Indoor Rowing: A World Record, British Records for TURC Junior Squad

This weekend saw TURC juniors competing in the Northumberland Indoor Rowing Championships and also at BRIC (British Rowing Indoor Championships) winning a record number of medals in both competitions and Michael breaking a World record for the 500m (13 to 14 years) and Jamie breaking the previous British record for 500m under 12.

Northumberland Indoor rowing Championships – Friday 9th December 2016

On Friday 6 juniors entered the Northumberland Indoor Rowing Championships. Between them they won 3 golds and one bronze and 5 out of 6 qualified for the NE Regional Finals.

  • Year 9 girls – 1st Anna S,  3rd Lucy C
  • Year 11 girls – 1st Catherine W
  • Year 10 boys – 1st Will V,  4th Chas L
  • Year 11 boys – 6th Ben G

British Rowing Indoor Championships – Saturday 10th December 2016

On Saturday 10 juniors took part in the British Rowing Indoor Championships and won 5 medals.

500m races:

  • Year 7 girls – 1st= Alex M
  • Year 8 girls – 8th Georgia A
  • Year 8 boys – 2nd Jamie S
  • Year 10 boys – 1st Michael B, 8th Will V, 16th Thomas H, 17th Max F
  • Year 11 girls – 16th Hannah E

Year group minutes races:

  • Year 7 girls 2 minutes – 5th Alex M
  • Year 8 girls 3 minutes – 21st Georgia A
  • Year 8 boys 3 minutes – 5th Jamie S
  • Year 9 boys 4 minutes – 2nd Ethan K
  • Year 10 boys 5 minutes – 1st Michael B, 16th Will V, 36th Thomas H, 43rd Max F
  • Year 11 girls 6 minutes – 8th Catherine W, 43rd Hannah E

The club won more medals in the junior individual races than any other club (5 medals).

Harry Anderson of QEHS won the Year 11 – 6 minute event so another champion from the North East. Well done to Harry (I have sent a message to Geoff at QE).

The event was open to anyone in the world (e.g. juniors from a club from Greece won 3 medals and a competitor from South Africa won a silver medal). Competitors come from rowing clubs, cross-fit clubs etc. as well as individual entries.

Record Breaking Performances

In the 500m event Michael (age 14) smashed the previous world record of 1:26.1 for the 13-14 age group by setting a time of 1:24.0 which also beats the British record for the 15-16 age group.  The time would have also put him 2nd in the Under 23 men’s race at BRIC.

Jamie S beat the British record for 500m for age 12 and under.  He came 2nd but we are not sure of the age of the winner so we will wait to see if that results gives him another British record for the 12 and under age group (he has 2 already).

TURC juniors now have approximately 12 British ergo records and Michael has 2 world records (note – some records still to be confirmed but correct according to the latest information on the website).

Thank you to parents for providing talented and keen juniors. Well done and thanks to all juniors for entering into the spirit of competing to see what they can achieve. Such fantastic results at a major event like BRIC is very good. Thanks also to the coaches and parent helpers who have all contributed towards helping the juniors improve their skills and level of fitness.

Most of the junior squad are new to rowing this year so the current results are very promising.

Michael Bessent winning gold in the Year 10 Boys 5 minute race

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