10 Sep 2015

Weekly News September 10

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BE A PART OF THE FIRST EVER…. NRC 2015 Celebration and Award Presentation 

Saturday 26th September 7 pm at Whitlingham Boathouse – only three weeks to go!

Come to the first-ever club awards event for all members, young, old and in-between! Novice or elite! Bring your families. Leave your stilettos behind but bring your pots and medals to show off.

Tickets £10 includes hot dinner. Drinks from the (paying) bar.

BRING YOUR TENNERS TO BREAKFAST AT THE CLUBHOUSE on Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th and buy your tickets from Piers Herrmann. 

OR Juniors: Paul Brice will also have tickets.
OR Karen Gibson, Piers and Dominique will have tickets at other times
and Karen Francis (karen@nickfrancis.plus.com) can be contacted for ticket orders.

Your ticket = your food so don’t lose it! Let’s see the regatta season out with a bang and celebrate all that the club has accomplished in the last season!

Steve comes fourth at worlds

 A superb set of three rows from our very own Steve Parsonage ended up in a fantastic finish to come fourth in the final of the lightweight men’s quad sculls at the world championships in Aiguebellette.

After a third place finish in the first heat behind Denmark and France, Steve has to race in the repecharge and finish in the top two to make it to the ‘A’ final. The crew stormed through the first 1000m neck and neck with an Australian crew. Great Britain moved into the final 500m in first place and maintained that lead to the finish beating the US crew into first in a time of 5.59.02. The final followed on Friday September 4 and, judging by Facebook, there was a huge amount of support from you all! What followed was an incredibly close race with all crews barely separated through each timing mark. Despite being in sixth place passing through the 1000m and 1500m the crew put on an excellent burst and passed the US and Italian crews to finish in fourth place.

A massive congratulations from all at NRC for Steve’s fantastic achievement. Watch this space for Steve’s thoughts on the race and the championships as a whole.

Steve's crew edging away in the Repecharge

Steve’s crew edging away in the Repecharge

 Good luck to the vets racing at the world championships

 The veteran squad have arrived with their boats in Hazewinkel for this year’s World Rowing Masters Regatta. I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing them, fantastic luck! I’m sure we’ll all see many updates on Facebook from Jeni! We look forward to the presentation of lots of medals at the club dinner on September 26.

The Calm before the Storm at Hazewinkel

The Calm before the Storm at Hazewinkel

 Award of grant for £10,000 for gym equipment

 Last Friday Max heard today that we have been successful in securing the full £10,000 Sport England small grant for gym equipment in the new boathouse! Many thanks for those involved in shaping this bid including Nigel Kippin and Dyson Pendle.  There was a specific equipment list associated with the bid including weights for the new gym.

Great Ouse Marathon results

 Piers Herrmann, Ross Campbell, John Hodds and Laurence Whelan enjoyed a great day out at the Ouse Marathon on Sunday. As relative novices (5 years total experience in the whole boat), their expectations were not too high. A top twenty finish with at least 1 record achieved would be fine.

Despite a visit well into the reeds by the side of the river the crew achieved both objectives. 16th in a field of 160 with five eights ahead of them and the fastest Masters C quad is not too shabby. In the crew’s own words it was ‘a triumph of strength over technique, but we don’t care’! Despite sunburn and very sore bums a great time was had by the whole crew. Many thanks to the Broadland team for taking the boat there and back.

 Mens Squad Update

Following on from last week’s men’s squad outing, could all squad members please fill out the availability spread sheet below. This is an important part of training in these initial weeks to make sure we get in those miles on both the water and the ergo.


UEABC Taster Day

UEABC are planning to have their annual taster day for new members on Sunday 27th September. Their plan is to run information and technique briefings before sessions on the water in addition to doing a three minute erg test. Based on experience this is a popular event and they expect to be down at the boathouse from 8am until 8pm. They will do their best to keep the traffic flow on the river as smooth as normal but please be aware that the club will be very busy.

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