UK National Championships & Home Countries International Regatta

posted by Roy Sinclair - 22 Jul 2008

Last weekend, the UK National Rowing Championships took place from Friday to Sunday at the Holme Pierrepont rowing lake at Nottingham.

Athletes from the north were successful in bringing home two bronze medals.

Imogen Walsh excelled in the womens Lightweight Single Sculls in claiming the second place spot in her semi-final against a sculler from Tideway Scullers and followed that up with a strong finish in her final to win her bronze medal.

Alan Sinclair, rowing with Alastair Webb in the coxless pairs event had a most exciting and closely contested semi-final race with a crew from Glasgow University Boat Club to cross the line just under a length behind their Glasgow opponents. The final of this event in the difficult cross-wind conditions was dominated by a much heavier Leander crew closely followed by Glasgow and the Sinclair/ Webb combination who claimed their bronze medals just behind the Glasgow crew. Alan's brother Colin was one of 40 junior single scullers challenging for one of the 12 semi-final places in this event. Sculling well in the strong headwinds on the Friday, Colin unfortunately just missed out on claiming one of these places.

This coming weekend, Imogen, Alan and Colin have been selected as members of the Scottish team and will travel to compete against crews from England, Ireland and Wales in the Home Countries International in Cardiff on Saturday 26th July.

Imogen will race in the lightweight Single Sculls event whilst Alan will partner his Leander Club colleague Colin Williamson in the Double Sculls event and both will also compete in the Quadruple Sculls event. Colin gains his international vest as a member of the junior Quadruple Sculls crew.

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