LEANDER athletes had another successful day in London last weekend, when the club’s lightweight GB internationals
LEANDER athletes had another successful day in London last weekend, when the club’s lightweight GB internationals recorded the fastest time in the Head of the River Fours.
Their quad, stroked by Olympic silver medallist Richard Chambers, backed up by Will Fletcher, Jamie Kirkwood and Jono Clegg, sculled a storming course to beat several GB heavyweights including the second-placed Molesey/UL/Brookes composite. The lightweights weren’t the only crew at the top of their game â?? five more Leander crews won their events, including all three of the club’s women’s crews in the elite quads and fours, and IM1 quads.
Vicky Thornley stroked the elite quad, with Polly Swann, Emily Carmichael and Vicki Meyer-Laker on board, and recorded a time four seconds faster than Imperial College in second place.
Lou Reeve stroked the women’s four to a dominant win over Cambridge University, while former international Jane Hall was back in action in the bow seat of the winning IM1 quad.
But there was disappointment for Leander’s GB international heavyweight men, including club captain Alex Gregory, whose crew was beaten to the elite fours pennant by the Molesey composite. It was a similar story for the coxed four, with world champions Pete Reed and Constantine Louloudis on board. With the Boat Race development crews at a different stage of their rowing calendar, they proved their worth, with the leading Goldie crew taking the pennant home to Cambridge.
With a strong south-westerly breeze and driving rain, there were early fears of a possible race cancellation, but following the officials’ course inspection the race was allowed to go head after a 30 minute delay.
Driven forward by the following wind almost 500 crews powered down the four-and-a-quarter mile championship course from Mortlake to Putney, with the worst of the conditions hitting hard as the fleet rounded the big Hammersmith bend within sight of Harrods.