Last weekend, a collection of rowers and club supporters made their way to Newquay, to compete in the annual Cornish Indoor Rowing Championships, hosted by British Rowing, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Sports Partnership.
The event was an unprecedented success for the club – coming away with more individual medals than any event the club has ever attended. We were certainly one of the largest clubs in attendance, with Caradon, Exmouth and Falmouth also out in force.
The club fielded not only adults but juniors across most of the categories, for some it was their first competition and they did remarkably well. Below are the results, most of which are personal bests, and which rank amongst the best in the county. Some of the men also took part in the ‘fun’ 2000m relay race, after the main event, and put in a valiant effort to finish 2nd in between two Caradon Mens crews – unheard of for HPGC! The physical requirements of these races should not be underestimated, and neither should the preparation in training and nutrition – click here to check out this analysis of an elite rowers power output!
Guy Botterill – Mens 30-39 – 2000m – 3rd – 6:32.4
Jody Marr – Mens 30-39 – 2000m – 4th – 6:38.0
Phil Pring – Mens 30-39 – 2000m – 8th – 7:12.0
Rupert Eveleigh – Mens 30-39 – 2000m – 9th – 7:22.2
Rob Pring – Mens 40-49 – 2000m – 3rd – 6:56.8
Matthew Cook – Y7 Males – 2 mins – 1st – 447m
James Thomas – Y8 Males – 3 mins – 1st – 702m
Phoebe Bawden – Y8 Females – 3 mins – 3rd – 639m
Holly Chaney – Y9 Females – 4 mins – 1st – 921m
Joey Cook – Y10 Males – 5 mins – 2nd – 1132m
GB, JM, RP,PP – Mens Relay – 2000m – 2nd
A fantastic effort from all you guys, especially the juniors! The event was well hosted, with our own Phil Pring helping organise and run the event with British Rowing. The event is a small peak in the rigorous winter training schedule, building on the success of our 2014 season, and peaking for the World Championships on the Isles of Scilly, in May.
A highlight of winter training is the weekly club circuits session – open to all – where everyone from the Mens A squad to the U14’s trains in an open, club focussed session, with sessions being designed by members on a rota basis – so there’s something new each week! This is many of the juniors’ first introduction to the rowing machine, where they are coached and encouraged from day one – culminating in the results seen last weekend!
Click here for more photos from the day, and see below for a quick view of some of the medalists!