Berwick rowers shine at Talkin Tarn

Berwick had their biggest rowing squad of the season travel to Talkin Tarn, Brampton on Saturday, and were delighted that seven out of the squad were rowers who only began rowing in April this year on the learn to row course.

Friday, 8th July 2016, 07:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 11:36 am

Although conditions were miserable with heavy rain and gusting winds Berwick had a very successful day.

First on the water was Andrew Cairns IM2 single scull. Andrew progressed through the quarter and semi final to take a place in the final against Tyne United. Andrew made a great start and as conditions were rough in the middle of the course sculled confidently to open up a 2 length lead and take a good win. Andrew then teamed up with Chris Eke in IM2 Pairs.

In a very exciting close finish Berwick were unlucky to lose by only half a canvass. Chris had previously contested Elite single sculls, and then moved to a composite elite quad scull with Cambois again in a very close race the Berwick/Cambois crew came out on top.

Andrew Cairns then swapped to a quad scull with Chester-le-Street and QEHS. The lads made a good start but their St Leonards opponents pushed them hard but Berwick composite took the win on the line by just 1 foot.

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Ian Black, Arthur Wood, Gordon Benton and Ian Smith Masters F quad scull tidily disposed of their opponents taking their first wins of the day.

They then all moved to an eight with Durham to take win number two. Ian and Alan then moved to their more familiar double scull and claimed win number three. Ian Black then teamed up with Hilary Cairns mixed masters double sculls progressing easily to the final against Hexham, which they won with clear water.

Elvira Drummond Senior 1X sculled well in rough conditions to take the win over QEHS. In elite 1X Elvira, despite sculling well, could not quite match the boat speed of Chester LE Street. Jack Davidson Novice 1X put in a good performance to take a place in the final. In a desperately close final Jack was squeezed out on the line.

Ewan Brewis and Ross Mason had a very good start in Masters Novice 2X, the rough conditions just unsettling them but still a very creditable 2nd. Ross and Ewan also teamed up with Richard Fergie and Jack Davidson novice quad scull. In what were the roughest conditions of the day, the men could not quite keep up with Chester-le-Street.

Will Dalgleish, Tim Webster, Charlie Renner and James Shaw, coxed by Robert Arthur, competed in their first regatta J15 4X+. The lads did themselves and their club proud to only trail the much more experiencedcrewof Tyne United by half a length.

Also in their first regatta were Deborah Bowden and Andrew Little, who together with Amy Faragher and Julie Riley, had an agonisingly close race with City of Sunderland narrowly losing out after a very hard fought race.

With eight wins and some very close seconds a new talent is emerging. Berwick showed they are a small club who are enjoying a good season.