BR Masters Champs 2015


After the club's successful weekend at the British Rowing Masters Championships the follow press release has been prepared by Sally Horrocks

Success for Leicester Rowing Club at the British Rowing Masters Championships

Leicester Rowing Club members enjoyed a successful weekend of fast and furious racing at the British Rowing Masters Championship in Nottingham on 13 and 14 June. All nine club members who took part came away with at least one medal, and overall the club emerged with 8 medals: 3 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. This placed it 15th of the 108 clubs that made it onto the medal table. Five of the medals were won in the championship sculling events on Saturday, with victory for the mixed masters C quad of Joe Holohan, Ben Pickering, Liz Pulford and Sally Horrocks. While 3 of this crew have plenty of previous experience at this event, Ben Pickering only started rowing after the London Olympics and was making his debut. He followed this win with a silver medal in the masters A double alongside David Smith.

Further silver medals were won by Sarah Cochrane with Naomi Ellis from Trentham Boat Club in a close race in the women's masters B double and Liz Pulford, Angela Holohan, Sally Horrocks and Anne Homa of York City Rowing Club in women's masters D quad. David Smith's bronze medal in the masters B single came in a hard fought race where less than 5 seconds separated the first 4 places. Sarah Cochrane and Joe Holohan both made the finals of their single sculling events, but narrowly missed out on the medals. Further success came on Sunday, when all the Leicester crews won medals, two of them gold. Ben Pickering put in a composed performance to win a second gold in the masters A intermediate 3 single. This was followed by victory in the women's masters C coxless fours for Naomi Ellis (Trentham), Liz Pulford, Sarah Cochrane and Sally Horrocks. The final medal came in a fiercely contested women's masters C eight final where the coxless four joined forces with Angela Holohan and Bibi Riesdorf, along with Jo Canton and Hayley Marsters from Peterborough City Rowing club. Expertly steered by Orla Holohan, the crew snatched a silver medal by under a second.


Coach Howard Marsh was delighted with the performances over the weekend. 'It is good to see that Leicester crews can win medals at national level events like this' he said afterwards. 'All these athletes have worked hard in training over the winter and as a coach it is very satisfying to see all that hard work paying off.' Ben Pickering paid tribute to his coach, "I could not have achieved what I did this weekend without Howard's help and guidance over the past couple of years. He is a great coach with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a selfless desire to see all of his athletes do well and achieve their goals. He is a real credit to the club." Club Captain Rob Fox, who organises the Learn-to-row courses for the club, added 'it's a pleasure to see someone who completed our learn to row course winning at this level so soon after taking up, the sport. I hope it inspires the next group to follow in Ben's footsteps'