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Tees rowers make their mark on a busy weekend; Rowing.

TEES Rowing Club had a busy and successful weekend of racing at regattas in Dorney Lake, Nottingham's Holme Pierrepoint and Hexham.

At Dorney Lake, venue for the 2012 Olympic rowing events, Tees composite rowers starred in the women's elite coxless fours in the Sidney Swann Cup at the highlyrated Metropolitan Regatta. Jo Wratten shone in the winning crew and her clubmate Beth Bryan featured in the crew which finished as runners-up.

There were wins also for both Tees competitors on Saturday and Sunday in the elite fours.

In the women's elite eights who competed for the Di Ellis Trophy, Bryan and Wratten raced in the winning composite crew which beat Thames by six seconds.

James Harris, GB coach responsible for the composite eight and based at Tees Rowing Club was delighted with the performance.

In totally different conditions at Tynemouth, Tees RC were ably represented in more substantial boats on a tricky sea.

Crews from the club, including the wreck-rowers of Bob Tiltman, Philip Searle, John Anderson and Peter Hoar competed in the Explore Rowing series at Tynemouth Rowing Club.

The North Sea swell was something that inland crews never experience, and keeping the blades in the water proved a struggle.

The ladies' team consisting of Victoria Butler, Sally Barker, Ellie Moore and Kendra Quinn went on to brave the cold water and waves to win the women's event.

And the crew of Andy Hutchinson, Brian McGarry, Brian Hoar and Grant Pearson - also coxed by Janet Wilkinson - came a close second in the men's event.

"A fine afternoon's racing in the open sea made us all realise that rowing at Tees in a slight swell is nothing compared to Tynemouth," said Tees coach Dick Wilkinson.

There was a delayed start to the Hexham Regatta due to an accident on the A69 but Tees Rowing Club picked up a novice fours win in cool, overcast conditions, with the event used as a fitness tune-up for the two-day Durham Regatta.

The Tees novice fours crew of Milly Hutchcraft, Danielle Connery, Abi Metcalf, Laura Marriott and cox Avinash Shanker held off a powerful Lancaster University crew by a length to seal victory.

Anna Fairs and Imogen Leigh teamed up to conclude Tees Rowing Club's latest round of racing and finished a very creditable fourth in testing conditions in the coxless pairs final at the National Schools Championships at Nottingham's Holme Pierrepoint.

They had won their semi-final comfortably before conditions worsened.

Fairs also competed against the country's top school scullers and won through from the processional races to compete in the sprint events, but did not have quite enough left in the tank to reach the final.


NEW EXPERIENCE: Tees RC in action at the at Tynemouth Regatta
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2012
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