Union crews selected for Regional Finals
March 4th saw the Inter Regional trials on Holme Pierrepoint.
Despite the strong winds the Union were fastest over the 1500m time trial in J15 singles and the girls 14's...
Lincoln Head of the River 12th March
This year, the organisers of the Lincoln Head introduced two new ideas. They introduced a short division for the very young and novices in their first year in a boat....
March 4th saw the Inter Regional trials on Holme Pierrepoint.
Despite the strong winds the Union were fastest over the 1500m time trial in J15 singles and the girls 14's 15's and 16's quads.
All were duly selected for the National Regional Finals to be held on April 24th
the 2 closest races were James Forward who won his J15 1x time trial and the WJ15 quad of Ciara Bingham, Lucy Patchett Izzy Nix and Grace Rigby coxed by Rosie Stokes. They both won by 1 second from the Becket RC crews.
This year, the organisers of the Lincoln Head introduced two new ideas. They introduced a short division for the very young and novices in their first year in a boat. They also introduced "Headship" trophies for the fastest crews in each division.
In the 1.5 km division, Tilly Thomas (bow) and Molly Middleton (stroke) were the fastest women's crew over the short distance
Mai Drury won W.J12 singles.
All 3 having just graduated from the Academy into the racing groups and are only 6months into their rowing adventure
On the long (3.5 km) course, the big news was the win by Denise Burd, Katie Stretton, Daniela Dietrich and Rosanne Capsticks in women's novice quads. It was Denise's first win in twelve years as an active member of the club. It was Rosanne's first ever race in a sculling boat; she has raced, and won, for the club in a sweep oared boat, but her last race was in 1990, and her win was in 1986. Daughter Orianne was there to support her mother, rather than vice versa. It was also Daniela's first win. At the other extreme, Katie's record in head races stands as three wins from three starts.
Then there was a band of old men and women, including John Kenyon from the Union, who borrowed a boat and blades from Lincoln Rowing Centre, and went for a paddle. They finished fourth overall, and won mixed masters D eights by 83 seconds.
The fastest double, and winner of the men's four-blade trophy, was Calum McManus and Alex Watkins, racing IM1 for Becket RC. Calum has been a stalwart behind the bar at functions this Winter and is currently doing his rowing at the NWSC. Mother Kate was there to support. They were fifth overall, and only three seconds behind the mixed oldies' eight."
Lincoln Head (12/03/2017)
W.Nov.4x-: Denise Burd, Katie Stretton, Daniela Dietrich, Rosanne Capsticks
W.Nov.2x: Tilly Thomas, Molly Middleton
W.J12.1x: Mai Drury
Mx.Mas.D.8+: Lou Townrow (Nottingham RC), Jo Canton (Lincoln), Tony Lorrimer (Nottingham RC), Cassie White (Nottingham RC), Bruce Margetts (Lincoln), John Kenyon, Helen Bloor (Nottingham RC), Michael Howe (Ardingly), Fergus Robertson (cox)
Head of the Trent (26/02/2017)
Union's Junior 14, 15 and 16's again came out on top on home water
Impressive win for girl's 14 Octuple (see the video on out Twitter feed!) and great performances for 15 and 16's (racing in IM3) quads
Masters 4x winning their age group by a good margin and winning overall on handicap
W.J14.8x+: Lucy James, Ruby Poon, April Bone, Rianna Ong, Cecily Kay, Evie Tyler, Alex Rainbow, Annabel Stevens, Rosie Stokes (cox)
W.J15.4x+: Grace Rigby, Izzy Nix, Lucy James, Ciara Bingham, Molly Middleton (cox)
W.IM3.4x-: Ella Grant Clapham, Orianne Capsticks, Megan Thomas, Katie Page
Mas.4x-: Trevor Rainbow, Simon Hughes, Sid Mitchell, Pat Mullins
Probably the last race for the Union in 2016, saw the club haul 10wins back to Nottingham! From J14 to Mas E and all in between.
With heavy rain and strong winds forecast the Union groups came prepared in their all-weather gear, only to find a cold, dry and pleasant day throughout racing. Conditions saw mostly head winds but as usual on the Bedford race course the weather was the least of the worries, it was the bridges you had to look out for !!
IM3.8+ (and fastest crew on long course): Adam Thomas, Ben Wright, Max Allen, Keir Vogl, Harrison Smalley, Guyon Bedward, Ryan Asher, Paddy Adcock, Becky Goodman (cox)
W.IM3.8+: Alice Bloomer, Amy Fenoulhet, Jasmine Michalowska, Heather Lund, Clodagh Gallagher, Beth Holder, Mary Bryant-Jeans, Alice Williams, Laura Stops (cox)
W.J14+8x+ (and fastest crew on short course): April Bone, Lucy James, Alex Grocock, Beth Cranefield, Evie Newman, Ruby Poon, Evie Tyler, Alex Rainbow, Rosie Stokes (cox)
MasE.4x-: Trevor Rainbow, Simon Hughes, Sid Mitchell, Pat Mullins
W.J18.4x-: Megan Thomas, Helena Singleton, Ella Grant Clapham, Emily Waumsley
W.IM3.4x-: Katie Page, Tess McManus, Keziah Davies, Orianne Capsticks
W.J15B.4x+: Ruby Poon, Lucy James, Evie Tyler, Alex Rainbow, Rosie Stokes (cox)
W.J16.2x: Orianne Capsticks, Katie Page
W.J15A.2x: Izzy Nix, Ciara Bingham
W.J17.1x: Emily Waumsley
The Nottingham and Union Junior girls travelled down to West Berkshire to pit their wits against the best of the Juniors from the South.
Gold and Bronze medals showed the group's strength and depth against some top opposition.
W.J16.4x-: (Gold) Megan Thomas, Ella Grant Clapham, Katie Page, Orianne Capsticks
W.J14.4x+ (Bronze): Evie Tyler, Annabel Stevens, Lucy James, Alex Rainbow (Str), April Bone (cox)
The Union's visit to St Neots Small Boats Head saw the squad coming away with 13 wins and the overall "Best Club" trophy. The good weather added to the overall experience, although the strong headwind in Division 3 skewed any comparison of results across the divisions!
Great performances in the whole width of Junior events, Men's IM3 quads and Masters doubles all added up to a great day of racing.
IM3.4x- Simon Hughes, Simon Wright, Mark Bromley, Calum McManus
W.J18A.4x- : Maddie Moore, Keziah Davies, Helena Singleton, Emily Waumsley
W.J16A.4x- : Orianne Capsticks, Freya Herborn, Tess McManus, Katie Page
W.J14A.4x+: Cecily Kay, Lucy James, Evey Tyler, Annabel Stevens, April Bone (cox)
W.J16A.2x: Ella Grant Clapham, Megan Thomas
W.J15A.2x: Ciara Bingham, Lucy Patchett
W.J14A.2x: Evey Tyler, Annabel Stevens
J15.1x: James Forward
J14B.1x: Will Knowles
W.J17A.1x: Helen Singleton
W.J16A.1x: Megan Thomas
W.J15A.1x: Lucy Patchett
W.J14A.1x: Lucy James
It with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our NURC members.
Lawrence died peacefully at home after several years of illness with Parkinson’s Disease.
He leaves his wife Pat three children Allison Sally and Richard his wife Emma and 7 Grandchildren Thea Natterly Gabriel David Luke Joe and Sam.
His funeral took place at St Bridgets Church Skenfrith on Wednesday 10th August.
Several members of the NURC attended.
Our condolences go to all the family for their sad loss.
Lawrence had left Mundella School Nottingham and joined the Club in the late 50’s
He did his National Service in the Army mainly in Leics,
He was about to be posted to Cyprus but due to promotion escaped this. This was due to a soldier who had been involved in a fight and demoted.
He returned to Nottingham and went to Nottingham University continued to be an active oarsman with the Club. Attending many regattas and helping to win many trophies for the Club. In particular rowed twice in the Thames Cup at Henley.
In 1961 he move to Hong Kong and joined the Police, where he rose to the rank of Inspector.
He had already met Pat,who later joined him in 1962.
They married in Hong Kong 1962 and haveenjoyed 54 years together.
Continued his rowing for the Hong Kong Police attending regattas. Rowed at one in Vietnam just before the Vietnam War they could hear gun fire in the distance this must have spurned them on to win and leave.
Lawrence returned to UK in 1973, and joined Imperial Tobacco. The family moved to London, in 1979 they move to Bristol and became the PersonalManager for Imperial.
Even living away both he and Pat attended many of the NURC events and always kept in touch with us. Member of the Goose Walk.
The family returned in 1979 to Hong Kong to work for HBC on retirement moved to Monmouth Mill by the river.
Water seemed to be a feature of his life. They were flooded a few times.
He joined Monmouth Rowing Club and became Chairman.
He continued his rowing in a Vet Pair with Alan Soulsby,
Sadly diagnosed with Parkinson but he never gave up took to sculling Pat used to go down and help him, when I asked her went did he give up “when he kept falling in”
He returned for home visits over the next 10 years and during this time re joined the Henley Row which took place every year during Henley Regatta, rowing in 2 gigs from Shillingford to Henley over 3 days 36 miles.
Peter DavidsonKevin BrutonHarry Billyeald LaurenceRobin HaslamMike Collier and John Pearce.
Looking throughphotographs going back to 1988 they were a happy crew and the trip I know was the highlight of the year for us all. Pub stops beautiful river Thames.
The Bull at Sonning, attending Sonning Theatre watching Kevin loving the Brian Rick farces.
Those who have rowed or still rowing appreciate the close relationship you have with your fellow oarsman you rely on their skill and strength to pull together. Olympics
Laurence was no exception a fine athlete.
It was clear that he was suffering we are so pleased that he could spend his last days at home with his family.
Aerin Thompson won J18 single sculls in a strong field, coming through the semis in 2nd place, 4 seconds behind the Cambridge sculler. Jumping straight out of winning the WIM2 2x with Olivia Kay, Aerin turned the 1x semi final result around and came through to win with just clear water at the end.
Jasmine Dorks and Grace Fielding raced in Championship Girls double sculls. racing 3 times on the Sunday to finish 5th in the "B" final. The WJ15 coxed quad Orianne Capsticks, Ella Grant Clapham, Katie Page,
Megan Thomas, [Cox] Annabel Stevens came 3rd in the "B" final and on the Monday Scullery event, the WJ14 quad, Evie Tyler, Isobel Nix, Lucy Patchett, Alexandra Rainbow, [Cox] Annabel Stevens, came 4th in the "A" final. Top credit to all 3 crews racing at the top of their game and keeping the Union as a Junior squad to watch !!
On home turf the Union were always going to be difficult to beat and with calm, bright conditions, the vet quad of Trevor Rainbow, Simon Hughes, Sid Mitchell, Pat Mullins won their E4x beating last years national Champions along the way. Jas won her J18 single in style and the other winners, W.J15.4x+: Orianne Capsticks, Rachel Herborn, Freya Herborn, Megan Thomas, Katie Page(cox)produced a strong performance as did Cecily Kay, Annabel Stevens in the W.J13.2x: with possibly the biggest winning margin of the day
On a weekend of glorious sunshine and watched appreciatively by Union Vice President Roger Holehouse and his wife Rosemary, the Union J13/14 squad joined together and won W.J14.8x+: Annabel Stevens, April Bone, Ruby Poon, Maddie Holohan (from Leicester RC), Olivia Stevenson, Izzy Nix, Lucy Patchett, Alex Rainbow, Ella Macmillan (cox) and the W.J14.4x+: Olivia Stevenson, Izzy Nix, Lucy Patchett, Alex Rainbow, Annabel Stevens (cox)
The Union crews dominated both events. Cecily Kay won her j13 single scull in similar style on the Sunday
Jasmine, Grace, Aerin and Alex travelled to Ghent to compete in their first International event. Jas and Grace competed in the 2x on both days, as did Aerin in a composite with Ella Kay of NRC. Aerin also competed in Lwt 1x both days and Alex in the WJ14's 1x. A great experience for all and some close racing. Aerin took the bronze medal in both her events, Jas and Grace just being squeezed into 2nd place on the Sunday and Alex getting 3rd in her heat racing up into J14's
Today at the Junior Inter Regional trials, 4 N&URC crews won selection to represent the East Midlands at the JIRR which takes place at Holme Pierrepoint on 23rd April.
WJ16 8+, WJ16 4-, Wj15 4x+ and WJ14 2x
Union crews get 2 top 10 positions. The WJ15 4x+ and the WJ14 4x+ both raced in the prestigious Scullery event, WJ15 coming 9th out of 51 entries and the WJ 14x+ came 7th out of 46 entries.
The crews performed at the top of their game to beat crews they had not beaten before.
Megan Thomas, Ella Grant Clapham, Katie Page and Orianne Capsticks with Lewis as cox were in the J15's and Alex Rainbow, Lucy Patchett, Issy Nix and Evie Tyler with Annabel Stevens coxing made up the J14's
On Friday 18th March a WJ15 and WJ14 4x+ will race in the National Junior Sculling Head, on the Olympic Course at Dorney Lake. 14's Alex Rainbow, Lucy Patchett, Issy Nix, Evie Tyler and Annabel Stevens (Cox) - 15's Katie Page, Ella Grant-Clapham, Megan Thomas, Orianne Capsticks and Lewis kay (Cox)
54, YES 54! Adult and Junior members, raced in 10 crews across 9 events !! 3 Women's 8's, 1 men's 8, 2 women's quads, 3 men's quads/fours and our Junior 13 girls raced in the first ever Octuple to compete at the Head of the Trent. Freya Talbot and Orla Holohan from Leics were in the 8x+ at 4 and cox. All crews had fantastic races, some over distances they had not competed over before. The win for W IM3 4x, Jasmine Dorks, Grace Fielding, Helena Singleton, Emily Waumsley, was achieved by chasing their closest rivals for the whole length of the 4mile course.
It was cold and wet the whole day for the race just North of Manchester on the Trafford Canal. The trailer, athletes, supporters and coaches slowly sinking into the mud as the day went on. However 12 of our Junior members competed fiercely in 9 boats across 7 events. Katie Page won her WJ15 single, Olivia Stevenson and Evie Tyler won the WJ13 2x (our 3 WJ13 doubles came 1,2, 3 in the event. and in the WJ134x Olivia Stevenson, Evie Tyler, Ruby Poon, Alex Rainbow and Ella Macmillan (cox)won with a margin of 24 seconds over the 1k course. Congratulations Ruby on your first ever competitive win !!
Thanks to everyone who made the Club Dinner a great success. We also saw the new bar management team from the Thirsty Business Company in action, cooking the food (delicious) and serving the drinks. It is always good to see old friends and new club members, sharing stories and gathering information !!
On a rather blustery day, the crews raced well at Northampton, Evie Newman and Ruby Poon raced for the very first time, putting in a gutsy performance in a strong head wind. Lucy Patchett won her event in WJ14 1x and the WJ13 quad of Annabel Stevens, Evie Tyler, April Bone, Cecily Kay, Ella Macmillan (cox)Trevor and Sid Masters G 2x also won their respective categories.
Ella Grant Clapham, Alexandra Rainbow and Cecily Kay raced at the Lea Valley Olympic Velodrome on Saturday. Congratulations to all of you on achieving personal bests on the day. You all said it was a fantastic venue with exciting racing in a very competitive environment (WJ13 winner doing 850m in her 3mins with an average split of 1.45 !!!)
Nottingham and Union had a successful trip to Bedford for the Star Club Head of the River on Sunday. Although the river is narrow and the course is barely 2000 m long, the competition from the locals is usually strong, with many crews from the two clubs and three independent schools. The Union entered nineteen crews and had eleven wins, while Becket School had one. The Union were strong in women's coxed quad sculls, winning at Junior 16, Junior 15A, Junior 15B and at Junior 14B. Annabel Stevens, Evie Tyler, Ella Macmillan and Alex Rainbow won over the 2 Bedford Grammar School crews having to row up a year with no entries in J13 age group
Also Darcy, Annabel, Issy and Lucy finishing second by only 2 seconds in Junior 14A. Jasmine Dorks and Grace Fieldingwon junior 18 double sculls. Katie Page and Megan Thomas won Junior 15A double sculls, while Lucy Patchett and Darcey McKean won Junior 15B. Jasmine Dorks also won women's junior 18 single sculls for the Union, and Darcey McKean won women's junior 14 single sculls for Becket School. The other contested win came for the coaches in Masters C coxless fours.
Harry Whittaker was left without opposition in junior 14 single sculls but finished strongly in a time only row, as did Trevor Rainbow and Sid Mitchell in Masters D/F doubles.
Training certainly paid off for our junior squads, with a fantastic start to racing for all involved at the Shrewsbury and Worcester regattas.
On Sunday 11 May, some of the juniors travelled to Shrewsbury for their first regatta. Wins were achieved by the J11 girls comprising Alex Rainbow, Evie Tyler, Ella MacMillan, and Annabel Stevens in the J12 4X+.
The J15/J16 girls comprising Greta McKean, Jasmin Dorks, Frances Seaton and Alice Neale also recorded their first win in the Mixed Novice 4X+. Both crews coxed on the day by Hayley Jackson.
On Saturday 17 May the juniors set off to Worcester and made the finals in five events coming away with a win for the WJ12 2X of Darcey McKean and Tegan Fitch.
Race of the day was by Katie Page who raced 5 times and made two finals in the WJ13 2X with Tess McManus and in the WJ13 1X.
NURC struck gold at the 2014 British Masters Championships on the 18th May when the crew of stroke Mark Stevens, Phil Brown, John Kenyon and Steve Hunt won the D novice quad race over the 1km course at the Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.
They put their combined 120+ years of sweep/single oar experience to good effect with a strong 2nd 500m as they saw off a crew from Twickenham and also, for good measure, the three C age group crews who were racing.
A great day was had by all at the Trent Head 2014, with a record number of entries and some fantastic competitive racing.
To top it off, we enjoyed a win on home water in Division 1. The 4X crew, comprising Mark Stevens, Phil Brown, Steve Hunt and Peter Roberts, chased down Tees from the toll bridge to the finish getting within a boat length of them - beating them by 15 seconds.
The earliest reference we can find to the Regatta, is a programme for “Nottingham Regatta” which was held on 17th September 1855 at Colwick Water. The first race was described as a “Gentlemen Amateur’s prize for paired oared boats”, the prize was 2 Gold pins valued at £2 2s. The contestants were: Lady of the Lake, La Belle Blanche, Argonaut & Gildeboy. All pairs were coxed, and the cox did not get a gold pin! In all, there were 9 races for varying amounts of prize money.
The next reference is a programme titled “Nottingham Regatta Club” announcing the 6th Grand Annual Regatta taking place on 1st July 1875, so this series of Regattas were started in 1869. The contestants were from West London Rowing Club, Union R C, Nottingham R C, Britannia Amateur R C, Argonaut R C, Derwent R C, Lincoln and Burton Leander R C’s all names which we recognise today. Apart from the rowing there were yachting races, a canoe race over land (!) and water, plank race (don’t ask… I’ve no idea!), a Salt tub race and finally a handicap amateur swimming race. Prizes of various values were presented by the mayor; interestingly, the crest on the programme appears to be a sailing boat.
The last old programme is for the Jubilee Year of Nottingham Rowing Club held at Colwick Park on 22nd July 1911. The programme includes a list of Patrons who were believed to have been members of all 4 Trentside clubs, implying there was cooperation between the clubs even in the early years. There is also a photograph of all the trophies which includes the Berry Cup, The Nottingham Rowing Club Challenge Trophy & the Corporation cup which can all be viewed at Nottinghamshire County Council offices to this day. The Victoria Gold Vase was also presented, and can be seen at Nottingham City Council offices. The course was from Lady Bay Bridge, which is on the Head course today, down to the Sailing club which is below the finish of the present Head course. The enclosure was on the Colwick Park side of the river. There is also a postcard dated 1905 showing the banks full of ladies in their finery watching the racing whilst listening to music played by the band of the South Nott’s Hussars. There were 30 races and the prizes were presented by Miss Maud Turney at 6.30 p.m., afterwards there was a Regatta supper at the Victoria Hotel.
By the 1960’s the Regatta was raced from the Suspension Bridge to the University Boathouse, a distance of around 1,200m. The last 2 river Regattas were in 1971 and 1972 and had a total of 107 entries in each year, which was a large entry for a river regatta. We restarted this event last year as “Nottingham Sprint Regatta”, with the aim of providing young and novice rowers the opportunity to race over a distance of around 800m.
In 1973 the National Water Sports Centre was available for the first time and the Regatta attracted 193 entries, this was the first multi-lane course to be built in the UK. In 1975 the event was run over 2 days, and it was in those early years that the committee started to run BUCS events during the “lunch hour”. When the BUCS events moved away, the Regatta then ran the Inter Regional races… and another annual event was born.
The regatta progressed well during the 1990’s attracting nearly 300 entries per day, however in 1996 Sunday was cancelled and in 1997 both days were cancelled. This lead
to a reduced entry in subsequent years and by 2008 it had become obvious that Sunday racing was no longer viable.
After a great deal of soul searching by the committee, it was concluded that it was better to run one great day of racing, rather than have two mediocre days. The entries since have justified that decision with an entry in 2012 of 503 crews which was more than the best 2 day Regatta in previous years. It also meant the Regatta was among the top ten events in the UK. The entry was down slightly in 2013 with 435 crews entered, with some really top quality races, and it still ranked as one of the biggest events in terms of the number of competitors entered; everyone agreed that it was a well-run event which finished on time after 11 hours of racing!
The Club held its 152nd Annual Dinner in the clubhouse on Saturday 1st of February when 70 members enjoyed an excellent three course meal prepared and served by our own in house members. By so doing we were able to offer great value to both our adult and junior members, without the heavy costs incurred with either outside caterers or the booking of a hotel, as was case only a few years ago. Our grateful thanks go to Nobby and Lucy our main chefs, but also to the many members who assisted in its preparation, and the work needed to create a really enjoyable atmosphere for an evening that went beyond midnight.
John McKirdy, an old member of the club, and now coach at Nottingham University, works with Chris Waumsley to utilise the strengths of both elite men's squads. John opened the speeches with his usual good humour, followed by the Captain Trevor Rainbow who spoke of the exciting prospect this year of all groups in the club growing in numbers and in strength. Trevor presented the club trophies to; Aerin Thompson, Oarswoman of the year, Will Davey, Oarsman of the year and Carolyn Thackstone for her outstanding contribution over the last 5 years as Club Captain. Mike Pugh, ex Becket School and NURC member, presented the club with a cheque for over £2,000 in his capacity as one of the Becket School rowing Trustees. The donation is to be put towards a new lightweight coxed quad, to be named The Becket, and a trophy that will be awarded in future years for recognising performance in the Junior section of NURC. Chris Waumsley outlined his work with our local universities and their integration, not only into the Senior rowing group but also into the fabric of the club. An excellent closing address linking strength and character in life to the sport of rowing, was made by Lt. Col. Dominic Wilford, another old Becket boy, highlighting how many of our members came to us through the school, a link we would welcome being re-established.
On Sunday 6th October nine of the clubs juniors travelled to St Neots Rowing Club in Cambridgeshire for their annual head race.
For six of the rowers, who only took up the sport over the summer, this was their first event. Over the short course, the girls J13 coxed quad of Freya Herborn, Izzy Nix, Rachel Herborn and Tegan Fitch, coxed by Erin Thompson, raced in the boys event and beat their opposition to record their first win.
A WJ14 quad of Freya, Rachel, Lottie Fitch and Katie Page, also coxed by Erin, came 2nd in their event, and Katie and Lottie also raced a double, putting in a very encouraging performance against older opposition.
From the older group, Erin completed a busy day by racing the long course in a single twice, and Matt Seelig and Rob Parker raced both singles and a double. The results show their continued improvement, despite an encounter with the bank providing a valuable steering lesson along the way.
The day was a great start to the season for the juniors, and the coaches hope to get more of the new starters racing as soon as possible.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded Clubmark status within our sport.
This required us to provide qualified coaches and appropriate equipment for both young and older beginners. Our coaches are CRB checked, with safety and equity firmly in place. Our five-year forward plan covers policies for all levels, from novice to elite athletes, and our training facilities are now as good as anything in the Midlands.
The club's fleet has been greatly expanded, with further purchases planned, to meet all foreseeable needs.
Two of our three entries for the regatta pre-qualified with our Wyfold Cup “A” crew drawing Mitsubushi BC of Japan and our Thames Cup 8 drawing Cardiff City.
The eight led from the start and established a three quarter length lead by the barrier, extending this to a length at Fawley and going on to win by one and a quarter lengths.
The four had a titanic battle with Mitsubushi, establishing an early lead of a few feet and leading by a quarter of a length at the barrier. Mitsubushi pulled level just before Fawley and had taken a quarter length lead by the mile post. Mitsubushi were being warned for their steering and just after the mile the crews clashed. With the Union crew losing a stroke in the clash it seemed inevitable that Mitsubushi would be disqualified. The umpire did not stop the race and the Union crew were left with a length and a half deficit at the mile and an eighth. Finishing strongly they reduced the deficit to three quarters of a length by the finish, and although the umpire spoke to both crews he let the result stand.
On Thursday the eight raced last years' semi-finalists Royal Chester and by the barrier had established a slight lead, neck-and-neck to Fawley, the crews battled it out with Chester gaining a slight lead just before the signal which they extended to one and three quarter lengths by the finish. Thank you to our sponsors Evans Concrete Products and Influence CLA for their support at the regatta.
The club had an excellent day out in West Bridgford Park getting people on the Concept 2 rowing machine and trying their hand at rowing. The stand for Armed Forces Day got people aged 10 to 70 racing over one minute to place their name on a 'Top Gear' style leaderboard. Congratulations to the participants below for winning prizes their categories:
Mel Oates from Newthorpe
Mike Donovan-Smith from Ruddington
Eva Stevens from West Bridgford
Lots of people expressed a keen interest in getting involved in the sport so we hope that our learn to row courses in the next few months will be very well subscribed. Already our waiting list looks rather healthy so if you are interested then please get in touch soon.
Come along and celebrate Armed Forces Day in West Bridgford Park on Saturday 29th June with the Nottingham and Union Rowing Club.
We will be hosting a stand during the day where you can try your hand on a rowing machine and race against others in a virtual regatta. Always thought you could make Rio 2016 in a sculling boat? Well now is your chance to prove it!
Many other sports will be on offer as well as more laid back entertainment to watch after you have rowed to victory.
Nottingham and Union Rowing Club rowed to victory at Nottingham City Regatta on Saturday 18th May with a win in the Men's Novice Coxed Fours and other excellent performances in a multitude of events.
The crew of the champion Novice Coxed Four pictured here from left to right was Charlie Haynes (2), Matt Wise (3), Aerin Thompson (Cox), Harry Townsend (1) and Tom Lockwood (4). They posted a time of 7:52.08 over the 2 kilometre course beating rivals King's School Worcester BC, Milton Keynes RC and York City RC convincingly.
Nottingham and Union performed well in the Men's Elite Eights, the headline race of the day, as well. Having entered two Elite Eights into the regatta, we put on a strong show but unfortunately lost to Royal Chester RC by 0.4 of a second. A disappointing result for a hopeful crew but worthy of great credit indeed.
Nottingham and Union's Senior Men's Squad, coached by Chris Waumsley and Paul Stevens, entered two boats in the Elite Coxless Fours. Other entries were made in the Men's Elite Coxed Fours and the Intermediate One Coxed Fours. The size of the NURC is testament to their strength and the signs are positive as eyes are cast south toward the impending Metropolitan Amateur Regatta (1st to 2nd June), Marlow Regatta (15th to 16th June) and Henley Royal Regatta (3rd to 7th July).