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At Northwich Autumn Head of the River, Runcorn entered their oldest crew of mature gentlemen in a Veteran G coxless quad and produced a fantastic time of 9 mins 51 secs over the 2350m course. With a combined age of 265, Eric Bennett, Ian Fisher, Brian Lewis and John Kervin were really pleased to come second in their category and 118th out of 242 crews, making their recent training trips worthwhile. Brian Lewis at the sprightly age of 80, was acknowledged for being the oldest participating rower, with a medal presentation from Northwich Rowing Club's Joyce Hooper in front of a cheering crowd.

At the other end of the age scale younger junior members also had the opportunity to test their abilities. Junior 14 and15 rowers competed in the first two divisions, with the second being extremely challenging with weather conditions of heavy rain. They are commended for their sheer determination and staying power in producing times within the 10 and 11 minute mark. Northwich RC restricted the third division to older rowers because the weather conditions had become so poor. Runcorn had 3 status wins at Northwich. In the Junior 16 double category Ben Reeves achieved his first medal with crew member Hugo Norris, in a credible time of 8mins 46 secs and came within the 17th fastest crews overall. George Perrin won easily in Vet E single in 9 mins 17 secs beating opposition by 42 secs. Dave Street and Kevin Reynolds in Division 3 competed in a Vet C double and beat their rivals Grosvenor by 8 secs in a time of 9 mins 16secs. A first for Kevin Reynolds in this rowing combination. Kevin said "Having competed at Northwich over the past three years in various boats, I am delighted to finally achieve a medal even though it took 3 events and all day to do it.

Runcorn followed this event with representations in the prestigious Veterans Fours Head down on the River Thames. The race over a 4 and 1/4 mile course, started on Sunday 15 November at 2.15pm between Mortlake and Putney. The crews rowed downstream on the outgoing tide. George Perrin, Eric Bennett, John Kervin, Matthew Hackett in a Vet E coxless quad secured 10th position overall, coming second in their category in a time of 19mins 58 secs. Disappointingly the juniors were unable to compete in the Fullers' Fours Head the day before, as it was cancelled due to bad weather.

Finally a contingency travelled to National Indoor Arena, Birmingham last Sunday to compete in the Concept 2 British Indoor Rowing Championships. Competing against over 2000 competitors Runcorn rowers completed 2k in their fastest time. Great results were achieved by all. George Perrin won Gold in Hwt Mens 55-59 category in 6mins 35secs 4. Val Edwards achieved Gold in the Womens Lwt 45-49 category in 7mins 34secs 0. Rosa Atkinson won Gold in the Lwt Womens Junior 18 category in 7 mins 24 secs.3. and Lucy Burgess secured a Bronze in the Womens junior 16 category in 7mins 24 secs.

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