On Sunday 25th October 2015, Burton Leander and Trent Rowing club, both of Burton on Trent, will once again host their head race.
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 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.
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.
After the worst weather and flooding that Britian has seen in February for many years, it has caused upset for Rowers up and down the country!
On a wet and cloudy Sunday morning (the 19th of January to be exact) Burton Leander rowing club made their way to Boston Head, with a nearly full trailer and a good turnout of 8 crews racing, it promised to be a good day, except for the rubbish weather!