High hopes for Head of the Trent

With the difficult weather affecting so many clubs across the country this winter, organisers of the 2013 Head of the Trent are hoping for good water conditions and a record entry at this year’s event.

The Head – organised largely by Nottingham and Nottingham and Union Rowing Clubs – is set to take place on March 3rd, with entries due to close at noon on Sunday (24th February).

Racing will be held in three divisions: the first for Open Eights and Women’s Quads and Fours, over 6,000m; the second for Novice Eights, Quads and Fours over 4,000m; and the third for Women’s Eights and Men’s Fours and Quads over 6,000m.

Rowers from the East Midlands – which is still experiencing a post-Olympic boom with 1,500 registered rowers – will be out in force, with Nottingham, Boston, Leicester, Derby, Burton, and Loughborough all expected to attend.

Local interest will be on the four Nottingham-based clubs easily recognisable by the colour of their oars.

Nottingham Rowing Club, with 200 members, is the largest club in the area – their dark and light blue and yellow blades carrying the distinctive Robin Hood logo.

Nottingham and Union Rowing Club row with black and red kit and oars, while Nottingham University are in yellow. Nottingham Trent University have blue, white and pink on kit and blades. All will be desperate for bragging rights, after another long winter’s training.

One crew to look out for at the 2013 Head is Nottingham Rowing Club’s Women’s Eight – coached by Dez Atkins. The crew will be looking to defend the ‘Robin Haslam Trophy’ for the fastest Women’s Eight, in preparation for the Women’s Head of the River in March where they have won a pennant every year since the Club was founded in 2006.

‘No pressure there then’, said coach Dez.

For more information about the 2013 Head of the Trent, including a closer look at each of the three divisions, visit https://sites.google.com/site/nottinghamtrenthead/Home.

This news was sent in by Nottingham Rowing Club’s Keith Atkinson. If you would like your news to feature on the British Rowing website, contact [email protected].