NORTH ROWERS CHASE MEDALS AT THE BRITISH ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS

posted by Roy Sinclair - 19 Jul 2010, 1:44 p.m.

Last weekend from 16th to 18th July, the British Rowing Championships took place in variable weather conditions on the multi-lane international rowing course at Strathclyde Park near Hamilton where the Inverness Club took part in a variety of junior and senior events, achieving gold medal success in the men's double sculls event and many creditable performances in other events.

Current Scottish champions in womens junior 16 quadruple sculls, Inverness members Meghan Hunter, Rozy Shepherd and Kirsty Guild from Dingwall and Eilean Mackenzie from Inverness qualified for the final of this event via the repechage, just missing out on a medal following a gutsy performance in the blustery conditions on the Saturday. Meghan and Caitlin Horsburgh from Castle Semple Rowing Club qualified for the semi-final of the women's junior 15 double sculls with a fine performance in the time trial but were affected by the stormy weather conditions in the semi-final, finishing in fourth place and just missing out on a place in the final of this event. Rachael Wells sculled strongly in the women's junior 15 single sculls event and qualified for the final via the repechage, where she was unlucky to miss out on a medal.

Ross-shire oarsmen Colin Sinclair and his elder brother Alan competed in sculling events. Colin raced well but without success in the under 23 single sculls event whilst Alan won his heat in the men's single sculls event but missed out on a medal in a tight blanket finish in the final. However, in the double sculls event with Dave Bell, his former club mate from Leander Club, success in their heat led to a winning burst in the final on Sunday, recording a fine three lengths win for their gold medal. Clyde ARC member and current Scottish single sculling champion Imogen Walsh from Inverness, was unable to race in the women's lightweight single sculls event due to GB Squad commitments south of the border.
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