81 crews took to the Trent for this years Burton Head which is held over 3500m downstream including internatinal entries from Burton's German twin town of Lingen. Though it looked to be a bit of a washout the rain had cleared by boating for the first division and racing commenced on what turned out to be a lovely sunny Autumn day.
Brilliant day of racing at Nottingham on the 28th February, the ladies squad with two quads out in tough conditions!
BURTON Leander Rowing Club's Phoebe Wycherley struck gold at the English Indoor Rowing Championships.
On Sunday 25th October 2015, Burton Leander and Trent Rowing club, both of Burton on Trent, will once again host their head race.
On Sunday 13th June, crews from Burton Leander’s masters squads made the short trip to Holme Pierrepont’s National Watersports Centre near Nottingham to battle it out against the best of the UKs over 27 age group rowers in the British Rowing Masters Championship. Competing in 6 events over the 2-day event, the men’s and women’s squads were represented in doubles, quads, fours and eights.
Burton Leander Rowing Club made the short trip to Stoke on Trent on Sunday 7th June to compete in Trentham Regatta hosted on the Rowing Lake adjacent to the popular gardens. With 13 crews competing from Junior 14 to Masters C level, the club were well represented across the range of events from single sculls to quads and fours. To come home with 8 wins and many second places is a phenomenal success for the local club.
Fresh from representing the East Midlands in the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on the previous day, James Lee took the victory in the Men's Junior 14 single sculls, beating local rival Loughborough Boat Club in the first final of the day.
In typical strong form, Matt Haywood made his presence known in the Men's Junior 17 single sculls. The main opposition was formed from local Leicester crews, who carried the advantage of being on their home water, with many supporters lining the banks. Undeterred, Matt's focus and resolve proved no match for the Leicester crews, taking the second win of the day for Burton Leander.
The Men's novice 4+ also faced local opponents Leicester University in the final of their event. Starting out as a close race, cox Georgia Parr got the most out of her crew and steered a good racing line down the narrow, bridge-lined course which is often quite challenging for novice crews. The Leander men of Sean Tanner, James Sahin, Isaac Moody and Pete Haywood rowed well together and retained their edge over the university crew to take Leander's third win.
The final victory of the day came from the Intermediate 2 mixed four, consisting of club captain Sam Shorthose competing with Kat Delaney, Matt Haywood and Dan Roe. Rowing a category above their own level, the Burton crew knew they would have to race well to remain in contention against their opponents from Leicester/Trentham and Derwent. Their final was scheduled as one of the last races of the day - not to disappoint, this newly formed crew took the win by a verdict of three-quarters of a length.
The Leander crews are hoping to build on this very promising start to the season at their next competition at Shrewsbury in two week's time, whilst also keeping their sights on making Burton Regatta 2015 a strong one. This year marks the 150 anniversary of this historic town event.
Anyone who is interested in taking up rowing or indeed returning to rowing after university, should contact Gerard Wilcox on 07548 177767. The club offers rowing and sculling from beginner to advanced level and for juniors, men and women.
On Sunday 22nd March, 2 Junior lads from Burton Leander, Coby Press and James Lee, made their way to Holme pierrepont in Nottingham, to take part in the trials to represent the East Midlands at the up comng Junior Inter Regional Regatta. (JIRR)
Burton regatta proved to be a good warm up for Burton Leander’s junior contingent, who, on Saturday, made their way to Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont to test their prowess against the top juniors from all over the country at the British Junior Championships. Burton Leander were represented in single sculls by Mary Wright in Women’s Junior 14, Olivia Lee in Women’s Junior 15, Ellen Tweed in Women’s Junior 16 and Dan Roe in Open Junior. In her first national level competition, Mary Wright dominated her event from early on. Facing a formidable entry field of twenty five other competitors, the scullers are selected for the next rounds using time trial elimination. Mary made an impressive debut, finishing the time trial in overall second place, easily earning her a space in the semi-final. The second 2000m race didn’t faze the Burton sculler, coming first in the semi-final. Mary really put Burton Leander on the map by taking second place and the silver medal in her event.
Burton Leander proved that they possess the formula for success at the pinnacle regattas of the summer season, on their home river at Burton regatta last weekend and continuing on to the British Junior Championships which took place on Saturday and Sunday. The local club came away with 18 wins over Burton Regatta weekend and were represented in a wide spectrum of events of all ages, from Junior 14 to Masters F, at Novice level as well as Senior status events. The home regatta is a great opportunity for debutant competitors to gain race experience on familiar water, as well as allowing the senior athletes to hone their skills ready for the National Championships which take place the following week.