Runcorn Rowing Club attended it's first local regatta last weekend and came away with three well earned wins.
A mixed squad of junior and master rowers competed at Birkenhead Docks in Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club's Meseyside Regatta. Each race was over a 500m course, some with heats, and others just straight finals, with younger Juniors having round robin racing.
The most notable Runcorn crew of the day was a newly formed crew of novice ladies who won the Womens Masters A Novice Coxed Four race. Anne Hignell, Julie Popplestone, Sue Sljivic and Carolyn Newton stormed along the course beating their opposition Liverpool Victoria by a fantastic 3 lengths. They have been coached regularly by Runcorn's Brian Bailey and supported by cox Nicola Parkinson. Brian enthusiastically said "the girls worked really hard and deserve this win, having trained throughout all the winter off the water, with on the water training more recently. Well done." The crew were presented with a pewter tankard rather than a medal, to mark their first win.
Other wins were again in the Masters categories. Masters D - Dave Street and Seamus Keating won the Mens Masters D,E,F Double beating fellow club members Eric Bennett and John Kervin by 3/4 length in the final. This event of heats and final made interesting racing as each age category involved were given a time allowance depending on their age. The winning double had to make up a time of 7 secs before catching the other crews. Eric Bennett, Dave Street, Seamus Keating and John Kervin then joined forces and went on to win the Masters E Coxless Quad beating Liverpool Victoria by a comfortable 3 lengths.
Juniors Ben Reeves came second to Northwich in the J16 singles final , after having to row the final again due to a dead heat finish. Sam Edwards and Luke Roberts came second in the J18 double. Liam Street came third in the Junior 14 single event, with David McLellan coming fourth. Laura Gardner with Alyssia Hannah came second in the J13 round robin doubles. Runcorn Junior Fae Atkinson joined a Warrington squad and won in the womens J16 double and J18 quad finals.