Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre and Channel Leisure recently hosted the 18th annual Welsh Indoor Rowing Championships at Channel View Centre in Cardiff. Participants travelled from as far afield as Bilbao, Spain, for the popular tournament, which pits rowers against each other and the clock, as they battle it out in strenuous, fast-paced clashes.
At the Welsh Open, over 500 competitors, aged from 10 to 70, took part in 31 races, with distances ranging from 2,000m to the 500m and 100m sprint categories. Three new British records were set in the 2,000m races:
Women’s Open Lightweight, Anna Lewis (Mad Team IRC): 6.59.7
Men’s Lightweight 50+, Alastair Peake (Bideford): 6.32.7
Women’s 65-69, Marjorie Roome (Teignmouth): 7.59.2
The Welsh Schools event saw nearly 400 pupils from 23 different schools compete, including one from England – St John’s Beaumont in Berkshire. Individual age group races involving pupils from Years 6 to 13 were staged, followed by same age group team races. Eleven different schools took first place, with Caerleon Comprehensive crowned the most successful overall.
“Now a well established event, the Championships have always been a family friendly occasion with intense competition and a terrific atmosphere at their heart,” said Channel View Centre Manager, Mike Hnatiw.
“This year was no exception, as the rowers completely entered into the racing spirit, with help from the crowds of spectators who delighted in cheering them on. We’ve already opened entries for next year’s tournament – bring it on!”
If you think you have what it takes to compete at the 2017 event, sign up now.