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.

Assembly Post – Dee Head

Dee Head of the River, Saturday 31st October

21 crews competed for the school at the Dee Head of the River this Saturday. It was a successful day for the schools crews who overturned many of the results from Agecroft after training hard through the half term break. In the single sculls, Oliver Holt and James Kinsey won their events, whilst the senior girls recorded their first win of the season beating some useful competition in the women’s novice coxed four event. Not to be outdone, the Under 14 girls won their quads event, beating local rivals Northwich by under a second. The under 14 boys just missed out, their quad was two seconds slower than the Northwich boys crew.
The afternoon event saw the senior boys first quad produce the quickest time of the day on their way to winning the senior quad event. The second quad also won their event whilst the double scull consisting of Harry Ashworth and Tom Stables stormed to victory in the Under 16 event. In total the school won eight events and came second in six events on the day, which was a very successful return for all involved.

Mr Blackham

Assembly Post – Agecroft Head

Agecroft Small Boats Head

The rowing club entered 27 crews for Saturday’s Agecroft Head at Salford Quays in Manchester. The school crews competed against local schools, clubs and universities in their bid to win their events. After three divisions of racing the club had won two of the events, came second in no less than eleven of the events and third in 4 of the events.

The highlights of the day included Inigo Atkins continuing his 100% record in his single scull in the morning division to win the senior 2 men’s single sculls event. In the third division the under 15’s 1st coxed four, with a crew of Ben Hastings, Ed Newman, Harry Chappell, Freddie Green and coxed by Grace Young, won their event, dead heating with local rivals Shrewsbury.

The club’s next events are the Dee Autumn Head and Northwich Head. All the crews and athletes will be training hard over the next few weeks to improve and move on in time for the next set of head races.

Mr Blackham