North rowers in action north and south of the border

posted by Roy Sinclair - 14 Mar 2012, 10:17 p.m.

At the GB Final Trials held last weekend at the 2012 Olympic rowing course at Dorney Lake, Inverness sculler Imogen Walsh, representing London Rowing Club, produced outstanding performances in the women's lightweight single sculls in which she qualified for the 'A' final by winning her repechage and then producing a fine performance in the 'A' final claiming third place and thereby challenging for a place in the lightweight double sculls event in the GB team in the run-up to the Olympics in July. Ross-shire sculler Alan Sinclair, representing Leander Club, raced in the men's heavyweight single sculls event and qualified for the 'B' final of this event with a solid performance in his repechage but just missed out on a top three spot in the 'B' final.

Nearer home in the annual Aberdeen Universities Boat Race on the River Dee in Aberdeen last Saturday, Inverness oarsman Alastair Crawford and Richard Hills from Nairn were members of the Robert Gordon University Boat Club's eight which recorded a resounding four lengths win against the eight representing Aberdeen University Boat Club. Also racing at the weekend in the Clydesdale Scullers Head Glasgow was Alastair Duff representing Inverness Rowing Club who claimed a second placed finish in the men's veteran D single sculls category.

Next Saturday, the Head of the River Race for men's eights is one of the main rowing events of the season which will be raced over the 4 & 1/4 mile championship course on the River Thames in London from Mortlake to Putney. Amongst the large entry of over 400 crews registered to compete will be several Scots club crews and a significant number of international crews plus a Ross-shire oarsman in the Leander Club eight which is due to start in position one.

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