Tough trials for Nottingham Rowing Club

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Thursday, 27 October 2011 11:53 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2011 16:23

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A good indication of the growing strength of Nottingham Rowing Club is that 7 women and 9 men went to Boston, Lincolnshire last weekend to attend the British Rowing Team 1st Assessment Trials for the 2012 Olympic Games, the U23 Championships and the European and University World Rowing Championships. The athletes were accompanied by their coaches Julie Edwards and Dez Atkins.

Illness and injury meant that not all made it to the start line.

The trials were in two parts, the first of which was a very demanding row on the Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine to be found in gyms and schools in Nottingham and throughout the country. Men had to cover the Olympic distance of 2,000m in 6min 10secs and Women in 7m 05s. Lightweight Men had a target of 6m 33s and lightweight women 7m 28s. U23 times were about 10 seconds longer.

The second section of the trials was a 5,000m piece on the canalised River Witham.

Results for Nottingham Rowing Club trialists were most encouraging. In the Women’s section, Fiona Bassett was 4th and Pippa Whittaker 6th  (there were 31 entries in this division).

Of the 58 scullers in the lightweight men’s race George Caines was 18th, Stuart Sykes 20th and Richard Watton 22nd.

Yasmin Marks came 11th in the lightweight Women’s division of 19.

The next set of trials are to be held in Boston in December.