Runcorn Rowing Club has been out collecting wins again at all ages and at all levels. The club entered crews at Shrewsbury Regatta, the National Schools Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham and Northwich Regatta over the past few weeks. At Shrewsbury, 3 wins were achieved on a 1000m upstream course on the River Severn right in the heart of the city. Junior 16 Double Scull winners - Hugo Norris and Ben Reeves beat Kings School, Worcester easily Junior 16 Single Scull winner - Hugo Norris Intermediate 3 Single Scull winner - Sam Edwards
The following weekend Junior club members travelled to Nottingham to compete nationally in the prestigious 2010 National Schools Regatta. The contingent ranging from Junior 14 to 18 boys and girls raced over a 1000m and 2000m course, starting with timetrials followed by heats and finals. All rowed brilliantly and medals were won. Lucy Burgess rowed outstandingly throughout all the heats to win Gold easily in the final of the Kitchin Cup for Junior under 16 Girls Single Sculls. She then joined fellow club rower Rosa Atkinson in the Ferguson Bowl Championship Girls Double Sculls and achieved Gold. Alistair Hudson-Kirkham, Alistair Young, George Patrick and Sam Edwards won Bronze medals in the Forest Cup for Championship Quadruple Sculls. Hugo Norris and Ben Reeves won bronze medals in the Marlow Bowl Junior for Under 16 Double Sculls. Hugo and Ben joined Robin Hudson-Kirkham and Luke Roberts to come fourth in the final of the Kingston Cup Junior Under 16 Quadruple Sculls. Fae Atkinson joined Warrington crews who came fourth and fifth respectively in the finals of the Simon Sears Cup for Junior Under 16 Girls Double Sculls and Junior Under 16 Girls Quadruple Sculls.
On Bank Holiday Monday Runcorn supported Northwich Rowing Club's Annual Regatta, had some great racing and a scratch crew came away with a win in the Veteran D Quadruple Sculls. Chris Wheatley, Chris Edwards, Damien Parkinson and Dave Street were presented with glass tankards for their achievement. Hugo Norris and Ben Reeves joined Northwich and Trentham to beat Grange School in the Mens Junior 16 Quad Sculls.
A group of 11 Masters rowers, (formally called Veterans) and 1 cox, attended the annual British Masters Rowing Championships at the National Watersport Centre.
Runcorn competed against stiff opposition, across a range of event categories, in heats and finals and came away with 1 Gold Championship medal and 2 Silver.
Graham Sunners, Ben Dunne, Kevin Reynolds, Dan Norcross, with Cox Laura Gardiner rowed confidently and beat Monmouth to secure Gold in Masters C IM3 Coxed Four category.
Matthew Hackett, Henry Morgan, George Perrin, Graham Sunners, Kevin Reynolds, Ben Dunne, Eric Bennett and John Kervin with Cox Laura Gardiner narrowly missed first place to Quintin BC in a tightly raced final of Masters D Eight and came away with a Silver medal.
George Perrin won the heat and secured a Silver medal in a closely raced Masters E Single final. He was only 1 second behind winner Atkinson from Dart Totnes.
Dan Norcross came second to Fisher, City of Oxford in the Masters B Novice Single Sculls Dave Street, Eric Bennett, Seamus Keating and John Kervin just missed securing third place in the Masters E Coxless Quad final, with Henry Morgan doing the same in Masters B Single Sculls. Dave Street and Seamus Keating made it through to the finals in double and single sculling events but did not secure medals this time.
At the other end of the country, Runcorn's Edwards family competed at the two day Scottish Rowing Championships, Strathclyde Park, Motherwell. Racing was over an 8 lane 2000m course, with veterans racing over 1000m. Sam Edwards came second in the under 23 Single Sculls final and came third in a closely raced final of Open Junior 18 Single Sculls. Val Edwards came first in the Womens Veteran D/E Single Scull event and secured a Championship Medal.
George Perrin of Runcorn Rowing Club said "Rowing is sport for all. Not only does Runcorn Rowing Club welcome juniors and seniors but also veterans and it's great to see some of these veterans who had not rowed at all, a few years ago, progressing so well that they are now medaling consistently at national events."