Win on the Tideway for Nottingham rowers

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Monday, 05 March 2012 19:27 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 12:45

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Nottingham Rowing Club entered three eights for the 72nd Women’s Head of the River, a 7000m row from Mortlake to Putney, the reverse of the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race. There were 300 entries, making it the biggest women’s rowing race in the world.

Nottingham’s high performance girls, coached by Dez Atkins, were attempting to make it six wins out of six, as they have brought back a trophy every year since the foundation of Nottingham Rowing Club in 2006. Once again they didn't disappoint, finishing a fantastic 5th overall and winning the Provincial Pennant. The crew was: Nikki Spencer, Ellie Whittle, Katie Bartlett, Laura Wheeler, Fiona Bassett, Lindsay Marshall, Catherine Lineker, Pippa Whittaker at stroke, with Victoria Atkins coxing.

The Masters B crew stroked by Lou Townrow, coxed by Ashley Hewitt and coached by Helen Bloor were second in their class and came 62nd overall.

The third eight, coached by Club Manager Mark Cooke, was a joint entry with sister club Nottingham Trent Úniversity BC - they finished 254th.

Olivia Duckworth (Ferwood School, Wollaton) was in a GB junior development eight rowing for time only and finished 20th after starting in 183rd place. Despite being an experienced sculler it was her first race in sweep-oared rowing; her coach Claire Parnell felt that she had met the challenge and had given it her all. They were only three seconds behind the Junior winners!

Winning the Provincial Club Pennant brought the total of winter wins to 55 chasing a Nottingham Rowing Club record of 58 set in the 2009/2010 season. Next weekend is the Lincoln Head; the record may be broken there.