Nottingham's Women Rowers set a new record on the Thames

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Sunday, 10 March 2013 17:46 Written by Administrator

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The Women’s Head of the River Race is rowed from Chiswick to Putney, the reverse of the Oxford -Cambridge Boat Race, but still over the same distance of 4 miles 440 yds. This year there was a record entry, with some 2,500 women rowing in over 300 boats. Organisers put this down to the Olympic Legacy effect.

The race was started by USA Olympic rower Anita DeFrantz and was won overall by Imperial College.

Nottingham Rowing Club sent three crews. The high performance group of Nikki Spencer, Fiona Bassett, Catherine Lineker, Laura Wheeler, Sarah Bonar, Lindsay Marshall, Ellie Whittle and Katie Bartlett, coxed by Vicky Atkins and coached by Dez Atkins, started 4th and finished 7th, winning the Provincial Pennant for the seventh year in succession. Not only that, but they set up a new record of 18m 57s, beating the previous record set by Agecroft Rowing Club in 2007. This was the same crew that had been overall Women’s winners at the Head of the Trent a week ago. Coach Dez felt that he had never seen the crew tackle the London course as well. A Nottingham Rowing Club boat has held a place in the top 10 finishers since the club was founded in 2006.

The Masters C crew came 78th and the Intermediate 3 crew finished 123rd. Said coach Helen Bloor: "The Masters crew had a great race. We turned our performance round from a frustrating Trent Head result and were only 5 seconds behind the winners Upper Thames, a crew containing several well known Olympians. The IM 3 crew contained many of the winning novice crew from the Trent Head - they did very well and gained good experience which will set them up well for the season. The coxes of both crews did a great job."