Winter preparations continue for Nottingham Rowing Club


Thursday, 10 November 2011 18:29 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Friday, 11 November 2011 13:59


Nine Nottingham Rowing Club boats, a mixture of quadruple sculls, coxed and coxless fours, rowed on the Thames this weekend as part of their winter training programme. There were over 450 entries in the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours on Saturday and nearly 230 in the Veteran Fours Head of the River on Sunday. The course was from Mortlake to Putney - the reverse of the University Boat Race, a distance of 6,850m or 4 and a quarter miles.

In the Fuller's event, first boat home for NRC was the Men’s Intermediate 1 quad stroked by Stuart Sykes and coached by Dan Johnson which finished a sparkling 26th overall and 6th in its class. The Women’s Elite quad stroked by Nikki Spencer and coached by Dez Atkins, defending its title, came 133rd and 3rd in its class - they were defeated by Olympic hopefuls from Leander Club. The Women’s Intermediate 1 quad stroked by Kate Hart came 228th and the Intermediate 2 coxed four, coached by Helen Bloor, finished 413th.

At the Veteran Fours Head the next day, first Nottingham Rowing Club crew home in 59th place, third in its class, was the Masters C open coxed four of Chris Beesley, Graham Angus, Iain Hill and Paul Williamson, coxed by Jen McCann. The women’s B coxed four of Netty Cox, Lou TownrowSarah Royles and Cassie White coxed by Ashley Hewitt, came 156th and was also third in its class. The open F/G coxless four of Steve Cuthbert, Tony Lorrimer, Mo Rossell and Paul Johns was 168th - it was Tony's first time on the Tideway for 28 years! The women’s B quad of Ruth Kemp, Elly Welham, Hettie Thomas, and Meryl Harrison was 184th - for Ruth and Meryl this was their first time on the Tideway, in some tricky conditions. The open Intermediate 3 crew of Lewis Muirhead, John Dainty, Nick Kenwright-Piercy and Steve Cannell, coxed by Jo Dodgson, were 115th.