Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Leander crews dominate Kingston head race

LEANDER crews made a rare trip to the Kingston Head last weekend and came away with

LEANDER crews made a rare trip to the Kingston Head last weekend and came away with the top three places on the river, and a highly creditable seventh place for the club’s development academy,

writes Robert Treharne Jones.

Using the time trial as a sharpener for Sunday’s Tideway Head not only gave the crews additional race experience. It was also welcomed by the regatta organisers and by other participating crews, for whom it gave the chance to compete alongside many of their rowing heroes.

Leander I, packed with GB internationals, led the 300 boat flotilla down the 5,200m course from Hampton Court Bridge. Every crew member was a medallist at last year’s World Championships â?? six were reigning world champions, five of them from the men’s eight.

With Will Satch at stroke, and cox Phelan Hill steering his way through those crews still making their way up to the start, Leander were unstoppable and crossed the line in a time 23 seconds faster than their nearest rivals.

As it turned out those rivals were the club’s own Ladies’ Plate squad, wearing number three, who closed hard on second–starters Molesey, who were pushed back into fourth place overall by the run of Leander success.

In third place was the Leander lightweights, with GB internationals Jono Clegg and Jamie Kirkwood on board. Stroked by Charlie Waite–Roberts the crew managed to overhaul Quintin en route to completing a stunning trio of places.

The Leander development academy, including many young athletes from non–rowing schools, managed seventh place overall, eclipsing the performance of  others with many more years’ experience.

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