Warrington Sunday League

Warrington was the rather soggy but very hospitable venue for the 3rd North West Sunday League event of the year. Eight crews from five different club were represented. After a late draw due to the M60 delaying a few notables (including the British Rowing Staff!) racing got underway at about 1.30pm and finished just shy of 4pm.

Racing was side-by-side “splashing and dashing” over 250m in recreational coxed quads provided by Warrington RC and Mersey RC. All crews raced five times for an entry fee of £12 per boat (£3 a seat)…. For the most part entrants are 20-something to 50-somethings who have learned to row and now want an ‘exit route’ which might lead them either to traditional competition or just allow them to mess about on the water in boats! Entry is open to people who have a BR racing license but are novices in both sweep and sculling or BR silver members.

On the day, new entrants Lakeland brought 3 crews with “Merely Men” winning all five of their races and the “Merekats” winning four out of five… Of the returnees, “Press Ganged” (Mersey) also won four, “The Good Catches” (Warrington) three, “Weaver Divas” (Runcorn) two and “Motivated Driftwood” (Hollingworth) won one alongside the last Lakeland crew “Mama Mere”… Sadly, “Blade Runners” AKA “Mersey Molluscs” didn’t trouble the scorers BUT seemed to have just as much fun as everyone else! This is what the Sunday League ethos is… It’s about fun, not winning.

Regarding the League; after 3 events, the table now looks this way

Press Ganged                                Mersey                 7

Weaver Divas                                Runcorn               6

Merely Men                                   Lakeland               5

Motivated Driftwood                      Hollingworth          5

Merekats                                      Lakeland                4

The Good Catches                        Warrington             3

Mama Mere                                  Lakeland                1

Blade Runners / Mersey Molluscs   Warrington            0

Paddle of Fury                              Warrington            0

Many thanks to all those at Warrington RC for hosting the event and to Mersey RC for providing volunteers and 2 boats. Also thanks to all competitors who literally make the event… 

Next event will be at Lakeland (South) based at Newby Bridge on 23rd August. Any more clubs and crews interested in joining in or want to find out more then please speak to rob.cree@britishrowing.org. Crews can enter the series at any time and we would really like to get more clubs involved and grow the series.

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