LEANDER athletes had another successful weekend at the British Championships in Nottingham, winning five events outright,
LEANDER athletes had another successful weekend at the British Championships in Nottingham, winning five events outright, and bringing home the victor ludorum trophy in style, writes Robert Treharne Jones.
The championships now require that all internationals race for their clubs, so it was a star-studded cast that set out for the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont.
Double Olympic champion Pete Reed added another win in men’s fours, where he was joined by fellow world champion Constantine Louloudis, world silver medallist Matt Langridge, and bronze medallist Stewart Innes.
In second place was a Molesey crew featuring world champions Moe Sbihi and George Nash, but Leander took third and fourth places in the same race, with the bronze medal crew including Will Satch, Alex Gregory, Matt Gotrel and Tom Ransley.
Nick Middleton was the only Leander athlete to win on both days of racing, partnering Al Sinclair in the double sculls before racing in the quad alongside GB stroke Pete Lambert and the current GB double of Jonny Walton and John Collins.
In the women’s events GB internationals Vicky Thornley, Holly Nixon, Polly Swann and Jess Leyden took gold in the quad sculls, while Lou Reeve, Lucinda Gooderham, Ro Bradbury and Katherine Douglas won the women’s fours.
All the A finals were dominated by clubs boating seasoned internationals, including the men’s eights, where Leander’s Ladies’ Plate squad took silver behind Oxford Brookes. The Leander Thames Cup squad, stroked by Robbie Cook, also made the A final and finished a creditable sixth.
Leander recorded more than twice as many championship points as their nearest rival, and coach Matt Beechey received the victor ludorum trophy on behalf of his club from Greg Searle, 1992 Olympic champion in coxed pairs.