Another Tideway pennant for Nottingham RC

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:00 Written by Administrator

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The 74th Women's Eights Head of the River was held on Saturday 15th March 2014 on the 6800 m course from Chiswick to Putney. This year there were 291 entries aged from 15 to 70, including Olympians, overseas entries and even some beginners.

Following the heavy rain during the winter in the Thames catchment, the race organisers had expressed concern over the amount of river water coming downstream on the ebb tide; in January, the RNLI at Chiswick had rescued an octuple scull and a quad which had overturned in rough conditions due to strong currents. Several Novice and Junior crews with limited Tideway experience did not start, but as it turned out race day was fine and dry, and the river flow was easy to manage.

Nottingham Rowing Club entered 3 boats - at Intermediate 1, 2 and 3 - with the first crew starting 5th. Nottingham & UnionRC had an Intermediate 3 entry and Nottingham Trent University had a Novice boat.

The Nottingham RC IM1 crew, coached by Rushcliffe's Coach of the Year Dez Atkins, of Anna Thornton [Becket School], Katie BartlettKyra Edwards [George Spencer School], Kirsty MaxfieldLaura ChampionCatherine LinekerNikki SpencerSarah Bonar and coxed by Hannah York, finished 16th overall and won the Provincial Pennant. This is the eighth WEHORR pennant won by Nottingham Rowing Club since its foundation eight years ago, an incredible record. The crew included two schoolgirls who, although accomplished scullers, only began sweep-oared rowing a month ago. Earlier in the winter Anna, Catherine, Kyra and Sarah had won IM1 Quads scullling at the Tideway Fours Head. Dez felt it was a great achievement by such a young crew and they faced a tough race with Exeter University pushing them the whole distance but held them off all the way to Putney. "I'm pleased with the performance and can't wait for the regatta season. It's been a hard winter.", he said.

The IM2 crew of Berni McCabe, Lou Townrow, Lilly Cocks, Kat Aguila-Agon, Cassie White, Kirsty Brown, Nicky Gray, Heather Wesson coxed by Jo Dodgson was the third Provincial boat and came 40th overall, making up 53 places. The IM3 crew of Alisha Page-Long, Sarah Royles, Ruth Hyde, Elly Welham, Jill Titterton, Lucy Rogers, Katie Baggott and Brodie Holmes, coxed by Nat Egginton came home 103rd and made up 74 places. A jubilant Helen Bloor, Nottingham Rowing Club coach, reports: "We had a fabulous day with great conditions and fine racing - we're already in a very strong position before the regatta season really starts".

The Nottingham Trent University BC Novices came 131st and Nottingham & Union's IM3 boat finished in 212nd place.