Trent Return form Loughborough

Trent Return form Loughborough with a trailer full of Trophies.

Members from Trent Rowing Club travelled to Loughborough Boat Club on Saturday to compete at the Head of the Soar Regatta.  The event which was raced over a distance of three kilometres upstream attracted 95 crews from all over the Midlands Regions. 

The first off in the morning were junior 16 boys (Sam Smith and Callum Bell) completing in the coxless double sculls event, who started the haul of trophies beating the local Burton Leander double, as well as Derwent from Derby, and two Becket School doubles from Nottingham.

Callum’s older brother Euan Bell added to the medal count winning his event (junior 18 single sculls) by crossing the line a clean minute ahead of his two opponents from Leicester Rowing Club.

The Trent junior women’s crews also performing well in the morning events saw a win for Charlotte Warren-French and Millie Benton in Women’s Junior 15 double, beating Derwent by a comfortable 20 seconds, and the Northwich and Loughborough crews. 

Late morning saw the two Trent girls (Warren- French and Benton) return to the water with cox Beth McQuoney to complete in the Women’s Junior 16 coxed quadruple sculls,  and being joined by two Derwent members to make a composite crew.  The Trent/Derwent girls winning the event by a three second margin over Northwich Rowing Club.

Not to be out rowed by the girls, three Trent lads (Callum Bell, Sam Smith and Henry Carlton-Greaves) also making up composite crew with a Derwent sculler boated to complete the Men’s Junior 16 coxed quadruple sculls.  After a long deliberation by the umpires the Trent/Derwent lads won the event by the narrowest margin of the day, with only 0.3 Seconds separating the two boats.

In the afternoon events Euan Bell joined forces with Georgia Batchelor-Robbins to complete in the senior mixed double sculls event.  In perfect still autumn conditions the double comfortably crossed the finish line more than one minute ahead of the local Loughborough boat, securing Trent 6th Trophy of the day.

The Trent Masters squad also put in an exceptional performance on the day.  Although finishing second in their event by an eight second margin the Masters C/D coxless quadruple sculls (Shaun Carlton-Greaves, Lars Kristiansen, Lee Newbold, and Luke McDonagh) broke the course record and finished as the second fasted crew at the whole event.

The celebrations didn’t finish there, during the medal presentation ceremony Trent Rowing Club were awarded the Victor Ludorum for the most successful club of the day.

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