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West Norfolk rowers compete in Head of River race at Huntingdon Boat Club




A crew from West Norfolk Rowing Club travelled to Huntingdon Boat Club to enter the first Head of the River race of the new season.

A glorious day, with blue skies and light winds, greeted the crew of four from the Denver-based club.

The race was a timed event over 3.4km on a stretch of the River Great Ouse.

West Norfolk Rowing Club members at the Huntingdon Head of the River race. Pictured above, from left, are: Phil Holden, Mark Dawson, Robert John and Theo Bailey. (20481341)
West Norfolk Rowing Club members at the Huntingdon Head of the River race. Pictured above, from left, are: Phil Holden, Mark Dawson, Robert John and Theo Bailey. (20481341)

The course began with some relatively straight runs and Rob John set a good stroke rate for the powerful ‘engine room’ of Phil Holden and Mark Dawson to get the boat moving at a competitive pace.

This enabled them to catch up with an eight which started ahead of them.

However, the latter third of the race included some sharp turns, which although navigated cleanly by Theo Bailey in the bow seat, inevitably meant the pace was dropped somewhat.

Despite this, the crew posted a very good time of 15mins 30secs.

This put them second of the three entries in their category and impressively posting the 11th fastest time out of the 49 entries.

This was a new course for West Norfolk Rowing Club, but Huntingdon were great hosts and is likely to be one for the calendar in future years.

It’s a quick turnaround for the club as they travel up the River Great Ouse to the Isle of Ely this weekend.

For more information on the club, including general, race entry and joining enquiries, please visit: wnrc.club@gmail.com


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