Girls run amok at Masters Rowing Championships!


Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:51 Written by Administrator


The Masters Rowing Championships, with a record entry of over 650 boats, followed hard on the heels of a highly successful Nottingham City Regatta. It was held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and rowed over 1,000m with races every four minutes from eight in the morning until seven in the evening! As at the city regatta, a northeasterly tailwind made for fast conditions, if a little on the cool side.

Masters’ Rowing is divided into age categories A – J for the 27-80 age groups.

Nottingham Rowing Club Women came away with a sackful of medals, with their coach Helen Bloor declaring ‘What a great day at the office. The girls certainly didn’t let the side down!!’

In the Women’s A fours (27-35) Lindsay Marshall, Alex Johnson, Zara Muirhead–Smith and Athalie Redwood-Brown won gold and Lou Townrow, Hettie Thomas, Cassie White and Heather Wesson, coxed by Jo Dodgson, took the silver. In the B fours for 36-42 year olds, Zara Muirhead-Smith, Sarah Royles, Shirley Harding and Jo Baldwin, coxed by Ashley Hewitt, won the gold. The Women’s A eight with Lou Townrow, Hettie Thomas, Cassie White, Sarah Royles, Zara Muirhead-Smith, Jo Baldwin, Shirley Harding and Heather Wesson, coxed by Jo Dodgson won gold. The Women’s C eight for 43-49 year olds with Lou Townrow, coach Helen Bloor, Cassie White, Sarah Royles, Shirley Harding, Elly Welham, Ruth Hyde and Netty Cox, coxed by Ashley Hewitt, won the gold. The Women’s novice B quadruple scull, coached by Mark Cooke, of Meryl Harrison, Elly Welham, Ruth Kemp and Fiona Bridges won gold racing at ten past eight in the morning! A joint entry of Louise Hart, Lindsay Marshall and Athalie Redwood-Brown with Reading Rowing Club won the gold in the Women’s A quadruple sculls.

Whilst the girls raked in the medals the men were busy too. Bill Payne, rowing in a composite I (75-80) quadruple scull, won gold. There was gold too for Andy Townsend and Shane McSweeney in the D Novice double sculls; they rowed from the back of the field to win the event, overhauling the last crews in the final 200m. The C eight won silver; Ben Dobbs, Mike Fay, Damian Cooke, Clive Fletcher, Club Captain Andy Brown, John Austen, Chris Royles were stroked by Paul Williamson and coxed by Jen McCann. Paul said that his D coxless four had earlier in the day thrown away another silver medal by hitting the buoys 150m from the finish!

Nottingham Rowing Club finished the Masters Championships 2012 with eight gold and two silver medals - its best performance in this event since the Club’s foundation in 2006.