Cranbrook Rowers retain the title of Junior Mixed Relay British Indoor Champions

Cranbrook School Boat Club has enjoyed some recent success.

On Thursday 7th December 15 rowers took part in the West Kent Indoor Rowing Championships securing a second place in the sixth form boys and girls event. The rowers had to complete an individual row of 8mins and then a team relay of 1min sprints each.  The 8mins was a tough experience but their fitness work paid off and they beat well-established and successful Maidstone Grammar teams.  We are waiting to hear if our times in second place qualify the school for the Kent Games later in the year.

On Saturday 9th December, 16 rowers attended the British Indoor Rowing Championship along with 2, 500 competitors from elite Olympians to student novices.  They all took part in a 500m sprint and a team relay event.  Bella Armstrong was the highest place Cranbrook girl for 500m coming 19th closely followed by Eva Timlin in 21st out of 40 competitors.  Of the top 20 places 16 were involved in High Performance GB rowing programmes so the girls performed remarkably well.

In the boys Will Booth took 21st out of 31 competitors again amongst a large pool of GB High Performance rowers.

In the girls’ relay event the highest placed Cranbrook team came 14th out of 43 teams showing a serious amount of courage and effort. The other girl teams all produced personal bests coming 25th and 28th respectively.

And finally the junior mixed relay team of Bella Armstrong, Will Booth, Emma Bristow and George Slack amazingly retained the school’s title from last year as British Indoor Champions winning a close fought race holding off the some well-established rowing schools and clubs like King’s School, Worcester , Langley Academy (a designated rowing academy) and Broxburne Rowing Club.  They came 1st out of a large field of 14 teams winning by 27metres.  

It was great to hear Cranbrook School being announced at the Olympic venue as consecutive British Indoor Rowing Champions!

Well done to all our rowers – fantastic results.

Mr Alun Brown