Success on a freezing February weekend

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Sunday, 05 February 2012 13:43 Written by Administrator

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On a freezing cold February week-end, with the threat of snow in the air, Nottingham Rowing Club crews entered Hampton and Peterborough head races in search of more trophies to add to their current total of 44 of winter wins.

Hampton Head had an incredible 605 entries. Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory with Andrew Wilson towing, took four junior crews to tackle top quality competition from the leading rowing schools and clubs in the country. The event took place over a 3,000m stretch of the Thames near Hampton Court. Clear warnings were given about the need to wrap up warm for the races. Anna Thornton (Fernwood School Wollaton) and Livy Kay (Rushcliffe School West Bridgford), took the gold medal in the Women’s J15 double sculls in a field of 15 - this was despite an accident which bent a rigger and left Anna’s oar touching the water! Olivia Duckworth (Fernwood School Wollaton) and Mary Wilson (Nottingham Girls' High School) won silver in the womens J18 double sculls with a field of 24. Olivia was rowing up a year and Mary has recently returned to full time training after a year off with injury. The four girls then competed in the J18 Quadruple sculls with 20 other crews and despite three of them rowing in higher age groups came a creditable third, beating a silver medal winning international in the process.

Dominic Parnell (Grove School Balderton nr Newark) and Rowan Law (West Bridgford School), came third out of 16 in the men’s J16 double sculls and missed the silver by 0.2secs. Rowan was rowing up a year.

Coach Claire Parnell was full of praise for the youngsters and highlighted Mary Wilson’s comeback as showing ’Guts, determination and character’.

It is unclear at present whether third places will be awarded bronze medals. If so, then Nottingham Rowing Club returns with four medals from four entries - even so this is a great result.

Peterborough Head of the Nene, scheduled to be rowed on the same day, was cancelled the day before as the river froze over - this is the second year in succession that NRC crews have been disappointed by the cancellation of this event.