Golden girl Julie wins on her debut

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BERWICK Rowing Club collected a magnificent haul of nine medals at the Scottish Indoor Championships in Edinburgh.

A large squad headed to Heriot- Watt University on Sunday for the event, which also included the Scottish University Championships.

It proved to be a hugely successful day for the Berwick competitors. They won five silver and three bronze, but topping the lot was Julie Riley who landed a gold in her very first indoor event.

Julie topped the pile in the women’s 30-39 years heavyweight division over 1000m and was naturally delighted with her success.

“I only joined the club in October and the only time I have competed in a boat is at the Trade Fours,” she said.

“I had a much smaller class than some of the other competitors, but to come away with a gold medal at my first indoor event was a real boost and it will give me the confidence to go on and try and compete on the water at some point in the future, although that may be a year down the line.

“Everyone at the club has been a tremendous help since I joined and they gave me and the other newcomers every encouragement.

“Some of the others like Alison Inglis, Sam Seaton, Elvira Drummond and Hilary Cairns had a great day at the championships and that is the standard I have to try and aim for.”

Indoor rowing forms the basis of winter training for rowers but many people have seen this as a new sport to take up and some challenge themselves with the various indoor competitions throughout the year.

Racing is held on indoor rowing machines or ergos over various times or distances depending on your age.

The junior members of the club got the day’s racing underway. Charlotte Seaton finished in sixth with a distance of 419m in the J12 two minute event. In the J14 four minute event, Andrew Cairns rowed a creditable 973m and Niamh Cromarty, competing in her first event for the club, put in a fantastic effort finishing with 841m.

Jack Davidson then competed in the J16 2000m event and finished with a new personal best of 8:18.

Sam Seaton set the standard for the seniors with a silver medal in the women’s lightweight 40-49 1000m in 4:05.4. Elvira Drummond then put in a fantastic effort to secure a bronze medal in the women’s lightweight 2000m in a time of 8:19.4.

Alison Inglis claimed a silver medal and a new personal best of 3.37.9 and Hilary Cairns took home the bronze with a time of 3:46.3 in the women’s hwt 40-49 1000m.

Phil Craze of Team Aegon competed in the men’s open 2000m and finished with a time of 6:39.7 and also the men’s heavyweight 30-39 1000m, where he managed a bronze medal with a time of 3:03.5.

Then it was the turn of the newcomers who have worked very hard in the short time of being members of the club. Julie Riley got her first medal in the women’s heavyweight 30-39 1000m finishing in the gold medal position in 3:58.1.

It was always going to be a tough event for Lauren Adams and Amy Faragher in the women’s open 2000m event, but both did incredibly well considering it was their first competition and they finished in 8:27.1 and 9:19.2 respectively.

In the men’s Scottish university freshers 2000m event, Nathan Gale clocked an incredible 6:40.8, giving him a silver medal in what was a very large entry.

Berwick entered two teams in the women’s 2000m relay. This involves four team members with multiple changeovers over the 2000m distance. Berwick A – Alison Inglis, Sam Seaton, Hilary Cairns and Elvira Drummond finished with a bronze medal in 6:55.2 and Berwick B – Julie Riley, Lauren Adams, Amy Faragher and India Guthrie finished in fifth position in 7:13.5 and both teams also knocked seconds off their best times.

It was a quick turn around of only 10 minutes for the final events of the day – the dreaded 500m sprint. It’s fast, frantic and anything goes! There was a fifth place for Nathan Gale in the men’s open in 1:25.5 followed by Phil Craze with a time of 1:26.4.

In the women’s open lightweight, it was a silver medal for Elvira Drummond in 1:53.1 and Sam Seaton finished fourth in 1:55.9. Alison Inglis took home a silver medal in a hard fought women’s open heavyweight with a time of 1:41.8. Julie Riley finished fifth with1:52.7 and Lauren Adams, 1:53.7.

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