Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rowing: Bees; Knees

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rowing: Bees; Knees

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Byline: Rowing

Tees Rowing Club members produced a remarkable series of results across all ages and sexes on the Tyne at Newburn.

The Rutherford Head of the River Race, a prestigious long distance event on a 5000m course, was the venue for crews in the bigger eight-oared boats; and four-oared boats of both the coxed and coxless variety.

Some 170 crews took part in two divisions and conditions were more or less ideal.

In Division One, Tom Reevell of Tees joined forces with three scullers from Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham to compete as J18s in the men's senior two coxless quadruples sculls.

Despite never having rowed in this combination, Tom stepped up to the mark to stroke and finish fourth in a time of 16:56.1.

Tees had two crews in the Women's senior 3 eights competition.

Zoe Rayson, Christine Meikle, Deborah Ashurst, Fiona Ventress, Kate Dickinson, Sarah Harker, Sarah Wilson and Angela Warburton, with Neil Hindle coxing, were fourth in a strong field - just 1.2 seconds behind Durham University in 17:07.9.

Meanwhile, the Tees senior 3 eight of Lizzie Brophy, Charlotte Brown, Gill Stiller, Ruth Wilkinson, Ester Takacs, Caroline Carter, Laura Hunter-Smith and Suzie Francis, with Mel Roe coxing, returned a time of 17:15.0 to finish sixth of 14.

The scratch coxed quadruple sculls combination of Pauline Park, Carol Robinson, Sarah Gaut, Adrienne Bradbury and coxed by the youthful Ben Warburton came third in 20:21.7, despite never having raced together before.

Kevin Brophy, Tony Stocking, John Harrison and Dilwyn Jones with experienced cox John Heron, dominated men's veteran C (Over-43s) category and won comfortably in 18:08.9.

Star performers in division two were the men's senior 3 eight of James Andrews, Andy Pickering, Steve Vaslet, Paul Lofts, Rob Cree, Neil Hunter-Smith, Graham Hollins, Ian Ringer and Angela Warburton (cox). …

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