Rowers are in Severn-th heaven

Saturday 20th August 2022 12:00 pm
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WYE rowers were in Severn-th heaven as they made a splash in the sunshine at the two-day Bewdley Regatta.

Racing on the Saturday over 800m, Ross RC’s Beth Morris took out the women’s singles with a 5L final win over her Avon County opponent, while club mate Nick Hawkes won the Masters F (over-65) singles by 2 1/2L from Hereford.

Faith Thorpe-Williams and Fliss Cox won the semi-final of their girls’ U15 double sculls by 1L length from Worcester before losing the final against a strong AB Severn crew by the same close margin.

And Charlie Pope, Annabel Pope, Niamh Gabb and Dom Gabb put in a great performance in a mixed quadruple scull before missing out to Trent BC by 2L.

On Sunday, the mixed quad scull of Greg Powell, Alice Simon, Alex Hanham and Georgie Lockham came away with the pots, beating Minerva Bath by 3/4L, a first win for Georgie and Alice who were treated to a dunk in the river by their club mates for losing their ’novices’.

Nick Hawkes also went for a swim after doubling up with a comfortable sprint win in the MF singles from Avon.

No less than 10 Ross junior boats launched out, with Charlie Pope winning the U17 singles event with a 3L win over Worcester, while Milo Russell and Jacob Fitzpatrick put in an excellent performance in the U13 double sculls event, winning their first race by 4L from Avon County.

The girls’ U18 singles was a straight final between Ross clubmates Niamh Gabb and Ellie Humphreys, with a strong performance from both before the former took home the pot by 2 1/4L.

Faith Thorpe-Williams won her girls’ U14 singles semi-final by 2L from her Thames Scullers’ opponent before being pipped in a cracking final by just three feet by an Avon sculler.

Fliss Cox won her U15 semi by 2L from Stourport, but then missed out by 3 1/2L to AB Severn.

And Faith and Lily McLean also raced well before going down by 1.5L Thames Scullers in girls’ U14 doubles.

Annabel Pope rowed a good race in the U16 girls’ singles semi-final missing out by by 3L to Thames Scullers, while she and Niamh Gabb in the women’s doubles and Beth Morris in the women’s singles lost out by the same margin to Loughborough and Trent respectively.

Charlie Pope and Don Gabb also combined in a men’s double scull, where they put up a good fight against Nottingham and Union before losing out by 2L, while the men’s ME pair (over-55) missed out by 1L to Stourport and the club’s beginner singler lost out by 2.5L to Avon.

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