Silver and bronze for crews at Nottingham

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

The British Rowing Masters Championships held at Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham is increasing in popularity and this year was no exception, with a record breaking entry of over 700 crews.

Chris Eke competed in one of the largest fields of the day, “A” single sculls with 18 entries. and Chris finished in sixth place.

Harry Black and Ian Smith in “F” double sculls secured third place in their heat to qualify for the final, where they also finished sixth..

Harry Black and Robin Morrison were next over the 1000m course in a heat of “E” single sculls. They both sculled well coming home in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Ian Smith, Alan Robertson, Ian Boyd-Whyte and Gordon Benton were up in the “G-I” handicap quad sculls. However, it was Dart Totnes/Bristol (G) who beat the Nottingham (I) crew, with Berwick having to settle for third place.

Robin Morrison, Harry Black, Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns joined up for mixed “C/D” handicap quad sculls, in a six-boat final. Berwick finished third in their category and sixth overall.

Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns then moved to the double scull, where they were competing for the last time as a category “B” crew. The ladies had earlier won their heat and progressed through to the final. They were down off the start with Marlow/Reading RC well out in front but sculled strongly through the middle 500m. It was going to be a battle for second and third and into the last 250m there was still nothing to separate Milton Keynes, Berwick and Falcon RC. After a frantic last 100m, Milton Keynes took silver with Berwick just edging Falcon RC out by half a second to get the bronze medal.

In a six boat straight final of “G/H” double sculls, Gordon Benton and Alan Robertson, despite an applied handicap rowed through for the silver losing out on the gold by two seconds.

A great day’s racing was enjoyed by all who attended from Berwick with some seriously close finishes.

The Berwick competitors would like to thank Lloyds Tractors, Kelso for the use of their van to pull the boat trailer to Nottingham.