Rowing News

The summer season of 2018 at GHSRC proved that the standard of rowing throughout the club is improving each year. We started off the summer season during April with a training camp in Tilburg, Netherlands, the first time in recent years that we have been able to go on an Easter rowing camp abroad. Under the watchful eye of Head Coach James Davidson it proved to be very successful. Everyone made improvements with their rowing and it was a good opportunity to experiment with new crews.

Coming off the back of the camp we had our first sprint race of the season, Strathclyde Park Regatta. In recent years the quality of the entries at this regatta has risen sharply and many of our crews found themselves racing against strong university crews. However, it was gratifying to see that the Heriots' entries were always in the race putting up a stiff fight against strong opposition. Well done to Catriona Taylor for getting a bronze medal in her Single Sculls and similarly to Ailish Lurring and Amelie Gilbert for their bronze in the Womens Double.

Shortly afterwards the team attended Castle Semple Regatta. This was the first regatta for many of the S3 rowers who started in the winter or summer season. It was a worthwhile experience for all the athletes involved and they thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of competition.

Next on the GHSRC racing schedule was the National Schools Regatta which is a significant event in the club's calendar. It is a long term aim of the club to once again win medals at this competition. There were some impressive results, with the Boys Pair, Ewen Anderson and James MacLennan, coming 15th overall out of 33 boats in the Championship Pairs, a notoriously difficult category. Well done also to Catriona Taylor who came 22nd out of 39 entries in the Girls Championship Single, once again a very difficult category in which many of the Great Britain Junior Internationals race. Furthermore, well done to the development crews; the boys J18 coxed four, Rhuari Stuart, Fedor Gorobets, Thomas Lloyd, Paul Fergusson and Philippa Lloyd (Cox), who delivered a creditable 14th out of 27 crews. And finally, well done to the women's double, Amelie Gilbert and Ailish Lurring who made significant improvement in their time trial. This marks the first year under James Davidson's charge that four crews have gone to National Schools Regatta to race competitively, thus showing the improvement and added depth of rowing throughout the club.

The last whole club regatta was the Scottish Rowing Championships. After the hard grind of the winter training season it proved to be a successful event for GHSRC with medals across the board. A special mention must go to the S3 Boys Coxed Quads where all three crews qualified for the final of School Boys Wylie Cup, with the crew of Archie Weetch, Ben Wilson, Harry Winning, Josh Mauritze and Olivia Brindle (Cox) winning the category overall. Also well done to James and Ewen who, after a strong time trial were the second fastest Junior Pair in Scotland only missing out the first Junior pair by a canvas. This second place is matching the achievement of former pupils John Laurenson and Rory Young, who attained the same result last year. And finally well done to the novice coxed four who came first beating a strong Heriot-Watt crew.

The last regattas of the season were Women's Henley and Marlow Regatta. This year a J18 coxless quad raced a Marlow regatta, winning a minor final. This is first time ever that the club has entered a J18 coxless quad category, it gave worthy experience to the rowers involved, Ewen Anderson, Thomas Lloyd, Euan Ravenscroft and James MacLennan. On the same weekend the two senior girls, Ailish and Catriona rowed at Women's Henley in Scottish composite crews. Ailish rowed in the girls J18 coxed four which made it to the quarter finals, losing by just over a length to the eventual winners of the category, Putney High School. Catriona Sculled in the girls J18 coxless quad who, after a good time trial, were knocked out in a hard race by Glasgow Academy. Well done to both Ailish and Catriona for being selected for these composite crews.

Congratulations to James Maclennan, Ewen Anderson and Philippa Lloyd who have all been selected to represent Scotland at the Home International Regatta in Cork in late July.

On behalf of the club I would like to say a big ‘Thank You' to the coaches this year, without whom nothing could happen. Special thanks to Holly Burns and Alex Brown, who helped out down at the canal, at race days and the training camp, and who were the friendly faces the all the athletes were happy to talk to. We wish Good Luck to Holly who will not be returning next year as she is off to university. Thank you too to James Davidson, whose tireless perseverance is improving every athlete in the club, raising the standard year on year - we will get you the National Schools medal soon! And a massive Thank You to Laura D'Urso who has been such an positive influence on all of us and who is sadly leaving the club to go traveling.

Finally we are planning an event next to gather former members of the club together. If you are interested in coming, or know someone who used to be a member of GHSRC, please email . We will send out invites detailing the event nearer the time.


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