Thirty crews from Grosvenor Rowing Club took to the River Severn at the weekend to take part in the annual Ironbridge Regatta.
Raced over 1000m on the Saturday and 500m on the Sunday, Grosvenor entered crews from the novice men, novice women, senior women and veterans squads.
In a successful weekend’s rowing, there were nine winning crews across the two-day Regatta, six on Saturday and three on Sunday.
The Regatta held significant importance for the novice squads, with many wanting to impress with a view to becoming part of the senior squad at the end of the summer season.
The novice men did not disappoint, with the crew of Ashley Ellis, Nick Morrey, Andy Luxton, Matt Hughes and Gemma O’Connor (cox) claiming a maiden victory against Warwick BC.
The same crew also went on to beat a different Warwick BC boat by half a length in the final of Sunday’s IM3.4+ competition.
A crew containing members of the novice squad, who won earlier in the year, and one member of the senior men’s squad also won on Saturday, comfortably securing the IM3.4+ event.
Sunday’s novice men’s crew of James Duncan, James Bharat, James Davies, Jack Pollard and Helen Weston (cox) also won their first point against a crew from City of Oxford RC.
The senior women’s squad had a sole entrant over the weekend and the crew of Yvonne Warton, Sarah Dutton, Roxi Beasley, Lou Tobias and Carolyn Pollard (cox) rowed to victory in the W.IM2.4+ event on Saturday.
The veterans squad again demonstrated their calibre with three victories over the weekend. The MasB.8+ and a 4x won on Saturday and the MasD.8+ crew of Paul Larby, Hal Whyman, Brian Chapman, Mark Tilston, Mark Bancroft, Mike Allwood, Rich McLean, Jeremy Lush and Chris Green (cox) won Sunday’s 500m sprint.
There was also two father-son victories after Sam Larby and Jack Bancroft, who won the NOV.2x event on Saturday, were joined by their fathers Paul and Mark who were members of the winning MasD.8+ on Sunday.