FIVE Stratford Boat Club crews were joined by rowers from seven visiting clubs for Sunday afternoon’s final British Rowing West Midlands Explore Rowing regatta.
Crews from Ross and Stourport won mixed categories and Pengwern won the women’s category in the series finale.
The regatta series has been running from May through to October and draws rowers from the Learn to Row Explore Rowing programme which introduces adults to recreational rowing and is the culmination of the organisation’s programme to bring adults into rowing, sport and exercise.
Stratford Boat Club ran Learn to Row Explore Rowing courses throughout 2017 and will be running more courses in spring 2018.
Nils Purser, Stratford Boat Club’s Explore Rowing squad organiser, said: “Stratford was honoured to be chosen to run the final Explore Rowing regatta of the season once again.
“It was a pity we didn’t replicate the winning streak from last year’s final and this season so far!
“However, as a recreational event, it was great fun. Credit goes not only to Stratford’s Explore Rowing crews but especially to the coaches who taught us to row and have helped us with the improvement we have made since our initial Learn to Row courses.
“We’re sad to be losing our main lead Explore coach Glyn Hawkins who is returning to full-time studies and we cannot thank him enough for all the hard work he has put into coaching our Explore crews and week-day rowers. We will miss him!”
Stratford’s Explore Rowing crews were not the only ones on the water over the weekend as the club’s senior squad represented Stratford at the Worcester Small Boats’ Head of the River and junior squads were hard training for the Evesham Junior Head this coming Saturday.