New heights for Nottingham Rowing Club


Monday, 19 March 2012 13:14 Written by Administrator


The annual Head of the River Race took place in London on Saturday 17th March. Rowed on the tidal Thames from Mortlake to Putney (the reverse of the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race course), over 400 boats raced the 7,000m course, with some 3,500 rowers on the water at the same time. The overall winners were the Czech Rowing Federation, who finished a convincing 22s ahead of Leander Club; they were the fastest of an increasing number of foreign entries from as far afield as Russia, Hungary and Spain.

Nottingham Rowing Club, coached by Dan Johnson, entered three eights into the HORR. The first crew, stroked by Richard Watton and coxed by Tamsin Cottle, set off in 43rd place and finished 30th; this is the highest finishing position in this race in the history of the club. Not only that but they were the first Nottingham boat home, finishing clear of their local rivals from Nottingham & Union Rowing Club and Nottingham University Boat Club. The second eight, stroked by Anthony Jackson and coxed by Danni Smith, started 109th and finished 75th. The third crew, stroked by Rob Jephcote and coxed by Georgia Seddon, with Men’s Captain Dale Beech on board, started at 334 and went up a remarkable 176 places to finish 158th.

On Sunday 18th, more that 200 crews took part in the Vesta Veterans' Head of the River, rowed over the same course. The fastest boat was a Masters C eight, stroked by Club Secretary Paul Williamson and coxed by Jen McCann, that finished in 30th place; Paul reports a ‘racing incident’ whilst overtaking another crew. Second Nottingham Rowing Club boat home was another C crew stroked by Stuart Jolly and coxed by Jo Baldwin. Both crews are coached by Heidi Dobbs. The Women’s Masters B crew stroked by Lou Towndrow and coxed by Jo Dodgson, with coach Helen Bloor rowing in the crew, came 3rd in their group and were the most successful of the Nottingham boats.


Head of the River Race

Vesta Veterans' Head