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ROWING: Golden Autumn afternoon
CREWS from juniors through to veterans were winners in Northwich Rowing Club’s green and gold at Saturday’s Runcorn Autumn Head.
They celebrated five category wins, marking the start of new captain Rachel Hooper’s tenure a happy one.
She said: “It was great to have boats from every squad at the club taking part, which proves we’re developing depth to our racing.
“There were good results, but we’ve shown we can be competitive at every level.”
George Lawton and Chris Malley, in an MJ16 double, repeated their class win from the Chester long distance sculls the previous weekend, completing a 4.5km course on the River Weaver in 18:18.4.
Another MJ16 crew, this time a quad made up of Matt Roberts, Mike Lundy, Alex Hine and Jack Koch, were victors in 17:17.02.
Northwich’s IM1 senior coxed four of Andy Kelsall, Adam Webster, Chris Crawford and Phil Hewitt and cox Abi Saunders – from Grange School Rowing Club – timed 17:53.9 to claim first prize.
Mike Francis eased to his latest win in a masters G single scull, while former club captain Clare Briegal took the honours in a composite women’s masters D/E double with Janet Vorberg from Liverpool Victoria.
Five other Northwich boats placed second in their respective classes.
Neighbours Grange School celebrated three wins, including the award for fastest boat overall on the water with the men’s junior quad clocking a quick 16:01.4.
Brothers Luke and Scott Ozsanlav-Harris, Conor Gay and Matt Roe were on board.
Northwich junior Harry Blake joined Jonny Glover, Josh Simpson and Ben Holt in a composite MJ18 quad that claimed a category victory in 16:33.8.
Girls got in on the act too, with Katy Frith, Helen Owen, Ilona Webb and Rosie Colton guiding a WJ17 quad to first place in class in 20:06.6.
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