‘Trent’ wins National Gold, and Silver, and Bronze
On Saturday morning 16 athletes from Trent Rowing Club travelled to London to compete at the British Rowing Indoor Championships alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins. The event is staged at the National Velodrome within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is the only competition hosted by British Rowing that uses rowing machines and not boats.
The Club got off to a great start with Alison Sutherland who competed in the 55-59 ladies 2,000 metre event. With a line-up of 7, Alison’s race plan was to keep under a pace of 2minutes per 500mts and then to push for the line in the closing stages, a plan that she had rehearsed on many occasions. Having had a good start Alison settled in and was sat in the silver medal position, a position she comfortably maintained only to be beaten by 4 seconds by Upper Thames Rowing Club in a time of 7minutes 50 seconds.
Throughout the morning many of the Trent athletes achieved personal bests in their individual events.
Early afternoon saw Sir Wiggins line up in the Men’s A final alongside many of the GB Squad, and despite a fundamental error on his own part, he still managed to complete the 2,000mts in a very respectable time of 6.22.
Trent’s youngest competitor, Herbie Allen, aged 11, was up against 22 other year 7 boys in a 2 minute time trial. Herbie got off to a good start and by the 1 minute marker had moved into fourth. Over the final minute the Trent sculler was neck and neck with the Bishopsgate School Boat Club sculler fighting for the bronze medal position. In the very closing stages of the race Allen managed to pull away, and crossed the line 11mts ahead, taking the bronze medal for the Trent Team. The event being won by another Bishopsgate School Boat Club sculler.
Late afternoon saw Alison Sutherland return to the race floor for her second event of the day, this time competing over a shorter 500mt course. Alison’s race plan was much simpler than earlier, ‘give it everything’, and that is exactly what she did. Leading from the start, Alison took the Gold medal in a time of 1 minute 42 seconds, pushing the Upper Thames Rowing Club lady into silver position, and Peterborough City Rowing Club took the bronze.
This year’s championships attracted a record entry and is the first time that the local Trent Club has ever won a medal at the event in its 154 year history.