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Friday, 08 February 2013 14:49 Written by Administrator

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Snow, ice and flood have prevented local rowing crews from taking to the water for training and racing over the last two months and has resulted in an unprecedented number of events being called off. A recent improvement in the weather has enabled Nottingham Rowing Club's athletes to take to the water again after weeks of running, weight training, stretching and indoor rowing.

February is usually a very busy month, with preparations for racing going full-steam ahead; this year, the first setback was the cancellation of the Peterborough Head of the Nene at the start of the month due to snow and high winds. This is an important race that is often used by clubs as an early guide to form. Junior Coordinator Claire Parnell reports that a selection of quads and doubles were due to race race at the Hampton Head on Saturday February 9th, but once again flooding caused cancellation.

Rowan Law from West Bridgford School is due at Caversham joining a potential GB camp. Rowan, Olivia Kay from Rushcliffe School and Toot Hill’s Jack Smith will compete in the Junior Long Distance Trials at Boston, and four quads will enter the Head of the Trent on Sunday March 3rd.

Coach Martin Kay says that Ed Fisher is going for trials. The Loughborough University boys he is coaching are aiming at the BUCS* Head in Peterborough on 16/17th February. Emilia Larkin is hoping to enter the Junior Interregional event.

Siemens-sponsored Talent Development coach Julie Edwards says that Katie Bartlett, Fiona Bassett, Beth Lloyd and Sarah Bonar are off to senior trials at Boston and Kyra Edwards will be at the junior trials in late February.

Ruth Hyde has been involved with coaching 18 new juniors and feels that they are progressing well and ought to have a crew in the Head of the Trent.

Helen Bloor remarks ’Its all go’ as her Loughborough girls enter an eight and two fours for the BUCS Head and the club women get ready for the Head of the Trent in Nottingham.

Dez Atkins' high performance group are due at trials in Boston and will then join club crews for the head in Nottingham, where they hope to put down a marker for the following week at the Women's Head of the River on the Thames, the premier long distance event in the country. Nottingham RC women have won a pennant in this race in every year since the club was founded and hope to continue the tradition in 2013.

Dan Johnson, coaching the men’s squad, is putting together eights and fours for the Head of the Trent and is lining up a crew for a tilt at the Jackson Trophy for provincial crews at the Head of the River race on the Thames in late March.

Finally, the club’s masters crews are in full training for races in fours and eights at Nottingham, and are also looking ahead to the Vesta Veterans' Head in London at the end of March..

In summary, although badly affected by the weather this winter, it's all systems go at Nottingham RC and improving weather is the key to progress over the next month.

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* British Universities and College Sport