Berwick rowers shine at Talkin Tarn regatta

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Saturday saw Berwick rowers make a very early start to reach Talkin Tarn, Brampton in Cumbria for the final event in the Northern summer regatta calendar.

Elvira Drummond opened the whole days racing over the 750m course down the Tarn, by winning her heat of IM2 single sculls. This put Elvira up against Nithsdale in the semi final. Elvira battled hard to the line and was very narrowly beaten by the eventual event winner.

Lauren Adams single sculled in IM3, Lauren was confident in her heat and took a good win to place her in the final against QEHS and Nithsdale. Despite a solid performance the Nithsdale sculler prevailed.

Later in the day Elvira and Lauren teamed up with Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns in Elite quad sculls. The ladies surprised themselves by taking a half length advantage from the start. However, Durham A were strong through the middle stages and despite a big push from the Berwick Ladies, Durham A took the win with Berwick second and Durham B in third.

Alison and Hilary then moved to Masters C Double Sculls. Again the ladies sculled well to secure a place in the final but the very fast Durham crew with the advantage of the handicap start were too much for Alison and Hilary on this occasion.

The ladies then moved back to the quad scull with Robin Morrison and Chris Eke in Mixed Masters. With no handicap applying the Berwick crew had it all to do, but made short work of Hexham and Tyne in the semi and then went on to take a convincing win over Durham and Tyne in the final.

Robin Morrison was asked to guest for Durham in their Masters E Quad. The composite boat displayed some good sculling winning the semi and final in convincing style.

Robin then stepped up for E Single Sculls. At the half way mark all three scullers were close however Robin applied the pressure and broke his Hexham and Tarn opponents to claim his third win of the day.

Chris Eke had to be the most unlucky sculler of the day, as it appeared despite having a close finish that Chris had taken a win however to the surprise of even Chris’s opponent the win was awarded to George Watsons.

Despite having already notched up three wins the high point of the day for Berwick was watching their three representative juniors shine.

Andrew Cairns single sculled in J15B and put in a powerful performance taking the win by more than four lengths. Andrew then stepped up an age group to J16B, where he faced Lancaster and put in an impressive display of sculling against an opponent nearly two years older than himself , losing by only half a length with his Lancaster opponent taking victory in the final by a good margin of clear water.

Jodi Williamson and Niamh Cromarty made their debut performance at an open regatta one to remember winning J15B double sculls over their Tyne United opponents.

The girls then stepped up to J16B and surprised even themselves to take a place in the final. With nothing to loose in the final Jodi and Niamh put in some lovely sculling to take the win by clear water. Berwick ended on six wins with three coming from their juniors.

The Berwick rowers would like to thank MT Richardson Builders for use of a van to pull the boat trailer.

Berwick now begin to turn their attention to the highly popular Trade 4’s which takes place on Saturday, August 30 at the Boathouse.

Practice sessions are being held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm. Please contact a club member to book a practice session.