Nine wins for Nottingham Rowing Club


Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:46 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:36


The 2012 Head of the Trent took place on Sunday 26th February on what turned out as a fine and windless weekend. The event is raced in three divisions, all starting at Clifton Bridge. The first division, raced over 6000m to the Sea Scouts' headquarters at TS Orion in Colwick, was for men's eights and women's quads & fours, with women's masters' eights and men's masters' quads & fours. Division two, finishing at Trent Bridge with a course distance of 3800m, was for novice rowers. The third division was raced over the same course as the first and was was for men’s fours & quads, women’s eights, with men's masters' eights and women’s masters' fours. Nottingham Rowing Club entered 11 eights and 9 fours, with over 120 members racing.

In Division 1 the overall winners were Star Club from Bedford, who won the Cliff Booth trophy. Nottingham Rowing Club, stroked by Richard Watton, coxed by Tamsin Cottle and coached by Dan Johnson came 3rd overall, winning the Senior pennant. Nottingham won three other events in the division: Mary Wilson stroked the winning W.J18 quad scull, with Anna Thornton joining the other girls who had done so well at the Boston trials last weekend led by coaches Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory. This crew is to take on the major public school crews on the Thames on March 20th at the Schools' Head.

The masters F four (average age 60), stroked by Paul Johns and coxed by Carole Dickinson, won their event and the women’s masters' B eight (average age 36), stroked by Lou Townrow, coxed by Ashley Hewitt and coached by Helen Bloor, won too.

In Division 3 there were yet another five wins for a rampant Nottingham Rowing Club. The men, coached by Dan Johnson, won Elite and Intermediate 1 coxless fours and Intermediate 3 coxed fours. Peter Gostling stroked the Elite four, Richard Watton the Intermediate 1 crew and Robert Milligan the Intermediate 3 boat which was coxed by Danni Smith. NRC also took the masters C (average age 43) eights' pennant: club secretary Paul Williamson stroked the crew and Jen McCann coxed it. The women’s high performance eight, coached by Dez Atkins, coxed by Victoria Atkins, stroked by Pippa Whittaker and with junior star Katie Bartlett on board, won the Robin Haslam trophy for the fastest women’s eight for the third year in succession. This crew is due to race in the Women’s Head of the River on the Thames on Saturday 3rd March.

The current total of wins for the winter 2011/12 is 54, vs a Club record of 58.

‘It was a fantastic weekend for Nottingham Rowing Club', said Club President Keith Atkinson. ’It was a well-run event which members helped to manage and we won a sackful of trophies too. Now the focus turns to the Thames, where the whole Club from juniors to masters will test itself against the rest of the country rowing over the Boat Race course.’