Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club http://www.lvrc.co.uk Performance Rowing Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:42:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-logo-32x32.png Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club http://www.lvrc.co.uk 32 32 Vics win Gold and Bronze Medals at the English Indoors! http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/02/vics-win-gold-and-bronze-medals-at-the-english-indoors/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/02/vics-win-gold-and-bronze-medals-at-the-english-indoors/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 21:42:35 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=1128 Fantastic results from the English Indoor Rowing Championships, held at the Manchester Velodrome. Vics sent a strong team of juniors (and some adults competed as well!). The team has done the club proud, with 10 Gold medals (WJ18 2k, MJ16 2k, WJ18 3k Team and MJ18 3k Team) and 6 Bronze medals in Open Lightweight […]

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Fantastic results from the English Indoor Rowing Championships, held at the Manchester Velodrome. Vics sent a strong team of juniors (and some adults competed as well!).

The team has done the club proud, with 10 Gold medals (WJ18 2k, MJ16 2k, WJ18 3k Team and MJ18 3k Team) and 6 Bronze medals in Open Lightweight 2k, Open Lightweight 500m and in the MJ16 3k Team (the latter was a great result because the team was entered as mixed with two girls and two boys but had no opposition and had to race as MJ16).

The complete list of Liverpool Vics competitors was:
WJ18 2k Gold – Meike Donnelly, time 7:59 (6 entries)
MJ16 2k Gold – Flynn Jones, time 6:44 (16 entries, including Findlay Laffey from LVRC)
WJ18 3k Team Gold – Rose Foster, Jemima Hardaker, Ellie Tilston, Meike Donnelly
MJ18 3k Team Gold – Owen McWilliams, Tom Osborne, Henry Smith, Jonny McEvoy
Open Lightweight 2k Bronze – Owen McWilliams (4 entries)
Open Lightweight 500m Bronze – Sam Crowe (5 entries, including Sam Fairbanks and Henry Smith)
MJ16 3k Team Bronze – Flynn Jones, Findlay Laffey, Caitlin Adams, Claire McNulty (7 entries)
WJ16 3k Team – Grace Myers, Jemima Hardaker, Caitlin Adams, Claire McNulty (7 entries overall)
MJ14 4 minutes – Edward Smith did a distance of 899 metres (22 entries)

The English Indoors brings in competitors from all over the country and Vics members raced against (and beat!) local rivals including Northwich, Grosvenor, Hollingworth Lake and Queens Park High School rowing clubs but also rowers from further afield including Scarborough and City of Cambridge.

Well done to all those who competed, the foot strappers who went along to assist the teams and thanks to their coach Lesley Kuguloglu, who is building very competent and competitive rowers, who must do well in the new season.

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January Update http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/01/january-update/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/01/january-update/#respond Tue, 29 Jan 2019 22:27:15 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=1115 January is traditionally cold (and as I write this, wet!) and the weather doesn’t make it very pleasant on the water. However, the winter months are crucial to ensuring good performance in the summer. The long hours on the ergometer will pay off with enjoyable rows in the regatta season. We have plenty of ergos […]

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January is traditionally cold (and as I write this, wet!) and the weather doesn’t make it very pleasant on the water. However, the winter months are crucial to ensuring good performance in the summer. The long hours on the ergometer will pay off with enjoyable rows in the regatta season. We have plenty of ergos and they need to be used!
On the water, the Masters C men’s eight have raced at the Stourport Winter Head, finishing third in their category to two strong crews from Worcester (who won their division overall) and Hereford. Both the Worcester and Hereford crews have years of experience, and knowledge of the vagaries of the River Severn.
Unfortunately, Vics had to borrow a boat at Stourport because we have still not been able to resolve the towing issue, since the unfortunate accident that wrote off John Sargent’s car (happily no-one was hurt). The Captaincy team have researched local hire companies but the initial enquiries have shown how expensive this can be. If anyone in the club has any ideas please speak to the Captaincy team.
The lack of towing capacity has meant that only one crew (borrowing a boat) is currently entered for Warrington Head of the Mersey – traditionally the first head race of the season over two legs of the River Mersey. We need to support our local events, to give us racing experience and to ensure that our events succeed.
Our own Merseyside Regatta is fast approaching (Saturday 4th May) and although we have only just had Head of the Float in December, preparation for the regatta is well underway. We need as much help as we can get from members as volunteers to run the event. We must finalise the volunteer rota much sooner than we have in the past and members must understand that their principal role is to support the running of the event and put their own rowing second. The regatta and Head of the Float are the main money-earners for the club and have to be successful.
After the regatta, we hope to run a ‘Corporate’ event, training groups of new rowers from local companies. In the past we ran these events as ‘Pubs and Clubs’ approaching local sports clubs and pubs to find teams to teach to row. They were a good source of income and new members. The idea of a Corporate event is to carry that principle forward.
To support the Corporate event and to make it easier to teach the Learn to Row groups and the beginner juniors, the club is going to buy a new Explore stable coxed quad. Having a pair of stable boats will allow Heather and Alex to get more Learn to Row participants out on the water together. It will allow Lesley to boat more beginner juniors and also allow the club to offer Explore events at future regattas. Last year Vics had two Explore beginner crews at Hollingworth Lake and it would be good to offer a similar category at our events.
The new boat will cost the club very little, as £6000 has already been pledged by senior members of the club. With Gift Aid, this sum can be increased to £7250 and the remainder should be recouped from further fund-raising, the Corporate event itself and increased income from Learn to Row.
We can be very positive about the New Year, with opportunities for all areas within the club. On 3rd February 2019, the club’s juniors have entered the English Indoor Rowing Championships at the Manchester Velodrome. I hope to report on some very good performances in the next news post!

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Head of the Float 2018 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/12/head-of-the-float-2018/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/12/head-of-the-float-2018/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 09:16:42 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=1039 Thanks to everyone who came along to the Head of the Float on a windy Saturday 1st December, competitors, umpires and club members. It takes about 3 months to prepare for our events and a very long day (we opened the club at 0615 on Saturday) to carry out final preparations and welcome all our […]

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Thanks to everyone who came along to the Head of the Float on a windy Saturday 1st December, competitors, umpires and club members. It takes about 3 months to prepare for our events and a very long day (we opened the club at 0615 on Saturday) to carry out final preparations and welcome all our visitors.
The entry for Head of the Float was down on recent years, due perhaps to Chester Long Distance Sculls being rearranged to last weekend. Nevertheless we had 60 entries from the North West. Trentham in particular sent a very strong squad of 16 crews who were not fazed by the choppy conditions at the beginning of the day. We also had a reasonable university entry, with crews from Bangor, Chester, Keele and Liverpool John Moores Universities. In the junior categories, as well as Trentham, Queens Park High School sent a number of entries, as did Northwich. Warrington, North Staffs, Mersey and Runcorn all sent adult and Masters’ crews.
Liverpool Vics had 8 entries, ranging from WJ15 to Mas C. It was good to see two competitive junior eights (in the Open and Women’s categories), although unfortunately neither won. An Open J18 coxless quad finished second in its category to a very strong Trentham quad, which covered the course in 7:56.8.
It was the WJ15 coxed quad (J Hardaker) that took Vics only win, with a very accomplished row in 9:21.8, only 10 seconds slower than the winning Northwich Women’s coxless quad time.
Lesley’s junior squads are improving with every outing and show promise for the coming season. In the adult groups, the club entered both a women’s and a men’s Mas C eight, along with a women’s coxless quad.
The club’s performance off the water was favourably commented upon, with a number of visitors praising the club’s ‘togetherness’ and noting the commitment made by the club’s volunteers to ensure that all competitors and visitors enjoyed themselves.
In addition to the competitors and umpires from other clubs, we have to thank Rocky and his team at Jenkins Shipping for the use of their facilities, United Molasses and Storage for permission to place an umpire on their site, and Runcorn Rowing Club, the Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts for their help with Safety Boat cover. Without this help and Peel Ports permission we could not run our events.
The next ‘home’ event is Merseyside Regatta in May. Let’s make that another successful event. Before that don’t forget the Vics Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December and Boxing Day Eights on…..Boxing Day!

Download the Head Of Float 2018 Results

Some photosof the day from Heather, Alexia



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Chester Long Distance Sculls http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/11/chester-long-distance-sculls/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/11/chester-long-distance-sculls/#respond Sun, 25 Nov 2018 23:58:55 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=998 This year’s Chester Long Distance Sculls was postponed from September (when we hadn’t entered due to towing difficulties) to 25th November. Vics entered 9 crews, ranging from WJ15 to Mens Masters G. Thanks to John Sargent for the loan of his tow car and for Matt Myers for driving. We had two wins, 3 second […]

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This year’s Chester Long Distance Sculls was postponed from September (when we hadn’t entered due to towing difficulties) to 25th November. Vics entered 9 crews, ranging from WJ15 to Mens Masters G. Thanks to John Sargent for the loan of his tow car and for Matt Myers for driving.
We had two wins, 3 second places, 2 third places, a fourth and a fifth. Best results from the WJ16 coxless quad (Myers) in Band 2, which beat Grosvenor and Royal Chester by 4 seconds in a time of 22:38. Jane Kelly won the Womens’ Masters B 1x by 12 seconds over a Pengwern sculler in a time of 27:42. There was a close second place for the WJ15 2x (McFarlane), who lost their category to Royal Chester by 16 seconds in a time of 22:48 but beat another Royal Chester double by nearly 3 minutes.

These results show how a wide range of the club members has benefitted from Lesley’s coaching and are performing well at a high level. The focus now is on ensuring that the club has a successful Head of the Float on Saturday 1st December. Please contact Natalie Derry or any club officer to put your name down to help make it a great day.

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Ho ho ho – LVRC Christmas Party, Saturday 15th December at 7pm http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/11/ho-ho-ho-lvrc-christmas-party-saturday-15th-december-at-7pm/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/11/ho-ho-ho-lvrc-christmas-party-saturday-15th-december-at-7pm/#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 21:43:38 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=992 Hello everyone It’s that time of year again! See poster above for the details of the Club’s Christmas Party – all are welcome, and don’t forget to give your name to Kate if you want to be part of the Secret Santa!

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Hello everyone
It’s that time of year again! See poster above for the details of the Club’s Christmas Party – all are welcome, and don’t forget to give your name to Kate if you want to be part of the Secret Santa!

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Winter Training Starts http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/10/winter-training-starts/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/10/winter-training-starts/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 12:11:10 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=892 Now that the nights are drawing in and crews can no longer get out, under normal safety conditions, their minds turn to the delights of ergos, circuits and core exercises….!! Monday night saw the start of club winter training, for the adult squad. With 20 members down they split into 2 groups. Starting with the […]

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Now that the nights are drawing in and crews can no longer get out, under normal safety conditions, their minds turn to the delights of ergos, circuits and core exercises….!!
Monday night saw the start of club winter training, for the adult squad. With 20 members down they split into 2 groups. Starting with the first batch doing a group warm up and then a 2K test, they then switched to mats whilst the second batch completed their test. Lesley then put everyone through her, world renown, clam and core routine followed by a stretch session.
Lesley does not come to every adult training session but has left a comprehensive timetable and programme on the gym notice board to your left, as you come through the door. It is your choice to do as much or as little as you want but I know the competitive spirit that rowers have, and would be surprised to find anyone “coasting”.

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Boston Marathon http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/09/boston-marathon/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/09/boston-marathon/#respond Sat, 15 Sep 2018 21:19:04 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=858 Congratulations to Mike Vick and Kate Wilson whose training paid off with a win at the Lincoln to Boston Marathon. This 31 mile epic is run each autumn and is a real test of stamina. Mike and Kate posted 4hrs 47 minutes to win their class. Sam Fairbanks had a harder time in Open 1x, […]

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Congratulations to Mike Vick and Kate Wilson whose training paid off with a win at the Lincoln to Boston Marathon. This 31 mile epic is run each autumn and is a real test of stamina. Mike and Kate posted 4hrs 47 minutes to win their class.

Sam Fairbanks had a harder time in Open 1x, where there was a wide range of competitors.

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North of England Sprint Regatta – Hollingworth Lake http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/09/north-of-england-sprint-regatta-hollingworth-lake/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/09/north-of-england-sprint-regatta-hollingworth-lake/#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 18:48:56 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=841 As usual, Vics entered a lot of crews at the last regatta of the year at Hollingworth Lake. In the past, we have won the Victor Ludorum, both for the Juniors and the Seniors. This year however, there was stiff competition for our 25 entries. In spite of the competition we had 16 finalists and had 7 wins. Unfortunately, no Victor Ludorum this year!

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As usual, Vics entered a lot of crews at the last regatta of the year at Hollingworth Lake. In the past, we have won the Victor Ludorum, both for the Juniors and the Seniors. This year however, there was stiff competition for our 25 entries. In spite of the competition we had 16 finalists and had 7 wins. Unfortunately, no Victor Ludorum this year!

The wins were: Mixed Mas C 2x, where Mike Vick and Kate Wilson beat Tees by 2 seconds; W1x Band 2, Kate Wilson beat Lancaster John O’Gaunt by 15 seconds in her semi final and John O’Gaunt (a different sculler) by 3 seconds and Bradford by 8 seconds in her final; Mike Vick again in Mas F/G 1x, where Mike won his straight final by 15 seconds over Lakeland and 21 seconds over Bradford. Both of Mike’s opposition were Mas F and therefore 5 years younger. Mike and Kate’s wins prove the value of long-distance hard training, as they are competing at the Lincoln-Boston Marathon over 49.2 km (30.6 miles) and have been putting in the miles on the dock.

In double sculls, Jayne Pumford and Michelle Fisher continued their season’s wins with WMas B 2x, where they beat Tees by 5 seconds in their final. Unfortunately, Jayne and Michelle were not so fortunate in their W2x Band1, where they lost to Runcorn in their semi-final. In Open 2x Band3, Arvind Mahendran and Sam Crowe beat Windermere by 5 seconds and Hollingworth Lake by 10 seconds to win their final.
John Davies showed the form that he has developed over the years by winning Mas B 1x, beating Coyne from Mersey by 5 seconds in a straight final.
The Mens Mas B/C 4+ of Mike Egan, Matt Myers, Chris Rycroft and Andy Jones beat Northwich to win their final.

Of the other finalists, the Mixed Mas B 4x- (Pumford) lost to Doncaster by 2 seconds in their final; Mixed 2x Band2 (McWilliams) lost to Mersey by 4 seconds in the final but beat Windermere into third place; J17 2x (McEvoy) lost to Hollingworth Lake by 4 seconds in the final, with a second Vics double (Walters) in third place; J14 1x (Smith) lost to Tees by 13 seconds in the final; WJ15 1x Band1 (McFarlane) lost to Trafford by 4 second in the final, with a second Trafford sculler in third place; WJ16 2x (Jones) beat Hollingworth Lake in the semi final but finished third in the final to two Trafford crews.

For the first time in many years, the club had three eights in finals at Hollingworth Lake. A mixed eight (Smith) lost to Hollingworth Lake by 1 second but beat Mersey into third place by 16 seconds. The Mas C 8+ (Jones) unfortunately came up against a very strong Hollingworth Lake crew with the Price brothers on board (long standing Elite oarsmen) and lost by 30 seconds. A great performance however, from the Open 8+, where a Vics Junior crew lost by 8 seconds to a powerful Lancaster John O’Gaunt crew and beat Trafford into third place by 4 seconds.
Those losing in earlier rounds and semi finals included Sam Fairbanks in Open 1x Band3, who lost by 1.5 seconds to a Lakeland sculler; WJ16 4x- (Semple) who lost to Trafford/Hollingworth Lake by 2 seconds in their semi final but beat Lancaster Schools into third place by 8 seconds; W2x Band3 (Kelly) came third in their semi final; J18 2x (Osbourne) also came third in their semi final, whilst the J17 1x of Smith and Walters finished second and third in their semi final to a sculler from Tees.

Hollingworth Lake ran Explore coxed quad races for beginners within the Sprint Regatta and Vics new members raced in ‘A’ and ‘B’ crews. The ‘B’ crew beat Lancaster John O’Gaunt but lost to Windermere and the ‘A’ crew lost both their races to Warrington and Lancaster Schools.
All in all, a good day for Vics, with participation across the club and the promise of a productive winter season for all. The close finishes to so many races shows that Vics crews are in the frame and just need that extra little push to win more events.

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Ross Regatta http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/08/ross-regatta/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/08/ross-regatta/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:49:59 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=795 Vics try to attend the annual August Bank Holiday regatta at Ross on Wye, although this year the weather was not as favourable for camping as it has been in previous years! On Sunday we had 10 entries, with 4 crews reaching Finals. The WJ18 2x had the closest race of the day, losing to […]

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Vics try to attend the annual August Bank Holiday regatta at Ross on Wye, although this year the weather was not as favourable for camping as it has been in previous years! On Sunday we had 10 entries, with 4 crews reaching Finals. The WJ18 2x had the closest race of the day, losing to Worcester again by ½ length this time. On Sunday we had 9 entries, with 4 losing finalists. However, the W2x (Rogers) won their Final against Worcester by 4 lengths, having beaten Evesham (2 lengths) and Ironbridge easily. Pumford and Fisher in the other Vics W2x beat Taunton by 11/2 lengths but lost to Worcester in their semi final. We had crews ranging in age from J13 to Masters C at Ross this year and everyone benefitted from the experience of racing on the River Wye. Ross on Wye is a long way to go for a weekend regatta and we must give full support to all the rowers that we send to such events. Our thanks should go to Brigid for towing so far and for having supported the club’s rowers by towing for so many years. Lesley Kuguloglu has also gone far beyond her normal coaching activity, particularly in getting the juniors to these distant regattas.

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