• Adam storms the Boston Marathon

    The annual marathon organised by Boston Rowing Club from Lincoln to Boston on the river Witham is the ultimate endurance challenge and not for the faint heated. There are a number of obstacles to overcome on the 31 mile course besides the obvious fatigue. A seven mile row, dense river weed sapping the energy, carry your boat around a lock, then a further 24 miles to the finish.

    We had two entries from Royals in this years race, Peter Jarvis in Master H 1x and Adam Wilson in Masters G 1x. Peter finished in 4.46.37 hrs, second in his status and in a time only 5 seconds shy of the record set in 2002. Adam stormed the course in a new record of 4.09.19 hrs coming eleventh overall (yes that's all categories) and second fastest single sculler, beaten only by a Senior 1x. Adam giving him 40 years!

    Well done Adam.

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  • Junior Awards at the BBQ

    As part of the Royals Junior performance related awards for 2016 season best achievers and Squads Trophies were presented at the recent BBQ.

    Junior Squad for 2016: Left Fenella Cowdell as best Wj14, Amy Morris, Anna Furse, Lorna Cowdell and Paige Cox best overall. Others absent Jessica Twigg and Lucy Perkins.

    Amy, Lorna and Paige holding the yearly Trophy with squad names inscribed.

    Fenella Cowdell, Amy Morris winning the best overall girl for 2016 for commitment and squad leadership stroking the 4x- throughout the season, Lorna and Paige.

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  • Strong Season finish for Royal Chester

    The Royal Chester Masters and Juniors squads finished the regatta season on a high with the Masters undefeated at both Stourport and Gloucester and Ross regattas, a clean sweep bringing home a total of 8 category wins.

    At Stourport the men’s Masters F eight defeated a strong Nottingham crew by one and a half lengths in the final. The eight then split into two fours which both went on to win their categories, beating Worcester and again Nottingham. The successful day was wrapped up with a win in the mixed Masters F fours against Ironbridge.

    The Junior wins started on the Saturday at Gloucester Regatta with the Women’s Junior 16 quadruple scull of Lorna Cowdell, Paige Cox, Amy Morris and Jess Twigg. Oliver Smith then went on to win the J16 single competition after making a thrilling recovery to beat a sculler from the City of Bristol rowing club.

    The winning pattern was continued at Ross on Sunday with finals wins in a further four Masters categories. The Masters F four prevailed by just a canvas from the hosts Ross after a very hard race, the Masters E four won by 1.5 lengths from Worcester and the F eight by a convincing 4 lengths from Monmouth/Ross. To cap the day the women’s Masters D coxed four, rowing in the younger Masters C category, beat a strong Evesham crew by one and a half lengths.

    The winning women’s/mixed combinations were crewed by Jane Sweeney, Helen, Tweed, Nikki Miller and Irene Adams whilst the men’s squad included John Boothman, Peter English, John Hinnigan, Jack McGarva, Michal Palamarczuk, Nigel Price, Michael Stephens and Adam Wilson. Anna McGarva and Jo Hinnigan provided coxing skills for the masters, which proved decisive in a number of races.

    More Junior wins came from the J18 double scull of Jake Freer-Smith and Ben Newell beating Evesham in a very close race and then the J18 quadruple scull of Jake and Ben joined by crew mates Oliver Smith and Gregory Jones to beat local rivals Runcorn - a great weekend for the boys and Jake's last event as a junior.

    A further win was gained for Harry and Jack McGarva in the Eights events with the brothers competed in the Nottingham University boat to win the weight of the heaviest crew member in cider and weighed in at 97kg.

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  • Gold for WME 4+ at Henley Masters

    Royal Chester’s Women’s Masters E coxed Four crew of Nicki Miller, Helen Tweed, Jane Sweeney, Irene Adam and cox Jo Hinnigan brought home a gold medal from Henley Masters Regatta.

    A strong wind blowing straight down the course made for tricky racing conditions; thankfully Chester’s own Dee chop on the sailing club straight had provided ample preparation during many hours of training on our own river. The Thames was not going to trouble the Chester ladies.

    Royals’ first race was a semi-final against Putney Town, a crew that had narrowly beaten them six weeks previously. If they beat Putney, they would be through to the final.....tension was building and the day was very much "on".

    A good start saw Royals build a length’s lead off the start, but Putney held and were threatening to catch the Chester boat. Two well executed pushes at specific points in the race saw Royals hold out for a very good length and three quarter win. The final loomed against Toowong Rowing Club from Australia. You don’t come all the way from Australia to make up the numbers…..

    Another good start saw the Chester girls get away smartly and build an early lead. The Toowong ladies weren’t going to let them get away up the course and hung on, holding tight to Royals as they set the pace down the course. Royals held on to a half-length lead for the middle third of the race until they unleashed a pre-planned sequence of pushes which opened up a convincing lead for a 4 lengths victory and a Henley Masters Gold Medal for Royal Chester Rowing Club.

    The four masters women took up rowing only a few years ago as parents of Royals Juniors and developed through the squad of over twenty masters women who took up rowing later in life. Hard training and dedicated coaching has brought them to national recognition.

    The Gold Crew: Cox Jo Hinnigan, Nicki Miller, Helen Tweed, Jane Sweeney, Irene Adam.

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  • Tribute to Keith Osborne 1921 - 2016

    Keith Osborne 1921 - 2016

    President of Royal Chester Rowing Club

    It is with deep regret that Royal Chester Rowing Club announces the sad passing of their president Keith Osborne.

    Keith arrived in Chester in the summer of 1967 having been transferred from Shell's office in London to be the Training Manager at their Stanlow Refinery and with his passion for rowing soon joined Royal Chester; Keith was already known by some members as he and his crew from Lensbury RC beat the Royals coxless four in the finals of the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1949. Keith, who was at this time Editor of the British Rowing Almanac a post which he held until 2010, was quickly elected to post of Treasurer of the Club - a position he held for 30 years. His volunteer role enabled him to oversee the club through many a financial crisis, and helped, often in secret, to buy boats we would otherwise not have afforded. Keith also was the collator of archives for Royal Chester and published books which detail our history from the beginnings of the club in 1838. In recognition of his unending passion and service to rowing he was rewarded in 1987 with the ARA Medal of Honour.

    Keith was instrumental in setting up the Junior Section and continued to lead by example, coaching juniors until he could no longer safely get into and out of a coaching launch. Keith inspired and supported our current Junior Coordinator, Michal Palamarczuk, in his endeavours to become a junior coach and bring junior rowing to the youth of Chester and North Wales. Even after his retirement from coaching Keith always kept a close eye on the juniors.

    It was his foresight which encouraged the club to change its rules so that Ladies could become full rowing members. He was amongst the small group of members who first suggested relocating the club to a new site in the late 1980's a vision that is finally coming to fruition.

    His enduring legacy is the creation of the Royal Chester Trust Fund which allows the club to support junior rowing, most particularly those from less well-off backgrounds. Through the support of the Trust Fund, of which he was a founder, the Club has been able to buy numerous boats as well as support a number of boys and girls in their endeavours to achieve their potential, including competing for GB at Junior and Senior World levels.

    The juniors, some of whom will be competing this coming weekend at the British Rowing Junior Championships in Nottingham, have decided to dedicate their weekend efforts to Keith and will attend his funeral to provide the guard of honour.

    He will be greatly missed by the Club he loved so much and by all who came into contact with him.

    Keith’s funeral will be on Thursday 14th July at St Peter's Church, Waverton at 2:15pm followed by committal at the crematorium. There will be a reception afterwards at Cheshire View, Plough Lane, Christleton. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Royal Chester Trust or The KRH Museum.

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