Nottingham Autumn Head

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Thursday, 06 November 2014 21:40 Written by Administrator

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With five wins in Division One and seven in Division Two, Nottingham Rowing Club had a very good day at a very windy Autumn Head on Sunday 19th October. On the same day the British Rowing Senior National Championships at Holme Pierrepont were called off; meanwhile veteran club member Bill Payne recorded his 200th win since returning to the sport in 1994 after a forty year lay off!

Division One, for experienced single scullers, is rowed over a 5450 m course from just below Beeston Weir to the buttress 100m below Trent Bridge. First Nottingham Rowing Club sculler home was Dr. Dave Sperry, winning the Masters C pennant and coming sixth in a field of 40. Next was Graham Angus winning Masters D. Alex Barlow, from the Boy's High School, won the J17 event. Abi MacCartney was the Women's Intermediate 2 victor and Katie Swales from South Notts Academy,sculling in her new boat, was the WJ17 winner.

Division Two, for a variety of small boats, started at Clifton Bridge and finished at the buttress, a distance of 3850 m. The Intermediate 2 coxed four of Ben Farrell, Jon Okon, Kenny Gray and Alex Watkins coxed by Charlotte Watts and coached by Olympic Silver medallist Lennie Robertson was the pennant winner and came third in a field of over 80. The Masters F coxed four of Paul Johns, Derek Crowley, Steve Cuthbert and Chris Beesley coxed by Carole Dickinson won a combined E/F event. They were closely followed by the Women's Intermediate 3 Quadruple Scull coached by Club Captain Helen Bloor of Brodie Holmes, Belinda Tory, Jemima Hitchins and Hannah Wright. The masters C pair of Alan Crowther and Steve Hill won a combined C/E event. Bill Payne and a Reading Rowing Club colleague, rowing at Masters H, won a combined I/J/K double sculls event. The Club also won Novice double sculls, with Albert Bracun and James Kell in the boat. Lauren Church won Women's Novice Sculls.

Next week several crews will row in the Head of the River Fours on the Thames. Recent events on the Tideway have been disrupted by wind and high water, so it is is hoped that this doesn't happen again. The Nottingham Clubs are seriously looking at putting on rowing events as alternatives to disrupted London races.