Story by Brian Singleton
Rain showers and cool, overcast autumn conditions appear to motivate Hanlan Boat Club’s recreational and long distance rowers. They were the most sizeable contingent at the Icicle Chase half-marathon organized by Quinte Rowing Club on October 19th on behalf of Ontario Adventure Rowing.
Challenging each other on the 23-km course on the Otonabee River between Peterborough and Campbelltown, HBC’s four crews made up half the field of eight boats. More impressively, a number of those crews enjoyed personal best performances.
Although conditions were gray, cool and occasionally rainy, the wind that day was mercifully gentle. With most of the crews rowing in Hudson T-11 coxed quads over an extended period of time, the athletes are significantly exposed to adverse conditions. The scenery was, however, an astounding and constantly unfolding panorama of steely autumn splendor.
The event finished with a barbecue and a few bottled Belgian delicacies courtesy of Jean-Christophe Marly, recently returned from his home country.
Hanlan crews participating in the Icicle Chase were: JC’s No Names (JC, Brian, Hugh and Shelagh, cox Sarena) finishing in 1:48:15; Mamas and Papa (Margery, Grace, Ildiko and Peter, cox Petra) with a PB time of 1:54:10; Legends of the Fall (Fiona, Cynthia, Jo, Claire, Carrie-Ann) covering the course in 1:54:26; and Peregrine Falcons (Adrian, Alan, Phil, Megan, Cecile) a throw-together crew including first-time distance rowers who completed the 23 kilometres in 2:03:14.
Thanks to Maxine Walker, Ted Wolvers and other representatives of OAR for their dedication and support in organizing this event.