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Stourport, Ross and North of England Sprint Chamionships


A band of Runcorn rowers travelled south to Stouport two-day regatta to try their endeavors at a new venue. Their first attendance to this event produced 7 wins over the two days, a great achievement considering the small number in the group. They eventual came 6th out of 20 in the Masters Victor Ludorum and 8th out of 15 in the Junior Victor Ludorum They battled it out on two different length courses, 1000m Saturday and 600m Sunday, downstream on the River Severn right in the centre of the town. Stouport Boat Club were fantastic hosts providing camping facilities, a full range of home made refreshments, a BBQ and a disco on the Saturday evening.

Winning results

Open Junior 18 Coxless Pairs - Sam Edwards and Hugo Norris Open Junior 18 Double Scull - Sam Edwards and Hugo Norris Womens IM3 Double Sculls - Val Edwards and Daughter Toni Edwards Open Masters E Single - both days - Seamus Keating Mixed IM2 Quad - Sam Edwards Hugo Norris Val Edwards and Toni Edwards Open Masters D Double Sculls - Dave Street and Seamus Keating Liam Street and Robin Hudson-Kirkham represented Runcorn in J15 double sculls, J14 and J15 singles. The duo had very close races considering they had only got together in a boat just the week before.



Runcorn Rowing Club made their annual trip down to Ross on Wye Regatta over the Bank Holiday weekend and came away with some well-earned wins. The 35 rowers competed in a wide variety of categories over two days; Juniors and Masters racing on the Sunday followed by Senior rowers on the Sunday. The 750m downstream course had a staggered start and finish and proved to be quite a challenge due to fast flowing waters and windy conditions. Due to the high number of entries, rowers had to work through a series of heats, semis and finals before reaching their goal of a win. Stiff opposition from established clubs such Upper Thames, Dart Totnes, Hereford, made for nail biting racing and enhanced everyone's racing experience. Saturday saw the start of the club's great performance, as they came second in the Dragon Boat Racing, having entered 3 fancy dressed crews. Hawaiian grass skirts and garlands were the order of the day. Chris Edwards Club Captain said " We are really proud of the club's performance, with all the wins being well deserved. Congratulations should also go to many of our other crews who made it through to the finals but unfortunately just got pipped to the post on the finishing line" Chris also added " It was good to see Runcorn's community spirit at work, with all the rowers being supported by their families, who camped en masse over the weekend and made for a highly vocal crowd on the river bank" Results Stuart Beard lost his novice status by winning the Open IM3 Coxless Pair, rowing with Dave Street Anne Hignell, Chris Wheatley, Carolyn Newton and Pete Newton secured a win in Mixed Masters D Coxless Quad. Hugo Norris, Sam Edwards, Stuart Beards and Dave Street won the Open IM3 Coxed Four steered to victory by cox Liam Street. Claire Norris and Kevin Reynolds won the Mixed Masters D/E Double Sculls.

Claire Norris and Kevin Reynolds winning the Mixed Masters D/E Double Sculls



This event was three laned sprint racing over just 500m and provided the club with a great end to the regatta season.

Luke Roberts and Francis Hunt secured their first win together in the Mens J18 Double category. Nina Atkinson won the Womens J14 Single easily Nina Atkinson, Laura Gardiner, Alyssia Hannah, Alice Bowyer with cox George Mc Cormick secured a win in Womens J14 Coxed Quad. Sam Edwards joined forces with Becca Chinn from Royal Chester to win Mixed IM1 Double Seamus Keating won Masters E Single Dave Street and Seamus Keating won both the Masters C and D/E Double events, despite in the second event having to give an older crew a 3 seconds advantage. Dave Street, Hugo Norris, Sam Edwards and Stuart Beards romped home to win the Mens IM2 Coxless Four. All winners were presented with boxed enameled medals for their efforts during the day.


Dave Street, Sam Edwards, Stuart Beards & Hugo Norris winning the Mens IM2 4-


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