Easter Training Camps for rowers


Monday, 08 April 2013 12:35 Written by Administrator


For many members of rowing clubs around the country, Easter is Training Camp time, when squads go off to various locations and begin to form crews for the season ahead. It is a time for speeding up, seat racing, group bonding and trying to get some rest amidst frantic activity. Nottingham Rowing Club is no exception, and as well as having several groups out on camp it has also been hosting visitors at its Trentside base.

A typical training day on camp starts at 6 am with an early row followed by breakfast and rest, then an activity session and lunch, rest and another outing and dinner, then bed. This year’s training camps come at the end of a highly disrupted season that has seen an unprecedented number of days lost due to flooded rivers and poor weather. The effectiveness of the camps will be tested at the first major 2000m multi-lane regatta of the season, Nottingham City Regatta, to be held at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont on Saturday May 18th 2013.

Nottingham Rowing Club’s High Performance group travelled to a camp in Brive, southern France, where they struck it lucky with sunny weather, temperatures in the 20s and flat water. Nikki Spencer, Catherine Lineker, Lindsay Marshall, Laura Wheeler, Ellie Whittle, Louise Hart, Yasmin Marks and Katie Bartlett were among a group of twenty athletes from Nottingham RC and Loughborough Students RC who were accompanied by coaches Lauren Fisher and Dez Atkins.

Meanwhile in a sunny but very cold Peterborough - complete with ice and snow - coach Helen Bloor had the women’s squad staying at the local Holiday Inn and using the River Nene and 1000m multi-lane course, complete with a friendly seal! She reports that it was: "A fabulous camp, great rowing and a welcome steam room and hot tub after a freezing day."

Dan Johnson had hoped to work with the men’s squad at a sunny and cold National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont, but was thwarted by a strong northeasterly wind that made the course unrowable and forced them to use the river instead. The group are preparing for a very challenging season following last year’s win in the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. He is fortunate in having some talented newcomers like Anthony English and Alex Kratzer to replace Matt Gotrel, who is now in the GB Rowing Team.

Junior rowers were recently put through their paces at the British Rowing Spring Assessments at Holme Pierrepont, held with a view to adding them to Team GB for the 2013 season. Rowan Law (West Bridgford School), Anna Thornton (Fernwood School), Jack Smith (Toot Hill School), Olivia Kay (Rushcliffe School) sponsored by Tracsis ltd. and Kyra Edwards (George Spencer School) were all asked to attend.

Amidst all this purposeful activity an ‘Explore Rowing’ flotilla of seven boats from Lincoln Rowing Centre, Newark Rowing Club, Leicester Rowing Club and Nottingham Rowing Club, more interested in recreation than competition, continued the tradition of rowing from Nottingham to Newark on Good Friday calling in on local hostelries on the way and finishing with a celebration meal. They were sent on their way with bacon cobs and hot cross buns supplied by Club Captain Mark Cooke. A good time was had by all.