No rest for Talkin Tarn Rowers
This maybe a slightly quieter time for rowing competitions, but there are still many opportunities for getting out on the water and training in the gym to get ready for the Regatta season which starts next month.
The North East Region held trials at Cambois Rowing Club on the River Wansbeck at Ashington last weekend. This is where the young rowers from across the region compete to see who is selected to represent the region (one of 12 in the UK) at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta, held in Peterborough at the end of April. The races were in the “Head” format, where rowers set off in succession with a rolling start against the clock rather than side by side. The course length was 1000m, the same as Peterborough, but somewhat more twisty than the purpose built, 4-lane lake they’ll be on next month.
Ben Norman won in his J16 single by 3 seconds, and therefore has been selected to represent the region at the National competition. He then teamed up with 3 other rowers from Durham Schools club and they cam second in a J16 Quad sculls race – which still has a chance of going forward. Esther Rowntree came second in the women’s J16 single; Dylan Rees and Sam Britton enjoyed their row and came 5th in the J15 double sculls.
On the same day, several crews from Talkin Tarn travelled over to York for the Yorkshire Head. This is a 5000m course downstream on the River Ouse, starting twisty then opening out with a last blast to finish just by Lendal Bridge; and is the last “head” race in the region before the shorter Regatta start. Ian Machin, Keven Wilson, Denis Burke and John Lewis were coxed by Tom Lewis and had a good race in their Four, but Jo Lewis won her women’s Masters D single scull by a clear margin. Jo then hopped in with other ladies from Hexham and Berwick Clubs in a composite crew, and they then won the women’s Masters quad race together in the afternoon.
Sunday was the first of the Northern Rowing “Sunday League” This series is aimed at recreational rowers, novices, recent graduates of learn to row courses and those returning to rowing after a break and is held over 8 rounds through to the Autumn. The first round was at Tyne Rowing Club, using stable coxed quad boats over a 300m course.