Veteran rowers claim first win of 2013


Thursday, 14 February 2013 15:46 Written by Administrator


On a very unpleasant wet winter weekend, while many of the Nottingham Rowing Club senior athletes were at the GB Trials at Boston and others were training on the Trent, a group of intrepid veteran rowers went to compete in the Bedford Head and won the club’s first trophy of 2013.

Entered in the Masters I category for crews over 75, Stuart Wharton at stoke, Bill Payne steering, with Geoff Nicholls and Mike Collier, took on younger quadruple sculls on a bankful River Ouse at Bedford and beat them over the 2000m course.

Steersman Bill Payne,just weeks away from his 80th birthday celebrations at the club ,felt that the course, with its tight and low bridges and a dangerous weir, was a difficult one to negotiate and he felt that the next race on the Trent on March 3rd would be less demanding.

Said Club President Keith Atkinson: "What a splendid example to the rest of Nottingham Rowing Club. Due to awful water conditions we have been starved of competition so far this year and with a small beak in the weather the vets are off and winning. I was at home watching the Six Nations rugby in a nice warm house while they drove back in the pouring rain listening to it on the radio. I clearly owe them a pint."