Early season encouragement for Beccles Crews

A number of crews representing Beccles Rowing Club made their way to the Annual Norwich Head of  The River Race last Saturday. The days racing began with varied success as the newly formed women’s double scull of Helen Ford and Anna Rodgers had a strong scull down the 2200 metre course and should have been confident of posting a competitive time amongst their category. However with the Finishing line agonisingly close (less than 200 metres), the pair clipped the edge of the bank meaning they came to a near stop and despite a speedy recovery it meant their time was affected. Both of them, however showed real courage in not giving up after their ‘argument with the bank’ and should look forward to what will be a promising Spring and Summer.

Next up for Beccles was Jacob Wolnough,  to whom a special mention should go for being the youngest competitor at the whole event. Jacob, who had been training for this event since late last year when he joined Beccles as a complete novice. He certainly didn’t let his young age put him at a disadvantage as he powered down the course in his single scull recording an extremely well earned time of 12m 13s.  He too can look forward to what will be his second Regatta season this summer with the benefit of knowing he will be in an excellent position compared to his contemporaries thanks to all of his hard work he has put in this winter!

The last (but by no means least) Crew of the day for Beccles was the Men’s Double Scull consisting Alex Hood and Ed Lock. After being crewed together in early November they have both come on in leaps and bounds and were more than ready for what would be there first event last Saturday. Both should be extremely pleased by achieving a second place finish in the extremely competitive Men’s Novice category. Their time of 8m 50s over the 2200 metre course was an excellent achievement considering the relatively short amount of time they have both been sculling together and speaks real volumes about their potential to have an excellent first Regatta Season.

It had been hoped that Kerri Parlane and Pascale Reeves would complete at Norwich but unfortunately the Women’s double scull crew had to scratch from their Maiden event due to illness but should remain pleased with the amount of progress that has been made  and these two should not deterred by this setback as they do show genuine promise despite their early nerves.

A Special mention must go to Robin de Vere Green for driving the trailer to Norwich and back as well as  giving up his time to help all the crews get on to the water. Without people such as Robin clubs our club would simply not be able to function properly. The amount of time and effort Robin affords to the club is irreplaceable.

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