run on Sunday the 5th October as part of Cancer Research official sponsorship team. Having an official sponsorship place requires a greater fundraising commitment.

Cancer Research like their runners to run in memory of someone important to them and I am honoured to run in memory of Mike Butterworth. Mike was one of the most decent men you could ever wish to meet and his attitude and zest for life was a inspiration to all that met him.

Neil and I are committed to raising money for Cancer Research to help future developments in the battle against cancer and to support those people and their families who are unfortunate to suffer from cancer. A very worthy cause I am sure you will agree.

We have a fund raising website if you would like to support us, it can be found at

Please also put a message of support if you choose to sponsor us. Should you not want to sponsor on-line, please contact me (ahleyfullard at or 07977 036081) and we can arrange other methods to receive your donation.

Neil and I are aware that you may have other Charitable commitments or have donated money to good causes recently, please do not feel in any way obliged to sponsor us, we would still like to hear from you and receive your messages of support.

Kind Regards

Ashley Fullard

Who to Watch at the European Rowing Championships

article by Keith Atkinson

18th September 2008

In its second comeback year, the European Rowing Championships are heading to the home of the 2004 Olympic Games, Athens. Racing will take place on the 2,000m course near Marathon.

The World Rowing Official Website says : "In amongst the Women's double sculls are some top names better known for other events. Debbie Flood is there for Great Britain. Flood returns from winning silver in the quad at the Beijing Olympics. She also took silver in the quad at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Teamed up with top British U23 single sculler Kristina Stiller (from Nottingham Rowing Club) this combination will be powerful."

Live scoring, race reports, results and a photo gallery will be available throughout the regatta-19th�21st of September on

Olympic Stars enter European Rowing 2008

article by Keith Atkinson

15th September 2008

The 2008 European Rowing Championships will see 433 rowers from 33 nations competing on the venue that hosted the 2004 Olympic Rowing Regatta - the Schinias Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Centre, situated in Marathon near Athens, Greece - from 19-21 September.

The European Championships were re-established in 2006 after last being held in 1973. They took place in Poznan, Poland. Races are held in the 14 Olympic boat classes over a 2,000m multi lane course.

Poland boasts 11 crews, Italy and Ukraine 10 each and Great Britain 7.

Local interest is provided by the double scull of Kristina Stiller of Nottingham Rowing Club's high performance group and Debbie Flood, one of the most successful women rowers in the country, who has just returned from Beijing with a silver medal.

Debbie is the first Beijing Olympic rowing medallist to get back into top action. "I just love racing". she said. "I always said I wanted to do the Europeans." Debbie also won silver in Athens four years ago, Nottingham Rowing Club are hoping she will go one better this year.

Nottingham Rowing Club Juniors aim high

article by Keith Atkinson

15th September 2008

The launch meeting of the Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior Squad was attended by nearly 50 youngsters from schools in the City and Rushcliffe. A three year plan to create the best all round group in the country was put forward by coach Martin Kay.

Key to achieving this aim will be a well coached, sound winters training in small boats with plenty of regular racing. Several members have actually purchased their own boats. At least four boys will contest the National Junior Trials over a 5,000m course at Boston in Lincolnshire.

Community Coach Jim Waller and Junior coach Paul Stevens have an additional influx of new enthusiasts who have been using Concept2 indoor rowing machines in their schools. Southwolds School Keyworth, West Bridgford School, Becket School and Bilborough College have large groups heading for the Trent.

"2008 has been a record season for all sections of the Club" said Captain Mark Cooke. "The Juniors have had an exceptional run and we wish them well in their efforts to improve."

A key member of the U18 group, George Caines from Trinity School, Aspley, has moved on to Loughborough University. Although still a Club member, he is no longer eligible to row as a Junior, and given his outstanding contribution to the success of the Club over the last few years he leaves quite a gap in that section.

Bill Bounces Back

article by Keith Atkinson

12th September 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's veteran sculler Bill Payne has just returned from the 2008 World Rowing Masters Championships in Lithuania with a gold medal for the 'I' category, the 70+ age group. A great achievement, the more so since only weeks ago Bill was run down by a barge on the Trent, nearly drowned and suffered cracked ribs.

"It was a great trip", said Bill, "fine weather, good water, excellent food at very good prices and the support was great, youngsters even unloaded the boat trailer for us. The race went very well, the German led with about 250m to go so I put in a final burst and squeezed ahead. The American and Dutch scullers were behind him"

For good measure Bill rowed in several other combinations. In the pair and double scull he linked up with Mike Collier from Nottingham and Union Rowing Club and came second. He also came 4th in a scratch H4- crew along with fellow NRC member Dave Wregg, who had also come 4th in the vet E single.

"Bill is a great example to the younger members", said Captain Mark Cooke, "I hope that his competitive approach rubs off."

Nottingham Rowing Club - High Performance

article by Keith Atkinson

9th September 2008

GB Rowing supports successful High Performance in a number of leading clubs funded through the National Lottery. Since July 2006, Siemens have been the High Performance Partner of the GB Rowing squad and their additional support has allowed further investment in this key programme. The clubs included in this programme have a track record of coaching rowers to challenge for a place in the National Squads. The clubs are Durham University, Leander, London, Molesey, Oxford Brookes, University of London and Nottingham Rowing Club.

Nottingham, which specializes in Women's rowing, are coached by Ade Roberts at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. Ade is currently off to Greece with Olympic spare rower and sculler Tina Stiller, who has just finished her finals at Nottingham University. In Greece, on Lake Schinias, site of the 2004 Olympic success of the Pinsent coxless four, Tina will team up with Debbie Flood. Debbie is a World Champion and won the Olympic silver medal in the Quadruple Sculls in Beijing behind the victorious Chinese boat.

Ade will coach Tina and Debbie in a double scull and prepare them for the European Championships which will take place from the 18th - 21st of September. "They are both good single scullers" said Ade "so it's very much a matter of moulding them together. It's a fantastic opportunity for Tina to work with someone of Debbie's experience."

"As he is very close to Marathon I suggested that whilst the girls were resting he might like to go for a run" joked Club President Keith Atkinson.

Indoor rowing at Kimberley School

article by Keith Atkinson

7th September 2008

Rob Yates, key member of Nottingham Rowing Club's mens elite squad and teacher at Kimberley School, returned from holiday to a very pleasant surprise.

Explained Rob "There was a rough, out of use, shower area that I thought would make a good rowing room and before the break I did a rough sketch to give some idea of what was wanted and when I returned it was done including decoration and electrics, a really fantastic start to the year."

Rob has since carried out a staff training session using ideas from a Concept 2 training week at South Notts College attended by over 100 teachers and Competition Managers from all over the country.

Rob's first target is to raise school teams to compete in the Concept 2 on-line schools league which last year had 27,000 participants in 3,000 teams across the country. Local silver medallists were year six at Willowbrook Primary in Keyworth.

2007 - 2008 Season

Workplace Activity

article by Keith Atkinson

31st August 2008

Following hard on the heels of the highly successful Rushcliffe Project, which put indoor rowing machines into six Secondary Schools, trained staff, set up after school clubs and promoted inter-school competitions, the Nottingham Rowing Club with the support of the Sports Council and Sport Nottinghamshire is turning its attention from schools and the 11-18 age range to Workplaces and the 30+ age group.

The move is all about promoting healthy lifestyles by taking both indoor and on-water rowing to local workplaces. Over 20 employees of Nottinghamshire County Council are about to begin a series of free indoor rowing sessions at the rowing club and for those that wish it there will be opportunities to go onto the Trent.

At present the Club is geared to competition, but grant support from Sport England means a new fleet of recreational boats with names taken from the Robin Hood Legend has been purchased. Two Quadruple Sculls, two double sculls and four singles are in the first wave and will cater for 18 newcomers.

The Club has already spoken to representatives from the Fire Service, Police, Queen’s Medical Centre, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham Trent University, Gedling Borough Council, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Shoosmiths, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham Prison Service, The Environmental Agency, Experion, Boots, Siemens, Connexions and Sport Nottinghamshire. Canice O'Rielly and Mark Cooke will run the project. They are looking for enlightened employers with the interests of their employees at heart.

"This is a fun project with stress busting and healthy lifestyles at its core" said Mark. "Touring rowing is very popular in Germany and Holland. In fact recreational rowers outnumber competitors. It is very much a family activity on the Continent, so if you want to follow in the puddles of "Three Men in a Boat" come and join us" added Canice, who already has plans for a day trip down-river to Newark. "We hope to see recreational rowers joining Nottingham Rowing Club and taking an active part in running the new Club" continued Keith Atkinson, Club President "We are always open to new ideas and initiatives".

Monica to row in Croatia

article by Keith Atkinson

29th August 2008

Monica Relph is following in the footsteps of Nottingham Rowing Club colleagues Tina Stiller (Olympics and U23 Championships), Jacqui Round (U23 Championships) and George Caines (Coup de Jeunesse) by rowing internationally in Zagreb, Croatia. Monica (coached by Ade Roberts) joins students from Oxford Brookes rowing club in a coxless four in the European University Rowing Championships.

It's been a record breaking Olympics for GB rowing - 39 rowers in the finals, six medals, a first lightweight title, overall Olympic regatta winners on points and medals. Rowing is very much in the news. No sooner has the action in Beijing finished, a squad of 54 rowers representing British Universities, are heading for Croatia.

The squad, which includes Nottingham Rowing Club's Monica Relph, is drawn from 8 different Universities. Monica is currently at Nottingham as is Tina, Jacqui is at South Notts College and George, having passed his ‘A’ levels, is leaving Trinity School and is off to Loughborough University.

Women Want to Row

article by Keith Atkinson

25th August 2008

Clearly inspired by the performance of the British women's rowing squad at the Beijing Olympics, led by Katherine Grainger's quadruple scull, Nottingham girls are flocking to the river to try it for themselves.

"Despite the fact that it was a Bank Holiday week end", said Nottingham Rowing Club's Captain Mark Cooke "there was a women's quad, a double scull and four single scullers out on Saturday morning by nine o'clock. The men were obviously still in bed but the girls just wanted to get on with it."

The Club's Chief Coach Helen Bloor had set an excellent example and did an early morning work out on new Concept2 indoor Rowing machine, funded by Sport England. She was joined by Club President Keith Atkinson clocking up more metres towards his target of 30,000,000m by London 2012.

Club coaches are to meet to discuss how best to cope with the recent influx of new members in the wake of Olympic rowing success.

Nottingham Rowing Club vets take 3 of 3

report by Mike Fay

18th August 2008

Rowed over 500m upstream on the river Avon, with a start overlooked by Warwick Castle, Warwick Regatta is a traditional end of season sprint race. Despite some modern touches - a plasma screen showing a live feed from the start in the tea tent, and the photographer having the prints of the race ready for sale before you've finished putting your boat away, it retains much of the old-style charm.

Nottingham Rowing Club joined in this old-style rowing, taking a wooden coxed four and a small but select group of veterans to the regatta, with entries in the Vet C 4+ (Dave Wregg, Paul Williamson, Mike Fay, Dave Knight and Carole Dickinson) and vet E4+ (Paul Trinick, Pete Holland-Lloyd, Moe Rossell, Derek Crowley and Carole Dickinson), plus a veteran E single with Dave Wregg. Following a very comfortable win in their heat over Stratford, the Cs beat the home crew by a length in the final. The Vet E's, also facing Warwick, fared no worse, going clear of their opposition by halfway to win by a length and a half. Wreggie in the single sportingly took to the reeds to give his rival a chance to close the gap in his heat, before making it three out of three in the final with a win, again over a Warwick sculler, by a length.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Top Gun

report by Keith Atkinson

13th August 2008 (updated 13/08/08)

Anna Lavelle, 17 year old student at Bilborough College, won two trophies at Peterborough Summer Regatta double-sculling with fellow Bilborough student Vicky Bramley, bringing her season's total to 12 in all types of boats and making her the most successful athlete in the club this year.

The regatta was rowed on a multi-lane course close to the River Nene in windy and rainy conditions, but Nottingham Rowing Club continued on its winning ways and brought back five trophies to add to the hundred it has already clocked up this season.

Ben Sibly from Nottingham Boy's High School won novice sculls on the Saturday and junior U16 sculls on the Sunday.

Also on Sunday Rachel Morton and Gillian Body teamed up to take the Women's senior 2 coxless pairs event.

"To put Anna's achievement into context" said Club President Keith Atkinson,"In 1962 when I first became Captain the Nottingham Boat Club won one pot at Norwich. 12 seemed out of reach and here we have a talented Junior doing it in style."

Clubmark for Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

10th August 2008

Clubmark is an accreditation scheme run by Sport England which sets the standard for all quality sports clubs in England. It stands for higher standards of safety, fairness, coaching and management so that the nation's sports club infrastructure will be safer, stronger and more successful.

A club that has been awarded the Clubmark, like Nottingham Rowing Club, has high standards of child protection and safety, quality coaching, equal opportunities and good management. In essence it is a well run club.

Clubs awarded Clubmark can be proud of what they have achieved. Parents can be assured that their children belong to a safer club. Members can be sure that their club is well managed, striving to offer the best in coaching and sports development. By aiming to achieve higher standards clubs are likely to attract more members and build a sustainable future.

Clubmark is rapidly becoming the national standard for quality sports clubs. Sport England is working with sports organizations, County Sports Partnership (CSPs) and local authorities to encourage more clubs to raise standards and join.

The Nottingham Rowing Club's documentation and application for Clubmark was done by Community Coach Jim Waller and Club Captain and Volunteer of the year Mark Cooke. A Clubmark certificate now joins the photographs of winning crews on the club wall.

Tina Stiller first Beijing 'Winner'

report by Keith Atkinson

8th August 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Tina Stiller became the first 'winner' on the 2008 Olympic Rowing course at Shunyl when she took first place ahead of team mate Alice Freeman in the women's single scull race for team reserves. Germany was third and Australia fourth.

For the two girls they had the added 'fun' of practicing the medal ceremony for the Games' organizers with medal giving, flag raising and 'God Save the Queen'.

The race was a technical rehearsal for the Games' broadcasters. The BBC are providing personnel for the rowing pictures. The race provided the first dramatic images from the ground-breaking 'fly-by wire camera' suspended on a thin wire above the lake to track the final few hundred metres of each race.

'What a coup for Nottingham Rowing Club' said Captain Mark Cooke, 'Well done Tina we are very proud of you.'

Ton Up for Nottingham Rowing Club

report by Keith Atkinson

5th August 2008

In only its second full season Nottingham Rowing Club, sited between Trent Bridge and the Forest Ground, an amalgamation of the old Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club founded in 1869 and the Nottingham Boat Club 1894, has already won over 100 trophies.

Almost every club member from 13year old Mary Wilson from the Nottingham Girls High School to 75 year old Bill Payne who went to the Boy's High School has won a pot.

Since it has been very much a whole club effort it is almost invidious to highlight individuals, nevertheless pride of place must go to Tina Stiller, coached by Ade Roberts, who is in Beijing as the reserve for the Olympic squad.

Discovery of the year is Nicola Green (nee Hawley), coached by Helen Bloor, who has already won 6 times in her first year of rowing. Not to be out done the Club Veterans, marshalled by Matt Stout, have produced 25 National Champions. 75 year old Bill Payne has won ten times rowing and sculling. His great run has been cut short by a serious accident on the Trent.

Said Club Captain Mark Cooke 'This is a remarkable achievement, we really expected to have a quieter second season after the highs of last year, but the club rowers have moved up a gear and things are looking good for the rest of this season. My thanks go to all the coaches for the hours of commitment and dedication that they have put in. They are unsung heroes without them this would not have been possible. '

Club President Keith Atkinson agreed and added 'Mark is very modest. He has been the main driver behind this record haul and the Club had plenty of outside support. Parents, local schools Nottinghamshire County Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council and sponsors like Eco-filters and John. A. Stevens, Concept2 and Sport England have been vital to our success. We are indebted to them and are most grateful for their help. '

Music - DOWN AT THE BOAT 1963-1982.

article by Keith Atkinson

5th August 2008

Jazz at the South Bank was the brainchild of two Toot-Hill, Bingham schoolmasters, Ray Crane and Keith Atkinson. Ray was a Jazz trumpeter, Keith was Captain of Nottingham Boat Club.

October 1962 was the start of live music at the revered riverside venue. By September 1963 Ray was playing with the Bruce Turner Jump Band in Chelsea and the residency was in the hands of Richard Hallam. His guest for the month was Arthur Coyne.

1964 saw local band 'Blues and Roots' in full swing, regular mainstream jazz gave way to Rhythm and Blues, with guests 'Falling Leaves'. Alexis Korner, regarded as the 'Father of British Blues' and 'Blues Incorporated' and 'Wynder K Frog' were there in 1965.

In 1966 'Blues and Roots' were still playing the Boat with lead guitarist Dave Sharp. Roy Wood came over from Birmingham with the 'Move'. 'The Toggery 5' with Mick Abrahams, soon to join 'Blodwyn Pig', heralded the British Blues Boom.

'Savoy Brown', 'the Artwoods' and 'the Shevelles' were on stage in 1967. The following year saw local group 'Sons and Lovers'. Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart played too as did 'Ten Years After', with local boy Alvin Lee.

1969 featured' King Crimson', 'Sky' and Keith Relph's (ex-Yardbirds) 'Renaissance'.

The 70's saw a move from Blues to a more heavy sound. Discos were more popular at the Boat - this of course may reflect rising band prices. September had appearances by 'Supertramp' and 'Skid Row'.

September '71 was all Disco but by '72 things were back to normal. 'Renaissance', 'Supertramp' the 'Mick Abrahams Band', 'Juicy Lucy' and 'Ellis' with Steve Ellis and Zoot Money were on stage.

'Ellis' reappeared a year later. 'Budgie, 'Jack the Lad' (with Lindisfarne members and Jimi Hendrix's drummer) were also on stage in 1973.

1974 had regular Rock and Roll revival nights on Sunday. 'Bees Make Honey' - a London pub rock group – made their debut. '75 had 'Trapeze' being recorded live on stage by Radio Trent. Local bands 'Gaffa' and 'Matarka' were there as was 'Strife'.

Raymond Froggatt played in September 1976. 'The Sex Pistols' were there in August.

1977 Had a re appearance of 'Trapeze' and 'Nutz'. '78 had 'Spoonful' 'Crawler 'and 'Magnum'. September 1979 saw 'Saxon' and 'Def Leppard' at the Boat. In 1980 'Janet and the Icebergs' (who were in fact' Siousie and the Banshees') 'Stray' and the 'Dead Kennedys' were on Trentside. AND THE REST IS HISTORY.

Another two wins for Rowing Club Juniors

Report by Keith Atkinson

29th July 2008

Whilst some Senior members of Nottingham Rowing Club were competing for their country and others were chilling out or even on holiday a small group of the Junior women's squad went off to St. Neots and won two more trophies.

Rowed on a very pleasant stretch of the river Ouse in Cambridgeshire, it is a traditional one on one regatta with crews racing over 1,000m on the Saturday and 500m on the Sunday. In searing heat Barnbridge Ladies, Lea and Globe Rowing Club were dispatched on the first day and Globe and Leeds on the second.

"It must be very galling" said club President Keith Atkinson "When a group of schoolgirls arrive at a regatta and knock seven bells out of the opposition, the more so since this particular combination had never raced together before St Neots." The crew was Anna Lavelle (Bilborough College), Rachel Vodovic (West Bridgford School) 14 year old Holly Oughton (Trent College) and Laura Gamble from Leicester Rowing Club.

The Club plans to harness the Junior talent by including them in the Senior Women's squad during the winter.

NRC have a plan - Men's Elite Coaching

Report by Keith Atkinson

29th July 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club are launching an audacious plan to raise the bar even higher for its Men's Elite rowers. Three coaches, Des Atkins, Anthony Scoon and Dan Johnson have been appointed for the 2008/2009 season. They replace Ric Colborne who has moved to Herefordshire.

Des, Anthony and Dan have impeccable rowing credentials. They were all members of the legendary Nottinghamshire Rowing Association, which has now merged into Nottingham Rowing Club. They all have the coveted Henley medals and they have all worn Team GB strip.

"We have had a great season this year but we need to build on this success and move on" said Club Captain Mark Cooke, "Good coaching is the way forward. It will attract ambitious talent to join us and prepare for next year's Henley and National Championships. It is also the start of another four year Olympic Cycle culminating in London 2012. Now that's real motivation"

In his introduction Des stressed that rowing was a power sport and much of the winter would be spent pumping iron. In addition crews would be working alongside one another to build up mental strength. Quality rather than quantity would be the order of the day. Local "Sporting Giants" identified in national tests last year, are to be drafted into the Men's Squad, their problem will be to match the technical proficiency of the present squad on the water whereas the existing squad may have problems keeping up with them in the gym.

The Club have also invested in new boats including an Empacher eight and four. New gym equipment has been installed in the Britannia boathouse and brand new Concept2 indoor rowing machines are available.

October the first will see the start of winter training.

Home Countries International 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

28th July 2008

The Home Countries International Regatta is a rowing event held every year for the countries of the British Isles - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Men and Women, both Seniors and Juniors (U18), are involved. This year there was a 500m event for disabled rowers too. The regatta has been held since 1966, and has long been an important event for rising stars - Sir Steve Redgrave's first international outing was at the Home Countries.

The 2008 event was hosted in Cardiff Bay by the Cardiff Harbour Authority. The start was at the Barrage and crews raced 1,500m to the Inner Harbour. The match was last held here in 2005.

There were three entries from Nottingham. Monica Relph, Nottingham Rowing Club, was in a coxless four with girls from London University. Lindsay Morton from the Rowing Club contested the women?s single sculls. Graham Coleman from Notts&Union RC was in the men?s singles.

Graham won the single sculls in very choppy conditions. Lindsay was leading her event but poor conditions on the course caused by pleasure boats in the bay led her to stop and she finished a very disappointed third overall.

Monica Relph won the Coxless four and then joined the eight to win yet again. Nottingham rowers helped England, with their distinctive white oars with the cross of St. George, to win the match.

Monica's wins mean that over just one week Nottingham Rowing Club has won 12 medals. 4 gold,5 silver and 3 bronze. Monica has won three of them.

"Not a bad effort for a new Club" said Captain Mark Cooke, "Clearly next year will be quite a challenge."

Belated win for Nottingham RC

Report by Keith Atkinson

23rd July 2008

Good news has just come from Peterborough Regatta Secretary for Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior Eight stroked by Anna Lavelle from Bilborough College.

He explained that at a recent regatta held on the multi-lane course at Peterborough, Bedford Modern School Girls had been declared winners and Nottingham Rowing Club placed second but having examined Bedford's crew qualifications they had been disqualified and Nottingham declared belated winners.

Not only have the Nottingham girls gained yet another trophy but because of the passage of time no points will be awarded for the win which might have affected their status.

"As many successful Clubs know" said Captain Mark Cooke "when you are on a roll you keep winning and here is an example where we did nothing and still came away with the silverware. We are very grateful that Peterborough and Bedford Modern sorted this out - the more so since Bedford are paying for new pots!"

Close Call for Bill on the Trent

Report by Keith Atkinson

23rd July 2008

76 year old, newly-married winner of three events at Veteran Henley, Bill Payne of Burton Joyce and a member of Nottingham Rowing Club, had a serious accident whilst out sculling on the Trent. His boat collided with a narrow boat and was cut in two.

Bill himself was pitched into the water and dragged under the hull of the pleasure craft. He felt he could hear the throb of the screw- propeller. Fortunately he surfaced and struggled to the bank.

There, quite by chance, were Bryan Forbes and his wife Zena both members of the old Nottingham Boat Club. They helped Bill ashore, took him back to the clubhouse and administered warm tea.

"We are very grateful for their help" said Captain Mark Cooke who was also passing at the time. "Bill was shaken up and had bruised, possibly cracked ribs, but not too bad considering the circumstances."

Club safety officer Jo Baldwin is to carry out a full investigation and report to the Amateur Rowing Association on what was clearly a serious incident.

In the meantime Bill is anxious to return to training for the World Veteran Championships in Lithuania. Unfortunately his distinctive yellow sculling boat is in two pieces, on a trailer, outside the club.

George wins Gold again

Report by Keith Atkinson

22nd July 2008

Great Britain won the Coupe de la Jeunesse, a junior international competition held in Cork Ireland, after a stong contest over two days. Rivals France took second, with Ireland third and Italy fourth.

GB Rowing won the boy's match whilst the French took the girls' but the GB total of nine golds was enough to give them the overall Match.

George Caines from Trinity School, Aspley and a member of Nottingham Rowing Club, fresh from his Henley triumph, with fellow crew member John Walton from Leicester RC, won the double sculls gold medal. watched by coach Julie Edwards and proud Mum Diane, they narrowly beat Switzerland and Ireland

There were nine nations in the competition. Team GB won 9 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze.

"It was really pleasing to have won the Coupe." said GB Performance Director, David Tanner "This is a good pointer to the future."

National Rowing Championships 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

21st July 2008

The National Rowing Championships were held over three days on a blustery multi-lane course at Holme Pierrepont.

Nottingham Rowing Club celebrated their second full year by winning six medals and equalling last years tally.

The Club's scullers were very much in evidence. Linsay Morton won silver in the Women's Sculls. Dave Marshall took silver in the Men's Sculls and in doing so gained revenge over local rival Graham Coleman from Notts & Union RC who beat him at Henley in the Diamond Sculls. Catherine Lineker went one better and won gold in the Women's U23 event.

Tom Savage from Djanogly City Academy and Dominic Harrison from Colonel Frank Seely School Calverton won silver in the J14 double Sculls. Vicky Bramley(Bilborough College) and Emma Lindley(Carlton-le-Willows School) took bronze in the J18 double sculls.

17 year old Anna Lavelle from Bilborough College teamed up with three lightweight women from the Club and won bronze in the lightweight coxless fours underlining the Club policy of mixing young talent with experience.

In the Womens Coxless Fours Monica Relph in a composite crew with London University took the silver medal

The final race of the day saw the Men's Eight row down the Army only to lose the bronze by a whisker.

"I shall be meeting coaches and athletes over the next few days in preparation for next year" said Captain Mark Cooke, "We have made good progress this year and we need to build on it."

World U23: Silver for Tina, Bronze for Jacqui

Report by Keith Atkinson

21st July 2008

The U23 World Rowing Championships took place in Brandenburg Germany, conditions were blustery, wind direction varied from cross head to cross tail, competitors and coaches needed to check boat rigging.

In front of over 4,000 mainly German spectators Tina Stiller, Nottingham Rowing Club's top woman sculler and the GB spare rower for Beijing, won a silver medal losing out to a German rival.

"The competition was very fast" said Tina, "It certainly made the race go by very quickly - now its off to the Olympic Games. "

In the final of the coxless fours Jaqui Round from South Notts College and another member of the Club won a bronze medal behind Italy and the Netherlands and just edging out the USA.

"It was tough", said crew member Rachel Jeffries from Oxford Brookes, "but we were committed. Now we are relieved and exited. "

Both Jacqui and Tina are coached by Ade Roberts and spend most of their training time at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

Volunteer of the Year award to Captain Cooke

Report by Keith Atkinson

21st July 2008

Mark Cooke, popular Captain of the Nottingham Rowing Club, was named "Volunteer of the Year" and presented with his award at the National Rowing Championships held at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre.

Di Ellis CBE, Chairman of the Amateur Rowing Association, felt that the service that volunteers provide to their Clubs and the sport of rowing was truly inspiring.

In his recent visit to the Club local MP Kenneth Clarke had commented on the high level of voluntary help available to members.

"I have been involved in Trentside rowing since 1954" said Club President Keith Atkinson "I have never seen anyone put so much time and effort into running a Club. The award is well deserved"

Nottingham Schools' Fun Regatta

Report by Community Coach Jim Waller

17th July 2008

The third Nottingham Schools' fun regatta took place on the River Trent on Tuesdsay 15 July. This competition was the culmination of this years school wet start courses which saw five different school groups taking to the water.

39 children competed in all, in four teams from Becket school, West Bridgford School, Southwolds School and Greenwood dale school. There was a variety of different events including a straight sprint in virus singles, three different relays and the high point of the regatta was the quads in the clubs new recreational boats. There was a lot of exciting racing with all events being hotly contested, the quads race being won by only one second by South Wolds over Greenwood Dale.

Despite some very good performances by the other teams the superior skills of the South Wolds scullers won through. They won 6 out of the eight events taking the overall title with 75 points, behind them were Greenwood Dale with 53 points, Becket with 49 points and West Bridgford with 26 points.

The results for the events is as follows:
Yr 7/8 Boys Callum Donnington (South Wolds)
Yr 7/8 Girls Becca Dornan (South Wolds)
Yr 9/10 Boys Luke Wilson (Greenwood Dale)
Yr 9/10 Girls Helen Ladds (Southwolds)

Duck Relay Greenwood Dale
Slalom Relay Southwolds
Doubles relay Southwolds
Quads Southwolds.

The organisers would like to thank: Nottingham Rowing Club for hosting the event; Ian Wain; Bill Payne; Kate Beard; Hazel Raynor; Rachael Royles; Paul Stevens; all the parents and staff who all mucked in to make the event successful.

Kenneth Clarke MP meets Nottingham RC

Report by Keith Atkinson

17th July 2008

In an informal meeting, held in the old Nottingham Boat Club, local Rushcliffe MP Kenneth Clarke met Sarah Royles (Women's Captain), Ian Wain (representing Club Captain Mark Cooke who was at Henley Veteran's Regatta) and Club President Keith Atkinson. The meeting was to bring Mr.Clarke up to speed with the dramatic changes that have taken place in local rowing.

He was told about the amalgamation of the Britannia Rowing Club, the Boat Club, Notts County Rowing Association and the Nottingham Schools Rowing Association into the new Nottingham Rowing Club.

He was made aware of the Rushcliffe Schools Indoor Rowing Project which has provided rowing machines for schools, trained staff, set up after-school clubs and enabled youngsters to progress to the water.

He was also told about the Workplace Activity scheme which has adults coming from work, using the rowing machines and progressing onto the river as a leisure rather than a sporting activity.

"It was a good meeting" reported President Keith Atkinson. "Ken was clearly interested to hear what was going on in his patch. He was impressed by the amount of voluntary work carried out at the Club. He was delighted that school pupils were taking up rowing. He himself did not row when at the High School, but had been involved in an MP's scratch regatta which was abandoned when members ended up in the Thames! In general conversation, which covered bird watching, Holme Pierrepont and jazz, Ken disclosed that in addition to the Dancing Slipper he visited the Boat Club to see Jazz at the South Bank. He went away with a copy of Bands that Played Down at the Boat "

Youth and Experience Mix at the Rowing Club

Report by Keith Atkinson

16th July 2008

Last year Junior rower George Caines, from Trinity School, Aspley, joined up with three senior members of the Nottingham Rowing Club and won a silver medal in the lightweight quadruple sculls at the National Rowing Championships at Holme Pierrepont. Earlier this month, George won the gold medal in the Fawley Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Community coach Jim Waller believes that this is the best way of developing rowing talent and the Club are about to repeat last years experiment by bringing 17 year old Anna Lavelle, from Bilborough College, into the senior women's lightweight squad. Anna, who learned to row whilst at Becket School, has already won six trophies this year. She is currently studying a range of Alevel subjects and is considering taking Geography at University.

"When Anna was first brought in" explained Club President Keith Atkinson, "the question of who should row where, on which side and who should steer came up. This is usually the signal for mass panic, at the very least mild hysteria, but Anna took it in her stride, volunteered to steer and said she could row on either side. How refreshing" he added.

"We have found that the Juniors coming through have better water skills than older more established rowers. This is because they spend a great deal of time in sculling boats and master watermanship more quickly than rowers in large boats like eights" said Club Captain Mark Cooke.

Early outings have taken place in both a coxless four and a quadruple scull. Signs are encouraging. There is of course a pre-occupation with weight as the crew must average 57kg and no-one can be over 59kg.

Record Entry for 2008 U23 World Rowing Championships

Report by Keith Atkinson

16th July 2008

Brandenberg, Germany will host 792 rowers for the 2008 U23 World Rowing Championships. This is the highest athlete participation in the event since it acquired World Rowing Championships status in 2005. There are 54 nations sending teams to the event and over 300 crews entered.

The single scull events have the largest entry. Nottingham Rowing Club's Tina Stiller, already nominated as the Olympic spare sculler/rower, will contest the Women's event. Heats begin on the 17th of July. Finals will be raced on Sunday July 20th.

This regatta was established in 1976 with the aim of providing a stepping stone to the elite level for young rowers. Initially it was called the Match de Seniors, and it took on full Championship status in 2005.

Jacqui Round from South Notts College and also a member of Nottingham Rowing Club, will row in the Women's Coxless Fours.

Both Tina and Jacqui ran after school indoor rowing Clubs during the winter as part of the Rushcliffe Schools Indoor Rowing Project. Pupils on that scheme are now progressing onto the water and forming a Sunday afternoon Academy on the River Trent led by ARA Community Coach Jim Waller. They recently held a splash regatta on the River Trent.

"We are delighted to see the girls in Germany racing at a high standard but it does mean that they are not available for our own National Championships, at Holme Pierrepont which is their home water, and are on the same weekend" said Club President Keith Atkinson, "I well remember attending a conference on behalf of the ARA in France when I thought we had solved this problem. Clearly not, although my French may not have been as good as I thought it was." he concluded.

Party time at the Rowing Club - again

Report by Keith Atkinson

15th July 2008

Following wins by Jacqui Round (South Notts College) at Women's Henley, George Caines (Trinity School Aspley) at Men's Henley and Bill Payne, Bob Griffiths and Peter Massey at Veteran Henley, the Nottingham Rowing Club are to hold a party to celebrate this unique occasion.

"We are having a great season," said Captain Mark Cooke "but this is rather special, winning at all three Henley Regattas is most unusual, so just before the National Championships, to be held this weekend at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, we are giving ourselves a pat on the back."

It is unfortunate that due to fixture congestion Jacqui and George, both surefire medal winners, will not be at the National Rowing Championships as they have International Duties to fulfill.

"It reminds me of Balaklava",said an irritated Club President Keith Atkinson, "Someone has blundered. "

Juniors with four at Burton

Report by Keith Atkinson

15th July 2008

Whilst the Nottingham Rowing Club Veterans battled for medals at Henley, the Juniors (U 18 yr olds) went to Burton-on-Trent to face strong local opposition from local clubs Trent RC and Burton Leander.

The Regatta is held on a pleasant 1,000m stretch of the Trent, just outside the town, in the grass covered flood plain. Not only is it a great rowing venue but there is a faint whiff of brewing beer in the air. As the river is not straight it can cause steering problems for crews that spend a great deal of training time at Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre.

The Junior scullers bought back four trophies to add to what is fast becoming a record Junior and Club haul for the season.

Matt Betts from South Notts College and James Turnbull-Toot Hill School Bingham,won J18 double sculls. Ben Sibly from Nottingham High School won J16 sculls. Dominic Harrison - Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton won J14 sculls. And not to be outdone by the boys - Rowan Raynor and Rebecca Royles won WJ13 double sculls.

Parents did the towing of boats, ferrying of youngsters and generally ran the show and the Club are very grateful for their support. "It's just like good schools " said Captain Mark Cooke "parental support is vital and they are a great bunch to work with."

Bill takes three at Henley

Report by Mike Fay

12th July 2008, updated 13th July

As with Women's Henley and the Royal Regatta, Veteran's Henley faced strong streams and a slowing headwind for much of the two day's racing. Nottingham RC was well represented in the day's racing.

Bill Payne took two Henley Veteran's titles and was going for a third as the second day of Henley Veteran's Regatta neared its end.

Having comfortably won the Vet I singles, Bill was also in the Nottingham RC / Nottingham & Union composite four with Mike Collier, Bob Griffiths and Peter Massey that avenged their two foot defeat at the National Championships to Lea with a victory by a similar margin in the H4+. The I2x, against a City of Cambridge/Lea composite came late on Saturday, and Bill and Mike in the NottinghamRC / Nottingham&Union composite took victory, by a verdict of easily, to take Bills' tally to three.

Two other Nottingham RC crews competed in finals - the Men's E8+ defeated Durham on Friday and the Irish crew of Old Collegians early on Saturday morning to face the US crew of Kent Mitchell/Marin in the final. Despite leading the Americans for much of the course, the Nottingham crew were narrowly pipped to the post.

The Men's B8+ faced a particularly stern test in their final, as their rivals in the Molesey Composite had no less than eight in the boat with Olympic Games experience, not least Sir Steve Redgrave in the six seat. Nottingham stayed in contact with the composite's Olympians all the way, with the crews overlapping for most of the race, finally succumbing by one length.

Rowing Club Internationals 2008

11th July 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

As the domestic rowing season winds down, news is coming through of Nottingham Rowing Club athletes who will wear the coveted GB rowing strip in international events.

Tina Stiller is to compete in the U23 single sculls event in Germany. She will then travel on to Beijing as the spare sculler/rower. Jacqui Round will join her in Brandenburg, Germany, in a composite coxless four.

Monica Relph is to row in another composite coxless four in the Home Countries International in Cardiff. All three athletes are coached by Ade Roberts.

George Caines, a Trinity School pupil, fresh from his epic Henley win, has been selected to row in a double scull in the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Cork.

Emma Lindley (Carlton-le-Willows School) and Katie Bartlett (Holygirt School), coached by Julie Edwards and part of the Nottingham World Class Start rowing group are off to France to compete in the Anglo-French Match - they have been rowing for less than two years.

Def Leppard in Nottingham

article by Keith Atkinson

Def Leppard, the celebrated Sheffield based heavy rock band, are to play at the Nottingham Arena in July. Skipping through a copy of "Down at the Boat 1962-1982" listing the bands that played on the famous stage, shows them on show at the Boat Club in September 1979 Earlier in the year Simple Minds had been there and shortly afterwards came Iron Maiden, Ultravox with Midge Ure and Berlin.

In the following February Def Leppard returned. In "On through the nightmare" they recall "At the Boat Club, capacity about 300, 400 were turned away at the door. The band were supported by Black Sabbath clones Witchfynde."

In September 1980 "Janet and the Icebergs" played at the Boat Club - it was one of three gigs that "Siouxsie and the Banshees" played under that name. Budgie was on drums.

U2 were on stage in October, another in the long list of rock greats that came, and are still coming, to Nottingham.

Success at Ironbridge

Following the outstanding achievement at Loughborough Regatta, Nottingham Rowing Club raced at Ironbridge this weekend leading to another success for the Women's Junior Quad. In the small historic town the girls put in an impressive performance over a distance of 1000m against a crew from Avon County. Meanwhile across the other side of the country in Peterborough Tom Savage and Dom Harrison won the Junior 15 double. In what was a close run battle, Nottingham won by 2 seconds. Dom said "It was a tough draw, we were up against some tough crews but we knew we had done the training and we proved it on the day".

George Wins at Henley

6th July 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

18 year old George Caines from Trinity School, Aspley, Nottingham, coached by Julie Edwards and rowing in a joint crew with Peterborough City Rowing Club won the Fawley Cup for Junior Quadruple Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta this weekend.

There were over 40 crews entered in the event from as far afield as Australia, Norway, Argentina, and the USA.

On Friday the PCRC / NRC composite put out Wallingford Rowing Club. On Saturday, with a howling headwind, they took on a Sir William Borlase/Leander Composite. The result was a dead heat and they were sent back to re-row the race. They duly won it by a length. In the evening the crew raced the semi-final and defeated Malvern Preparatory School from the USA.

In the final race of the day on Sunday, a very tired but full of fight crew took on Sir Steve Redgraves's old club, Marlow, and beat them by a length in the fastest time of the week for their event. George added a prestigious medal to his growing collection. Nottingham Rowing Club will hold a celebration when George can find a space in his busy training schedule

Henley 2008 - The Nottingham RC Results

6th July 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

All six Henley entries from Nottingham Rowing Club qualified for the main stages of the prestigious regatta, rowed side by side, upstream on the 2110m stretch of the River Thames at Henley.

On day one (Wednesday) in the Wyfold Fours the B Crew lost to Alpha RC and the A crew lost to London RC despite leading them for most of the race.

Thursday was a much better day for the new Club. Matthew Balham, in a joint quad with Loughborough Students, beat Nottingham University in the Prince of Wales Cup. The irony of this encounter was that the University are coached by Nottingham Rowing Club member Carl Smith. This is not the first time that the Club has beaten the University this season. The Ladies Plate eight beat Worcester RC by three quarters of a length. Men's coach Ric Colborne was in this joint crew with Nottm&Union RC, a great example to his charges. At the end of the day Dave Marshall beat his Australian opponent easily in a heat of the Diamond Sculls.

Friday was a mixed day for the Club and saw the women in action for the first time. In a joint crew with London University they beat Wallingford RC. In the Fawley cup for Junior quadruple sculls, George Caines from Trinity School Aspley, in a joint crew with Peterborough RC, rowed down Wallingford RC who had taken an early lead in the race. The Ladies Plate eight with Nottingham&Union RC was beaten by the German Lightweight Eight rowing as Mainzer RV. & RC. Berliner. The Prince of Wales Quad was beaten by California RC from the USA. The day ended with Dave Marshall losing to his Notts&Union RC opponent Graham Coleman.

Two combined crews made it to Saturday, Semi-finals day - the Women's Eight and the Junior Quad.

George Caines' quad reached the semi-final, beating a Sir William Borlase/Leander composite, but only after a dead heat and a re-row over the full distance in a howling headwind. Then they beat Malvern Preparatory School USA to gain a place in the final. The Women's joint eight was eliminated by a Wallingford/Leander composite.

In the final race of the day the Nottingham RC/Peterborough City Quad beat Marlow Rowing Club. George Caines has a Henley Medal. Nottingham Rowing Club Men have their first Henley win.

Henley Royal Regatta 2008

2nd July 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

Henley Royal Regatta, established in 1839, will be rowed on the 2112m upstream course on the river Thames at Henley from 2nd to the 6th of July. Nottingham Rowing Club is involved in six events. In the Open Class, Dave Marshall contests the Diamond Sculls and some of the U23 Women's squad are in the Remenham Cup. In the Intermediate races an eight has been entered in the Ladies Plate and Matthew Balham from Lincoln College is in a composite crew in the Prince of Wales Quad Sculls. There are two Wyfold Fours in the Club events and George Caines, from Trinity School Aspley, is in a composite crew in the Fawley Cup for Junior Quads.

Nottingham Rowing Club was founded in 2006. It was an amalgamation of Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club 1869 and Nottingham Boat Club 1894. Nottingham & Union Rowing Club decided not to join the new club. The Britannia Challenge Cup at Henley is named after the old Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club, who presented the trophy in 1969 to mark their centenary.

Unlike the women, who won in 2007 and 2008, the men have yet to win a Henley event since the founding of the new club. The old Nottingham Boat Club has won the Diamond Sculls - Hugh Matheson in 1979, the Wyfold Fours twice in 1980 and 1982, and the Thames Cup for eights in 1997. Ric Colborne, the men's coach, was in that crew and is in the Ladies Plate eight eleven years later. It is every oarsman's dream to win a Henley medal - the current Rowing Club group are no exception.

Tina off to Beijing

30th June 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

Tina Stiller, the 21 year old Nottingham Rowing Club sculler has been nominated as spare sculler and strokeside rower for Team GB Olympic Squad for the Games in Bejing in August.

Tina had set her stall out early in the season by winning her division in the Scullers Head of the River held over the Boat Race course. She then showed up well in pre-Olympic trials and established herself as one of the fastest women single scullers in the country. She competed at all World Cup Regattas.

Her Nottingham based coach Adie Roberts said "Tina has more than achieved her goals for the year. Through dedication and sheer hard work she is the leading U23 rower and is poised to join the women's senior squad. I wish her all the best. "

Club Captain Mark Cooke said "To produce an Olympian in just our second year is fantastic but all credit to Tina, Adie and the Notts County Rowing Association which is now part of our tradition".

Nottingham's Juniors on song

30th June 2008, updated 8th July 2008

report by Keith Atkinson, Sam Ward

Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior Scullers raced at Peterborough and Ironbridge Regattas at the weekend and came back with two gold and two silver medals.

At Peterborough, rowed on a multi-lane course close to the River Nene, Holly Oughton (Trent College) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High School) won silver in the J14 double sculls, just missing gold to Norwich RC. Rowan Raynor and Rebekka Royles (West Bridgford School) won silver in J13 sculls. Tom Savage (Djanogly City Academy) and Dominic Harrison (Col Frank Seeley, Calverton) dominated their event and took J14 gold by two seconds. Dom said "It was a tough draw, we were up against some tough crews but we knew we had done the training and we proved it on the day".

At Ironbridge, rowed over 1000m on the River Severn, near the site of the cradle of the Industrial Revolution, Hazel Raynor, Rachel Vojvodik, Tilly Gross (West Bridgford School) and Anna Lavelle (Bilborough College) beat Avon County to win J18 Quadruple Sculls. Tilly is only 15, this is her second win in the boat following her success at Loughborough Regatta.

Preparations for the National Championships are now in full swing and the Club has great hopes of wins from the Junior section. Coaches Martin Kay, Jim Waller, Des Atkins, Paul Stevens and Julie Edwards are expected to deliver.

What Happened Next?

29th June 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

On May 11th the Nottingham Rowing Club, an amalgamation of the old Boat Club and Britannia Rowing Club, held an open day. It was a calm sunny Sunday morning. Organised by Dave Sharp, supported by most Club members, it was deemed a great success. 50 people attended and a hard core of a dozen continued to row. So what happened next?

Sessions were organized for Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Coaches and boats were supplied and newcomers encouraged to settle into the Club and make good use of the Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machines.

Netty Cox from Mapperley Park takes up the story, "I had the impression that rowing was a Public School/University activity for young people of Amazonian build. Au contraire! We had all ages, different backgrounds and plenty under 5'5(I'm 5'2 actually) My visit to the Rowing Club was a pleasant surprise, much friendlier and inclusive than I had expected. The Open Day was a great idea. Members were approachable, keen and full of encouragement. This certainly broke down barriers very quickly. Since the Open Day I have learned to scull and am part of a team of novices who turn up on Wednesdays and Sundays as an eight. I think it's great that our boat is so mixed, male/female, young/old but one thing we all have in common is enthusiasm for our new sport. We also have a good sense of humour."

Some of the newcomers are interested in racing on the water. Liam Wesson who was at Top Valley School and is now waiting to go into the Army and Tom Rawlinson, 14, from Toot Hill School, Bingham are enjoying learning a new skill but want to pit themselves against other crews.

Coaches Canis O'Reilly, Dave Sharp and Jim Measures are well pleased with progress made. Eights, fours and even an octuple scull have been used. The Club now has twelve new members aged 14-60.

This will be reported to local MP Kenneth Clarke when he visits the Club in July for a briefing.

Tough at the Top - Jacqui wins at Henley, Dave wins at Marlow

23rd June 2008, updated 24th June 2008

report by Keith Atkinson

Having won almost 60 trophies already this season Nottingham Rowing Club went in search of bigger and better opposition. The Women's squad coached by Helen Bloor and Adie Roberts were at Women's Henley. The Men coached by Ric Colborne and Julie Edwards were at Marlow Regatta, held on Dorney Lake, Eton, the site of the 2012 Olympic Rowing events.

At Women's Henley the Intermediate eight, stroked by Rachel Morton, survived the qualifying processional race and then defeated Warwick University and Southampton but were then eliminated by Vesta Rowing Club. The Elite Double scull of Lindsay Morton and Catherine Lineker lost to University of London/Westminster School, a selected U23 crew, in the final having beaten Agecroft in the semi's. The lightweight quad was put out by Mortlake Anglian. The heavyweight coxed four, a joint entry with Molesey, made the final after some excellent racing but lost to Osiris by half a length. Coach Adie Roberts reports that a huge wave engulfed the crew as they led Osiris, and Monica Relph, Holly Parker and Maria Larsen were denied victory by half a length as they stormed back attempting to take the lead again. He felt they were the better crew thwarted by horrendous conditions. Then in almost the last race of the day another combined crew with Jacqui Round rowing with Oxford Brookes beat Leander Club on their home water by one and a half lengths. This is the second women's Henley win by the Club which was only founded in 2006. Both the coxed and coxless fours are potential U23 International boats. In a special event, put on as a result of the cancellation of the National Schools Regatta, Emma Lindley from Carlton le Willows School, Nottingham, won the bronze medal.

At Marlow on day one Dave Marshall, a man on a mission, won Senior 1 sculls beating the opposition convincingly. On day two he entered elite sculls and just lost to a Thames RC opponent. The gap was less than a second and he covered the second half of the course faster than the first! Other crews in action were the Senior2 coxless four stroked by Kimberley School teacher Rob Yates. A Junior Quad with Trinity School's George Caines rowing came second to The Royal Dutch Rowing Federation, establishing themselves as the fastest Junior Quad in the Country and qualifying for Men's Henley. A Senior Quad with Matt Ballam from Lincoln College qualified for Men's Henley too and had the distinction of knocking out the Women's World Champion Quad stroked by Katherine Grainger who had entered Marlow for the competition.

"We are getting there," was Club Captain Mark Cooke's assessment of the week end "It's tough at the top but Nottingham Rowing Club is keen to move on and reach higher standards. We have the coaches to do it and relish the challenge".

Six onehundreths from glory!

18th June 2008

A slight tailwind and flat water greeted the rowers on day three of the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Posnan, Poland. It was a sudden death scenario. Not making the standard in the repecharges meant the end of any Olympic dream for 2008. The atmosphere and the racing were intense.

In the second race of the morning Nottingham Rowing Club's 20 year old sculler Tina Stiller leapt out of the blocks and took an early lead. By half way on the 2000m course she had been overtaken by the Spanish sculler. The early blistering pace set by Tina was beginning to show, the Danish competitor sensed it and raised her rate to 38. The photo finish showed Tina was six one-hundredths away from qualification!

“That she went down fighting will not be much consolation to Tina at the moment” said NRC President Keith Atkinson, “Single sculling is an exacting and a lonely sport. Tina gave it her best shot and we are very proud of her. We share her disappointment and look forward to her return to Nottingham.”

Nottingham Vets on gold run




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16th June 2008

C2x - Grahame Angus and John Austin - got through to final

D2x Daves Phillips and Sperry - after a slow start they settled into their fast rhythm and then slowly start to pull through to gain a place in the final.

E4- Wreggie, Nigel, Paul Johns and Beast - through the first round to final and on to a medal (third)

H4+ Bill Payne, Peter Massey, Bob Griffiths and Mike Collier - slow start against Lea and then pulled back a considerable distance with a frightening pace to just lose by less than a canvas (I thought it was less than 2'). A terrific race to watch as the distance recovered from the start was impressive.

E2- Wreggie and Nigel against the big boys from X-Press, Thames, Tideway Scullers, Durham and Belfast (4th)

E8+ won gold in a straight final against Tideway, X-Press, Durham and Crabtree. Up at the start, the rate never fell below 38 as they maintained a comfortable lead all the way to the finish. Even forgetting to tighten a 10mm nut on his rigger by one UMF (am I the only one in the boat?) failed to dent the confidence of the crew. Not satisfied with one Gold Dave Knight went on to sub in the C8+, see below. I2x Bill and Mike Collier ...Gold

Novice C1x - Chris Royles won Gold against Dart Totnes and Lea

B4+ John and Paul Stevens with Kev Campbell and Roly Evans led from the start to win clearly against Marlow, Worcester and Llandaff G2x Peter Massey and Bill Payne (2nd)

C8+ Reluctant stroke Mike proved beyond doubt why you should never listen to a word he says (he says 'can't stroke' / 'doesn't like stroking' / 'isn't a stroke'). After 10 - 15 strokes with perfectly lined bow balls the green boat started to inch away from the rest of the field to win easily.

B4- Paul, John, Kev and Roly went on to win another Gold

All the while Helen Bloor was jumping in boats with the Veteran ladies from Tideway Scullers and Upper Thames to rack up 3 golds in C4-, B8 and C8 - making it all look easy.

Report from Keith Atkinson:

The National Veterans Rowing Championships took place at Holme Pierrepont's National Water Sports Centre on Sunday 15th June. There were over 350 crews entered in a range of boats and categories, from eights to single sculls and with ages ranging from early thirties to over seventies. Veteran crews are classified from A to J based on the average age of the combined crew. A is for 31 year olds, C 43 year olds and F 60 year olds.

Helen Bloor, Club head Coach, deserves a special mention as she won 3 gold medals rowing in composite crews with Tideway Scullers School and Upper Thames Rowing Club. She won C Coxless Fours, B Eights and C Eights. Helen set a great example to her crews as they depart for Women's Henley this Thursday.

The Junior squad had helped the Club to a total of 11 wins at Loughborough Regatta, held on the same course the day before. The pressure was on the Veterans to respond, and they came out fighting. Both the E eight and C eight took gold - not only that they defeated crews from Crabtree Rowing Club who are ex-Boatrace Veterans from previous Cambridge crews. Dave Knight doubled up in both eights.

Paul and John Stevens with Kev Campbell and Roly Evans won both the B coxed and coxless events. They used to row for the County Rowing Club. Chris Royles was another double gold medallist as he rowed in the C eight and won his sculling event.

Bill Payne and Mike Collier won the gold I double sculls. Bill is getting married this week end.

"Credit for this major achievement must go to their mentor and organizer Matt Stout" said Club President Keith Atkinson. "He has one of the most difficult jobs in the Club, but his patience and dedication to the cause of winning has won them over. They are a force to be reckoned with."

Loughborough Regatta 2008

15th June 2008

Traditionally Loughborough Regatta, run by the local Loughborough Boat Club, was held on the River Soar, on a quiet weed strewn stretch near Hathern. It was approached through a cow-pat covered field, but regarded as great fun by local Clubs and it provided excellent side by side racing.

After 1973, it moved to the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont to take advantage of the multi-lane course and link in with the National Veteran's Regatta. The move meant that it faced two major problems, one was cost, the other the vagaries of the local micro- climate at Holme Pierrepont, which can lead to howling winds and dangerous conditions. This year, Saturday dawned sunny, cool and with a cross headwind which made for slow conditions, difficulties with starting but otherwise good rowing conditions.

Nottingham Rowing Club's Senior 2 coxless four stroked by Matt Ley won the first final of the day beating Nottingham University. Both crews are training for men's Henley. Dave Marshall followed this with a win in Senior 1 sculls, again Nottingham University were the victims. Dave put in a very convincing display of power sculling. He is looking for U23 international selection. Then the Rowing Club's Junior Squad began to make its presence felt. Hazel Raynor from West Bridgford School stroked the U18 quad to victory over Runcorn and Grange School, and the boy's eight, still smarting from the girl's success at Peterborough, won novice eights, stroked by Sam Ward from Bilborough College.

The Women's squad then appeared and beat Nottingham University in Coxless Fours. Later in the afternoon with Lydia Bond, recovering from a whiplash injury, at stroke, they won quadruple sculls. Nottingham Trent University were second. Lydia replaced Rachel Morton who rowed in the coxless four.

Nicola Campbell, coached by Julie Edwards, won women's novice sculls convincingly. The Junior Squad's success continued with Sam Ward and James Busby from Becket School dominating the J18 double sculls, winning easily. Emma Lindley (Carlton -le-Willows) and Vicky Bramley (Bilborough College) won WJ18 double sculls, despite coming to an abrupt halt 200m from the finish. Ben Sibly from Nottingham High School won J16 sculls in the last stroke of the race. Then the tenth win of the day, which clinched the Victor Ludorum Trophy for the club, came from Holly Oughton (Trent College) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls High) who rowed away like a crew possessed from the J14 double scull field to take the trophy.

Mary comes from a distinguished rowing family. Her father, Andrew, is an ex international rower, as is Uncle Ian. Both are Vice-Presidents of the Nottingham Rowing Club, now in its second full year.

"16 Juniors were involved in the wins" said President Keith Atkinson "All credit to them and their coaches, but most of all to their parents who do all the ferrying about, paying for kit and entry fees, waiting about after long wet outings and comforting those who were unsuccessful. Without parental support, as many other sports know, we would be nowhere."

Tina aims for Olympic slot

11th June 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Tina Stiller, a world U23 bronze medallist in the women's quadruple scull last year, will race the women's single scull in the final Olympic qualifying regatta in Poznan, Poland, starting Sunday June 15th. Tina, who will be 21 the week after the regatta, secured the GB seat in the women's single after some solid recent performances at world cup level, beating former Quad sculls World Champion Sarah Winkless and coming 5th in the 'B' final at Lucerne. Great Britain has already qualified boats in 11 of the 14 classes for the Olympic Games; along with Tina in the single, the women's pair and the men's quadruple scull crews will be hoping for a good showing at Poznan to give GB entries in every event at the Games in Beijing.

"Tina goes on the line for this one" said club President Keith Atkinson. "We wish her all the best and I'm sure that goes for all Nottingham sportslovers".

Tina is a student at Nottingham University and during the winter ran after-school indoor rowing sessions at Rushcliffe School. She is coached by Adie Roberts and spends much of her training time on the lake at Holme Pierrepont. Tina is part of Nottingham Rowing Club's Elite Women's Squad.

Clapton in Nottingham

11th June 2008

article by Keith Atkinson

Rock Legend Eric Clapton is due to play at Nottingham's Arena in late June, but this is only one of his many visits to the City, which has hosted the best in rock for nearly half a century.

"Down at the Boat", a list of the bands that played the riverside venue, records that in December 1965 "John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers" with Hughie Flint, John McVie, and Eric Clapton played the Nottingham Boat Club In the same month the "John Evans Band", a blues band from Blackpool later to become Jethro Tull" played there too.

Clapton was there again in March 1966 in the same line up. In July, he joined "Cream" to play with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. This was the same month in which Rod Stewart was at the Boat with "Shotgun Express". Eric then teamed up with Stevie Winwood and "Blind Faith" but on their American tour set up "Derek and the Dominos", who recorded "Layla". In the early 70's he even found time to appear in the film of "Tommy" as the preacher.

On Sunday July 5th 1970 he was again at the Boat and as Andy Smart said in his introduction to 'Down at the Boat' - "Money couldn't buy such a line-up today. Together on a small stage in the corner of a Trent-side rowing club, three giants of the British rock and blues scene - Gary Moore, Peter Green and Eric Clapton, the band was called "Skid Row", the venue was the Nottingham Boat Club."

"Skid Row" were again there on September 26th. 'Supertramp had been on stage earlier in the month. In 1971 they played in January and May. Led Zeppelin were there in March and Medicine Head in May. In 1974 following concerts with George Harrison and Pete Townsend, Clapton set up his own band and embarked on a series of world tours.

Drama and Success at Peterborough

9th June 2008

report by Keith Atkinson

Peterborough Regatta was held on a 1,000m multi-lane course close to the River Nene and the Nene valley railway. Conditions were excellent, calm water and warm atmosphere, ideal for rowing and the Nottingham Rowing Club Junior squad were there in force, supported by parents, coaches and one or two older crews.

On the Saturday one of the older crews, the Veteran C eight stroked by Minster School maths teacher Mike Towndrow, repeated their exploits at Monmouth two weeks ago and won their event beating local favourites Peterborough City RC. Danielle Graham was very much in evidence in the sculling events, winning double sculls and quadruple sculls. Her partner in the double, Leonie Sitsma, had won the single sculls less than half an hour earlier. In the Quad Danielle was sculling with three junior girls from West Bridgford Comprehensive School. "A fine mix of youth and experience" said Community Coach Jim Waller. Matt Ballam, coached by Julie Edwards, from Lincoln College won Novice Sculls and then teamed up with Edward Whiteley from Loughborough Students to win Novice Double Sculls. George Caines, a Trinity School pupil, was in a composite quadruple scull with Peterborough teammates and won the Senior 2 event.

On Sunday, a warm and sunny day with light winds, the crews and single scullers were again in action. Several had camped near the rowing lake. But it became a day of drama.

Bowgirl Sarah Jones had a bad asthma attack and was hospitalized overnight, yet opted to row in the women's eight. In addition substitutes were needed for the crew and coach Jo Baldwin and sculler Emma Lyons joined in - the first time Emma had ever rowed sweep oar. They won their heat and went up for the final having lost it on Saturday. Anna Lavelle from West Bridgford School took them out of the blocks at a blistering pace and soon dominated the field coming home to win in grand style. Coach Martin Kay was delighted.

Also on Sunday, Matt Ballam won Senior2 sculls - a great achievement considering he was a novice at the start of the regatta. He then won the Senior 3 Double Sculls with Ed Whiteley.

"Down at the Boat" selling fast

8th June 2008

Tony Marmo's memories of gigs at the Boat Club, recorded in a recent issue of "Bygones" in the Nottingham Evening Post, have created a huge demand for the booklet "Down at the Boat", which records the bands that played there from its opening in 1962. (This is still available from the riverside venue price £5.00 or £6.50 by post.)

Ivan Braddow from Kirkby-in-Ashfield felt the best band he saw at the Boat was "Colosseum 2" with Gary Moore, Don Airey and John Hiseman. Gary Moore was a regular visitor to the Club and appeared in a variety of line-ups, including "Skid Row" with Peter Green and Eric Clapton. Gary left "Colosseum 2" to join Phil Lynott's "Thin Lizzy" in 1978. A great fan of Alvin Lee and his band "Ten Years After", reports that Alvin, who used to live in Wollaton, has moved to Spain and there will not be a re-union gig.

At the same time at the Club, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull and Juicy Lucy were regular visitors. Oksana Holbrook, from Arnold, self confessed rebel and groupie appeared at the Boat Club on Friday evening, with photographs of Gypsy on stage and accounts of the bands the friends and the great times she had in the 70's. She even attended the Led Zeppelin gig and remembers the lead singer of Hackensack pushing his microphone through the stage roof. This was in August '72, Trapeze, Supertramp Juicy Lucy and Ellis were close on their heels.

"I've had many conversations with people who came to the Boat Club during the 70's and have been stuck by their genuine affection for the place. They speak of bands, friends, partners, George on the door, the bar staff-it clearly was a very special time for them. I'm very pleased and proud that the Boat Club was able to do this for the good folk of Nottingham." said Keith Atkinson President of the new Nottingham Rowing Club.

Nottingham RC at Dorney Lake

2nd June 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's elite rowers spent the weekend at the Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney Lake near Eton College. This is the chosen site for the 2012 Olympic rowing. Conditions were in complete contrast to last week when strong winds made rowing impossible.

On Saturday Dave Marshall won Senior 1 sculls. Jacqui Round came second in a joint coxless pair, Monica Relph came second in a composite coxless four and Catherine Lineker and Lindsay Morton were second in senior 2 double sculls.

On Sunday Catherine Lineker won senior 2 sculls, Monica Relph and Maria Larsen were in the winning senior 1 coxless four, Dave Marshall was second in the open sculls. Lindsay Morton was second in her sculling event and Jacqui Round and Monica Relph were second in a composite eight.

Coach Ade Roberts reports that no final selections have been made yet for the U23 squad and he is very hopeful of success for the Nottingham rowers. The Club wish them all the best in their quest for a GB place.

A Challenging Day at Lucerne

1st June 2008

Following the great success in the first World Cup in Munich the British Camp were disappointed with results in Lucerne. Mark Hunter and Zac Purchase won the Gold in the Men's Lightweight Sculls, the men won silver in the heavyweight doubles and there were bronzes for the Men's Eight and Women's Quadruple Sculls. The Men's Coxless Four, with subs on board, didn't make the final. A small crumb of comfort is that the Sydney and Athens fours did not go well in Lucerne.

In its report on the event the Amateur Rowing Association's website says, "Tina Stiller from Nottingham Rowing Club, still an under 23 athlete, has been soaking up the experience of major senior international regattas this season, the talented 20 year old reached the semi-final here. Great Britain has not yet qualified a Women's Pair or Single Scull for Bejing.20 year old Tina was fifth in the 'B' final making her 11th in the World Cup."

In the opening heats Tina beat Sarah Winkless, from the British World Champion Quadruple Scull of 2006, putting herself in the top five women scullers in the country.

Tina off to Lucerne

29th May 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Tina Stiller, wearing GB kit, is off to the Rotsee, the large lake just outside Lucerne in Switzerland, to race in the World Cup in Women's Single Sculls.

Tina is still in the running for an Olympic place but competition is becoming more difficult. With Tina will be Sarah Winkless from Walbrook Rowing Club. In 2006 Sarah was in the GB Quadruple Scull which won the World Championships at Dorney Lake, near Eton College, after the disqualification of the Russian winners due to drug problems.

The Regatta takes place from May 30th-June 1st. It is due to be televised on the BBC and BBCi.

Currently Great Britain lead the Rowing World Cup but expect great pressure from Germany as they push for pole position in the series.

NRC wins across the countries

27th May 2008

report by Keith Atkinson, Paul Stevens

Despite the appalling Bank Holiday weekend weather, Nottingham Rowing Club members did support George Caines' win at the National Schools Regatta by bringing trophies back from Monmouth, Hereford and Doncaster

At Monmouth a Veteran C eight, stroked by Minster School Southwell's Mike Towndrow (Mike teaches maths) beat Belfast in the final. Mike intends to bring Indoor Rowing to the school.

At Hereford the Senior 2 Coxless four stroked by Tom Marriot won, and Romulo Bouzas won Senior 1 sculls. Romulo recently joined the Club having moved from Mexico to Nottingham. He represented Mexico as a lightweight sculler in the Sydney Olympics but has done very little rowing since.

"We are very pleased to be attracting this sort of talent" said Captain Mark Cooke, "It bodes well for the future of Nottingham rowing.

Two of the club's WJ13 girls (Rowann Raynor from West Bridgford School and Sarah Lyons from Becket School) won WJ14 2x at Doncaster on the same day. They beat two others of our WJ13 group (Lizzie Walsh, Becket School, and Lois Packham, Nottingham Girls High School) who also made it through to the final

Monmouth Regatta - Vet C's race at last!

26th May 2008

Report by Mike Fay

Some seasons, even the most rational of rowers must start suspecting that there are gods of rowing, as meddling and vengeful as the Greek gods. When your luck seems to be turning against you, even getting a race seems like a Herculean achievement.

Many of the members of the Vet C eight in particular seem to have had a run of bad luck. From the cancellation of Newark due to floods to the blown off Vet's Head; from the farce at Chester to the withdrawal of all our opposition at Shrewsbury, we appear to have had a particularly long run of ill-fate - particularly noticeable after the rain-affected summer of 2007.

So when we decided to enter Monmouth Regatta, I didn't exactly hold my breath. Despite the talents of the organisers and the number of local clubs in the area, I was already bracing myself for the inevitable deus ex machina that would prevent us from racing. So I was a little surprised to hear that not only did we have a Vet C race, but that four crews in total - including one from Belfast - were entered.

Come the Wednesday before the race, however, it seemed the gods hadn't finished toying with us. Dave Sperry, who so far had appeared immune from our bad luck when in his double scull, judging by his run of wins in that boat already, had come down with laryngitis. Unable to train on the day, he assured us he'd be ready for Saturday.

Having boat loaded on the Friday in pouring rain, double checking everything to try to avoid any more failures, we arranged to meet up early on the Sunday morning to give us enough time to get to Monmouth. We all meet up on time - Dave Sperry included, hoarse but otherwise declaring himself ready to race. The drive to Monmouth was remarkably uneventful - so much so that we arrive over two hours before we need to boat. This to us is ominous - surely all arriving well on time and well prepared is such a violation of the traditions of veteran rowing that the fates will make us pay yet again (after all, we were early to Chester and London as well!)

Strangely enough, it appears not. Our local opposition for the first round, Monmouth, are all present and ready. Our boat is ready. The wind and stream are strong, but both heading in the same direction - the racing direction, making for a short race. We get the boat, carry it down to the stages, and get in. Then there is a horrible scraping sound

Dave Sperry's seat had fallen out as we carried the boat down the steps, and is now rubbing unpleasantly against the sliders. Bow four row us up to the start, while Mike and Dave struggle to fix the seat. Fortunately, we had boated well in time, and Monmouth are sporting in waiting for us to make running repairs. Panic over, we turn and head to the start.

The start marshall takes one look at us and tells us off for wearing mismatched kit - eyes swivel, and it is suddenly realised that one veteran has shown up in Nottingham Boat Club kit... but we have to put off the recriminations until later, it is time to race. Not our best of starts, but a good middle - we're up after the first push at 250, and by 500 the race is over.

Running repairs turned into more permanent ones, a spare NRC kit (courtesy of the well-organised Chris Royles) forced onto the more nostalgic rower in our number, we have time to rest and recuperate before the final - Dave Sperry appearing to do more of this than the rest of us.

As we are finishing off our lunch in the food tent, the call comes over the tannoy - a representative of Nottingham Rowing Club to the organisers tent. Oh dear... what could this mean? Fortunately, it is just that the Belfast crew is not, it turns out, a Vet C eight, but half Vet D and half Vet E - and they'd like a head start. After muttered complaints that the race was advertised as Vet C, not Vet C/D, and protests that the handicap suggested is for 750metres on flat water, not 720 metres down a fast flowing stream with a howling tailwind, we finally agree on a three second handicap.

Down to the start a second time, this time with no alarms - surely everything can't be going right? Perhaps not - Dave Wregg, our stand in cox for the race, checks with the marshall that he knows it's a three second, not a four second handicap. The marshall is confused - he appears to have heard nothing of a handicap! Perhaps strangely spurning our chance to get an even start, we persuade the marshall that there is a handicap, and in favour of the other crew too. Finally, read to start... come forward... attention and go for Belfast... listen to the marshall "1... 2..." he calls. "Three... " Three? Half the crew logically take this as the third second, and start. The other half are taken by surprise, and are only getting into motion when the marshall finally says "Go". Oh dear - not our best start.

Adrenaline kicks in, and the next thing I know we're making the first push at 250 - and I can hear their cox level with me already - and then being left behind us? Eyes in the boat, but can't help hearing us going past them. By the second push, you can see them behind us - nearly a length clear, then a length - and that's the finish, Nottingham bt Belfast 1 1/2L.

Nothing left now but to finally visit the beer and the barbecue tents (Dave now cheerfully admitting just how unwell he still was), pick up the pots, and get back to Nottingham. And thanks for Monmouth for organising a regatta that even the capricious gods of rowing couldn't stop.

George overcomes the elements

The wind and rain over the Bank Holiday week-end led to the cancellation of the National Schools Regatta at the National Water- Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. Conditions were so bad that even eights sank. Over 3,000 youngsters were due to race and only a third of the programme was possible.

But just before cancellation, 38 young men contested the Championship Sculls, in procession format-rowing one after the other against the clock and Nottingham Rowing Club's George Caines from Trinity School snatched the bronze medal.

"We are very proud of George" said Club President Keith Atkinson.

"He consistently performs at a very high standard both on the water and on the Concept 2 Indoor Rower. Julie Edwards, his coach had trained him in poor conditions and his superior watermanship paid off. We wish him well as International selection approaches."

Nottingham RC in Duisberg

Back on the international circuit again Nottingham Rowing Club's Elite women rowers ,coached by Adie Roberts, raced at Duisberg Regatta in Germany.They rowed in a variety of boats,often with girls from other clubs ,as it was part of a selection process to produce under 23 and senior crews for the World Rowing Championships which will take place in addition to the Olympic Games.

On day one Holly Parker was in the winning Coxless Four.Jacqui Round, Holly Parker and Monica Relph were in the Eight which came second.Maria Larsen finished second in a Coxless Pair and Jacqui Round third.

On day two Monica Relph rowed in the winning Coxless Pair.Holly Parker was in a Coxless Four which finished second and Jacqui Round came third in the eight.

Dave Marshall sculled in the Mens Elite event and found himself against competitors from the Munich World Cup.

There is now an anxious wait whilst selectors nominate championship crews.

Tribute to Mike Butterworth

In a short ceremony at the Nottingham Rowing Club, attended by family, close friends and Club members, Mrs Prue Butterworth presented to the Club a photograph of her late husband Mike, to be hung in the newly decorated Club Bar.

She spoke of Mike's love of the Club and thanked friends who had supported him through difficult times.

Mike is also commemmorated by the Club's Mike Butterworth Fund, which is used to support talented younger rowers who are ultimately aiming for international selection.

National Schools Regatta 2008

21st May 2008

The National School Regatta is to be held at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, on Friday May 23rd, Saturday May 24th and Sunday May 25th. The Regatta moved to the Centre in 1973 from the Thames Valley and has been there ever since.

3,500 competitors will contest 50 events from single sculls to eights. In many races there will be preliminary processional events to determine who races in the Regatta.

All the major Public Schools like Eton, Radley, Westminster, Pangbourne and King's Chester will be there This year 10 boys and 14 girls mostly from local Nottingham Comprehensive schools rowing under Nottingham Rowing Club colours will be taking them on. Pupils from Becket School, West Bridgford School, Colonel Frank Seeley Calverton, Djanogly City Academy, Holygirt, Arnold Hill, Trinity, Bilborough College, Carlton le Willows, Nottingham High School for Girls and Lincoln and Trent College are part of the team.

It is rare but not impossible for non-Public Schools to win at this prestigious event. In 1979 and 1980 South Wolds School Keyworth won coxed fours. In 2006 George Caines from Trinity School won Junior 16 sculls.

This year, with its largest entry ever, the Rowing Club faces a stern test. Coaches Martin Kay, Julie Edwards, Paul Stevens, Des Atkins and ARA Community coach Jim Waller are under no illusions as to the task ahead, as they prepare athletes for the week-end clashes.

These colours don't run

21st May 2008

The amalgamation of the Nottingham Boat Club and the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club in 2006 raised two controversial issues for members.

What would be the name of the new Club and what about the colours?

The new name was easily solved in that both clubs had dealings with the old Nottingham Rowing Club-in fact the Boat Club had broken away in 1894 over the issue of Sunday rowing so it was a matter of returning to roots.

The colours were again an amalgamation of the dark blue, light blue and old gold. These have been incorporated into new designs for Club rowing oars, its racing strip, the flag ,ties and even bow-ties. Members from the Nottinghamshire Rowing Association, which also joined the new club, carry green strips on their oars and sculls.

A Robin Hood logo adorns the Club kit-instant recognition that the wearer must be from Nottingham.

Nikki Ranoe, a member of the Women's squad, designed the new ties. Keltic Ties of Walsall, produced them.

The new three colour flag was made by the Hampshire Flag Company. It was flown for the first time at Nottingham City Regatta on April 26th and 27th, and again at the Club open day on Sunday 11th May. Ties are available at the Club, price £10.00. In addition Club greetings cards, bearing the distinctive rowing blade, are on sale £3.00 for 5 including envelopes.

Master designer Dave Sharp is currently working on a Club Crest, this will be worn on the Club Blazer and will be on letterheads, compliments slips, business cards, and Club casual wear. It was Dave who designed the Robin Hood logo worn on the Club racing strip.

Worcester Regatta - A Veterans' Day Out

19th May 2008

Report by Derek Crowley

Having entered just a Vet E 8, I received a phone call on Friday morning from Worcester vets asking "could we make an E4 as well?" After several phone calls, I managed to get four "volunteers". Next a boat. Finding a coxed four that's not been adjusted beyond the range of a normal human being was tough but Phantom Menace looked the best bet and sounded mean.

Saturday morning, we turned up to load the boats and the truck arrived. Do we need to fetch a trailer from the course? Thanks to the Union for lending us their small trailer. Question: "Doesn't that front tyre look flat?" Answer: "It will be OK."

First garage we come to and in we go. Yes the tyre is flat - isn't that amazing! We arrive at the regatta with the trailer but several of the crew who set off before us still manage to turn up after us - oh dear we haven't put the boats together.

Before the 8's race, we had a crew huddle which came up with several race plans - too many stroke men in this boat. A difficult decision for Moe as to where he was going to put in his 15 firm strokes - that's what he does (he said that). Before we get on the water, the usual several mass trips to the loo (it's an age thing). The race went according to plan - whichever one it was - and we won well.

Next was the 4's race, never rowed as this crew or in this boat. We managed to follow several cruisers and narrow boats down to the start - not good for morale. Obviously veterans spending more than 5 minutes on the water is not good - what was Paul T doing with Moe's water bottle and why did he not want it back? Not the prettiest row but plenty of aggression, we won with some discussion about taking shower gel with us next time.

So then it was just a question of getting the pots, a burger or two and then home.

Only one small problem. Paul T and Matt had somehow contrived to lock the keys in the jeep - eventually Matt and I managed to break in. We had to tell several onlookers that we came from Nottingham and this was normal behaviour. Question: "Doesn't the fuel gauge look low?" Answer: "It will be alright". About Castle Donington we were coasting down all the hills and just managed to reach the gas station on fumes.

So all in all a normal veterans' day out. Let's hope they all remember we have an outing on Monday.


PS. (From Carole) And they ALL remembered their ARA cards this time! (Even if one was missing a photo)

NRC Veterans Keep Winning

19th May 2008

On a rather unpleasant late spring morning, which was both cold and showery, Veteran rowers from the new Nottingham Rowing Club went in search of success at both Chester and Worcester.

At Chester Bill Payne and Peter Massey, competing in the Double Sculls defeated York City in the final. Peter felt that it was a poor performance but on the positive side agreed that if they could win rowing badly then a good row would make for an easy win.

At Worcester, a regatta rowed on the River Severn, entries were made in both the eight and the four, against very strong local opposition, the crews won. This brings the total wins so far this season to over 30, an unprecedented start to a new rowing year. Meanwhile the rest of the Club spent the time training on the River Trent.

A blast from the past - music at the Boat

12th May 2008

Or was it "Memories are made of This" by Perry Como or Dean Martin?

Forty five years ago "Jazz at the South Bank" took off at the Nottingham Boat Club. Over the following years the good folk of Nottingham flocked to the riverside venue. Begin a conversation in any local pub, mention The Boat and someone will say "I saw Rod Stewart, or Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath"- the list is endless. A booklet listing all the bands is still on sale.

Tony Marmo bought one recently - this is what he had to say.

"The subject of the Boat Club has cropped up many times over the years. Usually after I have played a particular album, or a song has appeared on the radio or television and I turn to my kids and say "we used to see that band at the Boat Club" I would then recount the happy nights we spent there and try and remember the names of the bands we saw (too many to remember). Those were the days "proper" music by "proper" bands. I often felt, wouldn't it be great if there was a list of all the bands that have played there. Well-here it is!

I recognize most of the names but there are a few I do not remember (I suppose there must have been some "duff" bands which did not leave a lasting memory). But most of them were great; a lot went on to bigger and better things (UFO, U2, Motorhead and Dire Straits to name a few)

The first band my girlfriend (now my wife) and I saw at the Boat was Gypsy in April 1973 so unfortunately we missed out on the really big names like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. We then attended every week for the next six or seven years - Friday night disco, Saturday night band and the odd Sunday depending on who was playing.

Our favourites were UFO, Sassafras, Strife, Trapeze, Stray and Nutz - all were regular visitors.

Looking through the list has brought back many great memories. Like the night Nutz recorded their live album (which I still have). Or the time that regular band Strife appeared with strobe lights. Quite crude compared with the light shows of today, but spectacular back then in the confines of the club. Or the time that Edgar Broughton appeared. They were the big name at the time. The place was packed and there was so much equipment on stage you could hardly see the band.

The other great thing about the Boat was that you literally rubbed shoulders with members of the bands as they passed you on the stairs on the way to the stage.

The Boat Club really was a club in the true sense of the word - Old George on the door. Brad the DJ. You met a lot of people week in week out and got to know them quite well. Even the bar staff knew what we wanted to drink without being asked. The bands seemed like they belonged to "our club". It was only a small place, but it was ours, our special secret.

Many bands went on to be famous but to me they were the band that played down at the Boat - no matter how big they became.

My lasting memory is of seeing the Sex Pistols (we had no idea what punk was at the time). We arrived at our club to see all these weird people outside dressed in what looked like rags. Inside we stood at the back, with all the normal people and watched as the weirdos jumped up and down. The band came on, never spoke to the crowd, made an absolute din for a while and then walked off. We stood there thinking "what the hell was that?

I have this dream that one day there will be a re-union. All the 70's regulars will be there for a concert with UFO, Strife, Sassafras, Nutz and Trapeze. Now that would be a night to remember. I don't suppose? One can always dream...

Open Day at Nottingham Rowing Club

11th May 2008

On a sunny Sunday morning nearly 50 people attended the Nottingham Rowing Club open day, organized by Dave Sharp and designed, just as a taster, for anyone who wanted to go out in a real rowing boat.

Initially, after confirming that they could swim, interested parties rowed on indoor rowing machines, they then had a short session in the rowing tank and then went onto the water with experienced rowers.

Reaction was very positive. In fact over 10 signed up to be full members of the Club on the spot.

All interested participants have been invited back to a four week course, at the end of which those who want to compete will be fed into existing squads. Those who don't will become recreational rowers and use the fleet purchased with a grant from the Sports Council.

The first session takes place at 6. 15pm on Wednesday May 14th. Thereafter it will be Sunday morning at 9. 30am.

Said Dave "I was delighted with the response. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and Club members worked hard to make sure everyone was looked after. I look forward to coaching the newcomers over the next four weeks. "

Keith Atkinson, Club President said that he was surprised that many visitors felt that rowing was an elitist sport. He put that down to Oxford and Cambridge, Henley and the Public Schools. "For £ 25 per month you can sit in a £16,000 eight, train every night on a rowing machine and use the Club bar with wonderful views over the river." he added.

Rowing Club success continues at Shrewsbury

11th May 2008

On a warm, calm, late Spring day, 360 crews raced at Shrewsbury Regatta, held on the meandering River Severn.

Nottingham Rowing Club were there in force, aiming to build on their fantastic start to the season. As there was an open day at the Club on Sunday, crews were only there for one day. Nevertheless they came back with six trophies.

Highlight of the afternoon was the win by the Women's Senior eight, stroked by Shirley Myers, who defeated London University in the final. Their coach Helen Bloor was also looking after the coxless pair of Callum Gillespie and Ryan O'Sullivan, who beat Burton Leander in their final.

Repeating their triumph at Nottingham City Regatta, Dominic Harrison, from Colonel Frank Seeley School at Calverton and Tom Savage from Djanogly City Academy won the Junior 14 double sculls. Dave Phillips and Dave Sperry did the same in VeteranD double sculls. There were also wins for the Veteran E four stroked by Nigel Hollingworth with a verdict of 2 feet, and Bill Payne and Mike Collier won the Veteran H double sculls.

Captain Mark Cooke, who towed a trailer of boats to the regatta, said "It was yet another excellent days racing for the Club we are now getting into our stride but the big tests of Loughborough, Henley, National Schools and National Championships are yet to come. "

Age no obstacle

6th May 2008

After their incredible start to the rowing season, winning over twenty trophies in eight days, Nottingham Rowing Club, an amalgamation of the Boat Club and Britannia Rowing Club, spent the bank holiday week-end training on the River Trent.

Not all though: two veteran rowers went off to Evesham. There, rowing on the river Avon on a wet and humid day, 75 year old Bill Payne beat his opponent from Warwick on a re-row after dead-heating in the first round. He then joined Peter Massey and defeated a Warwick double scull and then opponents from Bradford-upon-Avon.

In an attempt to attract more people to take up a more active lifestyle, the new Club is holding an open day on May 11th from 9.30- 12.30. It will be an excellent opportunity to look round the Club, examine the boats and go out onto the water. As Bill Payne shows age is no problem - everyone is welcome.

Winning Novices

29th April 2008

In the sport of on-water rowing, winning your novices, or first trophy, is very much a right of passage and is remembered throughout a rower's career.

"I well recall winning novices-or maidens as it was called then, it was changed to novices when women began to row in larger numbers-at Tees Regatta in 1959.Our opponents Hatfield College were leading but stopped and we went by to win. I still have the pewter tankard as a memento" explained Nottingham Rowing Club President Keith Atkinson.

At Nottingham City Regatta, Nottingham Rowing Club men's novices came first and second. The winning crew is coached by Jo Baldwin. They crossed the line rating 37 stokes per minute but looking smooth and controlled-all credit to the work done by the coach.

The crew, Jo Baldwin (cox), Paul Cooper (stroke), Andy Cleeves, Jim Brown and Adam Leachman (bow), had already won at Northwich and Leicester-but these were non-qualifying races, unlike the prestigious Nottingham City. The crew will be ceremonially thrown in the River Trent, making their excellent win even more memorable.

Also tasting their maiden senior victory at Notts City was the women's novice eight crew made up of junior rowers and members of the World Class Start scheme, ranging from J15 to J19 rowers. Sarah Jones (bow), Bethany Bryan, Jo Wratten, Emma Lindley, Nicola Campbell, Rachel vodvodic, Hazel Raynor, Anna Lavelle, and their J14 cox Dominic Harrison may not have had to wait as long for their first Novice win as many rowers, but it will still be a day to remember.

Nottingham Rowing Club on a Roll

29th April 2008

With 5 wins at Leicester Regatta, 4 at Birmingham and 13 at Nottingham City Regatta, as it enters its second full season the Nottingham Rowing Club (an amalgamation of the old Boat Club and Britannia Rowing Club) is on a roll.

At Birmingham, rowed on a breezy Edgbaston Reservoir, Rebekah Royles, from West Bridgford School, won Junior 13 sculls on her birthday. Holly Oughton, from Trent College, won J14 sculls. Dominic Harrison, who is at Colonel Frank Seeley School Calverton, won J14 sculls and was joined by Tom Savage of Djanogly City Academy to take the J14 double sculls.

At Nottingham City Regatta, where there were over 500 entries, the first day's racing was disrupted by strong wind and some races were cancelled; even so the Club won two events. Lindsay Morton won women's sculls and the women's eight won Senior 3 eights.

On the second day water conditions were greatly improved, with the threatened heavy rain thankfully holding off until after all racing had finished. The Women won four events in all. Lindsay added a second sculling pot to her Saturday win, while Senior 3 fours and Novice Quadruple Sculls also won, with the winning Novice Eight crew containing girls from local West Bridgford schools and members of the World Class Start.

The Men won seven events on day two. Dave Marshall began the day with winning men's sculls, rapidly followed by Novice Quadruple Sculls and Senior 2 eights, where the Club beat public school Canford by three feet, and the Veteran E eights were also victorious. The men's Novice 4+ was an NRC 1-2, with the winning crew looking very comfortable crossing the line at rating 37 despite the close efforts of the club's Sporting Giants, both crews comfortably ahead of third place. The two crews had raced together the day before in the men's novice 8+, making a good showing against a large number of well-drilled school eights despite it being the Giants first ever regatta. Later, in two of the closest races of the day, a Veteran Double Scull stroked by Dave Phillips beat Nottingham and Union by nine one hundredths of a second and Mark McCormick won senior 4 sculls by a tenth of a second.

“It has been a great start to the season, crews and scullers aged 13–75 have raced in every kind of boat from single sculls to eights,” said Captain Mark Cooke. “But this is only a start — our main aims are Henley, National Schools, National Veterans, National Championships and creating International Rowers. In addition we must continue to grow the Club. Our next open day is the morning of May 11th.”

Leicester RC Save the Day

21st April 2008

Not only was it cold, windy and raining but the Nottingham Rowing Club trailer, with all the boats and oars loaded up for Leicester regatta, had been taken to Oxford by mistake!

The trailer had been left at Holme Pierrepont, and following the cancellation of a regatta on Saturday had been taken by another club in error.

On Sunday the NRC crews arrived at Leicester without any equipment whatsoever. It was only through the good offices of the home Club that they were able to row at all.

Rowing on the Grand Union Canal in the centre of Leicester, Nottingham Rowing Club won 4 events: Men's Senior 2 eights, Veteran D fours, Novice fours and Bill Payne won Veteran G sculls.

“But for Leicester Rowing Club's help this would have been a complete disaster,” said Bill. “They could not have been more helpful, loaning boats and blades and giving us time to get sorted out. We owe them big time.”

Nottingham Rowing Club Open Day

Sunday May 11th 9.30am–12.30pm.

The morning will allow you to look round the new Club (an amalgamation of the Nottingham Boat Club and the Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club), located between Trent Bridge and the Forest Ground.

Talk to members, try the indoor rowing machines, and even go out on the water with experienced rowers.

Whether you want to race, mess about in a boat, or you just want to give it a go, this is for you.

Basic instruction will be given on rowing technique, followed by a short outing on the river, in a crew boat, with experienced rowers. This will also be an opportunity to view our facilities, gym/ boathouse etc. which should be of interest to anyone who wants to get fit and try something different.

As Mr Toad says in the Wind in the Willows:- “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

0115 981 1251 — Dave Sharp.

Keith to feature in Ultrafit Magazine

16th April 2008

Keith Atkinson, President of the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club is to be featured in May issue of the prestigious Ultrafit Magazine.

70 year old Keith, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and walks with difficulty, has set himself a "Mission Impossible"- to row 30,000,000 metres on a Concept 2 Indoor Rowing machine, by the start of the London Olympics in 2012.

The article will cover his professional and sporting background and his ongoing struggle with M/S.

"Over the past 11 years I have covered 22,000,000 metres so at present I'm on target. 2 million metres a year will see me there, provided that my health doesn't deteriorate further. I would not presume to tell other M/S sufferers that this is the way forward. The disease comes in many guises; this is just my way of dealing with it. The exercise keeps me as fit as possible, and gives me a feeling of wellbeing, so it works for me" Keith reports.

"I am very pleased to be featured in Ultrafit Magazine. I hope that readers will enjoy my story, and find it stimulating. I strongly believe that it's not what happens to you in life but how you cope with it that really matters"

Nottingham Rowing Club Junior Regatta

13th April 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Junior section is now so large that it can run its own regatta. Last week at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont over 30 youngsters competed in single, double and quadruple sculls against one another and visitors from Canford School.

Coaches Martin Kay, Jim Waller, ARA Community Coach, Paul Stevens and World Class Start Coach Julie Edwards, aided by enthusiastic parents, ran the event. Conditions on the water were not ideal with a cross- head wind but all competitors coped very well and had at least two races over the 2,000m course.

First three Nottingham boys home were George Caines, Trinity School, Sam Ward, Bilborough College and Matthew Ballam from Lincoln College .George dominated his race and posted an impressive finishing time of under 8 minutes in the slow conditions. The only sculler on the day to do so.

Nottingham Girls showing good single scull form were Victoria Bramley from Bilborough College, Emma Lindley, Carlton-le-Willows School and Katie Bartlett, Hollygirt School. The Double and Quadruple sculls went well too.

Club President Keith Atkinson, who watched the whole event from the comfort of his car, said"It was an excellent event and great preparation for the regatta season. Help from so many parents was much appreciated. Things are looking really good for the weeks ahead."

Nottingham City Regatta will take place at Holme Pierrepont on the 26th and 27th of April.

Men's Novice 4 win at Northwich

10th April 2008

While Notts County FC struggle to get relegated and Nottingham Forest try to avoid promotion it's good to see Nottingham Rowing Club carrying the City name with pride.

The Novice four of Paul Cooper (stroke), Andy Cleave, Ben McCall and Adam Leachman (bow), won their event at Northwich rowed on the Weaver Navigation in cold wintery conditions. The crew had been coached by Simon Hughes, who has recently moved away from the area due to his job, and is now coached and coxed by Jo Baldwin.

This is the second full season for the Club which is an amalgamation of Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club founded in 1869 and the Nottingham Boat Club founded in 1894-both were part of the vibrant city rock scene in the 60's and '70's.

"Last season was a great all round success "said Captain Mark Cooke." It will not be easy to match 2007-but we will try"

NRC men on the Tideway — bad luck dogs Vets

16th March 2008

At the Head of the River Race in London, the NRC men's eight finished 47th overall, with the 4th fastest time for a crew eligible for the Jackson Trophy.

Nottingham Rowing Club had also entered an impressive four veteran eights into the Vesta Veterans' Head the following day. However, with a rising NNW wind and strong gusts, the organisers concluded the conditions were too dangerous with little cause to hope for an improvement, and the race was abandoned.

Two of the NRC veteran crews had also been denied the opportunity to race the week before in Chester, where errors by the race organisers prevented a total of six veteran eights from boating in time to take part in the race.

Tina Impresses

10th March 2008

Played out under grey skies and persistent rain the Great Britain Rowing Squad Trials Finals, held in Belgium, saw Nottingham Rowing Club's Tina Stiller come 4th in a very strong field led home by World Champion Katherine Grainger.

Tina is therefore still in the frame for Beijing but there is still a long way to go before final Team selection. There were some absences at the trials due to sickness and injury. Their return will create still more competition.

Tina has recently taken an after school club at Rushcliffe School, West Bridgford.

Success for Nottingham Rowing Club at NJIRC 2008

8th March 2008

The National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships took place at the Battersea Evolution Centre in London. It was run by London Youth Rowing and Concept2, who are based in Wilford.

Over the course of the event nearly 1,300 teams and individuals aged 11-18 took part in the Championships. Races were split into age categories and were fiercely contested. Throughout the day a variety of other activities took place at the Centre including circus acts, rock climbing and students painting.

The Oxford and Cambridge Presidents attended and announced their intended crews for the Boat Race.

Nottingham Rowing Club, coached by Julie Edwards, had a field day bringing home 5 golds and a silver medal.

In the Girls Year 9 four minute race Alicia Brown from Arnold Hill School took Gold and teammate Katie Bartlett Holygirt School the silver.

Emma Lindley, who is at Carlton-le Willows, won the Girls Year 11 six minute Gold.

Victoria Bramley, Bilborough College, won the Girls Year 12 race in a time of 7:35.3

Matthew Ballaam, from Lincoln College, won the Boys Year 13 Gold in a time of 6:24.6, very close to qualifying for the Men's squad.

All the Rowing Club competitors established new personal best performances.

In the final race of the day the girls joined forces with rivals from Walbrooke Rowing Club and Welbeck College and in a closely and hotly contested relay race, over the Boat Race distance of 6,780m, won the event from Steve Redgrave's old school, Great Marlow. Not only did they win but they won the right to follow the University Boat Race in an official launch!

Men's squad in Spain

March 7th 2008

Whilst the Nottingham Rowing Club Women's eight became the first club crew from outside London to win the Club Pennant, the Men's crew were in Spain having been invited over to join an International get-together which included the Romanian Olympic crew.

The first days racing was designed to create an order for the second days 6,000m race. Nottingham came third to the Romanians in their race and were 16th overall.

Rob Yates, a schoolmaster at Kimberley School, said, “It was the best weekend's rowing that I have had — sunshine, flat water, good competition and excellent Spanish hospitality.” The crew had Mexican sculler Romulo Bouzas in it, and as a fluent Spanish speaker he ironed out any problems.

Coach Ric Colborne was delighted with the weekend and saw it as excellent preparation for the Men's Head of the River Race.

Nottingham Women Triumph — Again

March 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Women first eight, who finished 4th overall behind University crews, were the fastest Club crew at the Women's Head of the River held on the Mortlake to Putney reach on the Thames. This was the first time in the history of the race that a crew from outside London had won the Club pennant.

For the second year in succession they are also the fastest Provincial Crew, a minute faster than their rivals. Conditions, although windy, were reasonable because the wind and stream were in the same direction.

Other Rowing Club crews came 81st, 120th and 159th. The entry was limited to 300. Women's Head Coach Helen Bloor was in the first Nottingham crew home. “A fantastic example to her charges,” said Club President Keith Atkinson, "A re-run of last year too," he added, as Helen was rowing in the pennant-winning crew then.

The fourth eight which came 159th had junior girls from West Bridgford School rowing in it-further cementing the strong club link. The crew were the tenth fastest of the 52 novice crews that finished the course.

“This makes our Club one of the strongest in the country for Women's rowing,” said Captain Mark Cooke. “Several are still trying for Olympic and World Championships places and we wish them all the best.”

Farnborough Triumphant

27th February 2008

The Nottingham City Indoor Rowing Championships took place at the Djanogly City Academy. It was organized by Paul Walker from Farnborough School and Maxine Tompkins from the Academy.

Backed by a Disco and flashing lights, seven City Schools — Bluecoat, Djanogly, Farnborough, Fernwood, Greenwood Dale, Haddon Park and Trinity — rowed to establish the top indoor rowing school in Nottingham.

The Event opened with mixed pair racing and ended with a 15 minute frantic junior and senior relay. Every round was hotly contested. In the junior relay there was even a dead heat after a 15 minute battle between Trinity and Farnborough!

Two interested observers were Community Coach Jim Waller and World Class Start coach Julie Edwards. Julie's main role is to identify possible rowing Olympians. Her comment? “Awesome simply awesome.”

After the final race, when total distances were added up, Trinity were third, Greenwood Dale second but overall winners were Farnborough School from Clifton.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were presented by President of Nottingham Rowing Club Keith Atkinson and his wife Celia.

Six Wins For Nottingham Rowing

18th February 2008

Report by Keith Atkinson

On a cold, clear, calm winter morning, 200 crews with over 1,200 competitors raced downstream from Clifton Bridge in the annual Head of the Trent.

The event, run by over 50 volunteers from the East Midlands, was in three divisions. First crew home was Cambridge University looking smooth and powerful as they prepare for the Boat Race against Oxford. First local crew in was Nottingham Rowing Club's eight containing a newcomer to the area, Romulo Bouzas. Romulo's last race was in the Sydney Olympics where he represented Mexico as a lightweight sculler. This was the first time that he had raced on a river as distinct from a lake or 2,000m Rowing course. He loved it!

In the second division, Shirley Myers stroked the first local women's crew home and won the Senior 4 8's pennant. This was closely followed by the J15 boys' quadruple scull stroked by Lawrence Arnold. Emma Lyons drove the girls' J15 quad to victory and defeated local rivals Newark RC in the process.

In the third division, the Rowing Club won both Veteran B/C and Veteran D/E eights. Later in the day Sam Ward led the MJ19 quad to a convincing win over Merchant Taylors' School. Sam was also the coach of the girls J15 quad — he is currently studying at Broxtowe College.

“It was a great start to our second year,” said Club Captain Mark Cooke. “Both men and women won and the winners age range from 15–55 shows our strength in depth. Credit goes to our coaches, we had missed a great deal of water time due to flooding, but the crews were ready to race.”

“I was particularly pleased to see parents supporting the Juniors,” added Club President Keith Atkinson, “Not only that but many were helping with catering and making sure the event ran smoothly.”

Workplace Activity

February 2008

Following hard on the heels of the highly successful Rushcliffe Project, which put indoor rowing machines into six Secondary Schools, trained staff, set up after school clubs and promoted inter-school competitions, the Nottingham Rowing Club with the support of the Sports Council and Sport Nottinghamshire is turning its attention from schools and the 11–18 age range to Workplaces and the 30+ age group. The move is all about promoting healthy lifestyles by taking both indoor and on-water rowing to local workplaces. The Fire Service and Queen's Medical Centre are first in line.

Derek Mapp the ex-Sport England Chairman wanted to get people to commit to three 20-minute sessions of exercise per week. Nottingham Rowing Club will help them to do it by taking Concept2 Rowing Machines to the workplace and provide coaching for a three week period. This taster will lead on to the water for those who wish it. At present the Club is geared to competition but grant support from Sport England means a new fleet of recreational boats with names taken from the Robin Hood Legend has been purchased. Two Quadruple Sculls, two double sculls and four singles are in the first wave and will cater for 18 newcomers.

The Club has already spoken to representatives from the Fire Service, Police, Queen's Medical Centre, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham Trent University, Gedling Borough Council, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Shoosmiths, Notts County Council, Nottingham Prison Service, The Environment Agency, Experian, Boots, Siemens, Connexions and Sport Nottinghamshire. Canice O'Reilly and Mark Cooke will run the project. They are looking for enlightened employers with the interests of their employees at heart. “This is a fun project with stress busting and healthy lifestyles at its core” said Mark. “Touring rowing is very popular in Germany and Holland. In fact recreational rowers outnumber competitors. It is very much a family activity on the Continent, so if you want to follow in the puddles of ‘Three Men in a Boat’ come and join us,” added Canice, who already has plans for a day trip down-river to Newark. “We hope to see recreational rowers joining Nottingham Rowing Club and taking an active part in running the new Club,” continued Keith Atkinson, Club President. “We are always open to new ideas and initiatives”.

On Trial Again

February 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club's Elite rowers attended the Winter Assessment Trials held over 5,000 metres of a cold but flat River Witham at Boston in Lincolnshire this weekend.

Dave Marshall came 9th out of 33 in the Men's Single Sculls and took the scalp of Graham Benton, the Indoor Rowing National Champion.

In the Women's Pairs, Jacqui Round and Francesca Jus-Burke were 5th, Rachel Jefferies and her partner from another Club were 6th and Maria Larsen and Holly Parker 9th.

In the Women's Single Sculls Catherine Lineker was 12th and Lindsey Morton 14th.

Missing from the trial was in-form Tina Stiller, who was in Seville training with the British Olympic squad.

Robin Hood down by the Riverside

February 2008

February 23rd at 12.30 pm will see a grand launch of 10 new boats at Nottingham Rowing Club between Trent Bridge and the Forest Ground.

The racing fleet will have a Coxed Four — “Geoffrey” named after Vice President and women's Novice Coach Geoff Nicholls. A new Quadruple Scull “Moody Blue” is named after Richard Moody who died tragically just before Christmas. It is hoped that his parents will launch the boat. Two double sculls are to be named “Wreggy”, after member David Wregg, and “H” after Helen Bloor, the Club's Senior Women's Coach.

Pride of place will go to new recreational boats designed to bring rowing to people who simply want to ‘mess about in boats’ — part of a new initiative between the Club, Sport England and Sport Nottinghamshire. Their names will have a very familiar ring to the citizens of Nottingham. Two new quads will be “Robin Hood” and “Maid Marion”. Two double sculls will be named “Friar Tuck” and “Little John”. Single sculls will be “Guy of Guisbourne”, “Will Scarlet”, “The Sheriff of Nottingham” and “Alan a Dale”. Any additions to the recreational fleet will have names associated with the Legend.

The Robin Hood emblem designed by Dave Sharp is emblazoned on the Club's racing strip.

Rushcliffe Schools Indoor Rowing Competition 1

February 7th 2008

Last September, Rushcliffe Secondary Schools were equipped with brand new Concept 2 Indoor Rowing machines. 25 members of staff were trained to use them. After school clubs, led by Olympic hopefuls from Nottingham Rowing Club were set up and the first competition has now taken place at The Becket School in Wilford.

The event was organized by Mike Kelly (Becket School) and Jim Waller (Amateur Rowing Association Community Coach).

Over 100 excited youngsters, supported by staff and parents, crowded into the gym. Races could be followed on a large screen. Junior Leaders from the school helped with the race system.

Toothill with a fine record of wins up to National level were clear favourites, but after the early Year7 races, where South Wolds came first and second in both boys and girls events, the writing was on the wall. Despite wins in Girls Yr 8/9 and Boys Yr 10/11 by Toot Hill South Wolds stormed back in the relays to take both Yr 7 and 8/9 with Toot Hill taking Yr 10/11.

Final points tally South Wolds 92, Toot Hill 84, Becket 69 and Dayncourt 49.

“It was evident,” said Keith Atkinson from Concept2, “that youngsters who use the Indoor Rower on a regular basis are fitter than their peers. South Wolds benefitted from a large number of ex-Willowbrook pupils who had used the machines at Primary School and were well used to working in teams.”

Mission Impossible?

January 2008

Keith Atkinson, President of the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club, has set himself an almost unachievable goal. He aims to have rowed 30,000,000 meters on a Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machine by 2012.

Clearly not unachievable if you are fit and well but 70-year old Keith has Multiple Sclerosis and has difficulty walking.

“I try to row every day to keep my heart/lung function going,” he explained, “the Indoor Rower is weight bearing so I don't need to be on my feet. Three 2,000m pieces per day is a typical work out and I make sure I keep flexible with yoga.”

“My overall aim is to keep as fit as possible and enjoy the general feeling of well-being which comes from that, it certainly helps to face the ravages of M/S. Whilst I'm doing that I am tracking the Olympians as they prepare for London 2012. I do up to two hours a day, they will do three or fours times more.”

“The support of family and friends is vital — I often quote John Lennon — I'll get by with a little help from my friends — or was that Joe Cocker? My wife Celia is my anchor point making sure I stay focused.”

“My main fear is that as strength and mobility decline I won't be able to continue. But I'm not finished yet. I have stopped trying to go fast, in fact if I do my legs pack up — so it's distance — reminds me of my marathon running days.”

Keith joined the Nottingham Boat Club in 1954 whilst a pupil at Nottingham Bluecoat School. He went on to row for Durham University, became a teacher and taught at Toot Hill, South Wolds and Tuxford where he was head for 18 years, retiring in 1996 with an Ofsted commendation, an MBE and M/S.

As well as the exercise programme he keeps active advising schools using the indoor rower. He takes a keen interest in activity in the city and county.

“There are so many machines out there now more parents and the wider community should be using them — if I can do it anyone can”.

It is possible to keep track of Keith's progress by using the Sport Nottinghamshire website or Concept2

Nottingham Rowing Club strong at Boston

January 2008

Nottingham Rowing Club entered 36 races at Boston Head on the 20th January, and came away with 12 wins at the end of the day.

A strong entry from the junior section saw a large number of victories. Emma Lyons sculled to a convincing win in WJ15 1x - her time would have also given her the win in the women's novice 1x category, and was only 3 seconds behind the winner in S3 1x. George Caines and Matt Betts took first and second in the J18 1x in a field of seven. J14 2X Dom and Tom walked away with their event, and on time would have achieved 2nd placing in both J15, beating 8 crews, and J18 category as well. In S4 4X the Juniors with Sam Panter won convincingly, despite one oar coming out of the gate, costing 10 secs. The same crew with Matt Betts instead of Sam actually had a better row in J18, but suffered the slower conditions of Div 3 so missed the win.

Senior wins also came for the women in WS3 and WS4 eights, and the women's novice 4+ took their third consecutive win this head season.

In the men's categories, wins included the novice sculls, where the four NRC entries filled first to fourth in a field of fourteen. S1 2-, S4 2x, S1 8+ crews also took home the pots.

Busy Weekend for Juniors.

15th January 2008

Under the watchful eyes of coaches Julie Edwards, Martin Kay, Paul Stevens and Jim Waller 16 boats in single, double and quadruple sculls from Nottingham Rowing Club raced junior crews from Burton, Newark and Leicester Clubs at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.

The event was to develop a team to represent the East Midlands in an Inter Regional competition later in the year. It will bring them face to face with crews from the Tyne, Wear, Tees, Ouse, Severn, Dee and Thames. Most of these rivers are currently in flood so the Water Sports Centre gave much needed water time.

Richard Moody

3rd January 2008

The club has sadly learnt that one of its members, Richard Moody, passed away last week. Richard, a.k.a. “Mods”, was one of a group of former Leicester rowers that joined the club a couple of years ago, and was a key part of the men's senior squad. He had moved down to London for work about a year ago.

The funeral for Mods is on Thursday 10th January at 11am in Chelmsford. There is a group on Facebook (friends and family of Richard Moody) which gives details of the name and the location, and also details of a charity for young diabetics the family have chosen if anyone would like to donate money. Also if anyone has any photos or memories of Mods that they could put on Facebook I know the family would appreciate it. For any other information please contact Lindsay Morton at the club.

Nottingham Rowing Club Olympic Hopefuls in Action

18th December 2007

Nine members of the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club competed in the GB Senior and U23 Trials held over 5,000 metres on the River Witham near Boston, Lincolnshire. They had already passed a stern test having to complete a 2,000 metre piece on a Concept2 Indoor Rowing machine in a set time.

Dave Marshall came 10th out of 31 in his division.

The eight girls were led home by in-form Tina Stiller, Francesca Jus-Burke was next in followed by Roz Collins and Jacqui Round. Coach Ade Roberts is considering putting them in an eight, but priority remains in sculling boats.

All athletes will be considered for places in the FISA World Rowing Championships in 2008 and some are showing the sort of form that will put them in line for Beijing.

Tina wins the Scullers Head of the River.

Tina Stiller, a member of the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club, won the Elite women's event rowed over the 4.25 mile Boat Race course (Mortlake to Putney).

Tina, who is still at Nottingham University, spends most of her training time at the National Water Sports Centre, under the watchful eye of coach Ade Roberts.

She is also part of the coaching group who deliver after school indoor rowing sessions to Rushcliffe schools.

Juniors Have a Successful Day on the Thames

Report by M Kay, 19 November 2007

The Junior Mens squad competed over 3000 metres at Pangbourne Junior Sculls on 10th November, and came away with 3 medals and a close shave, missing the team prize by 0.7 secs collectively.

In the single sculls events, Charles Arnold won the S/J and George Caines won the J18 categories with Matt Betts completing our domination of this category, a close 2nd, 7 secs behind.

The J14 doubles crew, Tom Savage and Dom Harrison finished a creditable 3rd in 7 crews, this being Dom's first experience of this type of event.

James Busby (J18), Sam Ward (J17) and both Lawrence Arnold and Tom Bond (J16) finished well up the rankings, in the top third times in their respective events, each of which fielded over 30 starters.

Over 500 crews and singles competed in this event, exclusively for juniors, held on the Child Beale reach near Pangbourne, Berks.

Medals Galore for the Rowing Club

18th November 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

With 5 Golds, 2 Silvers and a Bronze Nottingham Rowing Club can be justly proud of a good days work at the British Indoor Rowing Championships held in Birmingham.

Rowan Raynor won Gold in the Womens J13 event.Alicia Brown did the same in the J14s.Francesca Jus-Burke took Gold in the Women's University competition and Bill Payne again won Gold in the Masters 70+ category. George Caines repeated his last years heroics and won the gold again in J18 Lightweight Men.

Silvers were won by Katie Bartlett J14 Women,Emma Lindley J16 Women.

Bronze was won by Kristina Stiller in the Women's University Competition.

"It's an indication of the strength of the Club" said President Keith Atkinson, "That we can go to a National Event, compete against the best in the country in all age groups and come away with so many wins".

NRC wins at the Head of the Soar

18th November 2007

In the face of dreadful weather that saw the first snow of the season, NRC crews claimed success at the 2007 Head of the Soar race. The Women's Novice four of Kate Howarth, Louise Hutchinson, Gillian Shuttleworth and Louise Townrow, coxed by Jo Baldwin, claimed not only the WN4+ category win but also beat all the WN4x+ crews.

Chris Royles also had a particularly successful day, claiming not only the Novice 1x and Veteran C/E 1x titles but also that of the fastest sculler of the day.

Sporting Giants In Nottingham.

Report by Keith Atkinson

About a year ago Sir Steve Redgrave, with help from the ARA and Concept2 went up to Liverpool and selected a group of non-rowers and set about training a crew to race at Henley. The Liverpool Eight's first win was at Nottingham City Regatta. History may be about to repeat itself.

In an attempt to find talent for the 2012 Olympics the ARA have been trawling the country with World Class Start. Local Co-ordinator Julie Edwards - based at The National Water Sports Centre - has enlisted the help of respected international coach Terry O'Neill to help with the training of local Sporting Giants.

On Saturday morning the group, coxed by Canice O'Reilly, took to the water and began the process of learning to row. Sporting the gold, dark and light blue blades of the new Nottingham Rowing Club, They were put through their paces by Terry, who commented, "I really don't know why they find it so difficult".

Rushcliffe Schools indoor rowing project

6,000 youngsters are now able to access indoor rowing as a result of a joint project between the schools and the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club.

Costing over £30,000 the scheme, is managed by Chris Ballard, Partnership Development Manager of the Rushcliffe Schools Sport Partnership and Keith Atkinson from Nottingham Rowing Club. Additional help with fundraising was provided by Rachel Scott a local Project Consultant

Funds were raised from various sources including the Big Lottery,the Local Network fund, Nottinghamshire County Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham Rowing Club and the schools-Becket, Dayncourt, Rushcliffe, Toot Hill and West Bridgford.

Each school now has at least five Concept2 indoor rowers, it has an after school club run by members of the Rowing Club and 25 staff from the schools have been trained to use the machines. Some of the staff have even ventured out on the water!

The project is currently aimed at girls discouraged by traditional P.E. but it will be opened to all, some of whom might make it to the water, after a 20 week introduction to Indoor Rowing.

As President Keith Atkinson, current co-ordinator of the project said, "If you can't catch, kick or stike a ball this is for you. We are looking for youngsters who want to try Indoor Rowing, if they become rowers then so much the better".

One of the schools already has a staff weight management group and it is hoped that parents and the wider community will take advantage of the equipment.

1942 - 2007
Senior Vice-President, Nottingham Boat Club and Nottingham Rowing Club

13th October 2007
by Keith Atkinson

Senior Vice-President Michael Butterworth, "Butters" to his many friends, passed away in the early hours of the 6th of October, after a two-year struggle with cancer, and just five days after his 65th birthday. He leaves behind a wife, Pru, and three sons.

Mike began rowing in the early sixties after visiting the Jazz Club at The Boat. His first win was at Leeds in a strong, though not particularly stylish four; rumour has it that there was so much water flying around that onlookers thought they were being mortared. From then, he won up and down the country, in a long and successful career which continued as a veteran rower until around three years ago.

His professional background as a builder meant that the club house was always in very good hands. A new roof, an underpinned extension, and new changing rooms were just some of the tasks he achieved. He even found that the removal of a retaining wall would have led to the collapse of the ceiling. He averted the disaster. The club owes him a great debt of gratitude for his professional expertise.

Mike was very active in promoting the social side of the club. For years he organized the Boat Club Men's Dinner, and with it a host of excellent speakers. His dream was to see Nottingham rowing unified under one banner. His strong support was crucial in establishing the Nottingham Rowing Club, which is now part of his legacy.

Mike has been a pivotal figure for around half a century at the Boat Club; a father-figure, guide and mentor to young members, and a strong, vibrant personality of huge popularity and influence among the senior members.

Mike had a great and irrepressible sense of humour. He was immensely kind and great company. He has many friends, and loved his club. He has inspired a huge amount of respect and affection. During his last long and painful battle with cancer, his humour never deserted him, and his courage and fortitude were inspirational.

It has been our great privilege to have him as a member of the club, and, for very many, a good and well-loved personal friend. He will leave the club greatly impoverished by his absence and his friends mourning his passing, but with some wonderful memories.

Mike's funeral will be held at St Mary's Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent, at 3pm on Friday 19th October.

The 12 Wines of Christmas

On Friday 26th October starting at 7:30pm there is a wine tasting at Nottingham Rowing Club called “The 12 Wines of Christmas”.

The evening is being presented by Canice O'Reilly and along with the 12 wines, fine food will be served as well. Tickets cost £20 each and are only available before the night. If you haven't been to one of these tasting events before ask someone who has, hopefully they will tell you what a great night it is! If a profit is made it will be split equally between Skylarks and the Club.

For further information please see Canice or the poster.

2006 - 2007 Season

Alan takes World Silver

Report by Keith Atkinson

It was left to the Great Britain Paralympians to lift the gloom following the defeat of the coxless four at the Wold Championships in Munich.

Tom Aggar took the gold in the arms only single scull. This was followed by a silver in the adaptive mixed four. In the boat was partially sighted Alan Crowther a member of the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club and one of nine internationals generated in the first season.

With colleagues Vicky Hansford,Alastair McKean and Naomi Riches Alan held off Canada but was unable to catch Germany who won the Gold.

Rotary Club Support for Indoor Rowing

23rd August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

President of Nottingham Rowing Club, Keith Atkinson, spoke to a relaxed meeting of the Rotary Club of Trent Bridge at the Country Cottage in Ruddington.

He explained that pupils who can't catch, kick or strike a ball are better off using an Indoor Rowing machine than practicing skills they do not have. He outlined the rapid growth of the sport in Birmingham, Cardiff and Nottingham and said that they would soon be joined by the schools in Rushcliffe.

He thanked members of the Trent Bridge Rotary Club for the purchase of a specially adapted machine for use by pupils at Ash Lea School in Cotgrave.

Vicky goes International

20th August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Vicky Bramley, a pupil at Ellis Guildford school, Basford, and member of the highly successful Nottingham Rowing Club, returned from a match against the French with two gold medals! She sculled in both the double and quad and was victorious in both.

Junior Coach of the Year Julie Edwards, based at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, is preparing Vicky for the Junior winter trials.

Vicky is Nottingham Rowing Club's ninth international of the season.

World Rowing Championships 2007

19th August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Nottingham Rowing Club's partially-sighted Alan Crowther has been selected to row for Great Britain in a mixed (two men and two women) Adaptive coxed four at the World Rowing Championships in Munich. The event will be held from August 26th to September 2nd.

Alan has already won gold earlier in the year at the World Cup Regatta in Amsterdam. He is one of eight internationals currently rowing for Nottingham Rowing Club, still in their first year of competition. He will be without his faithful companion Yanni who will no doubt be barking support from the bank.

Training at the Rowing Club

12th August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Members of the newly formed Nottingham Rowing Club were joined by colleagues from the Nottingham and Union Rowing Club for an afternoon of training led by Tom Kay from Concept2 and Maxine Tompkins from Djanogly City Academy. The aim was to introduce experienced indoor rowers to different ways of using the indoor rowing machines ('ergos')and to make exercise interesting for youngsters.

A whole range of games were used including ergo golf! Rowers were interested and enthused with this new approach to indoor rowing and could see great possibilities as they prepare to move into local schools and set up indoor rowing clubs in late September.

The Local Network Fund for Children and Young People is to fund coaching in local schools and this training afternoon was part of the groundwork for the project.

Rowing Club President Keith Atkinson said, “We want to reach out to pupils turned off by traditional Team Games. If you can't kick, catch or strike a ball then this is for you — get fit and strong whilst sitting down!”

And George Makes Eight

6th August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Nottingham Rowing Club's George Caines became the eighth International produced this season by the new club when he competed in the Junior Double Sculls with John Collins from Tideway Scullers School in Varese in Italy. The competition was the “Coupe de la Jeunesse” and involved crews from across Europe.

George, a Trinity School pupil, was part of the Great Britain team that came third just behind Italy and France.

Only two weeks ago he had won medals at the National Championships at Holme Pierrepont. George is coached by Junior Coach of the Year, Julie Edwards.

Yet More Internationals From NRC

3rd August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Nottingham Rowing Club members Tom Cannon and James Clarke — both students at Loughborough University — have been selected as part of the British Universities Sports Association's team to face fellow students from Europe at the University Championships in Spain.

Racing will be on the lake at Banyoles where the Barcelona Olympic rowing took place — this brings the total of current internationals boating from the rowing club to seven! Not a bad effort for a club in its first full year.

Holme Pierrepont — a happy hunting ground for new Club

3rd August 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

As the dust settles on the first full season for the Nottingham Rowing Club an interesting fact has emerged: most of its wins have taken place at the National Water Sports Centre, at Holme Pierrepont.

With 12 wins at Nottingham City Regatta, 14 at Loughborough and the National Veterans Regatta, and 6 at the National Championships — in all types of boats from single sculls to eights, and an age range from 14–75, — the 60+ members involved in the victories see the course as a happy hunting ground.

Mindful of the pressure on the Centre as financial support declines the club has rented boat racking space, purchased user tickets and made sure its crews race there.

In addition, club coaches work there almost every day. Ade Roberts looks after the High Performance group, Julie Edwards oversees World Class Start athletes, Jim Waller coaches Juniors and a whole range of club members help with the Sculling School for people new to rowing and sculling.

Bronze Medal at World U23 Championships

29th July 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

On a course buffeted by wind and wave Tina Stiller and Frankie Jus-Burke were part of the Great Britain Women's Quad coached by Ade Roberts that won the bronze medal behind the USA and Australia. The event was the World U23 Championships held at Strathclyde Park near Glasgow.

NRC Win Six Medals at National Rowing Championships.

22nd July 2007
Report by Ric Colborne

Overall there were nine club crews in the finals and six medals!

NRC men's squad capped off their first full year with gold and silver medals for the Lwt 4- and Lwt 4x at the Nat Champs this weekend. The Lwt 4- of Alun Richards-Jones, Alex Skelton, Steve Miles and Stewart Bates held off some strong competition from London, Scullers, Quintin, City of Oxford and Kingston to win by one length in a time good enough to have seen them winning the heavyweight event as well. The Lwt 4x of James Clarke, George Caines, Tom Cannon and Steve Hemsworth, sculled very well to take a silver behind UTRC and ahead of Tideway Scullers and Durham University.

For the women, Ros Collings teamed up with a Durham University colleague and won a gold in the women's coxless pairs, and Jackie Round won a silver in the women's sculls.

The juniors also had success with George Caines winning silver in junior sculls (his second medal of the day!), and Sam Ward and James Busby won bronze in the J16 double sculls.

Face Lift for Boat Club Bar

16th July 2007
Keith Atkinson

Over the past few months the Nottingham Boat Club has been completely redecorated and refurbished.

The project director has been Dave Sharp. Dave's link with the Club goes back to the early sixties when he played lead guitar in the resident R&B Band “Blues and Roots”. In fact Dave has almost single handedly done the job himself.

“Not only did he do the work,” said Club Captain Mark Cooke, “but his Tea and Toast fund paid for it. The whole Club is very grateful.”

Wednesday (18th July) sees the official re-opening of the bar and many members of the new Nottingham Rowing Club will be there. [There will be a barbecue in the evening.]

Birthdays, weddings, retirements and all occasions are celebrated at the Club. Call Shirley Myers on 0115 981 1251 to book your event.

Henley Royal Regatta

4th to 8th July 2007
Report by Nicky Ranoe & Ric Colborne

Nottingham Rowing Club's inaugural year saw an incredible five men's crews qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta, with our women also playing a part in a composite eight with Oxford Brookes, and also a coxless quad.

For the whole regatta the notorious 'Bucks' station played its part in ensuring that if you had the misfortune to be drawn on it, you had to be comfortably ahead by the enclosures, due to the amount of stream running and effecting the last 500m or so.

The second 8+ pulled out all the stops to qualify for the Thames Cup on the Friday before Henley. Needing to finish in the top seven from twenty starters to make the Regatta proper, they managed this, and were drawn against City of Oxford in the first round. The City of Oxford crew were very much an unknown quantity, and being drawn on Bucks, we had to make sure that we had clear water by the general enclosure. Unfortunately, despite leading for the first 5 minutes, the Nottingham crew never quite managed to break away, and the last ditch effort past the mile and 1/8 post was not sufficient to make up for the slack water coupled with the move for home from City of Oxford who finished 1¾ lengths ahead. The crew rowed to the best of their ability and were very pleased with their efforts over the course.

The first 8+ raced Curlew RC, again on Bucks, also in the Thames Challenge Cup. We knew from Reading that they were a pretty reasonable club crew who had run us pretty close a few weeks before. This time though there were no scares, and an excellent first race saw a comfortable two lengths win for Nottingham Rowing Club.

On Thursday the first 8+ raced Molesey, a crew which had given us a good stuffing at Marlow Regatta. We led from the start and held the lead through to just short of The Barrier, where Molesey's power started to move them through. Despite this, NRC hung on to them producing the best row of the year, and although the opposition gradually edged away, the final verdict of 1¾ lengths to Molesey left us with no complaints following the best effort possible by the boys.

The lightweight 4-, racing in the Visitors Cup had an embarrassingly easy win in the first round over Tattershalls Rowing Club from Australia. On Friday they raced the seeded Leander Club, and whilst they were always going to be hard pressed to stay with Leander, giving away over 3 stone a man, it wasn't until Fawley that the boys in pink had properly broken away, and went on to win by 4 lengths. Another great row by NRC, and Leander went on to win the event fairly comfortably.

The lightweight 2- had a comfortable win on Thursday against a 2- from Rob Roy. They then met the seeded heavyweight 2- from the German National Squad. These boys were rapid, and despite Stew and Steve's best efforts, rating over 40 strokes per minute at the end of the Island and not far below that at the ¼ mile, there was no competing with the pace of the Germans who raced flat out to Remenham and recorded an 'Easily' verdict.

The lightweight 2x raced Tideway Scullers School. As training goes, Tom and Steve haven't managed much 'in the boat', meeting at weekends, racing, doing the odd paddle and then repeating it the following week. Prior to racing at Henley they managed to win Marlow, Loughborough and Peterborough (twice), but the lack of time in the boat showed, as they went out to a well-drilled Scullers 2x, who managed to take control of the race somewhere around Remenham Farm, and held things together through the tricky conditions.

Overall, it has been an excellent 'first year' at Henley for Nottingham Rowing Club. Conditions were the worst in recent history, but everyone came off the water totally happy with the way they had rowed. A really good effort all round.

Well done to all members of the club who competed at Henley this year.

Nottingham win at Henley Women's Regatta

21st to 23rd June 2007

Nottingham Rowing Club won the Chairman's Trophy for Senior Quadruple Sculls

Pictured above (left to right): Lindsay Morton, Danielle Graham, Helen Bloor (coach), Anja Feegel and Catherine Lineker.

Danielle Graham, Lindsay Morton, Catherine Lineker and Anja Feegel won the Women's Quadruple Sculls at Women's Henley, beating Marlow Rowing Club in the final. A first Henley win in the Club's first full year. The crew were coached by Helen Bloor — her third victory as oarswoman or coach.

VX52 (unofficial club photographer)
Big Blade Photography

Adaptive Win at World Cup, Amsterdam

24th June 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Alan Crowther and Tamsin Cottle (cox) won the gold medal in the inaugural adaptive event at the World Cup in Amsterdam this weekend.

Lightweights Triumph at Marlow Regatta

23rd June 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

The Men's squad coached by Ric Colborne won Lightweight Coxless Fours, Lightweight Pairs and Lightweight Double sculls at Marlow Regatta.

George Caines won Senior 2 single sculls on Sunday.

Loughborough Regatta and National Veterans Championships

19th June 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Continuing their vigorous support for activities at the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham Rowing Club attended the National Veterans and Loughborough Regattas held on the course. They won 14 trophies in all. Competitors were aged from 16-75!

The men won — Veteran B and Veteran C Eights, Veteran E coxed fours, and Bill Payne won Veteran H sculls. In addition the senior men's squad won Senior 1 eights, Senior 1 coxless fours, Open coxless pairs, and Senior 2 double sculls. The junior men won double sculls.

The women won Novice eights, Senior 3 Quads, Senior 3 coxed fours, Senior 4 sculls and Junior 16 Double Sculls.

"Another great day for the New Club. With Henley and the National Championships coming up morale is high, more silverware is on the way," said President Keith Atkinson.


17th June 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

In its first full year NRC have six international competitors and two coaches:

  • Alan Crowther with cox Tamsin Cottle are in the adaptive four. Tina Stiller, Jacqui Round, and Frankie Jus-Burke, coached by Adey Roberts, are in the Quad Scull — both crews are due to race in the next World Cup in Amsterdam.
  • 17-year old George Caines, coached by Junior Coach of the Year Julie Edwards, is currently part of the GB Junior Squad.

Nottingham City Regatta

28th and 29th April 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

Nottingham City Regatta was held at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont, on the 28th and 29th of April in cool, windy conditions.

In its first full season, the newly-formed Nottingham Rowing Club, using newly-painted oars and wearing distinctive lycras emblazoned with a Robin Hood logo, had a disastrous first day with only one win by Catherine Lineker in Women's Sculls.

After a long hard winter's training, oarsmen and women were disconsolate and coaches furious. Alex Ferguson's "hairdryer" treatment of underperforming players was small beer compared with Men's Coach Ric Colborne's address to his troops: crew places were open to anyone prepared to work harder; places were on the line; nobody was indispensable.

Day two saw a remarkable turn-around. The men won five events: Senior 1 Eights, Senior 4 Eights and Senior 2 Fours, plus Open and Lightweight Coxless Fours.

The women went one better. Coached by Helen Bloor, Adey Roberts and Ian Wain, they won Senior 3 Eights, Senior 2 Fours, Open Quad sculls, Novice Fours, Junior 16 Quad Sculls and Senior 3 Sculls.

"This was our best Nottingham Regatta ever" said proud President Keith Atkinson. "Nearly fifty athletes, aged between sixteen and forty, were involved in the wins on Day 2. As for the first day — don't let it happen again!"

A day out at Leicester

22nd April 2007
Report by Derek Crowley

First regatta of the season — 125th Leicester Regatta.

Only 700 metres of dead water (feels like 1000 metres).

Time to see if the winter training has paid off and see how the nerves are. First race of the day for the mens Sen 3 4+ - no doubting their fitness once they got going, Pity their opposition had already gone. The men's novice 4+ - their first round opposition having scratched, they got a row over - someone should tell them they don't need to row flat out over the whole course on a row over. In the final, someone in the boat lost the plot at the start and the rest of the race they were always in pursuit but never losing their determination.

Next was the final of the women's Novice 8, somewhat excited and nervous they took a while to get going and unfortunately their opposition were 4 very competent juniors with 4 big Leicester girls in the stern so it was always going to be hard with their cox washing Nottingham down all the way down the course.

Lastly the Vet E 4+ — noticed while we were on the start the men's Senior 4 doing some training in the bar. At the start cox motivational chat starts with "I don't do losing". So we dare not lose, and luckily we didn't.

Finally a big thank you to Simon for transporting the boats and supporting all the crews — a long day for him.

Keith Atkinson Talks About Bands at the Boat Club

13th April 2007

Keith Atkinson was interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham. The NRC President spoke about the vast range of bands that had played Down at the Boat from 1962-1985, including Blues and Roots, Spencer Davies, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin and Dire Straits. A book is available at the Club listing all the bands price £5.00. Contact Keith for further information.

Women's Eights Head of the River Race

17th March 2007

The club's top women's eight came fifth overall at the Women's Eights Head, winning the Senior 2 category. The other Senior 2 crew and the Senior 4 crew also finished within the top 100.

Tiger Taming!

13th March 2007
Report by Keith Atkinson

The Club took on Leicester Tigers and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) in a four-on-four mixed charity event over a half marathon distance, to raise funds for the Matt Hampson Trust and the Rushcliffe Schools Project (getting children involved in rowing). Rob Yates, George Caines, Dave Marshall and Frankie Jus-Burke represented the Club, a team including Martin Johnson represented Leicester Tigers, and a team including Andy Lyon for PWC.

The contest took place on Concept II indoor rowing machines.

Punching out a 1.20 split the Club took control of the event and finished in 1hr 19secs -- setting up a new World Record. It's not often we can beat the Tigers -- so long as they don't want a return Rugby match...

The evening's charity event raised over £10,000 to be shared between these two causes.