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NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE.....................
A SUCCESSFUL NOVEMBER FOR ROSS ROWING CLUB
Junior Success at Pangborne Small Boats
athletes from Ross Rowing Club Junior Academy attended Pangbourne
Junior Sculls for 14 year olds and above on Saturday, 13th.
After awful weather all week and a high risk of cancellation;
rowing conditions were perfect on the day. The Races took
place over 3000m. Unfortunately morning racing was delayed
which meant there was not much recovery time for those racing
both in the morning and the afternoon.
Leach and Kerry Meek came sixth in the WJ16.2x steering
a good course down the middle of the river. Next were the
boys in the J14.1X with Johan Lai taking the silver medal
behind his adversary from Marlow. Last but not least; the
WJ14.IX event where Catrin Morris earned a Bronze medal
and Jess Crossman won Gold. It was excellent sculling from
both girls and they recorded a faster time than most of
the boys in the same age group. In the afternoon Lucy Jones
gave a good performance finishing eighth out of thirteen
competitors. The J14.4x+ consisting of Johan Lai, George
Probert, Nick Burden, Dale Kernot and last minute stand-in
cox Skye Jenkins were trailing by quite a distance with
600m to go. With lots of encouragement from the bank and
clear instructions from their cox the boys eventually only
came second, again to Marlow, by 3 seconds. In the final
race of the day Catrin and Jess paired up in the WJ14.2X.
They were happy with their bronze position feeling that
technically it was the best that they had ever raced together.
Watling with Junior Academy Athletes.
On the same day, two Ross crews competed in the Veteran
Fours Head of the River, a four-and-a-quarter mile race
over the Boat Race course between Chiswick and Putney. The
Veteran B crew of Paul Carpenter, Steve Randell, Philip
Davies and Anthony Dixon-Gough, coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams,
were defending their title from last year, but found the
competition too strong as they were over-taken by three
of their Vet B rivals. They will work hard through the winter
in preparation for next summer's regattas. The ladies' crew
of Nicky Wild, Dawn Evans, Annie Williams and Rowena Pollock
rowed well in their first race together on the "Tideway".
There were coxed by ladies captain Sheron Dean-Lucas, and
finished fourth in their Veteran C category. This crew are
looking to build on this good experience for future races
hit the British Indoor Rowing Championships
The Junior Academy took 35 athletes to the British Indoor
rowing championships that is held at the national Indoor
Arena on Sunday, 21st. The competition was fierce as usual
and the junior athletes gain the benefit of seeing how they
compare against the best in the whole country. It was a
day of some excellent performances by the squad with over
50% achieving personal bests however no medals were won.
best result was newcomer Charlotte (Charlie) Morris who
in her first BIRC's event gained 5th place in the Wj15 event.
Other excellent results cam from Johan Lai 11th (J14) and
Will England was also 11th in his J15 event. Many thanks
to Mandy Crossman and Wendy Burden for the great organisation
and an excellent squad meal was enjoyed by athletes parents
and coaches afterwards.
winning Juniors from Pangborne.
Rowing Club win at Evesham Head of the River
On a bitterly cold November Saturday (26th November), three
crews from Ross Rowing Club travelled to Evesham to take
part in their annual Head of the River Race and all returned
off were the Men's Masters D (average age of 50) coxed four
of Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Graham Watling, Paul Brodholt
and Dave Sykes coxed by Lucy Jones who won their class by
a 30 second margin despite having to negotiate their way
out of some overhanging branches halfway down the course.
Had it not been for that incident, they would have been
very close to the Masters class course record.
the Women's Intermediate 3 double scull of Geraldine Calcraft
and Holly Campbell not only won their class but set a new
class course record and compliments from the Commentator
on their fine style! Finally the Women's Senior coxed four
of Geraldine Calcraft, Holly Campbell, Emily Preece and
Georgina Watling coxed by Rhodri Morris won their class
by 15 seconds.
winning men at Evesham Head.
winning Ladies at Evesham Head.