Around 300 competitors to compete at Wansbeck Rowing Regatta

Rowers competing on the Wansbeck.
Rowers competing on the Wansbeck.
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Wansbeck Rowing Regatta will be held on Saturday at Cambois ARC (Amateur Rowing Club) near Ashington.

There will be up to 300 male and female competitors on the day with age groups from 12 to plus-60 representing 14 rowing clubs from the northern region including schools, colleges and universities from Berwick to Yarm and over to Cumbria.

The day will be split over three divisions morning, early and late afternoon with each having more than 50 races setting off at three-minute intervals.

Competitors race in age groups from Junior 12 through to Junior 18 split into male and female with novice, various intermediate categories and master races for the senior members.

The racing starts at 9am and goes through to 6pm with competitors arriving at the club from 7.30am to prepare boats for the early racing.

Two boats will compete in each race over 800 metres with the winners of each race going through to the next round until there is a winner from each category.

The racing on the day will include single and double sculling and coxed and un-coxed quads and eights in both sculling and rowing.

The last few years has seen some great crowds line the river bank, creating a good atmosphere as the boats race under the Stakeford to Ashington bridge to the finish line in front of the clubhouse.

Tea, coffee and food are served in the clubhouse for most of the day and general spectators are more than welcome.

Cambois Rowing Club was founded on the river Blyth in 1911 and moved to the Wansbeck in 1977.

Junior crews have achieved success at national level with a number of the junior members receiving medals in past national championships with Jamie Kirkwood from Cresswell currently training with the British squad for Rio 2016 in the men’s lightweight single sculls.

The club are always looking to recruit new members seeking a challenge of learning a branch of athletics that can be physically demanding.

The club runs training sessions from learn to row through to past rowers coming back to the sport with additional indoor training facilities that can be used year round.

For more information call (01670) 512789 or visit www.cambois-rowing.org