Learn to Row Cancelled Tonight

With regret, I have to announce that tonight’s learn to row taster session has been postponed till next Tuesday due to the inclement weather. With rain, snow, sleet, thunder and some lightning either in the forecast or seen in the last hour it would not have have been very pleasant for your first outing.

I hope to see you all next Tuesday 3rd May.

Many Thanks

North Staffs Rowing Club

Victor Ludorum at Burton Regatta

On the weekend of 11th and 12th July 2015, North Staffs Rowing Club attended the Burton Amateur Regatta which was celebrating its 150th Anniversary.

The Oxford-Cambridge, side-by-side, type of racing took place over two days, the longer 1100 metre races on Saturday and 750 metre sprints on Sunday. Almost 500 rowers from across the country rowed on the River Trent and North Staffs was one of over thirty clubs from across the country that attended the meet.

Up for grabs for club junior sections was the coveted Victor Ludorum trophy – the Burton Cask – awarded to the club with the most winning seats. Victor Ludorum is Latin for ‘the winner of the games’. The Rudyard-based club with four winning crews beat stiff competition, including the local clubs who train on the course, to win the Cask – a first in the club’s history.

The Mayor of East Staffordshire, David Leese, is pictured presenting the cask to the club’s Junior Captain, Stanley Corr and Vice-Captains Ellie De Gale and Nathan Treacy.

Burton Cask Presentation

Burton regatta Presentation

North Staffs RC Junior Section – winners of the Junior Victor Ludorum at Burton Amateur Regatta 11th July

The full list of Winners is


WJ15. 1x Sara Cruttenden

WJ14. 4x+ Molly Riley, Issy Phillips-Bland, Megan Poole, Megan Johnson.

WJ13. 4x+ Emma Scotchford, Maddy Eeley, Louisa Hall, Ella Barrett.

MasC. 1x Mark Foster


WJ15. 1x Sara Cruttenden

J15. 1x Stanley Corr

WJ13.4x+ Ellie Poole, Jess Gaskell, Louisa Hall, Emma Scotchford.

Mx J18. 4x- Nathan Treacy, Liv Tomkinson, Liv Cumisky, Dan Plant.

Nov. 2x Peter and Joseph aston.

WNov.2x Alicia Powell, Abi Ridden.

MasA 1x Mark Silvester


Northwich Spring Head

The club had a very successful outing in the sunshine at the Northwich Spring Head on Easter Monday.  Eighteen crews were entered over three divisions so there was a lot of backwards and forwards between boats. Sara Cruttenden got the club off to a good start in the singles winning the WJ15 category by six seconds against a strong field of nine competitors.

Novice 4x+
Novice 4x+

In Division 2 , Peter, Thomas and Joseph Aston with Jamie Bernadi romped home in the Novice coxed fours – a notable first win for them.

Division 3 saw the club entering two womens eights (possibly the first time ever?) one predominantly junior girls and the other mainly adult women. Both crews beat competition from York and Runcorn but the younger crew took the medal by 15 secs.


Also in the third division was the WJ13 quad of Alice, Maddy, Emma and Ella who had a very nice row and came in with a dead heat with Royals for first place.

WJ13 Quad with John Bishop
WJ13 Quad with John Bishop

In all  some 46 club members raced on the day – some twice. Well done everyone.

Boston Marathon 21 Sept 2014 ~ Not quite a Tea Party

The Boston marathon is reputed to be the longest rowing race in the world.. it certainly feels like it.

Starting at Lincoln rowing centre and finishing at Boston rowing club the route takes in 50km of the river Witham through the flatlands of Lincolnshire, not that there is any scenery to see from the boat; the river is more like a wide drainage ditch banked up on both sides.

Men's Quad at the start in Lincoln
Mark F, Mak S, Phil and Gareth at the start in Lincoln

From the start it was evident that steering was going to be an issue, with some close encounters of the worst kind with the bank on a couple of occasions. The problem seemed to be that I couldn’t have my foot in its normal position and keep the boat straight. This in turn meant I was sat very awkwardly and eventually got a dead right leg. By the time we had reached Bardney Lock at 13km it was difficult to walk. I think we stopped around 17km to adjust the steering and that was when the rudder cable broke, losing us about 20 minutes to rethread the cable. This did allow me to restore some circulation though. After this I did manage to steer a straighter course with a combination of steering and pulling harder to one side up to about 22km when we started to hit weeds in the river which effected the steering.

Getting out clearing the weed off the fin and rudder gave us an opportunity to change the bow man and Mark Foster took us down to the finish. This change of order coincided with a bit of a purple patch and we were soon down at Tattershall Bridge where we met up with Linden, Helen and Jade Hall and 32km had past.
We decided to try and get to 40km then take a drink and then finish in 2 more 5km stretches, the weeds had other ideas though and at times it felt we were towing a submarine. There was nothing else that could be done other than to stop and remove the weeds.

In the final 8-10km we were nip and tuck with another crew but eventually we left them behind and managed to stay ahead despite still having to stop continually to clear the weeds. When we were clear of weeds we got a good run on the boat and the final stretch was soon over and we could hear the P.A. announcing our arrival and finally the ring of the finish bell.

Men's Quad at the finish
At the finish and still smiling.

We finished in a time of 5:09 but to be honest I was glad just to have finished.

Not quite a tea party but certainly an experience to be recommended.

North Staffs Juniors at the National Junior Rowing Championships

Last weekend the J14 Girls quad comprising Jade Hall, Olivia Cumisky, Liv Tomkinson and Ellie De Gale; coxed by Nathan Treacy took part in the annual National Junior Championships at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham. Also in the contingent from North Staffs was Stanley Corr competing in the J14 single scull category.

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J14 Women's Quad at National Junior Champoinships

J14 Women’s Quad at National Junior Championships

Saturday was the qualifying rounds and both crews came through comfortably the 1500m time-trial, finishing 6th out of over thirty competitors. Only the top 12 in each category qualified for the main finals on the Sunday.

In tough racing conditions the two crews battled hard over the 2,000m 6-lane course in the semi finals and both finishing fourth qualifying for the B Final later in the afternoon.

The J14 single scull B  final was closely fought and Stanley was leading by one length at the halfway point however Harvey Buchanan from Nithsdale ARC  had the stronger finish and Stanley had to settle for silver.

The girls quad B final followed a similar pattern with the North Staffs crew leading at the halfway point before being overtaken by the eventual winners from Maidenhead RC.

This is the first time in thirty one years that North Staffs have competed in the National Junior Championships but with a strong group of juniors coming through more can be expected for next year.

Moorlands Housing (Community Fund)

Whilst our juniors have been busy competing in the National Junior Championships, their Mums and Dads have been busy too, securing a grant of £600 from the Moorlands Housing Community Fund. Mum Lyndsey Mollison spotted the opportunity and working with Henrietta De Gale put together the application resulting in the award. The money will go towards the purchase of a Quad scull.

Nice Work Ladies!!

If you know or see anything that might be an opportunity for the club, then please speak to any of the coaches who will be able to advise on the best way to present an application.

North Staffs compete at National Junior Champs

For the first time in over 30 years North Staffs Rowing Club have sent crews to compete in the National Junior Championships held at Holme Pierrepont in Nottinghamshire on 19/20th July 2014. Our “Champion” crews of Jade, Liv C, Liv T and Ellie with Nathan coxing in the J14 Womens Quad and Stanley in the J14 Single scull will compete in an initial time trial then into groups by time and eventually a semi-final and hopefully a final.

This is a fantastic milestone for the junior section and a fitting reward for all the effort and dedication shown by the crews and coaches.

So, well done all and good luck.

National Schools Regatta

Some of our juniors have been busy recently.

Westwood College Quad Sculls Crew at the National Schools Regatta 2014

North Staffs Rowing Club’s thriving junior section competed in the National Schools Regatta last week, held at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. Despite the weather, crews competed in a knock out style competition, racing side by side as they do in the Olympics.  Our J14 girls competed for their school (Westwood College Leek) and reached the semi-finals; narrowly missing a place in the final by 2 metres to Putney High.


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