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Grange School and Northwich rowers win medals at National Schools' Regatta
ED Grisedale’s fast finish earned him a bronze medal at last weekend’s National Schools’ Regatta.
The Northwich Rowing Club star was out of the reckoning with 200m to go in the Sculls Cup final at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, recovering to finish third.
“He rowed the race of his life,” said coach Jed Barlow.
“It was a really close call, with only a few seconds separating the medal winners.”
Grisedale, who represented Great Britain in a double scull at last year’s World Junior Championship, finished less than half a second ahead of a rival from Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School.
Northwich’s newest recruit Lucy Burgess scooped a silver medal in the Championship girls’ single scull for the Internationals’ Cup after a battle with Katie Bartlett (Nottingham RC).
The duo was separated by two seconds after a race-long battle on the 2,000m course.
Barlow said: “Lucy recovered from a slow start to haul herself level before narrowly missing out after a sprint to the line.
“Everybody else was left trailing behind.”
Burgess, another to race in Great Britain colours at international level last year, will renew her rivalry with Bartlett again at Henley Women’s Regatta later this month.
Northwich’s Harry Blake (MJ15 single scull) and the club’s WJ14 coxed quad scull of India Trigg, Callie Bloodworth, Emma Roberts, Victoria Gardner and cox Greg Murphy, reached the semi finals in their respective age categories.
Neighbours Grange School returned home with two medals – both bronze – in the MJ15 coxed quad competition.
The Hartford school’s senior line-up of Matt Roe, George Graham, Scott Ozsanlav-Harris, Tom Roe and cox Ellie Briegal was fastest in the morning’s processional before winning their semi final.
The crew was a second adrift of Marlow in the final for the Creber Cup.
Their trick was repeated by the school’s B boat of Sam Atkin, Jonny Glover, Ben Holt, Matt Strickland-Baker and cox Akash Kotecha after it too had won its semi final.
Emily Ford stormed to victory in the Scullery Trophy semi final for WJ17 single sculls, only to miss out on a medal by placing fourth in the final.
Grange School’s MJ14 octuple scull of Calum Begg, James Derbyshire, Reece Lester, James Bartley, Josh Simpson, Sam Pollard, Marcus Burling, Sam Williams and cox Harriet Hart reached the Cherwell Cup final, finishing in sixth position.
There was disappointment for the school’s WJ15 coxed quad scull which, after setting the fastest time in the Leslie Langton Cup processional, lost out to Maidenhead by less than half a second in the semi finals.
“It was probably our best National Schools’ Regatta yet,” said head coach Graham Jump.
“The standard appeared to be higher than ever, so to win two medals and with most of our crews reaching the semi finals, is a great achievement.”
National Schools Regatta
Friday (over 1,000m)
MJ14 double scull processional: 7. Grange School RC (Ben Holt, Matt Strickland-Baker) 03:42.4. Semi final II: 5. Grange School RC 03:36.78.
WJ14 coxed quad scull processional:12. Northwich RC A (India Trigg, Callie Bloodworth, Emma Roberts, Victoria Gardner and cox Greg Murphy) 03:57.6; 22. Northwich RC B 04:06.3). Semi final III: 3. Northwich RC A 03:53.05.
MJ15 single scull processional: 5. Grange School RC (Scott Ozsanlav-Harris) 03:43.3); 11. Harry Blake (Northwich RC) 03:53.3. Semi final I: 3. Grange School RC 03:39.16; 4. Northwich RC 03:49.67.
WJ15 double scull processional: 6. Grange School RC (Katherine Owen, Alice Gooda) 03:53.2. Semi final III: 3. Grange School RC 03:48.92.
MJ14 octuple scull processional: 12. Grange School RC (Calum Begg, James Derbyshire, Reece Lester, James Bartley, Josh Simpson, Sam Pollard, Marcus Burling, Sam Williams and cox Harriet Hart) 03:20.2. Semi final II:2. Grange School RC 03:14.37. Final: 6. Grange School RC 03:37.94.
WJ14 octuple scull processional: 8. Grange School RC (Poppy Howe, Ilona Webb, Izzy Highett, Eleanor Hazelwood, Kate Blayney, Pippa Gidman, Iona Gilby, Helen Owen and cox Megan Walker) 03:40.6. Semi final I: 6. Grange School RC 03:56.53.
Saturday (over 2,000m)
WJ15 coxed quad scull processional: 1. Grange School RC (Katherine Owen, Alice Gooda, Hattie Knutton, Claudia Kimpton-Smith and cox Ellen Copsey) 06:46.7. Semi final I: 3. Grange School RC 07:55.55.
WJ17 single scull processional: 5. Grange School RC (Emily Ford) 07:19.3. Semi final II: 1. Grange School RC 08:21.78. Final: 4. Grange School RC 08:13.33.
Championship girls’ single scull semi final I: 1. Northwich RC (Lucy Burgess) 08:27.98. Final: 2. Northwich RC 08:02.98.
Championship single scull semi final I: 2. Northwich RC (Ed Grisedale) 07:33.63. Final: 3. Northwich RC 07:16.50.
Championship girls’ double scull processional: 18. Grange School RC (Beth Laidlaw, Imogen Sherry) 07:15.7. Semi final I: 6. Grange School RC 08:24.17.
Championship double scull processional: 20. Grange School RC (Connor Gay, Calum McRoberts) 06:27.7.
Sunday (over 2,000m)
MJ15 coxed quad sculls II processional: 2. Grange School RC (Sam Atkin, Jonny Glover, Ben Holt, Matt Strickland-Baker) 06:21.8. Semi final I: 1. Grange School RC 07:13.38. Final: 3. Grange School RC 07:16.08.
MJ15 coxed quad sculls I processional: 1. Grange School RC (Matt Roe, George Graham, Scott Ozsanlav-Harris, Tom Roe) 05:58.9. Semi final: 1. Grange School RC 06:55.00. Final: 3. Grange School RC 06:52.17.
MJ16 single scull processional: 13. Northwich RC (Finn Lawton) 07:02.4.
Championship girls’ quad scull processional: 15. Grange School RC (Emily Ford, Laura Healy, Beth Laidlaw, Imogen Sherry) 06:30.6.