TRENT visit Ironbridge

TRENT visit Ironbridge with a fully loaded boat trailer.

20 crews from Trent Rowing Club spent the weekend in Ironbridge competing at their annual regatta on the River Severn.  Racing over a distance of one kilometre on the Saturday, and then sprinting over the shorter 500 metre course on the Sunday.  Saturdays crews were blessed with a slight following wind, but found the competition tough, failing to win any events. 

In men’s novice sculls, Howard Russell made his debut appearance but went out in the heats to Evesham Rowing Club, whilst in the same event Callum Bell progressed to the semi final, only to lose to ‘Brice’ of Huntingdon who eventually went on to win the event. 

The Trent junior 15 mens double scull won their heat with a verdict of easily over Royal Shrewsbury School, but went out of the event in the semi-final against Birmingham Rowing Club.

Best performance of the day was by Sam Smith (junior 14 sculler) who lost in the final to Stourport, having beaten both Birmingham and Huntingdon in the heats earlier in the day. 

Sunday got off to a good start for Trent, with the first two crews out on the water winning their heats.  These were the womens junior quadruple scullers (Ella Wycherley, Sophie Carlton-Greaves, Beth McQuoney, Eloise Rose) with a verdict of easily against City of Bristol, and Mens novice double scullers Howard Russell and James Russell beating Warwick Boat Club.  Both crews were unfortunately knocked out of their events in the semi-finals.

Later in the day the junior 15 ladies McQuoney and Rose paired up to compete in the double sculls event, and progressed through to the final but lost to Loughborough Boat Club, having beaten both City of Bristol and Stourport Boat Club in the earlier heats.

The Trent squad did however bring home two trophies from their weekend away.  Jade Smith joined forces with novice sculler Beth McLochlin for an impressive win in Womens Intermediate Class 1 double sculls against Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, and Millie Benton won her event (womens junior 14 single sculls), beating both Edwards and Fletcher from the City of Bristol Rowing Club.

Other Trent crews which competed over the weekend included Henry Carlton-Greaves (junior 15 single sculls), Vicki McDonagh and Alison Sunderland (womens novice double sculls), all performed well but were beaten to the finish line.

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