Trent Rowing Club crews turned out in force last weekend at the 153rd Annual Burton Regatta with the clubs largest entry at any regatta in its 155 year history. The Regatta attracted over 300 crews over the two days from across the country and from as far as Burton’s twined town of Lingen, Germany.
Competing in all categories and across all age ranges the local club came up against some tough competition from the visiting clubs, including their neighbours Burton Leander Rowing Club.
The Saturday regatta provided Trent with seven wins. The first win was for the men’s ‘Masters C’ coxless quadruple sculls (Shaun Carlton-Greaves, Lars Kristiansen, James Russell, Lee Newbold) who took an early lead against Loughborough Boat Club, winning their third event of the year by a verdict of two and a half boat lengths. The ladies ‘Masters’ coxless quadruple sculls also finaled in their event (Vicki McDonagh, Mandie McQuoney, Melanie Bowesman-Jones, Alison Sutherland) where they raced neighbours Burton Leander Rowing Club. Having negotiated the bend in the course the Trent ladies opened up a one and a half length lead which they maintained to the line, giving them their first ever win as a crew.
The clubs Senior women also put a coxless quad scull out (Jade Smith, Beth McLochlin, Laura Kristiansen, Olivia Hamilton) who brought in the third trophy of the day having beaten Derby RC by a comfortable margin of 2½ lengths, and then went on to cross the finishing line ahead of Loughborough Boat Club by a good length in the final. Jade and Beth retuned the water later in the day to compete in the women’s double sculls event where they beat their fellow club members in the final by one length.
Club junior Henry Carlton-Greaves competing in the senior single sculling event was not going to let the pressure of racing in the senior event get the better of him. In the semi-final race he faced a Derwent RC sculler and having steered the perfect course he crossed the line first by a narrow margin of three feet. The final proved to be an easier race for Henry, having led from the start, over the 700 metre course he opened up a comfortable lead of 2 lengths which he maintained to the finish and won the event, his first single sculling event win.
The club’s youngest members were also on the water in force. In the Junior 12 singles event, Herbie Allen battled it out against club mate Joe Smith to win the event by 1¾ lengths. Herbie also joined forces with Cory Johnson from Burton Leander to compete in the Junior 13 doubles event where they beat Joe who had now teamed up with Ella Russell
Trent saw their crews return to the water on Sunday for a second day of racing. The local club went from strength to strength and beat the previous days medal haul, finishing the second day with further 9 wins.
The ladies quad produced the results for a second day when Smith, McLochlin, Kristiansen, and Hamilton beat Derby Rowing Club for the second time, but this time by a closer verdict of only 1¼ lengths. The junior ladies quadruple sculls boat made up for Sophie Carlton-Greaves, Ella Wycherley, Beth McQuoney and Eloise Rose had two good races in their event and beat rivals Burton Leander RC by 3 lengths in the semi-final, and then North Staffordshire RC in the final by 2 lengths.
Ella and Beth also doubled up and won the Women’s double sculling event having beaten Loughborough in the semis and then Bradford RC in the final.
Other wins for the Trent athletes came from Sam Smith and Callum Bell (Men’s double sculls event), Sam Smith (Junior 15 single sculls) Millie Benton and Charlotte Warren-French (Women’s Junior 15 double sculls), and Herbie Allen partnering up with Cory Johnson from Burton Leander (Junior 12 double sculls).
Lucy McQuoney competed in the Women’s singles event where she was undisputed winner having won the semi with a verdict of ‘easily’ against North Staffs, and then by a verdict of 4 lengths in the final against a Derwent RC sculler.
Henry Carlton-Greaves retuned to the water to complete again in the men’s event. His 1st race was a quarter final against Boston Rowing Club. Shortly after the start the Boston sculler miss steered and ended up in the Stapenhill bank, allowing the Trent sculler to open up an easy victory. As a gesture of good sportsmanship Henry offered to re-row the race giving the Boston sculler another chance, however the result was to be repeated. In the next round Henry found himself against the Derwent sculler he had beaten the day before, and again crossed the line first with a verdict of easily. The final should have been a much tougher challenge for the Burton sculler, but due his opposition taking a bad course Henry won this senior event for the second day.
Not only had the Trent Club entered its largest squad into a single event, it came away with no less than 16 wins, and was announced as the second most successful club, just missing out on receiving the Victor Ludorum as the most successful club at the Regatta which went to Nottingham.