HENLEY Rowing Club’s WJ15 quad broke the course record twice at the junior National Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham,
HENLEY Rowing Club’s WJ15 quad broke the course record twice at the junior National Championships at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, last weekend to win gold.
Under grey skies with a brisk north-easterly wind Henley had four crews reach the A finals raced over 2,000 metres.
The WJ15 quad of Hattie Orr, Ellie Thompson, Maddie Orr, Lauren Edwards and cox Emma Lister, were competing against 10 other boats, starting with an eliminator race on Saturday.
The quad showed their intent to win this event from the start and they led from the front throughout the race to finish with clear water to Queen Elizabeth High School in a time of seven minutes 23.86 seconds, breaking the course record previously held by a Henley crew in 2010 by 15 seconds.
In the final on Sunday the quad revelled in the squally water conditions and with Queen Elizabeth High School they left the four other finalists clear from the start. By 500 metres the Henley quad had the race in their control and they powered away from Queen Elizabeth to dominate the second half of the race and finish in a time of seven minutes, 22.29 seconds, breaking their own record they set the day before.
This victory completed an unbeaten year for the quad and they were congratulated at the gold medal ceremony by British junior championships patron and Olympian Sarah Winckless on their double record-breaking weekend.
The Henley WJ16 double of Ciara Buckley and Alexis Perkins competed against 14 other boats from across the country.
Making it through the time trial on Saturday, they then faced strong competition in their semi-final on Sunday. Recording a time of eight minutes, three seconds they were beaten into fourth place by Marlow, City of Oxford and Lea RC.
The double then raced in the B final that afternoon and matched their semi-final time but lost to a stronger boat from George Watson’s College.
In the WJ14 coxed quad category of 20 entries both crews were successful, the quad of Katy Ann Claridge, Georgia Edwards, Maisie Turner, Lily Stimpson and Rebecca Lister as cox secured bronze medal position behind Ross RC and Avon County whilst the other quad of Iona McNab, Hannah Gutteridge, Katie Beale, Anna Roe and Ella Morgan as cox finished in sixth place.
The boys J15 coxed quad of Matt Harris, Alex Meyer-kane, Alidair Roy, Harry Farley and Christy Stephens as cox finished sixth.