Leeds and West Yorkshire Indoor Rowing Competition Pilot Wednesday June 25th 2014

Leeds University kindly hosted the inaugural Leeds and West Yorkshire L3 Indoor Rowing Pilot competition on Wednesday 25th June between 12.30pm and 3pm

4 schools, De Lacy’s and Castleford from Wakefield, and Woodkirk and Cockburn from Leeds brought  48 children from year 7, 8 and 9 to race in heats, finals and a whole school team relay. The event was a resounding success despite the fact that a couple of schools had had to cancel at the 11th hour due to other prior commitments. The final relay, which took place over a frantic 12 minute time period and involved every single competitor racing for a minute for their school was a particular nail biter ending in a victory for De Lacy Academy by just 2 meters.


In the individual races, the pupils first raced in ranking heats racing at half the prescribed Go Race Indoors (GRI) distance for each year group,. This meant that the year 7s raced initially for a minute, the year 8s for 90 seconds and the year 9s for 2 minutes. After a rest for lunch, the pupils raced again in finals over the full Go Race Indoor distance in an effort to beat each other and challenge the GRI gold medal times, shown below.





Row Time


Target (m)

Target (m)















In the year 7s, Owen Frow from Castleford Academy won the boys and Libby Ferguson from De Lacy Academy won the girls event, both of them recording about 90% of the target distance for their age group. In the Year 8s Tobi Sanne and Chloe Stevens both from Woodkirk Academy came in first, Chloe recording a distance which put her at 94% of target time. Finally in the year 9’s, Arvydas Sereika from De Lacy’s and Harry Devlin from Woodkirk  deadheated; both recording 1075m,  a massive 95% of target and the top performance overall of the day. In the girls competition Robyn Turner from Cockburn won with 867m, 85% of target distance.


Having piloted the event, British Rowing are keen to set a date for next year where it is hoped that the event will grow in terms of the number of schools and children participating.


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