• Juniors Triumph at Shrewsbury

    Royal Chester Rowing Club had a fantastic weekend racing at Shrewsbury Regatta and Sprint on the River Severn accumulating a total of 10 wins. The event usually sees the strongest rowing crews on the Dee and Severn going head to head and this year was no exception. The first Royals win of the weekend was over the 1000m course and went to the junior boys crew of Jake Freer-Smith, Ben Newell, Oliver Smith, Morgan Linfield coxed by Eve Lawlor winning the Novice coxed four event beating neighbours from Kings School in the semi final and Grosvenor Rowing Club in the Final. The Women’s Junior 14 coxed quad crew of Fenella Cowdell, Issy Ford, Hettie Dunlap, Hannah Jones and cox Claudia Delafaille also picked up winners trophies. The Masters crew of John Hinnigan, Mike Stephens, Peter English, John Boothman coxed by Anna McGarva were not leaving it all to the juniors winning the Masters G coxed fours.

    The wins came quickly at the Sunday Sprint over a 600m course yielding wins for Women’s Junior 15 double sculls Ellie McQuair and Hazel Tongue. Following their Saturday success Jake Freer-Smith and Ben Newell took on Royal Shrewsbury School on their own stretch of River to win the Junior 18 pair. Harry Morland then won through to collect the Junior 15 single scull pot and the Women’s Junior 14 coxed quad of Erica Long, Octavia Shore, Celyn Richards, Megan Griffiths-Tucker and cox Sophie Palgrave-Neath triumphed in the plate event. Jake Freer-Smith then went on to take the J18 single sculls, Dylan Westoby the J17 single event and Ellie McQuair WJ15 1x plate event.

    Michal Palamarczuk, Junior Rowing Co-ordintor said "It has been a great weekend of racing with lots of juniors on the water building the foundations of what looks like being a great regatta season, I am very proud of them all particularly the Moreton Hall girls entering their first race and winning a heat. A huge achievement for the short time they have been rowing.”

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    Novice 4, Jake Freer-Smith, Ben Newell, Oliver Smith, Morgan Linfield coxed by Eve Lawlor.

    WJ14 4x+ Erica Long, Octavia Shore, Celyn Richards, Megan Griffiths-Tucker and cox Sophie Palgrave-Neath

    Women’s J15 2x, Ellie McQuair and Hazel Tongue

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  • Royals Juniors represent the North West

    RCRC Quad, Lorna Cowdell, Paige Cox, Jessica Twigg, Amy Morris represented the North West at the recent Junior Inter Regional Regatta. Fantastic day for them and demonstrated commitment and camaraderie as representatives of Royals. Big 'Thank You' to Jo Birtwistle for supporting them on the day and the parents who ferried them around.

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  • Royals top the medal table at Northwich

    Royal Chester Rowing Club travelled the short distance to race on the river Weaver at Northwich on Sunday. A squad of club members ranging from Masters to Juniors competed against clubs from around the North West over a 2.5km course. The successful days racing resulted in Royals coming top of the medal table winning in eight different categories.

    Highlight of the day was the Seniors with the First Eight of Harry Mcgarva, Rupert Wiltshire, Joe Fletcher Hunt, Henry Harte, Fraser Morgan, Peter Dean, Jack Mcgarva, Alex Constantinou and cox Sarah Armstrong, winning in 7mins 7.9 seconds the fastest time of the day and a new course record. They collected the Walter Benyon Trophy, a satisfying result for coach Jamie Leighton who was himself coached by Walter Benyon in 1966.

    Wins also came from the Women’s Masters coxed for of Jane Sweeney, Irene Adams, Helen Tweed and Nicki Miller coxed by Jo Hinnigan. The pair of Jake Freer-Smith and Ben Newall picked up their first medals in this category having only taken up sweep oared rowing four weeks ago after considerable success as scullers. They then went on to win in Novice coxed fours with the addition of Oliver Smith, Morgan Linfield and cox Eve Lawlor.

    Photos: Men’s Eight, Fastest crew of the day. Harry Mcgarva, Rupert Wiltshire, Joe Fletcher Hunt, Henry Harte, Fraser Morgan, Peter Dean, Jack Mcgarva, Alex Constantinou and cox Sarah Armstrong with coach Jamie Leighton.

    Novice Four, Ben Newell, Jake Freer-Smith, Oliver Smith, Morgan Linfield and cox Eve Lawlor

    WME 4+ Jo Hinnigan, Nicki Miller, Jane Sweeney, Helen Tweed and Irene Adams.

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  • Royals Juniors lead the way.

    The Trafford Rowing Club Bridgewater Head Race was a cold, rain soaked day for all competitors but The Royal Chester up and coming junior crews proving they are a force to be reckoned with in the North West.

    Wins in a eight categories saw the girls and boys demonstrate strength and discipline in the energy sapping wet conditions. Jake Freer Smith won Intermediate 3 single sculls and then teamed up with Ollie Smith to win in Intermediate 3 double sculls over two minutes ahead of rivals.

    Junior 16 girls Lorna Cowdell, Molly Paton, Paige Cox, and Amy Morris continued their winning streak in the coxless quads by a huge margin of 54 seconds. Junior 16 Double Scullers Sarah Fearnell and Molly Paton raced to 1st place with a Royals crew also in 2nd place. The Junior 16 girls also raced later in single sculls coming 3rd,4th and 6th within 9 seconds of each another.

    The Junior 15 boys Morgan Linfield and Derri Peers won the double sculls. The youngest girls racing in Junior 14 won double sculls, Fenella Cowdell and Issy Ford, and quads, Hannah Jones, Octavia Shore, Fenella Cowdell, Issy Ford and cox Claudia Delafaille convincingly.

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    Girls J14 Winners Hannah Jones, Octavia Shore, Fenella Cowdell, Issy Ford and cox Claudia Delafaille with coach Geoff Wynne.

    IM3 double scull winners Jake Freer Smith and Ollie Smith.

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  • Royals back to winning ways

    After a forced absence from the water due to extreme weather conditions Royals Juniors were back racing at Warrington at the weekend. The squad has only recently been able to add rowing on the river Dee to land training. The events programme in the region was also severely disrupted.

    Warrington Head race on the River Mersey was the first opportunity to compete and resulted in a convincing win for the girls Junior 16 coxless quad. The crew, Stroke: Paige Cox, Jess Twigg, Amelia Allen and steering Lorna Cowdell are all from the Queen’s School who are once again back rowing on the Dee with Royal Chester.

    The win was a clear victory of 16 seconds despite a dramatic collision when overtaking. The girls were forced to halt then restart losing probably 20 seconds off there race time.

    The crews all raced again during the day in double sculls, taking finishing places at 3 and 4 6 and 7. The race times were all bunched within 6 seconds of the winners.

    For more information about rowing at Royal Chester Rowing club visit www.royalchesterrowing club.co.uk

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