The Hexhaminer July 2018

First of all, huge congratulations to the HRC Junior Section on their performance at the National Junior Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.

For those who didn’t see the details in the Courant, here’s the original report as submitted (and before the reported speech was inserted!)

“A small but select team of Hexham RC’s junior rowers competed against crews from the biggest and most prestigious clubs in the country in the National Junior Championship in Nottingham at the weekend.

Whilst just missing out on the medals, they all performed brilliantly and confirmed a great deal of promise for the future.

Places in the finals at the championships are decided on preliminary time trials and Hexham’s WJ14 4x+ girls made it straight through to the A final of their event, a massive achievement in itself, bearing in mind there are A,B,C,D and E finals!

The crew of Haley Hannant, Ciara Duncan, Lucy Thorpe and Toni-Louise Brown, coxed by Owen Slipman, made it a final to remember. They stayed with the leaders all the way, but were edged into fourth place by Trentham RC in just the last 20 strokes. The winners were Ross RC and second place went to Nottm and Union, but there was a matter of just four seconds between the top four crews.

Hexham boys were desperately unlucky to miss out on an A final place in the OJ14 4x+ event, losing by just 0.4 of a second in the time trial. The crew of Gabe Wells-Johnson, Archie Stewart, James Turnbull and Aiden Wright, again coxed by Owen Slipman, gave a confident performance in the B final, but were out of the top placings.

Jason Cronk performed well against tough opposition in the J16 singles, and Holly Gold combined with Holly Nixon of Queen Elizabeth RC to reach the D final of the WJ16 doubles.

As well as the side by side racing, the Hexham rowers competed in the omnium events, a demanding test of skills and speed. Haley Hannant and Lucy Thorpe entered the WJ14 singles event and came away with 10th and 14 places respectively, out of 91 rowers taking part. Ciara Duncan and Toni-Louise Brown came 14th out of 62 crews in the WJ14 doubles.

Not to be outdone, Gabe Wells-Johnson and Aidan Wright, followed by James Turnbull and Archie Stewart came 12th and 15th respectively out of 45 crews in the J14 doubles omnium.

The championships provided an amazing experience for all the Hexham rowers, one which they thoroughly enjoyed and which will stand them in good stead in later years”

Nicci and members of the junior squad at Holme Pierrepont

SOS--- Save Our Sealife

You’ve probably all seen at least one documentary or an episode of the Blue Planet which shows the harm being done by all forms of plastic ending up in our seas and endangering marine life.

As the temperatures soar this summer, you can do your small bit to help ease the problem by using refillable gym-type bottles, instead of the throwaway, single use variety.

It is important to stay hydrated when training, particularly in the type of weather we’ve been enjoying recently, but the hot weather has accentuated the bottle problem. Down at the boathouse, we’ve been emptying bin after bin of disposable plastic bottles, when a little preparation and thought could cut the numbers considerably.

If you do use a throwaway bottle, please take it home with you and refill it for use next time. Failing that, you could ensure that it goes into a recycling bin, so it can be (hopefully) used again.

A bit of TLC...

Northern Pace has made it back to the boathouse after a major repair and refurb at the Janousek workshop. It had been very nearly snapped in two after an altercation with a tree as it was being trailered into the Durham ARC car park in preparation for the regatta.

The boat has undergone some very expensive work on the body shell and is now as good as new. Our steward Kevin Oates would like it to stay that way for as long as possible, so he is asking for the highest possible standards of TLC to be applied.

Of course, he would also like that to be the case with every boat...!

Awayday with a difference

The club played host to a corporate awayday for a Stocksfield-based company OpenWorks Engineering early in the month, and it’s been hailed a big success.

The event was booked by our very own Marjan Boudenoodt, who is the OpenWorks Customer Relations manager, and a number of club volunteers helped out.

After a brief coaching session from chairman Ben, the OpenWorks employees enjoyed a series of fairly splashy side-by-side races in the training boats, rigged for both sweeps and sculling, and also took part in a 30 second challenge on the ergs.

The weather stayed fine and the group remained at Tyne Green for an afternoon barbecue, which ran on into the evening. Marjan thanked Ben and the volunteers, saying the OpenWorks group had a wonderful day. It’s not yet known how many of them now want to sign up for L2R sessions, but the event has already made a sizeable contribution to club funds, with hopefully more companies interested in running similar awaydays in the future.

Marjan with her OpenWorks colleagues at their corporate awayday at Tyne Green

Summertime, and the training is easy

Talking of L2R, there’s still a backlog of people desperate to join the Learn to Row sessions as soon as possible. The problem was discussed at this month’s committee meeting, when it was hoped that some of the club’s more seasoned rowers would be able to help out over the summer period, now that they are no longer training for regatta events.

Help is also still needed on 2nd September, when the club hosts an Explore Rowing sweep competition, involving clubs from all over the region.

Warden Walk

A baker’s dozen of club members were involved in a walk to Warden and back during the month, with a delicious dinner at the Boatside Inn to break their journey. It was the latest in a series of events being organised by social secretary Elizabeth Waterman, and there are more on the way. Watch this space for details.

Club members at the Boatside in Warden

By the way, Elizabeth wants to point out that the AGM will not be held on the same evening as the club dinner, which will be on Friday 23rd November at the Hexham Abbey Function Rooms, tickets £30 a head.

The AGM will be held on a different date and tickets are unlikely to be required.

Other dates for your diary:

1st September, Tyne Single Scullers’ Head. Book early as demand for equipment is likely to be high.

8th September, Chester-le-Street’s re-arranged regatta. Entries already closed.

...and finally

... a win for the “HOGS”. After plugging away all season, the hard work finally paid off for the Hexham Old Gits Squad. The F crew of Bruce, Rob A, Jono and Graham beat Tyne United in the heat of the Masters E/F 4x- event at Talkin Tarn regatta before taking on an E crew from the host club and winning the final. The ever-growing HOGS group is hoping that it’s just the start...

Sanatogens all round.... Bruce, Graham, Jono and Rob A at Talkin Tarn

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