THE Upper Thames veteran men’s eight won the gold medal at the Wannsee round the lake
THE Upper Thames veteran men’s eight won the gold medal at the Wannsee round the lake race last Saturday in Berlin.
The crew beat a number of other leading European boats over the 12km course to finish in first place.
The crew was stroked by Lee Brown, winner of the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in the Seventies, as well as lightweight world champions Paul Stewart Bennett, Peter Haining and Nigel Read.
Speaking after the win, team manager Chris Drury said: “It was an excellent trip. The host club, Berliner Ruder Club, were very hospitable and we have invited them to Henley as we have many friends there from our years of competitive international rowing.
“Upper Thames are increasingly involved in higher level competition these days and I was pleased to be able to help this time.”
The next international foray for the club will be in Boston, USA, where the veteran women’s boat will be racing at the Head of the Charles.
An Upper Thames women’s masters eights consisting A Van Leemputten, H Mangan, J Wilby, J Burne, N Ashcroft, L Wymer, J Machan, A Gill and cox D Yarrow will compete on October 17 while Tom Carter will represent the club the following day in the asters single sculls.