Runcorn Rowing Club attended these events with their usual gusto, racing in a variety of categories and came away with some hard earned wins.
Jim Newcomb, Club Chairman enthusiastically said, " We have had some fantastic results and our rowers are a credit to the club. I know that they have all been training hard in preparation, clocking up many miles along the lower stretches of the Weaver Navigation." He added, "We have really benefitted from the newly installed Canoe Trail floating pontoon located next to the club. It has definitely made boat access to the water so much easier. This combined contribution by Ineos ChlorVinyls, British Waterways and Mersey Forest is much appreciated."
The first time trial was Chester Long Distance Sculling Championships, raced on a 5km course from Eccleston Ferry to Dee Lane, near the city center.
Alistair Young won the Junior 18 single category in 19mins 54sec and was the 7th fastest boat in the first division. Closely followed by Rosa Atkinson and Lucy Burgess in a time of 19mins 57 sec, winning the women’s Junior 18 double and placing themselves 8th fastest crew of the morning. George Perrin won Masters E single in 12mins 21.06 only 1/100th of a second ahead of Fae Atkinson and Frankie Sinnott, who won women’s Junior 17 double in 21mins 21.07!
The second division took place after lunch and was blessed with sunny conditions, a complete contrast to the torrential downpour experienced in the morning. George Perrin and Matthew Hackett secured Masters D double in a time of 19mins 29 sec. Lucy Burgess and Rosa Atkinson in times of 21min 29 sec and 21min and 37sec won the women’s Junior 17 and 18 categories respectively. women’s Junior 15 coxed quad with Nina Atkinson, Alyssia Hannah, Laura Gardiner and Poppy Burgess secured their win in a time of 21min 29sec, coxed by Laura Grieve.
The second event was the prestigious Pairs Head in London, a national event rowing 4,000m downstream on an ebb tide from Chiswick to Hammersmith Bridge.
George Perrin and Matthew Hackett won Masters D double completing the course in 14min 24.05.Junior Coach Val Edwards with her partner Gael Tavernier from Warrington Rowing Club secured women’s Masters C double in a time of 15min 27.86. Lucy Burgess and Rosa Atkinson achieved winning medal status in the women’s Junior 18 double in 14min 25.07 and were the fastest women’s crew overall.
At Agecroft Small Boats Head held in Salford Quays, Runcorn’s Nina Atkinson and Poppy Burgess came first in the women’s Junior 15 double in a time of 13mins 30 sec, over the 3,250m course. The Junior 15 coxed quad Liam Street, Sam Pierce, George McCormick, David McLellan with cox Calvin Perchard just missed first place by 11 sec with the women’s Junior 14 Double Alyssia Hannah and Laura Gardiner coming second place in 14 min 25sec.
Finally we attended Grosvenor Rowing Club’s Dee Autumn Head and secured five wins.
This time trial event was rowed over two divisions, downstream for 4,000m on the River Dee in Chester from the "Motorway" Bridge to Dee Lane. Boat categories ranged from eights to single sculls in all age categories from Junior to Masters.
In the first division Runcorn's Masters E Coxless Quad consisting of Matthew Hackett, John Kervin, Eric Bennett and George Perrin secured first place in the Masters C/E/F handicap category in an adjusted time of 12mins 15secs 04 and were the second fastest crew of the morning.
The Junior 16 Coxless Quad of Henry Harte, Sam Pierce, Matthew Robinson and Liam Street (stroke) just missed a medal by 11 seconds.
The afternoon second division saw the most wins for the club.
Masters Singles George Perrin won the Masters E/F Handicap Single Sculls in an adjusted time of 14 min 16.05, Dave Street won the Masters B/C Handicap Single Sculls in an adjusted time of 15min 40.09.
Junior Doubles J16 Henry Harte and Matthew Robinson won the their category in a time of 14min 39.07
J18 Doubles Luke Roberts and Francis Hunt just missed a first place by 2 seconds.
Women’s Masters C Coxed Quad - Tracey Minogue, Bev Johnstone, Lorraine Reynolds, Sue Slijvic and cox Anne Hignell completed the course in an adjusted time of 17min 19.05.
For Tracey and Bev this was their debut competition, racing for the first time, having learned to row through Runcorn's ' Yearn to Row' scheme. Well-done Girls