Runcorn victorious at Strathclyde Regatta

At the end of April, Runcorn RC travelled north for the third consecutive year, to complete their annual Scottish challenge by attending 2012 Strathclyde Park Regatta.

Despite being a small squad the club came home victorious with three gold medals and a number of close second places The two day event was held at Strathclyde Park Rowing Centre, Motherwell. Headquarters to Scottish Rowing, the governing body of rowing and sculling in Scotland. Racing on an eight lane rowing lake, the club entered Juniors, Seniors and Masters in various categories over 1000m and 2000m. Although blessed with dry weather conditions, unlike the rest of the country, the crews still battled with severe cross winds in order to gain glory. To keep their spirits going Runcorn were supported as usual by family and friends, coupled with great hospitality/friendship shown by the event organising committee and the Scottish Clubs.

Gold Medals

Stuart Beards, Marc Pinnington, Matthew Robinson and Liam Street – winners Mens Restricted 2 Quadruple Sculls. A great result in a senior race from a crew with ages ranging 16 to 24

Left to right - Alistair Neill, Strathclyde Park Regatta Organising Committee, presenting gold medal to Liam Street, Marc Pinnington, Stuart Beards and Matthew Robinson

Stuart Beards and Marc Pinnington – winners Mens Restricted 2 Double Sculls.

Alistair Neill, Strathclyde Park Regatta Organising Committee presenting gold medal to Runcorn's Jakob Freer-Smith and Stirling RC Sandy MacDonald. A well earned medal after such a close finish with a strong Aberdeen Schools RA crew.

Second Places

Stuart Beards, Sam Edwards, Matthew Robinson and Liam Street – Mens Quadruple Sculls


Chris Wheatley, Kevin Reynolds, Chris Edwards and Dave Street – Mens Veteran B Restricted 2 Coxed Quad ( cox Liam Street) and Mens Veteran Quadruple Sculls.


Dave Street and Sam Edwards – Mens Double Sculls

Matthew Robinson and Liam Street – Mens Restricted 2 Double Scull

Runcorn Coach and competitor Dave Street said " We had a fantastic time. All the crews put every effort into their racing and have improved so much over the last year. The veterans should be especially proud as last year we were much further down the pack, whereas now we were nearly medal contenders"

The club will be returning next year, both to support Scottish Rowing and gain valuable multi-lane racing experience.

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