Head of the Trent - Sunday March 3rd 2013

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Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:24 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 13:41

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With so many races being called off this winter, from as far afield as Durham, York, Boston, Peterborough, Loughborough and Hampton, local organisers of this year’s Head of the Trent, drawn mainly from Nottingham & Union Rowing Club and Nottingham Rowing Club, are hoping for good water conditions and a good entry.

The race will be held in three divisions. Division 1 at 10.00am is for Open eights and Women’s quads and fours over 5700m from Clifton Bridge to the training ship Orion in Colwick. Division 2 at 12.30 pm is for Novice eights, quads and fours over 4000m from Clifton to Trent Bridge. Division 3 at 2.30 pm, again over the 5700m course, is for Women’s eights and Men’s fours and quads. Masters' events are rowed in the 'opposite' division, for example open Masters' eights are rowed in Division 3.

The good folk of Nottingham out for a walk with the dog will be able to see crews rowing from about 9.00 am - photographers take note of the many good opportunities for a good photo!

The East Midlands, which, boosted by the 'Olympic Effect', has a record 1500 rowers, will be represented in force, as clubs from Nottingham, Boston, Leicester, Derby, Burton, and Loughborough are expected to take part.

Local interest will be on the four Nottingham clubs, which are easily recognised by the colours on the oars. Nottingham Rowing Cub, with some 200 members the largest club in the area, rows with dark and light blue and yellow blades and their kit carries the distinctive Robin Hood logo. Nottingham & Union Rowing Club row with black and red kit and oars. Nottingham University are in yellow, while Nottingham Trent University have blue, white and pink on kit and blades.

A crew to look out for is Nottingham Rowing Club’s Women’s first eight, coached by Dez Atkins, as they defend the 'Robin Haslam Trophy' for the fastest Women’s crew. They are using this race as preparation for the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race (WEHORR), which takes place on the following Saturday (9th March). Held on the Thames over the Boat Race course, this race is widely held to be the premier long-distance event in the country. Nottingham Rowing Club holds the remarkable record of having won a pennant at the WEHORR every year since the club was founded in 2006 - 'No pressure there then', said coach Dez.