Scottish Rowing hosted their largest event at Strathclyde Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Strathclyde Park Regatta held 396 races over two glorious spring days, including the Scottish Open and Universities’ Championships.
Strathclyde Park Rowing Club managed to impress with multiple qualifying wins and top 3 places in finals from both junior and senior members. Saturday’s successes included Women’s MasCE 4x 1st for Mas (C) crew (in composite with Loch Lomond ARC) Ailie Ord, Eva Rankine (LL), Gillian Connal, Liz Williamson, and 2nd for SPRC Mas(E) crew Liz Davidson, Liz McGovern, Mary O’Toole & Rachel Tennant. Open Masters A-C 2x first and third places for club crews A (Pete Venables & Jonathan Morrissey) and B (Alan Frances & Juan Alva) respectively.
Scott Troy rowed an impressive 1000m to win the Open Ju13 single title, while crewmate Raymond Ron came 3rd in the Open Ju14 single race. These youngsters then joined their Open Ju15 4x+ teammates Andrew Tweedie, AJ Payne & cox Rosie Payne to win, putting two, strong Aberdeen Schools crews into 2nd and 3rd place.
Sunday opened with a hard earned win for Elspeth Grant and Abby Lawson, taking the Women’s Ju18 2x title from 2nd place Belfast RC by a boat length. The club’s WJu18 4x had to settle for 2nd place after failing to keep pace with their Glasgow Academy counterparts, but beat Castle Semple into 3rd. Scott Troy and AJ Payne romped home to comfortably beat Aberdeen Schools into 2nd place and win the Open Ju14 2x. Daniel McQuaid also placed, taking 3rd place in the Open Nov 1x, and with Scott Hamilton they were delighted to earn bronze medals in the Nov 2x. The OpenJu14 4x+ with Raymond Ron, AJ Payne, Scott Troy, Olivia McGrory and cox Emma Ferguson also achieved a 3rd place slot. SPRC Women’s novice 4x+ Grace Osborne, Beth Lennon, Missy McLaren, Orla McCall, Cara Lennon were challenged by Nithsdale RC, but were ahead of Castle Semple to earn silver.
Women’s masters BD 4+ gave seniors another chance to shine as St Andrew BC/SPRC composite Liz Williamson, Trini Duke (SABC), Ailie Ord, Gillian Connal, beat visitors Belfast and Durham ARC to 1st place. In the Women’s MasCD8+A a 2nd place for the composite from SPRC & Aberdeen BC of Hazel Gaddis, Paula Hubins, Mary O’Toole, Dot Gaddis, Laura Graham, Liz McGovern, Liz Davidson and Carol Wallace (ABC) beating Tyne United Masters D into 3rd place. Ailie Ord and Gillian Connal took the women’s MasBC 2x Gold, leaving Durham ARC in 2nd and Tyne United in 3rd. Durham pulled a 1st place back in the Women’s MasDE final but SPRC E and B crews battled it out between themselves for runner-up. Eventually B Mas(E) (Mary O’Toole & Rachel Tennant) stole 2nd and SPRC A Mas (B)(Liz McGovern & Dot Gaddis)took 3rd. Our senior men Jonathan Morrissey & Pete Venables had another win in the OMasBRes2 2x holding off Durham ARC to take first place.
Notable mentions also go to Missy McLaren (women’s Novice) and Andrew Tweedie (open JU15) for qualifying for their finals in their single sculling categories.
The regatta season is now well under way, with athletes at all levels looking to compete at events across the UK and beyond. Strathclyde Park will see two other major rowing events this year, with Scottish Championships in June and the Home International Regatta in July.
An SPRC spokesperson said “Everyone at SPRC enjoys the atmosphere of a regatta, so we are looking forward to the rowing meets over the summer months.
Some of our juniors are preparing for National Schools Championships at Eton Dorney next month, and British Juniors at Nottingham in July. We hope they see the benefits of their commitment over the winter months and achieve their personal goals.
If anyone is interested, we welcome new members, and hold regular “learn to row” access courses for adults and young adults aged 12+.