Monday, 23 July 2018

Morgan strikes gold

REMENHAM rower Ollie Morgan was part of the successful Wales eight that won gold at the

REMENHAM rower Ollie Morgan was part of the successful Wales eight that won gold at the Home International Regatta in the blue ribbon men‘s eights event, held in Strathclyde on Saturday.

In the rain, Wales took an early lead of a canvas by the 500m mark which they opened up to half a length by the midway point. A big push after the 1,000m mark saw their lead increase to just over a length over second place Scotland which they held to the exciting finish of this the final event of the day.

Scotland just beat Wales to the men‘s Victor Ludorum scoring 33 points to Wales‘ 30 points across the day‘s events, whilst England and Ireland shared third place with 18 points each.

Meanwhile Henley Rowing Club‘s Cat Kay, Rachael Alder, Amanda Hynes and Sophie Reynolds coached by Leon Redman represented England in the women‘s event.

The Henley seniors were selected to race in the coxless four category and teamed up with Thames RC to race in the women‘s eight. The coxless four had a good start and were in the lead at 600m and were looking comfortable before one of the crew suffered an asthma attack and they finished third following a brave last 1,400m.

England‘s senior women‘s squad, jointly captained by Henley‘s Kay and Agecroft‘s Olivia Salt, won the event overall.

Wales and England were tied for first place going in to the last race of the day with the eight that crossed the line first taking home the team trophy.

Scotland won the W8 event but the English nudged ahead of Wales from the outset and held on to a five second lead that allowed their squad to collect the Victrix Ludorum.

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