17 wins for Nottingham Rowing Club

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Monday, 17 October 2011 21:27 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Saturday, 22 October 2011 18:25

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The Nottingham Autumn Head races, supported by Libra Drinks, were held in fine and sunny conditions on Sunday 16th October. Division one was raced over a 5,450m course from Clifton Grove to the buttress opposite the Britannia boathouse and catered for experienced single scullers. Division two, from Clifton Bridge to the same finish (a distance of 3,850m), included younger scullers and a mixture of crew boats.

Nottingham Rowing Club won an incredible 17 events, recording wins right across the board, with youngsters of 14 and veterans over 75 raking in the silverware.

The first division was won overall by Jonny Walton of Loughborough Students RC, with NRC's Ed Mace coming home in third place, winning Senior single sculls. Graham Angus took the Masters C title in 13th place. Fastest women's sculler was Kris Johnson from Leeds RC in 18th place, with NRC's Nikki Spencer next fastest woman at six seconds behind. Yasmin Marks won Women’s Intermediate 2 sculls. Olivia Kay from Rushcliffe School West Bridgford won Women’s J17 sculls, an outstanding achievement for a 14 year old and probably the performance of the day. Bex Rimmington won Women’s Intermediate 3 sculls.

In Division 2, Ed Mace, Richard Watton, Pete Gosling and Stuart Sykes won Intermediate 2 quadruple sculls; Dale Beech, Tom Barclay, Rob Jephcote and Steve Marshall coxed by Tamsin Cottle won Intermediate 2 coxed fours. Both boats are coached by Dan Johnson. Taking time off from Nottingham University Hospital, Dr. Dave Sperry joined Nick Musson and stormed the Intermediate 1 double sculls. Chris Beesley, Dave Sharman, Iain Hill and Jim Measures coxed by Jen McCann took the Masters C title, while Mo Rossell, Tony Lorrimer, Derek Crowley and Paul Johns coxed by Carole Dickinson, rowing at Masters F, took the "masters' headship". Ruth Kemp, Sarah Royles, Hettie Thomas and Meryl Harrison, coached by Nicky Ranoe, won Women’s Novice quads. Georgia Seddon, Lou Townrow, Heather Wesson and Cassie White, coxed by Jo Dodgson and coached by Helen Bloor, took the Women’s Intermediate 2 coxed four pennant. Kate Hurst and Amy Elliott won Women’s Intermediate 2 doubles, while Philly and Ella Whittle took the Women’s Novice doubles; both crews are coached by High Performance coach Dez Atkins. Bill Payne and Mike Collier, rowing at Masters I (average age 75 and over) won the age-handicapped Masters E-I doubles. Two junior double sculls coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory completed an outstanding day for Nottingham Rowing Club, now beginning its sixth season. Olivia Kay, with her second trophy of the day, and Anna Thornton won Women’s J16 doubles and Dominic Parnell and Rowan Law, rowing above their age group, won J18 double sculls.

"What a start to the winter campaign", said Club President Keith Atkinson. "Forty four athletes took home a trophy, from novices to masters, high performance and aspiring juniors all played their part in a great day for Nottingham Rowing Club. It’s early days to talk about record-breaking, but the signs are there. Credit must go to the athletes and their coaches for this outstanding start to 2011/12."