Heavy rain during the week raised concerns about prospects for York Small Boats Head but come the day autumn sunshine prevailed allowing all 3 divisions to go ahead as planned over 3km on the River Ouse on Sunday, November 20th. Durham ARC had 20 entries from a range of squads and 6 wins were secured.
The Juniors had a good day. The J17 boys’ quad (Harry Coe, Josh Stephenson, Matthew Skinner and Matthew Edge) comfortably beat local club York City, but finished second to a strong crew from Warrington RC. They then entered at IM3 level, again finishing second, this time out of 9 crews.
The J15 boys double of Mark Humphries and Adam Morris, taking part in only their second race, finished first out of five crews, beating the second placed crew by 37 seconds.
The J14 girls (Elicia Baldwin, Zara Gilbert, Charlotte Payne, Madeline Elmer and cox Freya Court) had a convincing win finishing first out of five crews and 1 minute 13 seconds ahead of the second placed crew from Yarm School.
The Women’s Novice 4+ was depleted by illness and injury, with cox Lily Sanderson and Junior Co-ordinator Vickie Jackson joining the crew at the last minute, enabling them to finish 11th out of 15 adult crews.
For the Seniors Emily Hanscam secured her first win in the Novice single sculls overcoming scullers from Leeds and Sheffield City by 30 seconds.
See York City website for results.
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