Berwick rowers shine at Talkin Tarn

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It was an early start for Berwick rowers as they headed to Talkin Tarn, near Brampton for the final short course regatta of the season.

Lauren Adams and Amy Faragher, were competing for the first time in women’s novice double sculls. They sculled impressively to win their heat against Tyne which took them through to the final against Durham. The girls sculled well but were unable to match their Durham opponents.

After winning her women’s IM3 single sculls at Wansbeck, it was a move up a status for Elvira Drummond into IM2 single sculls against Loch Lomond. Elvira fought hard and stayed with her opponent down the 700m course but the sculler from Loch Lomond made a push in the final 100m to take the win.

It was first win of the day for Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns in women’s masters A/B double sculls against Talkin Tarn and Tyne United. The ladies later went on to join Chris Eke and Robin Morrison in mixed masters A/B mixed quads, winning over Tyne and Durham.

Highlight of the day was a first win for Andrew Cairns in J14 single sculls. Up against two scullers from Tyne, Andrew upped his rate over the final 250m to cross the line first. Tarn must be a lucky place for the Cairns/Bryson family as it was 20 years that Andrew’s mum Hilary won her first novice fours race and also 60 years since his grandad Gerald Bryson won his novice fours race there.

Women’s masters four, Sam Seaton, Michelle Gray, Lauren Adams and Amy Faragher were moved to IM2 due to no opposition, but this was a tough race for the ladies, who finished third.

Elvira Drummond swapped places with Sam Seaton for the women’s novice fours. An impressive and well-rowed race from the ladies, it was again down to the last 200m where the Chester-le-Street crew made a push for the finish.

Nathan Gale went through to the final of the novice single sculls after beating Tyne but poor steering cost him the winning place against Cambois.

It was neck and neck all the way for Chris Eke in IM1 singles against Cambois, with Cambois winning by half a length.

It was a win for Cambois in master’s E singles against Berwick’s Robin Morrison.

Alison Inglis made up some of the distance but not enough against her opponent from Loch Lomond who had a 12 second handicap start.