The sun wasn’t the only thing shining for Berwick’s rowers on Saturday as the team travelled to neighbouring club Cambois and recorded an impressive seven wins.
The first division of racing saw the majority of the club out on the River Wansbeck and a year of training certainly paid off for Lauren Adams who progressed through the heats of the women’s novice single sculls to win the final against St Chad’s College, Durham.
As a result of her win, Lauren lost her novice status and later went on to compete in a final of women’s masters A single sculls, losing out to Cambois.
Andrew Cairns competed in one of the largest categories of the day, J15 single sculls.
Some impressive sculling put him through to the semi-final but unfortunately lostout to Chester-le-Street. Andrew also raced in J16 single sculls but was beaten byCambois.
In the women’s masters C/E double sculls, Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns producedtwo convincing wins over their Chester-le-Street and Durham opponents while ChrisEke and Robin Morrison progressed through their heat of the masters C/D double sculls against Tees but lost out to Cambois in the final.
It was a very close heat of the masters F/G double sculls, which saw Harry Black and Ian Smith pipped on the line by Cambois.
The home double then faced Gordon Benton and Alan Robertson in the final with the Berwick duo claiming the win.
Niamh Cromarty and Jodi Williamson, making their debut as a ‘new to sport’ crew.
They sculled extremely well to win by half a length over their opponents from Hexham and the girls went on to race in mixed composite crews to further their racing experience.
Chris Eke put in a creditable performance in his elite single sculls race but was beaten to the line by Chester-le-Street. Alison Inglis and Hilary Cairns then teamed up with Harry Black and Ian Smith in masters mixed D/E coxless quad sculls. The crew won convincingly against Hexham and in the final against Durham - who were given a handicapped start - the Berwick crew soon made up the difference and passed their opponents with 250 metres to spare.
It was a tough heat for Robin Morrison in masters E/F single sculls against Cambois.
He managed to make up the handicap start and take the rate up in the last 50 metres, putting him through to the final against Tyne. Once again a handicap start, it was neck and neck with 250 metres to go and after a slight collision, Robin managed to hang on and take the win.
A straight final of J18 single sculls saw Jack Davidson lose out to an extremely well drilled sculler from St Leonard’s School. Ruben Moss - also making his debut forthe club in the J15 single scull ‘new to sport’ event - sculled competently against his opponent from Durham and despite losing his race, he certainly showed a lot ofpotential.
Berwick’s finale was the opportunity to race in an eight. Gordon Benton, Robin Morrison, Hilary Cairns, Alison Inglis, Lauren Adams, Ruth Scott (Cambois), Harry Black and Ian Smith joined forces for the mixed masters C/D eight against Chester-le-Street.
Berwick powered away from the start, leaving Chester-le-Street behind in what was a convincing win and a fabulous experience for those competing.
A very successful day’s racing from all at Berwick. Many thanks to Lloyds Ltd.