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.
With a full racing schedule, the first heats got off to a great start with Matt Haywood taking the victory against a strong field of 6 opponents in the Men’s J18 1x category. Matt has been performing consistently well in this category all season and has excellent prospects for next year when he will be racing in the senior categories.
Representing the Junior contingent, the newly formed ladies quad of Miranda Woodhead, Phoebe Wycherley, Georgia Parr and Katy Emery set the standard high by winning the heat of the Women’s intermediate 3 coxless quads early in the day. Racing up in the adult category, the year 11 girls had a challenge on their hands. Despite some pre-race nerves for a couple of the crew who hadn’t competed before, they came through to take the victory for Burton Leander in a comfortably-led final. The ladies quad then split down into 2 doubles where Phoebe Wycherley and Georgia Parr continued their winning streak and went on to add another trophy to their haul, with a comfortable win in the J16 category.
The final Junior win of the day went to James Lee in the Men’s J14 1x, who won both his heat and final convincingly against a strong field of six opponents.
Dan Roe, who has made a great reputation for himself as a junior sculler over recent years, proved that he could hold his own at the top of the senior level rankings in the Men’s IM1 single sculls. Dan had a close race in the final battling it out stroke for stroke with rivals from Derwent and Trafford Rowing Clubs. Dan fought hard over the closing 100m of the race to nudge ahead taking a 1 metre verdict.
Burton Leander’s Masters Squads were also on top form registering a further three wins. The ladies fielded a coxless pair of Sam Shorthose and Kat Delaney, who then joined Laura Hunt and Barbara Delaney to form a coxless four. Both crews rowed hard to overtake their opponents who each had a time handicap advantage over the burton ladies, to tally up a further two wins for the local club. The Men’s Master’s C double of Gareth Kirby and Pete Westwood also put on an excellent performance, beating northern rivals from Warrington and Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club.
The Masters squad are heading to Nottingham this weekend to compete in the key event of the Calendar, the British Rowing Masters Championships held at Nottingham’s Holme Pierrepoint lake.