LRC 10th Anniversary Celebrations & Boat Race on Derwentwater
By Lakeland Rowing Club, Apr 6 2017 06:00PM
Boat Race day took on new meaning on Derwentwater on Sunday as, while Oxford and Cambridge universities prepared to do battle on the Thames, crews from Lakeland Rowing Club were vying for trophies named after local rivers and islands.
The regatta was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Lake District’s first rowing club, with more than 50 oarsmen and women competing in mixed scratch quads.
Experienced and novice scullers aged from mid-teens to mid-sixties teamed up to race over a 500-metre course for medals and cups presented by Richard Atkinson of event sponsor Milburns Solicitors.
The penultimate race of the day was the women’s Greta Championship, where a junior crew made up of Lauren Strong, Pippa Atkinson, Danni Jones and Steph Mills coxed by Kim Sunley narrowly triumphed over seniors Kim Sherris, Claire Brock, Alex Morgan and Sam Ayres coxed by Julia McCumiskey.
In the final race, the men’s Derwent Championship, a coxless senior crew of Simon Bamforth, James Waterfield, Nick Cowan and Stefan Escreet restored the honour of the older generation by getting the better of juniors Connor Faulder, Robert Spedding, Tom Suddaby and Ben Holmes.
The club, which is based at Derwent Water Marina, Portinscale, boated from Otterbield Bay, courtesy of the National Trust, and the day finished with a barbeque and mass viewing of the Oxford v Cambridge races at the Hawse End Centre, kindly made available by Cumbria County Council.
By Alex Morgan
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