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Winning weekend for Newark Rowing Club at Bedford's Star New Year Head Race



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Newark secured 14 wins at the Star New Year Head Race at Bedford as rowers across a number of events for the senior and junior squads enjoyed success.

Newark Rowing Club competed across all four divisions on the River Ouse — a 1,850m course which featured a number of challenging bridges for crews to navigate.

The race saw a strong start from Newark’s senior men and women’s squads, who won the Open Eights, Women's Eights and Women's Coxed Fours.

Oliver Robertson, Niall Smith, Theo Cadby, Jesse Hole, Lucas Bowes, Mike Skoyles, Ashley Cowley, Andy Hare, Sarah Durham (54357956)
Oliver Robertson, Niall Smith, Theo Cadby, Jesse Hole, Lucas Bowes, Mike Skoyles, Ashley Cowley, Andy Hare, Sarah Durham (54357956)

The juniors, inspired by the seniors, replicated their success with wins from Connie Ferrer and Neve Woodman in Junior Women’s Doubles, and Georgina Joy in the Junior Women’s Singles in a time of 07-45.

Newark’s success continued throughout the day with a joint effort from Andy Hare and Ashley Cowley, who won the Men’s Coxless Pair.

Andy Hare and Ashley Cowley. (54357963)
Andy Hare and Ashley Cowley. (54357963)

Racing together for the first time, Laura Bates and Maisie Archer-Dytch won the Women’s Doubles by 22 seconds.

Maisie Archer Dytch, Laura Bates (54357959)
Maisie Archer Dytch, Laura Bates (54357959)

The junior squad continued to race well and Oliver Robertson helped secure two category wins, taking the Junior Men's Singles, before joining up with Lucas Bowes to win the Junior 18 Doubles.

Oliver Robertson (54357969)
Oliver Robertson (54357969)

Emma Joy, Georgina Joy, Ed Lee and Jack Norsworthy were then victorious in the Mixed Quad race.

Georgina Joy (54357966)
Georgina Joy (54357966)

Charlie Russell and British record holder Jim Gleed took gold in the Junior 15 Double, while the Women's Junior 17 Quad was secured by Newark's Kate Revill, Emma Joy, Molly Joyce, Lucy Jarvis to round off a successful outing.

“We are incredibly proud of the performance put in by the whole club,” said club president Chris Bates.

“Bedford New Year Head is the first event for 2022, and to see the success of the club is a real homage to their hard work and dedication.”

The club is now preparing for the South Yorkshire Head in Doncaster on February 12, where Bates hoped the success would continue.



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