Success for Nottingham RC at the Metropolitan

Nottingham Rowing Club senior rowers, close on the heels of their rampant junior squad, went to the famous Metropolitan Regatta this weekend. On Saturday rowing in hot, sunny conditions with the risk of sunburn and dehydration, they won four trophies. On Sunday they were involved in plenty of good rowing and won yet another pot.

The ‘Met’ was founded in 1866 and rowed from Putney to Hammersmith. An early secretary was Charles Dickens Jnr. The regatta has been staged at Thorpe Park and in the Docklands but is now sited at Dorney Lake, Eton where the 2012 Olympic regatta will be held over the classic 2,000m distance.

On Saturday the club recorded wins, in very strong fields, in the intermediate 3 coxed fours where they beat Durham University and IM1 coxless fours. The IM1 coxed four came second.The crews are coached by Des Atkins and Dan Johnson. Dave Marshall, with a Reading University colleague, won the double sculls and Catherine Lineker took the Women’s IM1 sculls.

On Sunday the IM1 eight came third in the final and claimed the scalps of Thames Rowing Club and provincial rivals Grosvenor Rowing Club from Chester. Dave Marshall and his Reading colleague again won senior double sculls.

"Another great week-end for Nottingham Rowing Club" said Club Manager Mark Cooke. "Just as the Juniors did at National Schools so the senior men stepped up a gear at the Met. It’s great to see the club on this wave of success. Many thanks to our dedicated coaches and long may it continue."

Report from Nottingham RC

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