Gold for Inverness Rowing Club at Scottish Rowing Championships

posted by Roy Sinclair - 11 Jun 2012, 5:59 p.m.

Inverness Rowing Club members again achieved significant success at the two day Scottish Championship Regatta at Strathclyde Park in Hamilton last weekend in variable weather conditions in winning the gold medal in women's veteran coxed fours as well as achieving a satisfactory number of high placed finishes in other events.

In women's veteran A-C coxed fours, Susanne Standish-Hunter stoked her crew of Hazel Geddes (bow), Hazel Smith, Jodi Busby with cox Meghan Hunter to a convincing three lengths win over crews from Aberdeen BC and St Andrew BC. Earlier in the regatta, a similar crew with Leslie Foale replacing Jodi Busby missed out on a gold medal by 0.18 seconds to a crew from Clydesdale ARC after a nail biting race over the full regatta course.

In men's veteran coxed fours, the Inverness crew of Dave Rothwell (bow), John Sharkey, Alastair Duff and Tom Baker (stroke) were unlucky to lose out in their men's veteran E-G coxed fours race to crews from Clydesdale ARC and Aberdeen BC as were both the separate Baker/Duff and Sharkey/Rothwell combinations in their men's veteran D-F coxless pairs race to a composite crew from Clydesdale ARC/Strathclyde Park RC.

In the changeable damp conditions on Sunday, Hazel Geddes and Leslie Foale combined well in their women's veteran A-C doub;e sculls event but were edged out of a gold medal place but a composite crew from Clyde ARC/Glasgow RC, whilst in their men's veteran E-F double sculls event, Tom Baker and Alastair Duff were narrowly beaten by a composite crew from Clydesdale ARC/Strathclyde Park RC.

Both John Sharkey and Alastair Duff challenged well in their men's veteran D-E single sculls event claiming second and third places respectively behind former international sculler Martin Homes from Castle Semple RC whilst Tom Baker claimed a fine second place finish in his men's veteran F single sculls event behind former international sculler Willie Brown from Stirling RC.

In other single sculling events, Mary Clouston claimed a third placed finish in the women's veteran D/E event and also produced a fine finish in her heat of women's novice single sculls, just missing out on the final of this event. Roy Sinclair raced in men's veteran G single sculls just missing out on gold by one length against Les Johnston from Clydesdale ARC.

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