Welcome to the 2008 British Indoor Rowing Championships!
The day's racing begins at 09:00 with adults age category races, with junior individual and team races through lunchtime, then the Open and Student races until the day culminates in the the Men's Open Hwt final. You will be able to read live race reports on the events here, all day long. Good luck to everyone who is racing!
Race 1 – 09:00 Men 45-49 Hwt, Men 50-54 Hwt
Men 45-49 Hwt - It's a clean start and Tony Edwards in first to build a lead, followed by Andy Sangster from the Fire Service and Mad Team. Andy Sangster takes the lead with 700m gone and keeps strong though the middle section. There is a race on though for second as Tony Edwards pushes hard against the approaching Mark Hodiak. It's nip and tuck, but Hodiak squeezes through and makes second his. It now a fight of the Fire service as Hodiak from the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service now pushes on to close the gap on Sangster! Sangster stays on, and is roared on by the crowd and eats up the metres to win in a quick time of 6:15.2! Hodiak second and Edwards third.
Men 50-54 Hwt - Nick Rockliff is in the lead going up to halfway, but still has Robert Dean and Torben Kristiansen close on his heels. It's close all the way through and Dean in second really pushesto close the gap and is doing so in the last 300. Rockliff holds on though and wins in a time of 6:24.3! Dean 6:27.6 in second and Turner 6:33.0 in third. Good race!
Race 2 – 09:20 Men 35-39 Hwt, Men 55-59 Hwt, Men 85-89 Hwt, Men 75-79 Hwt, Men 55-59 Hwt
Men 35-39 Hwt - Tony Larkman seems the pre-race favourite and quickly builds a lead, being followed in the early stages by Kennedy-Burn and Trofimov. It's a close race for these guys as racers 4-7 are in deadlock through the middle stages. Larkman keeps strong and drives hard to cross the line first in 6:04.2, followed by Kennedy-Burn of Leander Club and then Evgeny Trofimov in third.
Men 55-59 Hwt - With 400m to go Perrin holds off a strong challenge from Stevenson in second. Perrin pushes on and wins in a time of 6:29.0, Stevenson 2nd (6:33.2) and Mottram 3rd in 6:43.8
Men 85-89 Hwt - New World record!! New British record! New BIRC record! David Shephard records a fantastic new world record with a time of 8:55.9. Fantastic achievement by David, breaking the previous world record of 9:17.5. Well done!
Men 75-79 Hwt - New British record! New BIRC record!The race is between Bill Payne, Jim Brownlow and Mike Collier (the current British record holder). Bill Payne chases Jim Brownlow hard all the way through the race, but Jim Brownlow from London RC is just too quick and finishes in by smashing the previous British and BIRC record with a time of 7:32.6. Payne second, Coller third.
Race 3 – 09:45 Women 30-34 Hwt, Women 35-39 Hwt, Women 40-44 Hwt, Women 45-49 Hwt, Women 50-54, Women 55-59 Hwt, Women 60-64 Hwt, Women 65-69 Hwt, Women 70-74 Hwt
Women 30-34 Hwt - Julia Reichel from UTRC won in a fast time of 7:05.8, second was Elizabeth Bateman in 7:09.9, Emma O'Hara third with 7:15.4
Women 35-39 Hwt - Rachel Armstrong won in a time of 7:22.3, followed by Jo Andrews (7:26.0) and Nicola Halse (7:43.6)
Women 40-44 Hwt - Marika Kivisto had a great race, pulling ahead quickly and keeping pace with the racers 2 categories her junior - she won in 7:15.6, Katherine Cross from Cheltenham second and Megan Brown third.
Women 45-49 Hwt - Val Edwards claimed victory in a quick time of 7:24.9. Sue Mitchell came second with 7:30.6, Clare Thompson third with 7:36.2
Women 50-54 Hwt - Gill Prescott put in an extremely quick time of 7:17.3 to win this race comfortably. Macdonald-Smith from Star Club was second, and Jackie Hicks third.
Women 55-59 Hwt - Anna Bailey from Old Wrecks IRC continued to show her dominance of the event by pressing her way through to another BIRC gold in 7:31.9. There was a close race for second with Marjories Roome from Minerva Sports Club holding on to second ahead of Heather Yule from Newbury.
Women 65-69 Hwt - Bonnie Allison completed the course in a great time if 8:40.0
Women 70-74 Hwt - New British record! New BIRC record!Shelagh Allen looked confident before her race, and rightly so as she convincingly beat her on record with 8:45.3!
Race 4 – 10:15 Men 60-64 Hwt etc.
Men 60-64 Hwt - A fantastic race developing between Yule and Ellesfen, but Yule keeps strong and holds his nerve to take the race in 6:49.9. Olaf Ellefsen second in 6:53., Barry Wills third with 7:05.8
Men 60-64 Lwt - Alan Gilmour won in 7:26.5, with Andrew Johnson 2nd in 7:29.1, and 7:36.6 by John Boardman from Esporta Oxford in third
Men 70-74 Lwt - John Simmons from Burnham On Sea won in 7:35.6 with Graeme Cooper second on 7:44.7 and Franco Girardi third (8:06.1)
Men 75-79 Lwt - Roger Burrell from Free Spirits IRC, second was 8:25.0 by Dick Gradley, third was Brian Forster in 09:05.2
Men 80-84 Lwt - Weston Towler won this event in 8:39.4, but not by a great deal as Alan Hanna from DUBC came second (8:45.4) and Gordon James third in 8:53.6
Men 85-89 Lwt - Stanley Aspinall completed the course in 10:59.4 to win the gold medal.
Women 35-39 Lwt - Mim Torkington won in 7:33.5, Paula Cowell from Shoreham RC 2nd in 8:06.7, and the Italian Maria Christina Piertrunti 3rd in 8:09.7.
Women 40-44 Lwt - Jeannette Walster claimed gold in 7:25.7, Debbie Cain 2nd in 7:50.3 and Julia Goulter third in 7:58.8
Women 45-49 Lwt - Kelly Sapsford and Sabina Lanzoni were close all the way down the track but Sapsford nipped it to win in 7:45.6. Lanzoni 2nd in 7:47.0 and Rose Metalli 3rd in 8:01.5
Women 50-54 Lwt - New British record! Therese Brockwell from Perth, claimed a new British Record of 7:28.7 in a great row. Carol Woodward from Sub7 club came in 2nd with 7:45.9
Women 60-64 Lwt - Janet Parker won in 8:32.0, June Johnson came second in 9:02.4.
Women 65-69 Lwt - New British record! Geri Bright recorded from East Grindstead set a new British record with 8:17.9
Women 70-74 Lwt - Gillian Burrell from Free Spirits did a fine job of recording 9:16.2 to win gold.
Women 75-79Lwt - Mavis Surridge from Reading also won gold with a great time of 9:27.6
Race 5 – 10:45
Men 30-34 Lwt - The early lead was taken by ex-GB rower Tim Male, who built to a big lead by 500m in. Holding 1:34 splits he looked set for a great race ending up with 6:18.3. Phil Turner 2nd in 6:31.5 and Ben Redman 3rd in 6:46.0.
Men 35-39 Lwt - Paul Lancaster won the gold in a time of 6:27.7, but all the excitement was behind him. It was nick and tuck all the way for 2nd, finishing in a three-horse race for line between Braeburn, Smith and Herbert. Robert Smith nipped in for 2nd (6:33.2), Anders Braebaek 3rd in 6:33.4, leaving Herbert out in the cold in 4th!
Men 40-44 Lwt - Stuart Bizarri from Team Oarsome IRC had a great race and beat the opposition in a time of 6:29.8. Gary Curtis 2nd in 6:31.9 and Simon Barnes in third in 6:36.3.
Men 45-49 Lwt - Reijo Niemenmaa from Finnrowing won in 6:38.6, in an extremely tight finish with John Brooks (2nd) in 6:38.9, and Kirby Tillotson (3rd) in 6: 39.5
Men 50-54 Lwt - New BIRC record! Paul Siebach had a great race, beating the previous championship record of 6:28, with his time of 6:26.3. Hammachi Mouss from France 2nd in 6:38.6, 3rd place was Frederik Mare in 6:39 .5
Men 55-59 Lwt - John Busk set a staggering time of 6:53.6 to win the 55 to 59 Lwt category. Thomas Knight 2nd with 7:04.5, closely followed by Chris Betenson from Cheddar with 7:05.1
Men 60-64 Lwt - Brian Bailey set a great pace from the start and had a good lead by half way. He won convincingly in 6:51.8 in front of 7:10.1 and Jeffrey Watling in 7:11.8
Race 6 – 11:10
Men 40-44 Hwt - New World record! Plenty of excitement in this race as Nik Fleming has just moved up a category to the 40-44 age group and has his eye on a record. He starts off hard and holds his splits at 1:30 for the main part of the race. At 1k to go he's still strong and at 500m to go the crowd really digs in to drive him home. Fleming responds, drops splits to 1:27 and grounds out each stroke. It's too close to call as he reaches the last few strokes, but he makes it with a new world record of 5:57.5. Andrew Benko 2nd with 6:05.7 and Julian Tomkinson in 6:13.4 did extremely well and took the other 2 medals.
Men 65-69 Hwt - Seppo Peltola dominanted the field in this category, building a massive lead by the 1k marker and hitting 1:43 splits. He carried on to win in 6:55.3, with Ken Clark 2nd in 7:06.8, and Michael Wrenn 3rd on 7:19.8
Men 70-74 Hwt - Roger Bangay and Lauri Niskanen had a great race, right at each others' throats all the way through to the 500m to go marker. Bangay pulled out a lead and built on that to win in 7:23.1, Niskanen 2nd on 7:27.1, Jones 3rd on 7:43.6.
Race 7 – 11:30
J12 boys, J11 boys- New BIRC record! Great races from the youngsters with plenty of juniors taking part and being roared on. Gregory Blanchard from WGSB won the J12 in a new championship record of 552m. Nick Burden from Ross Junior Rowing Association won the J11 race with a distance of 469 metres.
LTA Open men, LTA Open women - A great race took place between the Legs, Trunk and Arm athletes over the 2000m. Shane Ryan the Castleconnell BC won the men's event and Samantha Scowen won the women's event.
Race 8 – 11:45
J12 girls, J11 girls - Another stadium wide cheering match was on as schools from across the country raced in the J12 and J11 girls races one of which was a dead heat. Some great performances were recorded with the J12 gold going to Robyn Armstrong with 554m and the J11 Gold being shared between Emilia Larking - Concept 2 RC/ Lady Bay Primary and Alice Jenkins from Bruton School For Girls with 446 metres. Well done!
Race 9 – 12:00
J13 girls - Another extremely close race was seen here. The crowd did not hold back on their voacl support as the top 3 were neck and neck up to the line. The winning distance of 776 by Holly McMullen (Warrington RC), 2nd was Isobel Gibson from Norwich RC in 774m and Ellie Grindle from Ross Junior Rowing Academy with 772m. Great race!
Race 10 – 12:15
J13 boys - Another thrilling race was had here. Danes Hill School were out in force to support George Marais, who had a storming race coming 2nd in the 3min race. James Marshall from Peterborough City RC had gone out in front and could not be touch as he won with 866m. 3rd was Ibbadullah Shigiwol from Cheney School.
Race 11 – 12:30
J14 boys - New BIRC record! A full house here racing for this 4 minute challenge. Grange School's Emily Ford seemed favourite and rightly so as she went on to break the old BIRC record with a new distance of 1099m! Rebecca Morgan from Rob Roy in Cambridge pushed her all the way though with 1091m, followed by Rowan Raynor from