East Midlands juniors club together at Peterborough


Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:49 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:01


Juniors from Trent RC, Burton Leander RC and Nottingham Rowing Club teamed up to produce an eight to be reckoned with at the Peterborough City Regatta on 11th August.

Following a discussion three weeks previously at the British Junior Championships, fellow scullers Oliver Benton from Trent RC and Faisan Shah of Nottingham RC wanted to try something different!

Nothing could be more different than attempting to put a coxed eight together with a limited number of junior boys in either club due to the holiday season, who don’t normally sweep and within such a short time span, but the challenge was on!

Shah (16) was joined by James Mawby (16), Jack Smith (17) and cox Connor Gamble (18) from NRC alongside Benton (16) and Scott Smith (15) from Trent. Benton then asked three scullers from neighbouring club Burton Leander, Jordon Simons (16), James Manton (16) and Joe Rymond (16) who made up the eight.

Their first training session was the evening before the race, but not all the crew had arrived and by the time they had got on the course it was getting dark; therefore the focus was on their starting technique and boat balance.

Saturday was race day and with eleven other crews in the Intermediate level 3 category they were the youngest crew competing, Scott Smith at only 15 sat at stroke setting the pace.

The heat saw them race against another composite crew of Warwick University and Warwick Graduates, City of Oxford and a senior crew from Burton Leander. This was the first time they had all been in the boat and the start was slow being in 3rd place just in front of Burton Leander. At 500m they had taken Oxford and began to gain on Warwick but were beaten by 1 sec therefore putting them through to the repechage.

Being in the rep meant that they had to finish in first place to get into the final so the fight was on against Sheffield City.  The boys had a better start taking Sheffield from the off, doing enough to keep comfortably in front they used the 1000m course to settle in as a crew with clear directives from Gamble taking them through to the final.

In the final they met Cambridge, Twickenham and the Warwick composite. The atmosphere was electric and their start was phenomenal which enabled them to take control of the race. At 250m they were half a length in front and at 500m both Twickenham and Warwick started pushing back. Gamble made the call for the crew to dig deep for the final 250m, the boat was balanced and they powered to the finish beating Twickenham by 2 seconds.

At a time of 3.02mins they were only 2 seconds off the course record for this event and were the fastest eight out of all the events of the day.


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