ROWING: IT SHOULD be quite a summer for Northwich rowing - not least because Matthew Langridge has almost certainly booked his place in the Great Britain Olympic squad.
The former World Junior Champion from Leftwich, now based in London, was already rated in the Top 10 rowers and Britain has places available.
To prove his point, he recently beat James Cracknell, a gold medallist at Sydney four years ago, at Olympic trials in Belgium, when he was the fastest sculler on the day.
As 21-year-old Matthew prepares for Greece, another North-wich youngster is setting out on the international path.
William Laughton is chasing a place in the British junior squad and selection for the Anglo-French international is possible.
Meanwhile, Northwich Rowing Club was the traditional good host at its annual Head of the River on the Weaver, but its generosity did not extend to the racing itself.
When the time trials started Northwich forgot all about being hospitable to 154 crews and individuals from across Britain and picked up 14 awards.
The event was split into three divisions, with boats being sent downstream from Vale Royal Locks against the clock.
Taking victory in the First Division were single scullers Tom Carter, Jamie Leighton, Nicola Plant and Victoria Lindholt.
A men's veteran eight joined the honours list in Division Two, which also included: the women's eight of Carolyn MacRitchie, Laura Hind, Karen Airey, Lynne Williams, Margaret Case, Pru Bundy, Tracy Lee, Claire Breigal and cox Jonty Moore; J15s double scull Victoria Lindholt and Nicola Plant; senior III coxed four Ben Jones, Pete White, Chris Lyons, Simon Bannister; the senior IV boat of Scott Alder, Peter Wood, Alec Palfreyman and Neil McKay; and women's novice four of Lynzi Evans, Kerry Briggs, Alison Heley, Melanie Wakefield and cox Mark Bannister. Karen Airey replaced Alison Healey in the same boat in the higher senior IV category and they were again successful.
Other winners were: senior III eight of Pete White, Alec Palfreyman, Nick Emmett, Neil McKay, William Laughton, Tom Green, Sam Cooper, Tom Carter and cox Helen Ferber; two more veterans crews; and women's novice quad Anna Palfreyman, Lucy Ryder, Esme Taylor and Rachel Law.
Nearly £100 worth of damage was caused to Northwich Rowing Club on Thursday.
The incident happened at the club's Crescent base between 11.35pm and 11.45pm. The offenders pushed a trailer that had a number of canoes on it. As it was pushed, a window was smashed, causing £75 worth of damage.