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Rowers at Runcorn experienced local, inter-regional and national challenges over April's last weekend with oarsome results

Various groups of rowers travelled around the country attending prestigious events with some even having an international twist.

Junior GB Trials

Rosa Atkinson, Lucy Burgess, Sam Edwards and Alistair Young were invited to attended the second round at Dorney Lake. Rowing in water as smooth as glass and despite the rain, they rowed the 2km course hard throughout, to reach creditable positions in the finals. Rosa lead throughout the A final to be a clear winner. She won the overall Ladies event and was presented with a trophy from David Tanner the Head GB coach. She is off to represent GB at Munich in 2 weeks time in a four and a double. Fellow finalist Lucy, after winning her heat, coming second in the semis, achieved a great fifth place in the A final, in a very close exciting race. Sam won the semis, with Alistair coming third, both achieving forth and sixth respectively in a photo finish C final. A great days racing by all.

Rosa Atkinson receiving her trophy from Head GB Coach David Tanner at Dorney Lake GB Trials


RRC rowers at second round of GB trials at Dorney Lake.
Left to Right - Alistair Young, Lucy Burgess, Sam Edwards and Rosa Atkinson.


Junior Inter-regionals

At Nottingham's Holme Pierre Pont National Watersport Centre, Runcorn rowers Ben Reeves, Robin Hudson-Kirkham and Luke Roberts represented the North West Team to compete in the Inter-Regionals. They had achieved this responsibility by winning at Regional time trials held at Northwich recently. The North West won the event overall, with the boys picking up bronze medals in Junior 16 coxless quad race in a composite with Northwich.


RRC Inter-regional J16 quad bronze medal winners.
Left to right - Ben Reeves, Ed Grisedale (Northwich), Luke Roberts and Robin Hudson-Kirkham


Strathclyde Park Regatta, Glasgow,

saw Runcorn racing in a two day event on the international standard multi-lane course. Dave Street, Liam Street and Seamus Keating competed in single and double sculling events over 1000m and 2000m distances. Liam joined Adam Brennan from Carlow Rowing Club from Ireland in Junior 14 double sculls and came second in their heat and forth in the final. A great achievement considering they had never rowed together before. Liam intends to travel to Ireland in May to compete at Carlow's Regatta.


RRC Liam Street with Carlow RC (Ireland) junior Adam Brennan boating up for the final J14 double


Project Oarsome continues on the water.

Twelve students from Helsby High School and one from Runcorn Heath High school, started training on the water after 8 weeks in school learning to row. Very excited children nervously got into three quads and a double and took to it like ducks to water. They will continue training up to early July, when they will all compete for the first time in Runcorn's Junior Regatta. Val Edwards Junior Coach said " All the students coped really well on their first outing and my thanks go to the established junior rowers who helped in the boats, to make coaching so much easier"


RRC Junior Coach Val Edwards with Project Oarsome rowers on the water outside Runcorn Rowing Club


RRC Junior 14 Liam Street coxing Project Oarsome rowers on the water outside Runcorn Rowing Club


A new international Umpire at Runcorn

Finally Heidi Hackett managed to beat the volcanic ash and travelled to Rome, Italy to complete exams to become a FISA Umpire and passed with flying colours. The club is very proud of all its achievements.


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