Four crews entered from West Norfolk Rowing Club, based at Denver Sluice, the 2017 Head of the Nene race run by Peterborough City Rowing Club in calm, overcast but chilly conditions.
The first team on the water was a men’s double scull in the Master (D) category. Mike Huchinson and Simon Prior, in their first outing as a pair, were very happy to get a respectable finish time and fought hard to avoid a late overtake by a more experienced Peterborough boat. They were followed soon after by women’s double scull pairing Kate Neale and Beatriz Bond in the Master (D) category. Despite neither of the crew having entered such an event before, they pipped a younger crew from Milton Keynes.
The third boat out was crewed by arguably the club’s most determined rower Hamish Collin. Hamish was entered into the Masters (H) category which gives some indication of his vintage. Never put off by a challenge Hamish entered his single scull in the 2km race finishing in good time and yet again demonstrated this really is a sport for all.
The final crew to boat competed in a quad boat on loan to the club made up of Mike Bond, Mark Dawson, Ron Rusman and Alistair Mackie with an average age entering them in the Master (D) category. The crew rowed a brilliantly consistent race and were only two seconds behind a more experienced Peterborough crew. This crew will hope to improve on their performance at Norwich Head of the River race in a few weeks’ time.
With WNRC club supporters travelling to cheer the crews along, the day was enjoyed by all and the club thank Peterborough CRC.
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