Northwich Rowing Club captain Rachel Hooper helps women's crew to class win on return to racing

Northwich Guardian: Northwich Rowing Club's women's masters C quad, from left, Elaine Young, Carole Riddell, coach John Dutton, Rachel Hooper and Clare Briegal Northwich Rowing Club's women's masters C quad, from left, Elaine Young, Carole Riddell, coach John Dutton, Rachel Hooper and Clare Briegal

RACHEL Hooper, captain at Northwich Rowing Club, returned to racing for the first time in more than a decade at the weekend.

A former member of Great Britain’s squad, she helped a women’s masters C quad to a class victory at Runcorn’s Spring Eights Head.

Elaine Young, Carole Riddell and Clare Briegal joined her in the boat, completing a 6km course on a stretch of the River Weaver in 23:51.1.

“It was great to be out racing again but it felt like a long way,” said Hooper.

“I loved being out on the water again though with some great women.”

Three other crews from Northwich took part, including a men’s IM2 coxed four that was second quickest in its category.

The women’s senior eight timed 22:51.9 in their final outing before this Saturday’s Head of the River race in London.

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