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.
men’s first team of Mike Chesworth, Paul Chesworth, Dylan Evans, rolex replica watches
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
Thankyou Clive and Lacy!