A small group of Clydesdale rowers braved the snow last weekend to travel to Edinburgh for the annual Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships. With a biggest-ever entry, there was high expectation of records tumbling, and the athletes from as far afield as Russia did not disappoint!
First up for Clydesdale was young Alexander Cobb in the Boys J10 event, where he finished in 2nd place overall – a fantastic result which earned him a silver medal. Giacomo Galano and Euan Malone – normally partners in crime on the water, came head to head in the J16 event which was the first age category over the full 2km distance. Both raced very maturely, and steadily clawed their way through the field in a nail biting race, in which the gold medal finally went to Giacomo, with Euan finishing in 5th place, just 10s behind.
Then onto the seniors, in which several familiar Clydesdale faces raced under their university colours to enable them (under the event rules) to compete for both senior and university prizes. In the Men’s Open event, Jack Burns dominated from the first stroke and rowed into an unassailable lead, knocking out consistent 1:30 splits to finish in a record time of 6:01, 18 seconds clear of his nearest rival. This result allowed him to claim the top university prize, along with the prize for outstanding male competitor. In the Women’s Open event, Ruth Dunn won easily in a fantastic time of 6:58 and was never really troubled at any point in the proceedings. Pauline McGovern surprised everyone by pulling a personal best of 7:15 to clinch the bronze medal, which was a brilliant achievement in her first year of senior rowing. Hannah Stone and Iona Hill also raced in the Open event, Hannah finishing 8th overall and Iona 14th. With a little more experience under their belts, both should move up the rankings next year.
The Indoor Rowing Champs are a great way to kick off the rowing season and it would be hoped that for next year, other Clydesdale squads would consider racing to show the whole rowing community the strength and depth within the club.
Pictured (L to R) Jack Burns (Winner – Men’s Open), Ruth Dunn (Winner – Women’s Open), Pauline McGovern (Bronze medallist – Women’s Open), Iona Hill