After a watery Christmas break Taunton racers headed off to the the Head of the Taff. This was our first venture to this Cardiff race but it certainly won’t be our last as the venue and the friendly welcome all got the thumbs up from our crews.
Amy H bravely attempted both divisions posting a very creditable 10:50:28 in the morning, followed by 10:41:28 in the afternoon as she got to grips with the course. A last minute change of crew saw Amy S & Rosie pairing together for the first time but undaunted they raced to a sterling 9:28:66 time in the morning, followed by individual times in the afternoon of 11:06:52 for Amy and 11:25:99 for Rosie.
Also undaunted Gracie & Becca braved the rain and hail showers in the morning to post a good doubles time of 10:06:90 before sitting back and cheering on their quad teammates Kester & Sam who posted individual times of 10:23:01 and 10:27:56 respectively in the afternoon.
Gracie, Becca, Kester & Sam will be getting together to show off their Quad skills at Gloucester in March where they will be joined by a sterling Taunton Rowing Club entry of 6 singles and 3 doubles. Thanks to the rain training times have been curtailed on the water but such was the enthusiasm that as soon as the river was safe to row last Sunday, the river was awash with eager rowers.
If you’d like to join them then our learn to row courses start shortly. Get in touch with Pip on pip.piper13@gmail .com for more information.
James Cracknell Prospective MEP and Rebecca Pow, Prosp MP for Taunton Deane, pulling together to support a state of the art watersports centre in Taunton
Well known for his Olympic rowing achievements Prospective SW MEP James Cracknell and Prospective MP for Taunton Deane, Rebecca Pow are getting their oars in to support plans for a dynamic new watersports centre on the river Tone right in the heart of Taunton. Proposed by charity COACH, the waterside community youth centre will focus on our most successful Olympic sports, rowing, canoeing, and kayaking , so it’s just up Mr Cracknell’s street:
‘This is exactly the kind of facility we need to offer our young people. It’s encouraging a healthy life style and it will bring all the benefits that come with watersports and other sporting activities and I can certainly speak from experience!’
The COACH watersports centre will form a fantastic focal point for young people and help regenerate the River Tone Corridor in Taunton. There’s great support from local schools, Taunton Rowing Club and Somerset College and Conservative led Taunton Deane Council are partners. If we all pull together this will really work,’ says Rebecca Pow.