With the mild temperatures it may not feel like autumn but five crews from Berwick Rowing Club were well aware that autumn was here as they travelled to Cambois, Ashington for the first round of the Northern Rowing Long distance Sculling Races at the weekend.
Autumn is the time when rowers take part in time trial racing usually over 4000m or more.
Chris Eke and Robin Morrison Masters B double sculls were the first Berwick crew home over the 4000m course on the Wansbeck closely followed by Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns Women’s Masters B double sculls who picked up the fastest ladies double of the day.
They were followed by Alan Robertson and Gordon Benton in the men’s Masters G Double Sculls. Alan and Gordon won the Masters Doubles on handicap.
Berwick also had two single scullers making their debut in long distance racing.
Andrew Cairns J15 and Jodie Fleming Women’s Novice both put in very creditable performances sculling into a stiff head wind.
Following a short break Cambois Rowing Club then held a second race over the same 4000m course. Berwick put out the same three doubles and two single scullers and enjoyed an almost identical set of results to the morning.
Alison and Hilary finished fastest ladies boat overall and Alan and Gordon were again fastest Masters Double on handicap.
The Berwick scullers are off to South Hylton, Sunderland next Saturday and hope to build on their successes at Cambois.