Berwick rowers in action on the Tyne

FUN DAY AT BERWICK ROWING CLUB - TRADE 4S.
FUN DAY AT BERWICK ROWING CLUB - TRADE 4S.

With numerous events in the southern half of the country cancelled due to flooding, it was great to see rowing and racing going ahead in our region.

Saturday saw two divisions of racing on the River Tyne at Newburn.

Crews from Edinburgh in the north to York in the south of the region competing in both divisions.

It was quite a spectacle seeing over 80 boats competing over the 5000m time trial course with the majority being eights, fours and quads.

Conditions were blustery at times but not too difficult for the two Berwick crews.

The first boat to complete the course was a Newcastle University Elite eight, finishing in 17:09.

The first Berwick crew, Masters C quad scull, comprising of Chris Eke, Robin Morrison, Ian Black and Harry Black finished in 22:09.

Alan Robertson, Alison Inglis, Gordon Benton and Ian Smith, in Masters F quad scull finished closely behind in 22:48, giving them 2nd place with the Masters handicap added on.

Hard work seems to be paying off for club member Elvira Drummond, rowing for Northumbria University in Women’s IM2 quad sculls, resulted in them winning their category, also being fastest women’s boat in division one.

Thanks to Lloyds Ltd for their kind sponsorship.

* Berwick ARC will be running a ‘Learn to Row’ course for people who want to try something new, something different.

The course is open to anyone over the age of 13 but you must be able to swim. The cost will be £30 for six sessions.

Please register your interest using the ‘contact us’ page on the website www.berwickarc@wordpress.com.

Dates of the course are as follows:-

Monday, March 24; Sunday, March 30; Wednesday, April 2; Monday, April 7; Wednesday, April 9; Saturday, April 12.

All U19s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the introduction session as consent forms must be signed.