NORTHWICH Rowing Club warmed up for their spring regatta by claiming one of the most prestigious titles in the sport.

Twenty-two junior members were out in force on the River Dee competing at the famous Chester Regatta and their joint efforts saw them return to Mid Cheshire with the Junior Victor Ludorum trophy.

The girls squads returned a hat-trick of victories and, coupled with every Northwich crew achieving appearances in their respective finals, the River Weaver outfit were named the top junior club on show in the Roman city.

Stealing the show over the 750m course on Saturday, the junior 15 quad of Liz Bennett, Chloe Weston, Beth Wynne, Becky Jones and cox Andrew Morrison beat King’s Chester in the final.

Chloe and Becky then claimed the doubles crown after putting Royal Chester to the sword.

Also earning victories for Northwich were Kate Meehan and Sam Over who combined to win the junior 13 double.

Club spokeswoman Rachel Hooper said: “In blustery conditions, crews continued their successful season with everyone reaching their respective finals.

“While the boys crews didn’t win any of their finals, their efforts contributed to the team points and led to the eventual result of the most successful junior club of the day.

“Their efforts were rewarded with the presentation of the Junior Victor Ludorum trophy. A fantastic achievement from one of the oldest regattas in the country.”

Northwich host their annual regatta on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, which will be a celebration of the club’s 125th anniversary.

Entries are invited at all levels and classes from J13 to Veteran, singles to eights for highly-competitive sprint racing over 500 metres.

“With the success the club has had this season so far it looks to be an exciting club event once again,” added Hooper.

For further details of the showcase event on the River Weaver, see