By Shona Barnish
On the 5th of February 6 crews from Lancaster John O' Gaunt rowing club made the journey to Warrington rowing club to take place in their annual Head race. The weather was unfortunately foggy, although this eventually lifted, and extremely cold, but this didn’t stop us having a successful day of racing!
The first crew to race was the men’s IM3 four with Tom, Steve H, Olly and Wilson, coxed by Shona. They felt this race went well and they pulled away from their opposition on both legs. They finished with a total time of 14:19.4 seconds, which deservingly won them the race!
Division 3 saw the women’s novice four, including Laura, May, Ellie and Shona, coxed by Oliver. This was a strong race and they overtook at least one other crew. They completed the course 15:51.7, which got LRSA’s first win of the day.
In division 5, Oliver Tidswell raced a J14 1x. This was clearly a good race for Oliver as he beat his opposition but over a minute. This was another win for LRSA!
The final division of the day was a busy one for John O’Gaunt! The women’s novice 4x-, consisting of Laura, Ellie, Shona and May, clearly scared off their opposition as they unfortunately scratcher! However this didn’t stop them racing and they were bumped up to women’s senior. This was a tough race and although coming third, they felt that the race made them able to see how they faired against more experienced crews.
Last but not least, it was time for the two IM3 doubles consisting of Tom and Wilson in one and Olly and Steve H in the other. The competition between the crews was high and on the first leg both crews got a time of 8:03 but on the second leg Tom and Wilson managed to get a 30 second lead! Although neither crew won overall it was clearly a good race!
Over all it was a successful day of racing for both John O’Gaunt and LRSA with us winning 3 out of the 6 races entered!