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After a long hard winters training local oarsmen and women from Trent Rowing Club were glad to be out on the competition circuit last weekend when they visited Leicester Regatta.  A full days competition was scheduled for the local athletes with majority of the clubs members competing and some for their first time.

The Junior squad were the first on the water in the morning in heats of their single scull and double scull events, although some didn’t progress into the next rounds Millie Benton (women’s junior 14 single) qualified for the semi-final but then lost out.  Eloise Rose (women’s junior 16 single) progressed through to her final later in the day but unfortunately narrowly missed out on a trophy when she lost by 2 lengths to ‘Walters’ from St. Georges Collage Boat Club.  Euan Bell, completing in junior 18 single sculls also missed out in the final after winning his semi-final by a verdict of ‘Easily’ over Boston Rowing Club.

Herbie Allen in the junior 12 boys single sculls semi-final lead the Burton Leander sculler over the 700mt course and qualified for the final.  Herbie, who won a bronze medal in December at the National Indoor Rowing Championships, was competing at his first regatta, again put in an impelling performance to win the event with a verdict of ‘easily’

Ella Russell competing in the junior 12 girls single sculls event was also racing for the first time.  In the mid afternoon sun Ella left her opposition at the start, and maintained a convincing lead over the Nottingham junior sculler for the whole race, this providing the local Trent club with their second trophy of the day.

Later in the afternoon saw the quadruple sculling boats on the water, where the Trent athletes had qualified for four finals.  The first on the water was the ‘Ladies Masters’ quad who lost to the National Champions composite crew of Leicester and Trentham by 2½ lengths.  These were followed by the junior 16 ladies consisting of Beth McQuoney, Sophie Carlton-Greaves, Eloise Rose, and Ella Wycherley, who lead the race off the start and crossed the line 100mts ahead of Bedford Rowing Club.  The junior 16 boys quad however lost out to in their final to the Peterborough City boys by 3 lengths. 

The final Trent members to race on Sunday were the Masters Men quad, the crew made of Shaun Carlton-Greaves, Lars Kristiansen, James Russell, and Lee Newbold, and raced against Leeds Rowing Club.  The Trent crew left the Leeds boat off the start, and continued to increase this early lead finally winning the event by 3 lengths.

Leicester proved to be a good start to the 2018 Regatta Season with four event wins already in the trophy cabinet, and a reflection on what has been a good winters training.

British Rowing

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