We were at the Nottingham Autumn Heads where Sam Yates, Ethan Snape, Ben Eardley and Tom Egerton were competing in the Novice 4+ category over the 3850m course on the River Trent in the middle of Nottingham. They are J16s competing in an adult category that included University crews from Nottingham, Lincoln and Sheffield and the boys beat them all to win their category in a time of 15mins 33 secs.
Earlier in the day in the J15 single sculls Ethan had also competed over the shorter junior course of 2000m to finish a narrow second place by 5 secs to the winner from the Derwent Club.
In the WJ14 coxed quads Layla Siaghi, Ella Clelland, Maddy Mycock and Meg Houseman had a sweet but narrow one-second victory over crews from the host club Nottingham and local rivals Burton in a tight race with a winning time of 7m 32s over 2k.
Also in Division 2 the J14 coxed quad of Flynn McGoulay, Harry Grime, Marcus Dawson and Brad Haynes recorded a very fast time of 7min 12 secs over the 2k course. Unfortunately their opposition had withdrawn earlier in the week so the boys could only row on a ‘time only’ basis.
Louisa Hall and Ella Barratt in the WJ15 2x had their first competitive outing together since the summer and came in second by three seconds to their old rivals from Leicester.
The WJ17 coxless quad started well but had to withdraw part-way down the course due to an injury to Jade Hall – lets hope she is back on the water soon.
Finally the compliment of the day came from one of the umpires who followed Emma Hardwick and Phoebe Tuck down the course in the WJ182x category who said it was the best display of bladework and timing he had seen all day.