On Saturday 7 December, in cold but calm conditions, Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) crews took first place in two of the three categories entered at the Rutherford Head. This 4500m time trial, on the River Tyne through Newcastle, attracts a strong contingent of crews from some of the country's top rowing universities who are wanting an early indication of their levels of performance.
In the first division the ASRA coxed eight of Oscar Forbes, Ashley Geddes, Alexander Beeson, Euan Fowler, Gregor Charles, Jakub Zbikowski, Archie Innes and Matthew Hughson, ably coxed by Skye Ballance, comfortably won the Open Junior Eights with the second placed juniors from Durham School /Tyne ARC 75 seconds behind. ASRA came thirteenth overall in a total field of 133.
In the second division the ASRA crew of Harris MacDonald, Ashley Geddes, Gregor Charles and William Penny, coxed by Skye Ballance, racing up in Senior Coxed Fours due to limited junior opposition, came fourth in their category and ASRA’s coxless quad of Matthew Hughson, Oscar Forbes, Alexander Beeson and Jakub Zbikowski won the Open Junior Quadruple Sculls after a tough fight with their opponents in a Chester-le-Street/George Watson’s College composite, the winning margin just 2.6 seconds!