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Trent excel on the Severn at Ironbridge Gorge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

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TRENT Rowing Club won eight events on the River Severn in the picturesque setting of the Ironbridge Gorge.

The opening day’s racing was a 1,000 metres downstream course and the following day was a 500 metre sprint.

Matthew Pountney, Luke McDonagh, Karl Benton, Scott Smith and Toby Louch had a phenomenal first day, winning all of their events.

Pountney, who rowed in the senior single sculls, excelled, leaving his opposition and winning this event easily. He then teamed up with Lucy Fielding, 16, in the mixed double sculls to take a further win.

McDonagh and Benton competed in the masters pair event (pictured). Teamwork is essential in this category to ensure the boat is kept balanced. At speed and with plenty of adrenalin pumping, they powered down the course to winning their novices category.

Smith, 15, and Louch, 16, rowed strongly to win the double sculls, then joined Benton and McDonagh in the quadruple sculls where they thrashed their opponents Liverpool Victoria.

After the opening day success came a further three wins. Again Pountney steered an excellent course in the mixed quadruple sculls event with Lucy Fielding, Kellie Hathaway and Richard Dowell, who set a great pace storming away from Warrington. They then went on to beat a composite crew from Birmingham, Stourport and the City of Oxford.

The single sculling events saw dominant wins for Lucy McQuoney in the junior 16 event and Jess Coxon,17, who won the novice sculls.

Trent Rowing Club is now in the midst of organising the annual Burton Weekend Regatta this weekend alongside the Burton Leander Rowing Club.

If you are interested in joining the club or supporting the Regatta please visit Facebook page, website www.Trentrc.org or check out the Burton Amateur Regatta Association for more information.

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