Monkton Bluefriars Head
AVON COUNTY JUNIORS START WINTER SEASON AT MONKTON BLUEFRIARS HEAD RACE
Avon County Rowing Club’s junior sculling squad started the 2016-2017 racing season in fine form with 6 status wins and numerous other excellent performances in the first autumn time trial raced in glorious conditions on the River Avon at the Saltford Rowing Centre. With three Long and two Short Divisions available throughout the day most of the youngsters raced at least twice to maximise racing experience. The whole squad raced well with a large number of newly recruited juniors not only competing but producing winning performances.
Fastest Avon crew of the day was the boys’ J15 double sculls combination of Will Isom and Charlie Cushing who finished 13th overall in the 200 boat field - their time of 13:06.2 beating not only the four other entries in their event but also the nine J16 and J17 crews as well.
Harry Roach produced his customary performance to take both the J18 singles trophy in a time of 13:58 and second place in the boys’ doubles event with team mate Carla May.
The girls’ squad built on their excellent start to early season training with 2 wins over each length race. Molly Churchman and Bria Keen took the J17 double sculls pennant as well as first and second place in the singles event over the long course..
Over the shorter course it was the girls’ J14 quad of Lottie Davis, Victoria Brown, Finnola Stratton and Jess King coxed by the experienced Carla May who took the honours winning their own race and finishing second overall in the whole event in a time of 13:11.7 only 0.2 seconds behind a crew of boys from Great Marlow School. King and Stratton also dominated the girls’ J14 double sculls event in a time of 13:31.4 this time beating the comparable boys’ crew winners – also from Marlow by over half a minute.
The younger boys also produced excellent racing as Will Hall-Haines (J13) - who also took the short course singles overall pennant in 15:35.1 and George Duncan (J15) - each posted the fastest time of the day in their events. Xavi Vaudin won the J14 event outright leading an ACRC hat-trick as Marcus Brend and Archie Brook took second and third places.
Avon’s Chief Junior Coach Penny Senior said “We’ve had some excellent results but just as pleasing is seeing nearly thirty youngsters racing in Avon colours and all contributing to a great day for the club”.
The club's seniors were not to be outdone with Club President Anthony Constantinidi taking the Open sculls title and the Men's Masters 4 the fastest Open coxed 4 giving sculler Molly Churchman her 3rd trophy of the day in the coxing seat.