Talkin Tarn Rower medals at Nationals
Talkin Tarn Amateur Rowing Club has some rising stars in the Junior ranks as well as the successful adults. The biggest competition in the year for Junior rowers is the British Rowing Junior Championships held over three days at the National Watersports Centre near Nottingham. This huge event had the biggest ever entry this year, with 1,671 rowers from 131 different clubs competing.
Talkin Tarn’s Ben Norman has had a lot of success over this season in his single scull competing in the J16 age category, and so has trained hard on the water and in the gym to race at the highest level. The rowers all have to compete in Time Trials over the 2000m course on one day, to see which get through to the Semi-Finals and then Finals the day after.
The National Watersports Centre is a purpose built rowing lake next to the River Trent, and has a reputation for fearsome cross winds; unfortunately these where very apparent during the Saturday time trials, with large waves building up at the downwind latter half of the course and several single sculls filling with water and having to be rescued. Although the distance is nearly three times the length of the Tarn, Ben has built up experience of wind & waves at home, so coped better than many “softies” from sheltered rivers in the South!
Ben did well in the conditions, and came home 4th fastest in the Time Trial, therefore guaranteeing himself a place in a Semi-Final the next day. Luckily, competitors awoke to a much calmer Sunday morning, so were more able to show their best. His Semi-Final was a six-boat race, with familiar local competitors from Chester le Street and Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham amongst others. Ben lead throughout the race, but Roman Bowery from Chester le Street pulled close at the end, finishing just under a second behind.
The final was a 5-boat race, again over 2000m. After 500m, Ben was in 3rd position, just 2 seconds behind the leader, but he overtook a rower from Christchurch RC by half way, and kept up the pace to come in second place by just over half a boat length to a massive chap from Gloucester Hartpury College - thus coming home with an impressive Silver Medal.