Berwick rowers compete at British Masters
The British Rowing Masters Championships were held over the weekend at The National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham.
Ian Black and Hilary Cairns have enjoyed an unbeaten run together with Catherine Bowman and Kevin Oates from Hexham in mixed C quad sculls but decided to give themselves the ultimate test at the National Masters Championships.
Racing on the six land straight buoyed course was into a stiff cross head wind which made attaching to the start difficult. Berwick/Hexham had a good start and quickly settled into the race plan.
Upton drew a slight lead at the 500m mark, with the remaining three crews following a distance back. From the half way point Berwick/Hexham made a big push and sculled with determination and were delighted and completely exhausted after crossing the finish line just 0.86 seconds ahead of Upton with Twickenham, Leeds and Putney Town some 22 seconds behind them.
Ian Black also competed in C single sculls, and although sculling well in difficult conditions did not make the final.
Later in the day Hilary Cairns teamed up with Catherine Bowman (Hexham) in Ladies C Double Sculls. Sculling in heat three the ladies knew they needed to win to be assured of a place in the final.
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Theysettled into a nice strong rhythm and made a big push in the closing 100m to sneak past Durham/MAA and take the win by just 0.14 seconds.
Lining up for the final were Durham/MAA, Tees, Eton Excelsior, Milton Keynes, Putney Town and Hexham/Berwick Hilary and Catherine had an awful start. From here the ladies had to scull themselves from sixth position back into the race, using their experience they managed not to panic but to work hard and scull back to a fourth place finishing just out of the medals.
Andrew Cairns was at Durham often referred to as The Henley of the North for their two day regatta. Andrew sculling in IM 2 single sculls made a good start against his Durham Uni opponent and was holding a length lead when he clipped a buoy. Andrew then clipped a second buoy in the closing stages and was bitterly disappointed to loose out by 3 ft.
Elvira Drummond, currently rowing with Newcastle Uni in Championship quad sculls, had a better day at Durham. The ladies put in an impressive performance dominating Durham by five lengths to set themselves up in a final with Tyne.
Again a good clean sculling race was fought over the 750m with Newcastle winning by three lengths giving Elvira her first Durham win. This should hopefully give the Newcastle ladies great confidence for their forthcoming trip to Women’s Henley.