GRANGE School Rowing Club crews were winners in two classes at Saturday’s North of England Head of the River race.

Boys and girls recorded victories in the MJ15 and WJ15 age categories on the River Dee at Chester, when boats raced against the clock over a 5km course.

Scott Ozslanav-Harris, Tom Roe, Matt Roe, George Graham and cox Akash Kotetcha clocked 18:29.03, more than a minute faster than their closest rivals.

They were seventh fastest overall in Division One.

Meanwhile Katherine Owen, Alice Gooda, Claudia Kimpton-Smith, Hattie Knutton and cox Ellen Copsey worked harder for their win, finishing in 20:21.22, little more than two seconds ahead of Runcorn RC.

Grange sent eight other crews to compete too.

Neighbours Northwich Rowing Club sent five, finishing first in the women’s masters c/D coxed eight class.

Clare Holt, Carolyn MacRitchie, Vicky Cheshire, Elaine Young, Carole Riddell, Val Edwards, Heidi Hackett (both Runcorn RC), Clare Briegal and cox Sam Over were on board, timing 21:10.37.

A men’s novice eight of older juniors was second of nine entries in their class, won by Durham University in 17:09.12.

Northwich clocked 17:39.05.

Both clubs turn their attention now to a busy weekend on the water, starting with Saturday’s Head of the River race on the Tideway in London.

The National Junior Scullers’ Head follows on Monday on the Olympic Games course at Dorney Lake, Eton before the Schools’ Head of the River the following day, Tuesday.

Northwich Rowing Club hosts its annual Spring Head on April 1.