Northwich Rowing Club member Lucy Burgess makes history at Henley Royal Regatta

Northwich Rowing Club's Lucy Burgess in action at Henley

Former Grange rowers Tom Ford and Calum McRoberts with Newcastle University Boat Club

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LUCY Burgess continued her preparation for the World Under 23s Championships by becoming the first Northwich Rowing Club woman to race on the Henley Royal Regatta finals day.

The 20-year-old was part of a composite crew hoping to be selected for the championships in Italy later this month.

They eventually lost to the current Great Britain senior boat in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup final on Sunday.

Northwich Rowing Club captain Rachel Hooper witnessed Burgess’ route to the final, beating a composite from Leander Club and Reading University in the quarters on Friday.

“I spoke to her when she came off the water and she was pleased,” said Hooper.

“It’s all part of preparing for the World Championships.

“The senior women are obviously older and more experienced, but they were really up for giving them a good race.

"They had nothing to lose so that’s what they did.”

A Northwich crew of Alex Bain, Leon Langmead, Zak Trigg and Finn Lawton, coached by Jed Barlow, were among the favourites in the junior men’s quad scull Fawley Challenge Cup, but were beaten in the second round by eventual finalists Windsor Boys' School.

“It wasn’t the way we had planned it,” added Hooper.

“But they will move on from the disappointment, which is part of being great athletes.

“They’re now looking forward to the British Championships in two weeks and are looking to win.”

Windsor also beat Grange School Rowing Club en route to the final, but head coach Graham Jump could not fault his crew of Scott and Luke Ozsanlav-Harris, Ben Holt and Conor Gay.

“We were a little bit disappointed but we didn’t row badly,” said Jump.

“Windsor Boys’ found some speed but we were very, very proud to get selected and seeded and then to get to the Friday.”

The town’s strength in the sport was further showcased by the success of several former members at Henley.

Ex-Northwich Rowing Club and Sir John Deane's College student Ed Grisedale was part of an Oxford Brookes University Boat Club men's eight that won the Temple Challenge Cup final against an American crew from Brown University.

Former Grange members Tom Ford and cox Calum McRoberts competed for the Newcastle University Boat Club coxed quad scull that beat Harvard University in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup final.

Jump said: “That is the message, for a town club and a school club to be competing in this world class event is a great achievement.

“It was brilliant from the school’s perspective.

“It was great they (Ford and McRoberts) are staying in the sport and wonderful they won it.”

Hooper added: “For the town it was great and for the whole club it has been a fantastic five days.”

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12:25pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

A super effort Lucy, well done.

We will all be looking out for you in the championships and have great expectations.

Pip pip.
A super effort Lucy, well done. We will all be looking out for you in the championships and have great expectations. Pip pip. hectorplain
  • Score: 5

6:35pm Fri 11 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Here is a copy of a message I posted for locals visiting Henley:

"There are a lot of snobs in Henley who think they are better than people from Northwich but please don't let this put you off. (These people often wear horrible blazers with tasteless emblems on the top (pen) pocket. Sometimes they wear ties with broad stripes on them to show how important they are. It's how well you row that matters not how much money you have. Just go there and do your best then you can come home to normality.
Good luck to you all."

I hope you found this advice helpful.
Here is a copy of a message I posted for locals visiting Henley: "There are a lot of snobs in Henley who think they are better than people from Northwich but please don't let this put you off. (These people often wear horrible blazers with tasteless emblems on the top (pen) pocket. Sometimes they wear ties with broad stripes on them to show how important they are. It's how well you row that matters not how much money you have. Just go there and do your best then you can come home to normality. Good luck to you all." I hope you found this advice helpful. hectorplain
  • Score: 4

4:12pm Tue 15 Jul 14

techadmin says...

hectorplain:

What on earth are you on?
hectorplain: What on earth are you on? techadmin
  • Score: 1

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