AN Upper Thames Masters D crew had a good win at Kingston Head on Saturday beating eight other veteran C
AN Upper Thames Masters D crew had a good win at Kingston Head on Saturday beating eight other veteran C and D crews.
The eight finished a respectable 32nd overall out of 245 crews despite having to make last-minute personnel changes. The crew was made up of Graham Lloyd, David Hope, Zad Rogers, Gareth Morris, John Ewans, Alex Jessel, Mike Jennings and Pete Jacobs and coxed by Julia Hedley.
A second Masters D eight were the second fastest D crew racing. That crew made up their numbers by recruiting Elise Cope into the boat, who has been part of Upper Thames winning crews at the Henley Women’s regatta for the last two years. Both crews will be racing in the veteran eight head in London on Sunday which is run over the same course as the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
Speaking of the club’s achievement, Upper Thames captain Justin Sutherland said: “Our veterans are really buzzing this year. They have wasted no opportunity to blow away their opposition who have so far always cracked under the pressure.”
The previous week Upper Thames’ first eight finished 26th overall in a field of 300 crews in the women’s head of the river race at Putney.
The second boat came 69th and included Olympic oarswoman Miriam Luke who won a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics.