West Region Indoor Rowing Championships 2016

West Region Indoor Rowing Champs 2016

The UCP Marjon West Regional School's Indoor Rowing Championships were held at the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth this week and involved nearly 350 competitors from schools across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.

The event co-ordinator Kevin Sellar explained that: 'It was a great day, which culminated in a battle for top school involving Budehaven, Kingsbridge, Plymstock along with defending title holders Exmouth. The results went down to the last race, despite Plymstock taking a first and third, it was Exmouth who squeezed enough points to hold onto the Overall Championship School before going on to secure the male points trophy.'

Devonport High School for Girls took the girls' points trophy whilst Plymstock were successful in securing the 'Project Oarsome' which is awarded for the best performance in the year seven age group.

Many of the top performers at the Championships are linked to local rowing clubs in the region which was particularly highlighted by the results in both the male and female year 12-13 age categories. Luke Riou, a member of Dart Totnes Rowing Club, who was competing for Ivybridge College, was the winner of the men's 2000m race posting a time of six minutes 26.4 seconds to secure 108.7% national gold medal standard. He was followed home by Plymouth's Travis Bramley, also from Ivybridge, while another Dart Totnes rower Jacob Collinson, from Kingsbridge, finished third.

Plymouth's Rebecca Butchard, from Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club, representing Plymstock School, highlighted her potential, posting a time of 7:22.3 (105.11% standard) for her 2000m, some 20 seconds clear of her club mate Emmie Hoyte, from Plymouth High School for Girls, in second spot.

Only one new record was set during the day's racing which was achieved by year eight student Floren Good, from Cape Cornwal, who recorded a distance of 801m for her three minute piece- averaging an impressive 1:52.3 split.

There were some other tight races during the afternoon and in particular the year seven female event where two Devonport High School for Girls- Caitlin Glazier and Isobel Atherton- were within a metre of each other at the end of their two minute race with Glazier just edging home with a score of 521m (106.33% national standard)

Equally tight was the corresponding male race where again just a metre separated Plymstock's Sam Duggan and Charlie Barker from Redruth. Duggan took gold with a distance of 537m to record 105.29% national standard result. There was an Exeter against Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club clash in the year nine female race with Emily Varter, from Exmouth, picking up gold with a distance of 1070m, with Plymouth's Seren Evans, from Ivybridge, securing silver.

In the two 100m relay race it was Exmouth College who came out on top in the male race finishing in 3:14.6, some eight seconds clear if second placed Plymstock, whilst in the Female event Newquay Tretherras took honours squeezing home by just one second ahead of Plymstock in a time of 3:36.2.

The event was supported by British Rowing staff Kevin Sellar and Rhiannon Bailey, the PRF volunteers and Plymstock School leaders, together with the assistance from Plymouth University Rowing Club.