Berwick rowers win three at Hexham

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Hexham Regatta held at Tyne Green is the biggest one day regatta in Britain with 361 boat entries and over 1000 competitors.

Berwick sent nine boats and were pleased to pick up three wins .

The sun was shining when the Masters G Quad (Alan Robertson, Harry Black, Gordon Benton and Ian Smith) took a comfortable win over Hexham despite not taking their handicap start over their younger opponents. The men then split into two double sculls having to race each other. Alan and Gordon took a slight early lead over Harry and Ian and held on over the 750m course to take their second win of the day.

Robin Morrison had a far travelled opponent from Abingdon to race in E singles sculls. Robin put in a fantastically fast first half but the Abingdon sculler stuck at it and just came through to win by a length. Harry Black also in E single sculls took on local rival Paul Freeman from Cambois. Despite sculling well Harry was unable to match Paul’s boat speed,

Chris Eke had a good scull in IM1 singles and again was just edged out in the closing stages.

Alison Inglis, Hilary Cairns, Estelle Dodd and Sam Seaton faced Cumbrian crew Talkin Tarn in Masters B/C Quad sculls. Being the younger crew Berwick had to give a four second start, but the ladies sculled tidily and raised their rate in the last 200m coming within canvass.

Alison and Hilary then joined up with Robin Morrison and Chris Eke for mixed masters A/B quad sculls. Berwick won their opening heat easily setting up a final against Tyne. Berwick being older were given the handicap start advantage but did not need it as they took the win.

Berwick’s only sweep rowing entry of the day was the newly formed ladies Novice coxed 4. Berwick faced Van Mildert College in round 1. Despite being slightly down at half way the ladies kept working and rowed through to take the win by a canvass. This set them up against St Mary’s College and in a close race they lost out by only two feet.