Alison and Hilary row to fastest time at Stockton

Berwick rowers Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns at Berwick Rowing Club.
Berwick rowers Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns at Berwick Rowing Club.

The final round of the Long Distance Sculling Series was held at the Water Sports Centre, Stockton -on-Tees on Saturday.

Berwick once again was well represented in both double and single sculls.

Conditions were near perfect for the 5000m event. This course can be a challenge for even the most experienced sculler due to the number of horse-shoe bends to navigate, down the course.

First Berwick boat to cross the line was Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns, winning fastest women’s masters double scull and second women’s double scull overall.

Next were Masters G double scullers, Alan Robertson and Gordon Benton, giving them second place in the Masters double event, followed closely behind by Harry Black and Ian Smith in Masters F.

Andrew Cairns was first of Berwick’s single scullers to complete the course, with second place in the J15 category. A couple of steering issues did not stop Robin Morrison winning Masters E single sculls.

It was first time down the Tees course for Jodie Fleming and Lauren Adams in the women’s novice single sculls event, finishing in second and third place respectively.

The previous weekend Berwick rowers contested , two 5000m events hosted by Tyne Rowing Club and Tyne United Rowing Club, with over 170 boats taking part in each event.

In event one, Robin Morrison and Christopher Eke were first back for Berwick in the men’s Masters B double sculls.

Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns put in a strong performance finishing in second place overall in the women’s event.

Alan Robertson and Gordon Benton won the men’s Masters double scull event. Andrew Cairns, Jodie Fleming, Lauren Adams all put in creditable performances in the single scull events.

Elvira Drummond made her rowing debut for Northumbria University in the women’s IM2 single sculls event.

Event two saw the same double scull crews take to the water. Robin Morrison and Christopher Eke were once again first Berwick boat back finishing with a third place overall in the men’s double scull event. Fastest women’s double were Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns, followed by Alan Robertson and Gordon Benton in men’s Masters G event.

Jodie Fleming was first women’s novice sculler and Andrew Cairns finishing in fourth position in the J15 singles event.