Despite being depleted by illness the J16 squad raced in both the J16 8+ and J16 4+ categories, with 4 boys doubling up. Not only did the eight win their category by 18 seconds, they were also the fastest boat of the day by 10 seconds beating a number of J18 quad sculls. In the four the winning margin was slightly smaller – only 7 seconds – but considering it was their second race, and in a scratch combination it was a fine performance.
As a result of the trials Shrewsbury will represent the West Midlands in the eight at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta at the start of next term.
All round, an excellent end to the term!
Our B group was split into a coxed 4 and coxed quad for this event, with the aim of qualifying both boats for the Inter regional Regatta at Nottingham in April. Both crews did exactly what was asked by winning their events. Many congratulations to our boys as the crews were very last minute, one actually changed on the morning of the event!
Many thanks to Paddy George for stepping in to the four, Alex ‘Sid’ Brinkley for racing twice and for Ed Jones who won 3 gold medals over the weekend!
A great finish to a very successful term.
J15 4+ P George, C Rassmuss, T Sykes, A Brinkley. Cox E Jones
J15 4X+ D Major, M Manser, A Brinkley, J Walker. Cox E Jones
Please click on this photo of the J15 winners, to open up a Flickr slideshow of each of the crews
Quad of Barny Fox, Fintan Simmons, Harris Huntsman, Harry Marshall, coxed by Alex Lawson were 2nd out of 5 losing to RGS Worcester by 5 seconds. RGS have been in the same quad for some time training in the same combination for the National Junior Sculling Head.
Quad of Matthew Hedges, Rob Hartwell, Ben Jones, Jake Elliot were 3rd out of 5. Only five seconds behind their Shrewsbury counterparts. Both crews raced very well considering having only 1 or 2 sessions in their crews before racing, compared to the RGS crew who have training consistently in their quad for the National Junior Sculling Head.