Marlow Rowing Club live up to Sir Steve's legacy
THE J15 eights were the stars of the show as Marlow Rowing Club lived up to the legacy left by Sir Steve Redgrave by finishing fifth out of 65 at the National School’s Regatta in Nottingham last weekend.
It was the first time the club entered an eights crew in what is the blue riband competition on the junior calendar, and they didn’t disappoint.
Despite taking on some of the best clubs and schools in the country, Marlow RC eights crew of Phoebe Mansfield, Erica Homes, Tegan Foister, Heidi Long, Rosalind Wilson, Amber Simon, Caroline de Ban, Amy Robertson and Eve Cox surged to a fantastic gold, shattering the championship record by a full 20 seconds in the process to come home in 7.12.18.
Theirs was one of three Marlow RC gold medals, and the club also collected four silvers for good measure.
The boys J15 double of Alex Haynes and Fraser Russell also took gold in a record breaking time of 3.20.52, while GB Junior rower Seb Devereux and Charlie Simon made every post a winning one as they won the championship double by five seconds.
They then joined Harry Glennister and Josh Kent to win silver in the quads 24 hours later.
Also winning silver were Saskia Devereaux and Molly Harding in the WJ14 double and Josh Kent in the J17 singles.
The club had other performances to celebrate too, with Marlow’s second WJ14 double of Louise Croll and Suzie Hornett finishing sixth, Abi Armstrong matching that in the J17 singles and the J15 boys B quad of Jason Burnap, Keegan Curlewis, Ed Davis, Ted Treasure and cox Oliver Napier-Munn finishing fourth.
Elsewhere, the boys J15 double James Moran and Ed Davis just missed the final, as did Jodie Wright and Julia Jemeilty in the WJ15 single and Ayomi Rajapaskse in the WJ16 singles.