Somerset rowers and parents decided to finish off Term Two with a blast, by competing in the 21km half-marathon from Chinderah to Murwillumbah on the stunning Tweed River, the morning after the Gold Coast Schools Trophy Regatta at Wyaralong Dam.
This year’s team consisted of 19 participants including students, parents and alumni. The student team included two Schoolboy Quad Sculls and one Schoolboy Single Scull. The Schoolboy Quad Sculls consisted of Ryan McClure, Max Jenneret, Cian Muenster, Aidan McKeon and Blake Mills as the Senior Boys Quad Scull, with Tom McKenna, Joe Lanham, Julius Wright, Declan Thew and Manfredi Bondi as the Year 9 Boys Quad Scull. The Schoolboys Single Scull was rowed by Lorenz Muhlbauer.
The Somerset Parents and Alumni team, competing in two Quad Sculls, which included Jens Muenster, Carl Eksteen, Peter Trimble, Gerry Thurnwald and coxswain Jack Moore in the first Quad, as well as Kevin Filer, Jonathon Hodges, David Thomasson and Troy Kay in the coxless Quad.
Not only is the Head of the Tweed one of the most physically challenging races to compete in, this year’s competition was made especially strenuous for the teams, due to the strong head winds and river current against them, for the entirety of the race.
Despite all these factors, the Somerset teams pulled through and completed the race with amazing results. The weather took a turn for the worse after the race, with the cold and storm clouds brewing, causing many to escape the coming rain. However, a few remained to collect prizes and medals despite the sky’s warning.
The closing highlight of the day is the draw as to which club wins the state-of-the-art boat sponsored by Wintech. Each competitor entry goes into the draw for their club. All the sore hands, blisters, aching bones and muscles, and the cold and wet weather were temporarily forgotten when Somerset College won the Wintech single scull valued at around $4,500.
Well done to all of the Somerset crews who competed in the event. A big thank you also to the supporters who cheered and encouraged the crews along the way.
Overall the Somerset teams compete magnificently, well done to everyone.
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