Runcorn Rowing Club attended their first regatta of the season and came home with 5 wins and some fantastic best performances.
On Saturday 3 May, a band of eager Runcorn rowers travelled the short distance up the Wirral, to participate at the 2014 Merseyside Regatta Hosted by Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, the event was raced over a 500m course, on the open water of West Float Dock, Birkenhead. Runcorn's crews ranged from Juniors, novice Seniors right through to more experienced Masters, racing in a variety of categories against crews from all over the North West.
The morning racers had to contend with choppy water with a brisk tail wind but sunshine and calmer conditions prevailed for the afternoon.
Womens Novice Coxed Four crew consisting of twins Kate and Amy Embleton, Lexie Gardiner, Catherine Hunt and Cox Liz Brohan, had their first ever win beating Mersey in the final by a distance.
Last year's National Champions Kevin Dudley and George Horton in the Junior 15 Boys Double final, beat Trentham by 2 1/2 lengths.
Paul Massey triumphed in Mens Masters D Single event beating fellow club mate Dave Street by 2 lengths. Racing together they both went onto win the Mens Masters D Double beating Liverpool Victoria by 4 lengths.
Daniel Swift and Max Leiser-Ford performed well in the Junior 16 Double, with Max just missing out on the final in the Junior 16 single category.
Sue Sljivic, Liz Brohan, Sarah Furlong and Bev Johnstone were beaten in the final of Womens IM3 Quadruple Sculls by a much younger crew.
Womens IM3 Double - Laura Stock-Caldwell and Catherine Hunt were just beaten in the final.
Mens Masters E Quadruple Sculls of Kevin Reynolds, Eric Bennett, John Kervin and Dave Street in the last race of the day, beat hosts Liverpool Victoria by 2 lengths.
Dave Street, one of the Coaches, summed the day up by saying: "It was great to see a good start to the season, with all the hard winter work on the indoor rowing machines, paying off with results." "However the highlight for me was to, once again, see the camaraderie between our rowers and loyal band of supporters. They all mucked in together to help each other get on and off the water, whilst enthusiastically cheering on the crews, right to the finish line."
Written by Linda Butterworth
A small contingent of Runcorn RC rowers travelled to Shrewsbury Regatta on Saturday 10 May, to take up the challenge of racing on different water against crews from further afield. Rowing upstream on the River Severn over a 1000m course, Runcorn secured 3 wins along with a well earned second place, despite the atrocious wet and windy weather conditions.
Kevin Dudley in the Junior 15 Mens single category, easily won the qualifying heat and semi to finally win comfortably against Merchant Taylors School.
Masters E Double – George Perrin and Dave Street, the current National Pairs Head champions beat Royal Chester in a straight final, by a good distance.
Liam Furlong and Paul Massey had an interesting race in the Masters Mens C/D Double. Racing for the first time together, they managed to win their Novices, beating Worcester, despite catching two crabs and almost stopping dead in the water.
Finally a Junior 15 Double with Joe McNulty and Tom Stubbs just got beaten on the line in a fantastic final race. They won their heat and semi comfortably and then led the final until very near the finish, where Northwich just pushed through. Although disappointed it has made them more determined to performed well at the forthcoming National Schools Regatta, National Watersport Centre, Nottingham.
Written by Linda Butterworth