Black and Smith take Masters win at ‘Henley of the North’

Berwick rowers Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns on The Tweed.
Berwick rowers Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns on The Tweed.

Durham Regatta, often referred to as The Henley of the North, attracted a record entry of over 700 crews last weekend.

Berwick had a small representation with Robin Morrison sculling in Masters E single sculls.

Morrison took a semi final place and lined up against a little known opponent, Myers from Bradford, and after a good start he sculled confidently down the 800mcourse and went on to secure a place in the final.

Dunhill also from Bradford, was Morrison’s opponent for the final. Not having such a good start put the Berwick rower one boat length down. Both scullers maintained this position until they passed under Elvet Bridge at which point Morrison took his opportunity and pushed the rate up. In a thrilling last 100m he lost out by a mere one foot - a great race sadly going against Berwick on this occasion.

Later in the day Harry Black and Ian Smith contested Masters F Double Sculls. With the advantage of the handicap start in their semi final race Berwick were never really troubled by Chester Le Street.

This set Berwick up for a final with Bradford. The Berwick men went off strong and once they had their bows in front they showed their determination and were rewarded with a win at the biggest regatta in the North of England.

If rowing is something you fancy having a go at Berwick are hosting their annual Trades 4’s on Saturday, August 30, Crews usually consist of one club rower with three non rowers. See Berwick ARC website for more details.