IN the last time trial event of the rowing calendar Offaly Rowing Club travelled to Belfast to compete in the Lagan Head of the River. The 2700m course on the River Lagan provided the competitors with bends, bridges and flow as part of the racing experience.
A total of nine mens crews and three womens crews represented Offaly Rowing Club. There was a win for Offaly Rowing Club in the mens junior 16 single scull, mens junior 16 double scull and mens junior 18 quadruple scull.
The Offaly men competed in four categories at Lagan Head of the River the mens junior 18 single scull, mens junior 16 single scull, mens junior 16 double scull and the mens junior 18 quadruple scull. Competing in the mens junior 18 single sculls were James Houlihan, John Neale, Anthony Gannon and Jamie Adams. There were three competitors from Offaly Rowing Club in the junior 16 single sculls category Cathal Phelan (winner of the junior 16 single scull), Patrick Grogan and Patrick Walsh.
Later in the day Cathal Phelan and Patrick Grogan completed in the junior 16 double scull to win in the category. In an eventful race between an eight and a second quadruple scull the Offaly mens junior 18 quadruple scull found themselves competing for space on the river as their boat came into the finishing enclosure. Trapped behind slower moving crews, the quadruple scull of John Neale, Anthony Gannon, Jamie Adams and James Houlihan kept the neighbouring crews under pressure to take victory in the mens quadrule scull.
Offaly Rowing Club had three crews competing in the junior womens categories, womens junior 16 single scull, womens junior 16 quadruple scull, and womens junior 15 double scull. There was a win for Claire Mangan in the womens junior 16 single scull her first win of the season. The womens coxed quadruple scull of Nicole Finlay, Claire Mangan, Chanelle O’Dwyer, Ellie Mullhall and cox Kaylin Maher performed well. For Alex Vickers in the double scull with Leah Maher, Lagan HOR was her first competitive rowing race.