Last weekend saw members of Trent Rowing Club travel to the Market Town of Shrewsbury for two days of racing on the River Severn. Saturday’s races which were held over a course of 1,000 meters got off to a good start with the Master ladies quadruple scull winning their semi-final heat against Warrington Rowing Club by a verdict of 4½ boat lengths, then going on to miss out on a medal in the final by a verdict of 2 lengths to Grosvenor Rowing Club. The men’s double scull also started well beating the City of Oxford easily in their heat but then went out in the next round when losing to Warwick Boat Club.
Trent’s junior 16 single sculler Callum Bell was the first win of the weekend for the Burton club when he convincingly won his event by 3 lengths against the Kings School Worcester sculler. The Trent squad didn’t have to wait too long for their second trophy when Millie Benton and Charlotte Warren-French took to the water in the Women’s Junior 15 Double Sculls event. Up against the Kings School Worcester ladies in the semi-final the Trent pair maintained a convincing lead from the start to win by 4 lengths. The double repeated their race performance in the final winning the event by 2 lengths over Queens Park High School.
Sunday’s racing was held over a much shorter distance of 500 metres. After her win the previous day, Charlotte competed in the Women’s Junior 15 Single Sculling event, winning her semi-final by a narrow verdict of only half a length, but then lost out to Stourport Boat Club in the final (verdict 1½ lengths).
The Club’s two youngest competitors were again on the water having won their individual events at Leicester earlier in the month. Herbie Allen racing against the Burton Leander sculler maintained his lead over the 500m course to cross the line 2 lengths ahead. Ella Russell however didn’t have it as easy as she was one length behind with 200 metres to go, but as the two scullers approached the line and with lots of encouragement from the spectators on the bank Ella won her second regatta with a verdict of ½ a length.
The final trophy chance for the Trent members was in the hands of Beth Mcloughlin, competing in the Women’s Single Sculls. After a verdict of ‘Easily’ in the semi-final against Leicester Rowing Club, Beth raced Birmingham in the final with another verdict of ‘Easily’. This bringing the Trent trophy tally to five over the weekend.