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.
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.
Burton Leander’s ladies squad swept their way to a medal position in the Women’s 8 Masters A/B category at the British Rowing Masters Championships 2014 earlier this summer. Held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham over a 1000m course, the weather conditions were challenging due to the constantly changing wind directions. Despite the difficulties encountered in aligning the boats on the start pontoons, the club still managed to prove themselves as strong medal contenders. It is the first time in the club’s 150 year history that a Masters category ladies 8 has come away with a medal at a National event. The Masters category of events is exclusively for rowers aged 27 and above, for experienced as well as novice rowers.
With the sprint Regatta Season well and truly underway, Burton Leander has been attending, and winning at many, including Liecester, Shrewsbury, Northwich, JIRR, Masters Championships and Trentham to name a few.