Nottingham Small Boats Head 2012

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 23:39 Written by Administrator

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Nottingham Small Boats Head, sponsored by Libra Drinks, is usually rowed in two divisions. Division One over a 5,450m course is for experienced scullers and begins near Beeston Weir; Division Two over 3,850m starts at Clifton Bridge. Both races finish 100m below Trent Bridge. However for the 2012 event both races began at Clifton Bridge because of dense fog on the river which would not clear. The entry was affected by British Rowing putting on events in Boston and at Dorney Lake which drew away Junior and Elite entrants.

In Division 1 the overall winner was Nottingham Rowing Club’s Stuart Sykes who completed the course in under 14 minutes. Winners also from the Nottingham Club were Anthony English who won Elite Sculls, Connor Gamble was Intermediate 3 winner. Dave Sperry, making a welcome return to competition after a year off, won Masters B/C sculls, finishing in a very impressive 8th place overall and Lee Holland was the Intermediate 1 champion, in a slower time than sixteen year old Connor.

Division 2 was won by a men’s quad from Nottingham Rowing Club coached by Dan Johnson - Craig Turner, Alex Kratzer, Anthony English and Ross McCoriston made up the crew. Two crews coached by Helen Bloor also won: Lewis Muirhead & John Dainty won Novice Double Sculls and Lou Townrow, Sarah Royles, Cassie White and Meryl Harrison coxed by Jo Dodgson won Women’s Masters B fours. Amelia Larkin, although only a junior, won Novice Sculls.

Nine wins for Nottingham Rowing Club was a reasonable outcome with over 15 of their best athletes racing elsewhere.

River flood conditions are causing great problems for crews trying to carry on with winter training. Events at Loughborough and Newark have been called off.

The new training centre with its indoor rowing, weight training and stretching areas, located below the Forest Stand, is already proving its worth and is in full swing every day.