Above The J16 eight rowing past the scoreboard.... and later, proudly displaying their medals
Shrewsbury was selected to represent the West Midlands at the Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham on Saturday 27th April in three boat types: J15 coxed four, J15 coxed quad and J16 eight.
The J16 eight raced well to win their heat and qualify fastest for A final. In the final they got out of the blocks quickly and established an early lead, which the other crews were not able to contend with. Shrewsbury went on to win by a five-second margin. Congratulations to the crew of: Elliot Robinson-Boulton (R), Alex Powell (M), Charlie Duckworth (O), Harry Poole (Rb), Peter Hammond (PH), Charlie Johnston (R), George Patterson (R), Toby Thomas (SH) and cox Ed Carroll (Ch).
This was the J15 A squad’s second successive Saturday at Holme Pierrepont - and not quite the tranquil, sunny lake experienced the week before!
The eight was split into two halves, a quad and a four. Sculling is a discipline of the sport that these boys have done very little of in the last year, so a first place in the B final was a great effort from these four. In both their 1500 metre races they showed great tenacity in very tricky conditions and rowed through other crews on both occasions. l am sure they will be relieved to get back into the eight this week!
There was certainly more pressure on the coxed four. When we arrived we soon learnt that our competition included a boat from Westminster, winners of the Schools Head, so it was fairly obvious that they would be our main rivals in the hunt for Gold. As things transpired this was to be the case, both in the heat, where we pushed them into second by a length, and again in the exciting final. Westminster actually drew level with 500 metres to go. However, our boys showed great courage and belief and won the race by around half a length.
The squad now move on to Shrewsbury Regatta on 11th and 12th May.
Below: The Shrewsbury J15 coxed four leading Westminster in the closing stages...and later, proudly displaying their gold medals (from stroke to bow: Harry Lane-Fox, Wil Deacon, Alfie Grocott, Jo Davies, Cox - Ed Carroll) With thanks to Nick Lane-Fox for the photographs.