On a wet and windy Saturday, Nottingham Rowing Club took part in the Worcester Small Boats Head on the River Severn over a 4,500-metre course, starting at the Camp Inn and going downstream to the local rowing club.
In the first division, the Men’s Band 2 coxed four of Steve Bennet, Calum O’Keefe, Will Blackburn, Dan Town and cox Rasham Khan won their event.
Sophie Connolly and Annie Campbell-Orde had no women to race, so entered the men’s open coxless pairs event and won. A very credible performance.
The second division was held in the afternoon and Steve Bennet, not content with one win, was back with George Blythe, Chris Dove, Ben Farrell in Mens’ Band 1 Coxless fours and duly won that as well and produced the fastest time of the day.
The women’s coxed four of Layla Wheeldon, Cathy Beaumont, Annie Beaumont, Eve Bradley and cox Rachel Mathewson won the Women’s Band 2 event.
Kate Parsons won the Women’s Open Sculls and Toby Buxton won Junior 15 Sculls.
The single scullers of Liam Payne and James Doleman both finished second in their categories and Robin Kingston-Evans was third, behind James.
The Women’s Coxless four of Low Townrow, Cathy Beaumont, Annie Beaumont and Eve Bradley raced for a time only and were the second-fastest women’s crew of the day, only beaten by a Junior 18 quadruple scull
Head coach, Dez Atkins, said: “A great day and as the first race of the season, some good results to build on for British Championships, Nottingham Autumn Head and the Tideway Fours Head all taking place at the end of the month.”