ALMOST 50 Leander internationals and club athletes competed on Sunday in the Turkey Sculls - the club’s traditional pre-Christmas event.
After racing in scratch quads over a 200-metre upstream dash to the clubhouse the winners were presented with prize turkeys by Tom Copas, of the Copas Partnership, who have sponsored the event for many years.
With every crew containing a mix of seniors, juniors, women athletes and GB squad athletes, there were some early casualties, including world champion Tom Ransley, whose crew went out in the first round of the knock out competition.
The pace was fast and furious off the start, with senior athletes from the club’s Rentacrew division electing not to take part this year.
“When your age is greater than the stroke rate, it’s time to call it a day,” said club president Jeremy Randall.
This year’s winners were Adam Neill, Matthew Tatlock, James Lambton-Heys with John Collins in the stroke seat.
It was Collins’ third successive win in the event, which his father Philip had driven out from Twickenham to witness, bringing family expectations to a high level. He joked: “We were relying on John to win, otherwise there would have been no Christmas lunch for us, just potatoes and gravy.”