2011 London Great River Race

River Thames, London, 17/09/2011 -
Aberdyfi Rowing Club achieved a fantastic set of results at the 21 mile 2011 London Great River Race on Saturday, September 17th, winning 6 trophies in total for the club.
The men’s first team of Mike Chesworth, Paul Chesworth, Dylan Evans, rolex replica watches Ian Andrews with Cox Ian Brown were the third boat overall out of over 300 boats to finish in a superb time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 22 seconds.  Although competing for the lead for most of the race Aberdyfi were beaten close to the finish by 2 dragon boats when forced to wait for 4 minutes at a lock gate while water levels equalised.
Aberdyfi men’s first team were also the first four oared boat to finish, the first crew all over 40 years of age to finish, the first Celtic Longboat to finish and the first vets Celtic Longboat to finish.
The men’s second crew of Tom Jones, Paul Cruickshank, Ed Moss and David Chapman with Cox Ed Mordue finished an impressive 6th overall in a time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 26 seconds and were the second Celtic Longboat to finish, which looks promising for future club results.  
Aberdyfi ladies crew of Kara Chesworth, Toni Francis, Beth Parry, Rhian Jones and coxed by Alun Stedman achieved the outstanding result of being the first ladies boat overall to finish in a time of 2 hours 37 minutes and 10 seconds and the first ladies Celtic Longboat to finish.
The men’s veteran crew of Nigel Pearson, Dai Hughes, Dave Seabourne, John Ward and coxed by Jude Evans just beat Aberdyfi ladies team by 17 seconds, finishing in a time of 2 hours 36 minutes and 53 seconds and ensured that Aberdyfi had four crews finishing in the first 25 overall.
The other two Aberdyfi teams of Alan Mordue, Tim Chesworth, Andrew Chesworth, Malcolm Wilson, Helen Chapman, Richard Grant, Des George, Ron Franks, Doris O’Keefe, Nigel Scott and Martin Leett were crews formed from seasoned veterans, developing rowers and social rowers and did extremely well under very difficult conditions at times, showing the depth of skill within the club.
Club Captain Alun Stedman said “ The wet and windy conditions and the large number of boats on the water also made coxing a challenge. Each Cox is to be congratulated for bringing their boat safely to the finish and for getting the best out of the rowers.  We must also thank the passengers, Gabby Chesworth, Laurence Chesworth, Catrin Owen, Harry Cruickshank and Joe Dance who coped extremely well in the cold and wet weather, and hopefully were encouraged when they saw the rainbow colouring the sky over the bridges -  promising better conditions ahead!"
“ I am immensely proud of Aberdyfi’s achievements. All the hard work that each rower has put in over the last few weeks has proved to have been very worth while."
Well done to all!
Huge thanks must go to Mochras Rowing Club for very kindly lending us three Celtic longboats for the River Race.  Without Mochras we would not have been able to have six crews competing in the race.   Many thanks Mochras!
A big thankyou must also go to Clive and Lacy Chapman for inviting us all to their home on Eel Pie Island after the race prizegiving.
Although some of us felt it was too soon to get back in a boat, it was quite an experience to be ferried by David and Calvin across the water in the dark to the island!
We all enjoyed the very generous party hosted by Clive and Lacy where we spent a wonderfully relaxed evening in very congenial surroundings with great company and great food, swapping stories of aches and pains and generally going over the experiences of the day.
Thankyou Clive and Lacy!
Posted: 11:23:56 - 04/10/2011

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