Blessington Lake in Wicklow was the destination for a number of members of Carrick Rowing Club last Saturday. The lake hosted Neptune Rowing Club’s Annual Head of the River and though the lake has in the past presented hazardous conditions,
Saturday’s cold weather proved ideal for the day’s time trials. The Junior 18 girls group once again had the best performance of the day. Caroline Kelly, Niamh Murray, Cheralyn Mulvey and Kate McCabe completed the course in an excellent time and not only beat all crews in the Junior 18 quads, but also all crews in the Junior 18 eights.
The Junior 16 girl’s crew of Cloe Gibbons, Alice Kelly, Laureen Gannon, Ella Brogan and Eimear Fitzgerald also showed the benefit of this autumn’s hard work with a great time and the crew can now look forward to a competitive season after this winter’s training. Saturday also saw three intermediate scullers racing for the club. Oisin Griffin, Liam Cox and Padraig Leyden all placed highly in a very competitive category and the club congratulates everyone who competed.
Our potential entry was unfortunately limited due to the four km distance and our many beginners, who have been making excellent progress with the help of Mark, John, Liam and others will have to wait until January for their first competitive events. Thanks are due as ever to Kieran Hynes for towing the trailer on Saturday and to all the parents and supporters who made the trip on the day.
Belated congratulations are due to club stalwarts Mick O’Rourke & Una Wall, who were married on November 2. Best wishes to them both from everyone at Carrick RC.
Finally, rowing is a very competitive sport that demands a high level of commitment. The club is also aware that many people may not have the time to give to such a goal. We are also open, and have equipment available for those wishing to train for general fitness. Anyone interested in this opportunity, particularly but not limited to, those who have rowed in the past can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on facebook.