Carrick Rowing Club hosts their annual Head of the Shannon next Saturday, February 19, in Carrick on Shannon. The club is very excited that, for the first time in over two years, they can hold their first competition open to other clubs and competitors.
It was very disheartening to see our long awaited head of the river cancelled at late notice back at the end of the year, but in the best interest and safety of all the rowers and volunteers it was the right decision at the time. Thankfully our determined committee and volunteers have worked hard and have been able to get a new date to run our beloved event.
There is a great entry for the event, with clubs coming from all over to compete. We have crews coming from our neighbouring clubs Sligo, Athlone and Enniskillen. As well as that, we have clubs travelling from Galway, including Colaiste Iognaid, Tribesmen RC and Galway RC. There are entries from City of Derry, Commercial RC, Neptune, Coleraine Grammar School and Loughros.
It is great to see so many entries, it means there are lots of eager rowers who are mad for a bit of action on the River Shannon. There are many different age groups racing, starting off from the younger junior 14 age group up to the more advanced master groups.
Our own local club has huge numbers entered, which shows that the club is constantly going from strength to strength. There are lots of different varieties of capabilities all racing down the same 3.5km stretch of river.
Racing starts at approximately 11am on Saturday morning and will run for the majority of the day. Spectators are more than welcome to come along and view the rowing from the river banks, and get some refreshments down at the clubhouse which is kindly provided by parents of club members. All going well, next weekend is set to be a great event, and all are looking forward to a great day of racing.
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