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PICTURES: Rowers in race action at Caledonian Canal in Inverness

By Will Clark

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Picture: James Mackenzie.
Picture: James Mackenzie.

Top rowers from across Great Britain were in Inverness to compete at the Inverness Winter Head and Scottish Student Head Races.

A total of 682 rowers were competing at the Caledonian Canal on Saturday and Sunday across a number of categories.

In the First Division, Edinburgh University Boat Club sent down the fastest boat recording an impressive time of 14 minutes and eight seconds in their Open 8+.

Inverness Rowing Club had to settle for some very tight second places on the day.

However they won their first medal of the event in Division Two with Bethan Hinkley and Heather Gordon leading the way in their WR1 2x category with a winning time of 18:36.

EUBC were back in their 8+ for Division Three as a time only entry and managed to set the fastest time of the weekend by knocking seven seconds off of their morning effort.

Inverness Rowing Club enjoyed success on Sunday, with Tom Baker and Jim Smillie took advantage of the fantastic conditions to win the Mas 2x.

Shay Hammock took first place in the J14 1x (19:59) and Mary Clouston winning the WMas Novice 1x.

The success continued in Division Three with Heather Gordon winning the WR1 1x in 19:51 and Gary Hunt and Sophie Baker sharing the Mix Mas 2x spoils with Dave Rothwell and Jude McManus in a dead heat.

The fastest women's crew of the weekend was St Andrew Boat Clubs WR1 8+ who recorded a time of 16:48.

Event spokesman Steven Andrews said: “It was a great event to draw a close to our head season.”

He added: “It was brilliant to see so many people enjoying the racing and so many of our own crews progress in experience and seeing their times coming down."

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