With over 150 competitors from as far afield as Swansea, Brighton and Telford competing across 25 categories, this year’s championships, held for the first time at the Brewery headquarters, was hailed by Gig Rower magazine’s John Starkey, who coordinated the event, as the biggest and best yet in the South West.
Celebrating after the final presentations were made, John said: “With such an amazing breadth of entries, the competition has been really fierce in each event, which makes for a properly memorable day for everyone, not only for those taking part but for spectators as well. It’s been a great day with some real standout moments.”
Some of those include the winning of the Year 8 category by Fowey’s Freddy Rolls. Currently British Rowing Champion for his age group, Freddy completed the most meters rowed by anyone at the all-day event over 4 minutes. Ellie dash from Pendeen Gig Club rowed the most meters by any rower in the 6-minute category as she smashed the Year 10 girls category.
Closest race of the day was the Year 11 girls’ race, won by Iris Rainbow from Mounts Bay Gig Club on the final stroke of the race against Emma White from Roseland Gig Club.
Fastest men’s time of the day was posted by RAF serviceman Paul Savage as he took the Men’s 30-39 age group title with a blistering 2000 meters completed in 6 minutes, 25.2 seconds, while the ladies’ accolade went to Charlestown’s Jess Thomasson, clocking up the 2000 meters in just 7 minutes, 10 seconds.
Biggest race of the day was the Men’s 50-59 category, again over 2000 meters, which saw St Agnes’ Alexander Jessel take the crown from a full field of 18 competitors.
The oldest competitor on the day was 82-year-old Brian Cort from River Teign Rowing Club, who came in a respectable second to Bruce Slade in the men’s 70+ category.
Presenting the adult competitors with their winning medals our PR Manager Chris Knight commented; “It’s been absolutely amazing to host the Championships here at the Brewery. There’s been a non-stop buzz all day with competitors warming up for each event and getting going against the clock. Respect to all the competitors for giving it their all and we look forward to another fantastic event next year.”