Trentside regatta a great success!


Saturday, 22 June 2013 16:11 Written by Administrator


Local rowing rivals Nottingham & Union Rowing Club and Nottingham Rowing Club joined forces to revive the Nottingham Sprint Regatta on Sunday 16th June. Charles Adams, Marketing Director of First Degree Fitness International and regatta sponsor commented: "It’s good to experience first class teamwork in action.". The regatta marked the first time that a sprint event has been held on the Trent since the mid-nineties, when Nottingham Sprint Regatta was run by the then Nottingham Boat Club.

The course was from the Suspension Bridge to the buttress just before the Forest Ground, a distance of about 750m. Joining the Nottingham clubs were crews from Boston, Derby, Loughborough, Lincoln and Newark. 70 races ran strictly to time and were watched  by families taking a Sunday stroll, dog walkers, photographers and enthusiastic supporters. It was a fine day and races came down the Trent every five minutes.

Coach Helen Bloor’s crews had four wins; she commented: "It was fabulous although very frantic early doors, but well worth it". Helen coached the winning Women’s Novice Eight of Ruth McKellar, Marie Grant, Caitlin Boyland, Kirsty Brown, Fiona Robinson, Caitlin Olney, Meryl Harrison and Alex Beviss coxed by Nat Eggington. They beat Nottingham Trent University in the final. The women went on to win Intermediate 3 coxed fours, where Ruth McKellar, Kirsty Brown, Caitland Boyland and Nicky Gray coxed by Nat Eggington beat Loughborough Boat Club. Bernie McCabe, Sarah Royles, Meryl Harrison and Elly Welham, with Nat Eggington as cox, also beat Loughborough BC to take the women's Masters C title. The Nottingham clubs entered a joint mixed invitational quadruple scull and beat Lincoln Rowing Centre; Ruth Hyde and Henryk Faas were in the crew.

Coach Martin Kay felt that the 'free start' added some enjoyable needle into proceedings. Grandson Harvey Kay won J15 sculls winning three rounds against fellow training partners from Nottingham Rowing Club’s junior squad on the way. Harvey is a pupil at Rushcliffe School, the only school designated as a 'Watersports Hub School' in Nottinghamshire. Another of Martin’s crews beat the Union in the Intermediate 2 coxless fours; Declan Gamble, Ayrton Carlton, Richard Nixon and Ross McCoriston were in the crew.

Rowing as a Masters E crew against a D four from their own club, after a lengthy starting procedure and with a handicap start, Steve Cuthbert, Tony Lorrimer, Derek Crowley and Paul Johns coxed by Carole Dickinson flew off the start and were still ahead at the finish and worthy winners, as the younger crew closed on them.

As ever the Club's Juniors, coached by Claire Parnell and Andy Ivory, added to the trophy tally. Peter Savage (Djanogly City Academy) and James Mawby (Nottingham City Academy) won J15 double sculls. Mollie Zalas (Grantham Girls School) was the women's Intermediate 3 sculls winner and Katie Swales (South Notts Academy) beat Newark to win WJ15 sculls. Connor Gamble, from South Notts Academy, won J17 sculls.

Rebecca Rowntree and Elly Jaycock won Women’s Novice double sculls and were joined by Charly Okes and Maria Bilous going on to win the invitational Novice Quadruple Sculls.

Henryk Faas and Jamie Litchfield beat Lincoln to win men’s novice double sculls. Andreas Endruweit won Intermediate 1 single sculls. Nikki Spencer eliminated two of her regular training partners to take the Women’s Elite single sculls as she prepares for Women’s Henley.

Another of Dan Johnson and Clive Fletcher’s crews won Intermediate 3 coxed fours, where Steve Marshall, Lee Holland, Jon Okon and Tom Lightfoot coxed by Katherine Noon were emphatic winners. Lewis Muirfield rowed over to take the Intermediate 3 sculls.

Altogether Nottingham Rowing Club won 17 events at the re-established Sprint Regatta. That the event had been such a success was the result of the two local town clubs Nottingham & Union Rowing Club and Nottingham Rowing Club working well together and delivering a quality rowing day in the heart of the city. The aim next year is a larger regatta and more community involvement.