Lincoln Rowing Centre Head 2013: 11 wins for Nottingham Rowing Club

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:36 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:51

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Catering for every type of boat from junior single sculls to masters eights, the Lincoln Head was very well supported with nearly 200 boats - 35 from Nottingham Rowing  Club alone - racing on the cold waters of the River Witham just south of Lincoln. All crews raced upstream, with eights covering a 5500m course and other boats rowing over 3300m. Conditions for the race were very unpleasant and several athletes were withdrawn because of the snow and bitter wind - the organisers gave refunds to crews who did this. The race was affected by the notable difference in stream between the first and second divisions.

Nottingham Rowing Club’s juniors, led by Junior Co-ordinator Claire Parnell, were well represented and returned with the majority of trophies.

Rowan Law (West Bridgford School) was the fastest single sculler and won Intermediate 2 sculls, Jack Smith (Toot Hill School) won J16 sculls, Alex Barlow (Nottingham Boys High) took the J15 title, Peter Savage (Djanogly City Academy) and James Mawby (Nottingham Academy) were J15 double scull winners, Charlotte Brown (Hollygirt School) won WJ14 sculls, Ella Kay (West Bridgford School) and Siena Hayes (Loughborough High School) were WJ15 double champions, Kyra Edwards (George Spencer School) won both WJ16 and Women’s School Junior single sculls and Emelia Larkin (Trent College) took the WJ15 title. Senior rower Sam Hayes won novice sculls. Both Emelia and Sam are coached by Martin Kay who also looks after Tom Birch, who is recovering from head injuries sustained in Afghanistan. Tom raced in novice sculls and did well; Martin said: "It demonstrates the enormous value that 15 months sculling has had on regenerating his motor skills".

The club's veterans returned with two trophies: Steve Cuthbert, Tony Lorrimer, Derek Crowley and Paul Johns, coxed by Carole Dickinson, won Masters E/F fours rowing at F status, and were then joined by Shane MacSweeney, Andy Brown, Andy Townsend and Chris Beesley and duly took the Masters C/D/E eights title rowing at E status.