On Saturday 3rd November eight scullers, including five who were competing for the first time travelled upto Norwich to compete in the Norfolk Long Distance Sculls which was held on the River Yare in almost perfect conditions.
Will Loftus was the only Beccles competitor in the 4400 metre long course, and continued with his recent good form in being the fastest of the Open IM1 and IM2 scullers, completing the course in 17 minutes 07 seconds. Unfortunately he was not awarded a pot as there were less than the required three entries at his IM1 status.
The short course of 2100 metres offered much more interest for the Beccles contingent. In the Open Novice 1x Mark Taylor had a powerful scull to win his category in a time of 09 minutes 39 seconds which was 09 seconds ahead of his closest rival.
In the Women’s Novice 2x the Beccles Club had three entries, all of whom with the exception of Ros Mcintyre were competing for the first time. The fastest of the three crews were Ros and Kerry Parlane who finished in a time of 10 minutes 21 seconds. The other two crews of Molly Ward/ Georgina Winter and Alice Flannery/ Anna Rogers had quite a tussel with Alice and Anna coming out on top in a time of 11 minutes 12 seconds which was 09 seconds ahead of Molly and Georgina. All of the club’s competitors especially the newer members enjoyed the day and are determined to learn from the experience and are looking forward to the next race, they would also like to thank Robin for his support and transporting the boats and Jon who was officiating at the event for waiting until the end of the day to collect the results and Mark’s winner’s tankard.