1000 up - weekend trophies mean Nottingham Rowing Club reaches the milestone!


Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:52 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:32


As they hunted down the eight remaining trophies to seal 1000 won since the club’s foundation in 2006, Nottingham Rowing Club members were at various regattas from Munich in Germany, Varese in Northern Italy, Bewdley in Worcestershire and St Neots in Cambridgeshire. Competition to win the final trophy was fierce, as the victors would be members of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world “The Nottingham  Rowing Club 1000 Club”.

In Munich, at the European Masters Rowing Championships the ever reliable Bill Payne won gold against an all-German opposition in the Masters J Single Sculls. The event was rowed over 1000m of the 1972 Olympic course.

At the World Rowing U23 Championships in Varese, Katie Bartlett won silver - click here for a report on her endeavours.

At Bewdley Regatta, held over the weekend of 26/27th July, the club's veteran men were in action. On Saturday they returned with four trophies (report here), and on Sunday Dave Wregg beat his Bridgnorth opponent to win Masters F Sculls.

This left just one trophy to complete the 1000.

This duly came at St Neots on the River Ouse on Sunday 27th July, where Charlotte Brown [Nottingham Girls High] and Priya Jenkins [Loughborough Girls High] raced four rounds to win the Women's J15 Double Sculls. They beat Trent Rowing Club, Lincoln Rowing Centre, Globe Rowing Club and Star Rowing Club. Globe are the current National Champions, and the girls’ coach Martin Kay felt this was a great scalp. So it looks like Charlotte and Priya did it - and are the only two members in the world of "The Nottingham Rowing Club 1000 Club"!

"A fantastic hurdle to cross", said Club President Keith Atkinson. "1000 trophies in eight years, all credit to our athletes, coaches, administrators, sponsors and supporters. There are not many clubs anywhere that can match this. A special thank you to our Captain Mark Cooke who has kept us to the task over the years. It must be party time!”