As is the expected case with Nottingham, this weekend was as windy and rainy as usual; excellent conditions for the British Rowing Championships. Here is a round up of the event from Barney Stentiford:
The weather was all that everyone could have expected from Nottingham…strong headwind and lots of rain!
James Dodd raced Open Lwt 1x which also had a time trial in the same mould as the U23 1x and he progressed to the semi-finals in this event. He came 3rd in that semi so qualifying him for the final where unfortunately he had a tough race and could only manage 6th place.
Angus Groom raced Open 1x. It started with 4 eliminator heats with top three going through to 2 semi-finals and he won his heat. In the semi he managed 3rd place and in doing so reached the final where he was rewarded with a bronze medal.
I raced Under 23 1x which started with a 1500m time trial with the top 12 going through to the semi-finals which I managed to do. In the semi I came a comfortable 2nd place so securing my place in the final. In the final I had a good start and led the race until 1000m, where the winner started to row through me and I couldn’t quite fight him off so won the silver medal but was still very pleased with the race.
A scratch coxless four of John Ford, Steve Jones, Callum McBrierty and Stu McCluskey won their heat so avoiding the repecharge on the day of their final. In the final they had to contend with a good Nottingham crew and the pouring rain and lost to them by 2 seconds and in doing so earning a silver medal.
Chris Thomas also raced in a Royal Chester quad, an event with only 3 entries but unfortunately they only managed 3rd place…
Full results can be found on: http://www.britchamps.org/