Nottingham Autumn Head 2013


Tuesday, 12 November 2013 18:11 Written by Administrator


After a very windy night, race day dawned dry, sunny and cool - but still windy. The race committee recommended that athletes should wear extra clothing and boat early for their event as the Trent was running fast and extra time would be needed to get up to the start. With such challenging conditions single scullers in Division 2 were stood down from racing and their fees will be reimbursed.

Division 1, for single scullers only, started 1,600m above Clifton Bridge and finished at the buttress opposite the Britannia boathouse (5450 m). There were nearly 100 athletes in the race including World Junior Sculling Champion Jess Leyden from Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club near Manchester. The overall winner was Nottingham Rowing Club's Anthony English with teammate Ayrton Carlton fourth and winner of the IM2 trophy. Fastest woman home was Jess Leyden in 22nd place, but second and winner of the Women's J18 event was Anna Thornton from Becket School coached by Claire Parnell. Anna beat a host of High Performance women and is clearly a great prospect for 2014.

Jack Smith from Toot Hill School was the J17 winner; he too beat many of the Club's senior men. His training partners Connor Gamble [South Notts Academy] and Rowan Law [West Bridgford School ] chose to row in the Elite class and came 6th and 7th overall - a great achievement against tough opposition. Graham Angus won Masters D sculls. Yasmin Marks came home just behind  Anna Thornton and won Women's Senior sculls. Women's IM3 sculls went  to Hannah Wright and Laura Champion was the W.IM2 winner.

At the close of Division 1 Nottingham Rowing Club had won eight events, their juniors had outshone the seniors and many headed for crew boats to race in the afternoon.

Division 2 began at Clifton Bridge and finished 3,500m later at the buttress. In fast but not easy conditions the Nottingham Rowing Club IM3 quad coached by Lauren Fisher and made up of World Class Start athletes won overall. Sam Hayes, Ayrton Carlton, Jared Minnican and Alex Watkins were in the boat. The Elite Quad winners coached by Dan Johnson of Ross McCoristonStuart Sykes, Anthony English and Ed Fisher won their event and were third overall, closely followed by the winning Junior quad of Harvey Kay [Rushcliffe School], Rowan Law [West Bridgford School], Connor Gamble [South Notts Academy ] and Jack Smith [Toot Hill School ] coached by Martin Kay. Jake Griffen, Connor Duncan, Josh Tolley, Kenny Gray coxed by Kat Noon won novice fours. Women's Intermediate 2  fours,coached by Helen Bloor was won by Lou Townrow, Bernie McCabe, Annika Wing and Kat Aguilar-Agon, coxed by Nat Egginton. Masters F winners were Steve Cuthbert, Tony Lorrimer, Derek Crowley, Paul Johns coxed by Carole Dickinson. The ever reliable Bill Payne won Masters I double sculls for the over 80's as he had the day before in Reading. Unable to find Masters opposition Iain Hill, Andy Brown, Andy Townsend and Mike Walker entered IM1 coxless fours and won it!

Sixteen wins on the Trent has set Nottingham Rowing Club up for winter training. The next target for Senior, Junior and Under 23 athletes who want a place in team GB 2014 will be trials on the Concept 2 Indoor Rower and over a 5,000m stretch of the River Witham in Boston.