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Tees crews in city's premier rowing race; Rowing.

TEES crews took part in the Head of the River Race on the Tideway, pictured.

The Head of the River Race is London's premier rowing race with over 3500 participants each year and crews coming from all round the world.

The race is usually held on the third or fourth Saturday in March and is only open to men's eights and is considered to be the peak of the head race season, attracting the top UK crews as well as foreign clubs.

The Championship Course is that of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race but, unlike that event, the Head of the River Race is raced on an ebb tide from Mortlake to Putney.

Tees Rowing Club was represented by a mixture of veteran and senior oarsmen.

A crew made up of Ralph Pickles, Dick Wilkinson, Tony Atherton, Ashley Law, Mark Benson, Richard Harrison, Richard Harandon and Steve Leigh, coxed by Janet Wilkinson, recorded a time of 21mins 03.27secs finishing 341st.

The same crew competed over the same course in the Vesta Masters Head of the River.

Tees also fielded a Masters D crew in this gruelling event.

They were: John Winton, Graham York, Sean Kenneally, Richard Olver, Ken Watson, Alan Puddick and Ian Burns with cox Hannah York.

There was little in it between the two Tees crews who recorded the following times over the 4- mile course.

Masters C Crew (Stroke S Leigh): 20mins 58.42. Placed 100th. Masters D Crew (Stroke I. Burns): 21mins 01.42. Placed 103rd.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2012
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