Eleven Wins at Ironbridge Regatta – Captains Report

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Stourport Boat club excel at Ironbridge Regatta with 11 wins.

All the hard work and training came to fruition at the weekend as Stourport Boat Club managed a fantastic 11 wins at Ironbridge Regatta.

On Saturday, racing over the longer 1000m course the Junior squad bagged a superb 5 wins.

The highly successful double scull pairing of Callum O’Reilly and Sam Bransford won their J14 race sculling very well to beat a strong field from 6 other clubs.

Our J16 girls, Ella Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore, Frankie Ward and Paris Dangerfield entered the senior category IM2 quads they were very impressive winning despite being much younger than their opposition.
Shauna McClaren and Lydia Chance just lost out in the final of J15 doubles having got through 1st round and semi final.

Sian Hinton outclassed her opposition in the J16 single sculls.  Jasmine White once again battled through two rounds to just lose out in the final. Jasmine is one of our younger scullers in the Junior 14 category; she will win very soon if she continues to show such fighting spirit!

Bruce McClaren got a well-deserved win at J17 in the single scull.

Our 5th win on Saturday came from Beth Darby and Tash Smith they won their J16 double scull showing fine form.
One of the closest finishes of the entire Regatta came in the Mas F Coxed fours race against arch rivals Bewdley. Coming under the railway bridge with only 20 strokes to go it was still neck and neck as they crossed the line the crowd held its breath, finally the verdict was announced over the loud speaker system a win to Bewdley by a bow ball (about 3cm!). Great race chaps, Tony Price, Stu Peace, Keith Barwise and Ian Hough coxed by Jodie Howson.
Also worthy of a mention was our Veteran D eight consisting of Gary Howson, Steve Lilley, Paul Lawrence Ian McClaren, John Preece, Adam Chance, Steve Smith And Mark “Tank” Tunley coxed by Jodie Howson, these guys have improved massively over the last few weeks. Several of them are very new to the sport but the training and commitment they have put in is starting to pay off they only narrowly lost to a good eight from Grosvenor. Well done boys keep up the hard work.

So onto the 500 metre sprint course on Sunday and another 6 wins for SBC.

Spint racing is often very close and it’s hard on the body flat out all the way; today we managed 4 Masters wins and another two Junior wins.  Pete Spenser and Tim Haywood are well established pair they looked good beating a useful combo from Trent Rowing Club in Masters C pairs.

In the Masters E pairs Paul Danby and Ian Hough having rowed very little together had no problems easily beating their opponents from Bridgnorth.

Stew Barnett beat his opponent from Trafford in Mas D single sculls in a very hard fought contest.
Sarah Peace and Liz Danby sculled very well to win their Womens Masters C doubles race.
Sam Branford and Callum O’Reilly won their sprint race topping off a great weekend winning over the two distances in their J14 double Sculls.

The Junior Women’s quad having won the senior event the day before were back in their own category racing J16 and were too strong for all their opposition as they sculled clean and smooth winning in style. Well done Frankie Ward, Ella Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore and Paris Dangerfield.

Winners:
J114 2x – Callum O’Reilly and Sam Bransford both days
WIM2 4x and WJ16 4x – Ella Shepherd, Harriet Blackmore, Frankie Ward and Paris Dangerfield
W J16 Sian Hinton
J17 1x Bruce McClaren
W J16 2x Beth Darby and Tash Smith
Mas C 2 – Pete Spencer, Tim Haywood
Mas e 2 x – Ian Hough, Paul Danby
Mas D 1x – Stew Barnett
Mas C 2x – Sarah Peace, Liz Danby