Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club http://www.lvrc.co.uk Performance Rowing Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:18:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 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 Success again for LVRC Women – Shrewsbury Regatta http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/05/success-again-for-lvrc-women-shrewsbury-regatta/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/05/success-again-for-lvrc-women-shrewsbury-regatta/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 11:56:42 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=1336 Congratulations to Hope Ball, Kate Skinner, Jo-Anna Lyons and Beth Hiorns on their success at Shrewsbury Regatta. The course was 600m and they raced Royal Shrewsbury school in the final to win. Pengwern boat club kindly lent them a boat & cox (Kate Fraser).

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Congratulations to Hope Ball, Kate Skinner, Jo-Anna Lyons and Beth Hiorns on their success at Shrewsbury Regatta.

The course was 600m and they raced Royal Shrewsbury school in the final to win. Pengwern boat club kindly lent them a boat & cox (Kate Fraser).

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Merseyside Regatta Saturday 4th May 2019 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/05/merseyside-regatta-2019/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2019/05/merseyside-regatta-2019/#respond Mon, 06 May 2019 22:02:26 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=1285 The club held its annual regatta on Saturday 4th May and although entries were down on previous years, a good entry from local clubs and Lancaster Royal Grammar School led to some close racing. Entries have been reduced by a lack of entries by other schools and some clubs in the North West and us […]

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The club held its annual regatta on Saturday 4th May and although entries were down on previous years, a good entry from local clubs and Lancaster Royal Grammar School led to some close racing. Entries have been reduced by a lack of entries by other schools and some clubs in the North West and us holding our event on the same weekend as the universities’ BUCS regatta at Nottingham.

The weather was bright but cold, with a strong westerly wind blowing down towards the start. In the conditions, I am pleased that we had no capsizes or incidents and some excellent watermanship by all the competitors.

In addition to thanking all the members who worked so hard the previous Sunday and Friday and then on the day from 0600 in the morning, I would like to thank our visitors from Lancaster, Royal Chester, Northwich, Warrington and Runcorn Rowing Clubs. We had great support from North West Umpires and the invaluable help of our neighbours in the Sea Scouts and Sea Cadets, who together with the loan of a Runcorn Rowing Club launch, covered our event safety.

The event could not go ahead without the support of Jenkins Shipping (who allow us to use their yard for car parking and their quayside for trailer parking), Peel Ports (who licence the event), United Molasses and Storage, and Cammell Laird (who allowed us to place umpires on their quaysides). Planning the event takes four months but it was worth it to get a ‘green light’ from the North West Umpires for the management of the event.

I hope everyone enjoyed the event. On the water, we had a successful day against some strong opposition, winning nine events:

  • Open 1x – Sam Crowe beat Arvind Mahendran;
  • Open Mas A 1x – John Davies beat White of Northwich;
  • Open MasC/E 2x – Mike Egan and Roger Smith beat John O’Neill and Chris McNulty;
  • W4 x- – Hope Ball, Kate Skinner, Jo-Anna Lyons and Beth Hiorns beat Jane Kelly, Jo Harrison, Jane Good and Kate Wilson by ¼ length in the closest race of the day;
  • W 2x – Meike Donnelly and Rose Foster beat Potts and Worth of Warrington;
  • WJ17 2x – Meike Donnelly and Rose Foster beat Zhara Wilkinson and Ellie Tilston;
  • WJ16 4x- – Zhara Wilkinson, Claire McNulty, Grace Myers and Emma Large beat Wray of Warrington by a length in a very competitive race;
  • WJ16 2x – Claire McNulty and Grace Myers beat Hales of Warrington;
  • WJ15 1x – Grace McFarlane beat Cooper of Runcorn in another closely fought contest. Both scullers performed really well in some of the roughest water at the end of the afternoon.

We also had a number of finalists, with particularly close races for the Open J16 1x of Flynn Jones (who lost to Davis of Lancaster Royal Grammar School); the WJ16 4+ of .Caitlin Adams, Claire McNulty, Grace Myers and Emma Large, coxed by Edward Smith, who lost to White of Warrington; and Emily Bernhem and .Grace McFarlane in WJ15 2x, who lost to Thompson of Royal Chester.

We had some brilliant news in that Malcolm Green of the Sea Cadets has also offered to help with towing to local events. That should enable us to enter more events and show what a great club we now are. Well done everybody!!

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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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Boxing Day 8’s http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/12/boxing-day-8s-2/ http://www.lvrc.co.uk/2018/12/boxing-day-8s-2/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 09:27:09 +0000 http://www.lvrc.co.uk/?p=1063 The post Boxing Day 8’s appeared first on Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club.

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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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