NORTHWICH Veterans E crew were winners at Saturday's Runcorn Head of the River on the Weaver.

They fought off Chester and Pengwern to win their class in 20mins 33.60secs. In the boat were: David Wilson, Martin Stone, Tom Kilkenny, John Dutton, Dave Frazer, Mike Francis, Steven Wignall, Nev Hand and cox Karen Airey.

The Men's Senior II eight were third in their division.

Northwich's junior sculling squad are at Dorney Lake today (Wednesday) for the National Head and the Women's Senior II will contest the Head on the Tideway on Saturday.

Northwich, with the help of short-term insurance company, are aiming to pay for the cost of running St Luke's Hospice for one day, a sum of £4,500.

They have made a good start with a beer night at the club and a 24-hour sponsored ergometer - rowing machine - challenge and other events are to follow.