Monday, 23 October 2017

Vikings conquer at Bristol

SHIPLAKE VIKINGS broke the course record in five events at the Bristol Head on Sunday.

SHIPLAKE VIKINGS broke the course record in five events at the Bristol Head on Sunday.

The course is notoriously difficult to steer with two 90 degree bends and some narrow bridges to navigate through.

The J16 quad of Cam Hance, Scott Parker, Ollie Gerrard and Will Carey raced in the morning division and despite a slower crew crashing into them posted a time which was nearly one minute faster than the previous record over the 3,300m course set in 2004.

Not to be outdone the J15 coxed four of Cosmo Hearndon, Seb Newman, Christian Hjortland-Marks, Felix Hearndon with cox Mollie Robinson raced after them breaking the event record by 30 seconds.

The J14 double scull crew of Will Kidd and Brett Fullard finished second in only their second race together.

As the final sculler of the morning division, Belle Narracott had to wait the longest on the water but she too steered well to beat the WJ15 record by seven seconds.

In the afternoon the J16s raced in the coxed fours with Belle as cox and although they didn’t quite break the record won the event. Cosmo and Felix Hearndon and Hjortland-Marks were joined by James Vizard to race in the J15 quad to set yet another course record for their event.

Seb Newman finished a remarkable day for the Vikings by dominating the J15 single sculls event and breaking the course record.

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