Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:16 Written by Administrator Last Updated on Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:27



On Saturday 10th December, Nottingham Rowing Club took a small team of 6 athletes to BRIC and came away with 2 golds and one bronze.

First up was Andy Townsend in the 50-59 heavyweight group. Despite being over a second quicker than last year, when he won silver, he finished 5th in a time of 6 mins 49.7 seconds. He was beaten by Richard Cheeseman - who is huge and an absolute bear of a man - and three new entrants from overseas.

Next off was Club President Tony Lorrimer in the 70-74 lightweight group, which he led from start to finish, winning by a clear 5 seconds in a time of 8 mins 2.5 secs - although with only 500 to go his lead and been whittled down to 1 second. His time was also a season’s best.

Max Parker, entered in the Sixth Form Boys, finished  in 3rd place in a large field of 49, posting a highly credible time of 6 mins 23.2 seconds.

In the Under-23 Women’s event, Alex Watson finished 4th  in a time of 7 mins 4 secs, with a clear gap of 17 secs to the 5th placed competitor. The event was won by Jess Leyden from Team GB.

The last Nottingham RC competitor in the 2000 metres categgories was Matt Haywood in the Under-23 Men's event, where he stormed home in an incredible time of 6 mins 1.9 seconds to win gold, beating his nearest rival by 21.5 seconds. His time would have given him 6th place in the Men’s Open event, where the first 7 were all from Team GB!

Sam Panter entered the Open Men’s 500 metres and despite doing a time of 1mins 25 secs finished 14th out of 20 entries -  but he was taking on the big men in the sport.

Overall a good team performance with very pleasing results -and Matt Haywood was exceptional.


Meanwhile, six development girls went to Derby Really Small Boats Head, which is  a 2200 m race held in two parts. The girls raced singles in the first division, with IM3 singles being won by Joanna Johnson and Novice singles was won by Natasha Johnson. They then raced doubles in the second division, with Alex Robinson joining Natasha to win Novice doubles as well. This was the first race for the development group, just 2 months after starting rowing, so a great achievement for all girls who raced.


At Walton Small Boats Head on the Thames, rowed over a 3000 m course, Bella Barlow won WJ17 singles, with Priya Jenkins coming 3rd in WJ18 singles against some strong opposition. They then joined forces and raced WJ18 doubles where they came third. Iain Hill and Steve Hill (no relation) raced in Masters D coxless pairs and finished second in their category, losing out to a Walton  crew with local knowledge and clear water.