Head of the Shannon

Dec 02, 2023

Lough Rynn

It was a chilly, overcast, and damp day, in Leitrim, when the Head of the Shannon took place - this year on Lough Rynn, instead of the river. Luckily, the event organisers had a very well-stocked shop, with plenty of hot drinks on sale, to help stave off the cold. The Bus left the rowing club at 6am to ensure there was time to rig the boats before the first races at this well-attended event.
CIRC Crews performed admirably on the day.
In the morning, the Mens J18 Coxed Quad was pipped by Enniskillen (0.1 seconds), putting CIRC in 3rd place.
The Women's J18 Coxless Quad came in 2nd, 10.2 seconds behind Commercial but 45.4 seconds ahead of Athlone.
Our Mens J16 8 was 8.4 seconds off the winning split and came in 4th place.
And the closely-fought Mens J18 Doubles saw the CIRC crew come in 6th place, 37.6 seconds behind the winners but well ahead of 9 other crews, who finished between 11.2s and 3m, 43s behind them.
In the Women's J18 single scull, A. O'Toole finished in 2nd place, only 9.7 seconds behind an Athlone sculler.
And our Women's J13 coxed Quad was only 1.9 seconds behind Athlone, taking 3rd place in their race.
In the afternoon, there was a well-deserved win for CIRC's J18 Men's 8 , who set a blistering fast time of 10m 13 seconds.
Our men's J16 and women's J15 coxed Quads came in halfway up their packs, finishing 5th of 9 crews and 4th of 7 crews, respectively.
S. Mannering finished 2nd in her J16 single scull, behind a very strong Sligo sculler.
And our men's J15 coxed Quad beat two Athlone crews to finish in 5th place.
Unfortunately, the club's three 2nd places and two 3rd places weren't acknowledged, as pennants only go to the winners of each race.
So, after a long day, CIRC came home, from their first competitive event of the school year, in high spirits - with every club member justifiably proud of their J18 Men's 8 crew.

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