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The BUR BUSA Small Boats Head: Doubles, Brothers, Twins and Pairs 31/10/2006

Nottingham, 28 October 2006
Imperial and Newcastle brought their star GB athletes to the River Trent ...

Imperial and Newcastle brought their star GB athletes to the River Trent to contest the first “stand-alone” running of the BUR BUSA Small Boats Championship. The size of entry for the 2006 February Championship Head necessitated a rethink on the format of the BUR BUSA Head Races for this season and the decision to run the Small Boats separately was rewarded with an increase in entries to 81 boats. “It’s hard to know when in the season to best run this, but this fitted pretty well all things considered and was a well-run, high quality Head…. the ideal opportunity to chase BUSA Points” commented Simon Cox (Imperial College), who brought his full senior squad to contest most of the twelve categories on offer.

World Universities Champions Henry Pelly and George Laughton led a good day out for Newcastle, being the fastest crew overall on the day in the doubles (8m50), just beating home Imperial (8m56). Henry also won the Men’s Singles (10m17) but Will Laughton of Imperial (10m19) sought some sibling satisfaction by relegating his brother George (10m23) to third. Adam Freeman-Pask (10m22), Matilda Pauls and Helen Ellison all raced “Imperiously” down the 3km course in both singles and doubles divisions, helped on by the increasing tail-winds and decent stream conditions. With Single Sculls on offer for the first time at the 3rd EUSA Regatta @ Gerona (Sept ’07) all three athletes put down a strong early-season argument for their inclusion in the 2007 EUSA Team.

Birmingham continue to emerge as a force in University rowing under the tutelage of ex Trent-boy Stuart Redden, picking up medals at the head in several classes including a Larcombe – Wood dead-heat for silver in the  W1x, whilst West of England, Loughborough and Nottingham also picked up valuable overall BUSA points.

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