J14 Success at the Inter-Regionals

Well done to all the J14 crews who competed at the inter-regional trials at the weekend. All 5 J14 crews raced well and competed to a good standard over the 1900 metre course. To top an excellent day for all 5 crews Kings produced the quickest J14 boats in both the girls and boys divisions. Well done the J14 Squad!

Monmouth J14 Camp

Monmouth training camp final details letter now in the password protected area of the rowing club website, details on how to enter the area below:

username: Kingschester
password: riverdee

Assembly Post – Hampton Head & Head of the Nene

The rowing club had an excellent weekend with 10 VIII’s representing the club at the Head of the Nene in Peterborough and Hampton Head in London. Both events are the first national level events of the season and saw the crews competing against the top rowing schools in the country.

In division 1 at Hampton Head the third form octuples made an excellent start to their rowing careers. The girls came a credible 6th place, the boys octuples came 3rd and 4th in an event which had 23 crews.

In division 2 the girls 1st VIII came fourth in the under 18 category, this is the first time the King’s School has boated a girls 1st VIII and it is an encouraging start to beat some established schools in their first race.

The Under 15 girls VIII came 5th in their division. The Under 15 boys dominated the J15 event. The J15 1st VIII came 1st in the 1st VIII’s division, beating 17 other 1st VIII crews. The J15 2nd VIII came 2nd in the 2nd VIII’s division by 0.4 of a second, the J15 3rd VIII came 10th in the same category.

At the Head of the Nene in Peterborough the boys 1st VIII raced well to finish 3rd in the under 18 competition, loosing out to Abingdon and Eton but beating St Pauls school. The Under 16 VIII won the under 16 category with a convincing 15 second gap

Triathlon – Assembly Post

Rowing Club Triathlon 2010

Over 80 members of the club completed the triathlon this Sunday morning. The event, consisting of a 2K ergo, 5K run and a 200 metre swim tested the athletes as they pushed themselves to beat the clock and their team rivals. The overall winner of the event was Harry Ashworth, who completed all three events in 32 minutes and 39 seconds, closely pursued by Will Miller in 2nd place. Niall Barrow produced an extraordinary result to win the 3rd form event but also come 4th in the overall standings. Of the other categories, Will Gale-Hasleham won the 4th form boys event, Rachael Alcock the girls. Henrietta Green led the 3rd form girls in whilst Illina Sen was the winner of the senior girls competition. Its back to the water for next weekend with many of the clubs eights heading to Monmouth for some pre-season warm up matches against the schools from South Wales.

Mr Blackham

Pudding Races 2009

As the mist rose on Saturday morning from the River Dee, 104 competitors prepared to take oars to battle in the annual pudding races. The pudding races are an internal racing of mixed crews from the rowing club, through knock rounds which determine which scratch crew on the day take home the coveted Christmas puddings. the competition was stiff as seven eights competed, some rounds decided by less than a canvas. However after two hours of racing the final was to be decided between two crews, named, Elf and Scrooge. Scrooge dominated the final, bursting out of the blocks and refusing to give the Elves an inch as they powered down the race course to take the puddings by a length and a quarter. The Lord mayor was on hand to present the puddings to a crew which had a family partnership, both Sam and Alex Lewis ably assisted by James Kinsey, David Cartmell, Kartik Upadhyay, Chris Park, Victoria Seddon, Charlie Corciulo, Alex Gorman and coxed by Grace Young. The plate competition was won by the Snowman crew.

The Under 14’s were also battling out the puddings on the indoor rowing machines. Again after two hours of racing team Comet were victorious with team members Michael Hamilton, Matt Leon, Hayley Milner and Harry Jamieson. A jovial and enjoyable morning was rounded off by a boat naming ceremony as the new double scull was officially launched by Mrs Whitlam. Over 200 people enjoyed the morning activities, many of whom it is hoped will be back to compete in the 2010 pudding races.

Northwich Head – Assembly Post

Northwich & The Fours Head – Saturday 14th November

A frustrating Saturday for the rowing club saw only 7 of the 21 crews entered for the Fours Head and Northwich Head get the opportunity to race due to the weather. With the fours head and the 3rd division at Northwich cancelled it fell upon the 7 crews in division 2 at Northwich to fly the King’s Chester flag. In, what was at times, appalling conditions the crews battled through, winning 2 of the 7 events entered. The J15 coxed four, racing up a status, won the novice coxed four, beating two older crews from Shrewsbury to take the event. The J14 girls coxed quad continued there good run of form to win their event for the second time in three weeks. The top boat to race this weekend, the J18 quad, were within 5 seconds of the quickest schoolboy quad of the day and will look to turn this result around at the next major event in Wallingford at the start of December.