The Ironbridge Regatta is one of the most popular regattas on the circuit, an annual event hosted by the Ironbridge Rowing Club.
Races are held across a two day event, with a mix of 1000m and 500m sprint races, open to a wide range of age groups and disciplines including sculling and sweep rowing. The event grows in popularity year by year and draws the attention of hundreds of schools and clubs across the county and further afield. This year our newly formed development squad attended the event for the first time, with both the men’s and woman’s teams taking part including a mixed eight.
A lot of time and effort had been made with the preparation for this year’s event. In recent weeks our squad had been training hard back at HQ in Oxford under the careful supervision of our dedicated coaches John Miles, Keith Hollis and Rosalind Mitchel. Their hard efforts had paid off and there were real signs of improvement in the squad’s technical ability and fitness, with the girl’s team smashing their way to victory with a second win in just two months, collecting their second point and climbing their way out of novice status. Well done ladies!
In addition to the team receiving their pots, the ladies celebrated their victory by jumping into the river for a good wash! A long standing tradition in rowing is to throw the cox in after a victory. This season was no different so Rosalind soon went in. The ladies went the extra “Miles” and decided to throw in our coach John Miles as well, simply to express their gratitude for his hard work and dedication with their recent training… Thank you Ladies!