Thursday, 15 December 2016

Moorfoots claim national indoor rowing medals (via Carnethy)

Mike Pearson missed his usual M70 duel with Ian Nimmo at the latest round of the Borders XC as Ian and Anne Nimmo were busy winning national titles and medals at the British Indoor Rowing Champs. Ian and Anne live at Cardrona and their first claim club is Carnethy Hill Runners, with the Moorfoots being their second claim club. Well done Ian and Anne!!

I've copied the following from the Carnethy website:

Carnethy HRC = Carnethy Hardy Rowers Club? I think not. Even so, three Club members (all of them Nimmos, two of them complete novices) turned up last Saturday at the Lee Valley VeloPark (venue for the track cycling at the London Olympics) along with over 1,500 others to have a pull in the British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC).
The standard was intimidating, with one world record in an adaptive (= disabled) event and several medallists from Rio making the unfortunate Concept 2 ergos scream in protest. (I tried to rub shoulders with GB superstar Moe Sbihi when we were near one another in the call-up area but failed miserably. His shoulders are well above my ears.)
 In the M30-39 group Camus was up against sixty others, including several tattooed hulks from the Royal Navy. He didn’t trouble the winners in either the 2000m or the 500m race but was satisfied with his efforts, especially as he only has time to train occasionally. As age increases the number of competitors decreases: Anne had five others to contend with in the F60-64 500m, all of them regular racers on the indoor circuit. She surprised herself with a PB and third place.

 Once you’ve reached 75 the criterion for success is much easier to meet. I was the only M75-79 lightweight on show and therefore my task was merely to row 2000m followed, five hours later, by 500m. That’s pressure!
So, after what turned out to be a hugely fascinating day, we came away with one well-deserved bronze medal, two rather specious gold ones and another tick on the bucket list.
Ian Nimmo

Anne Nimmo ready to go
The race in full swing

First and last
F60-64 500m medallists

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