JIRR, Nottingham WJ162X
The past 3 weeks have seen Bridget Lapage (EDH LVI) join forces with local Pengwern Junior Issy Tenison-Collins (due to join MSH next term) to form a West Midlands crew for the National Regional team event.
With Holme Pierrepont presenting its typical water the crew were understandably anxious. However any anxiety was more than met with excitement and a determination to produce a solid row. Conditions were tricky, but with the focus on strong finishes and quick catches it meant the crew were able to take advantage of the conditions, and that they did, easily.
After a slow start, the crew, stroked by Tenison-Collins, steered by Lapage, steadily rowed through from 6th place to a point where they were challenging an experienced Grange School for 2nd place in their heat. On this occasion it was not quite to be the case, but the Pengwern/RSSBC composite secured in a stylish fashion a place in the A final with a time of 6:07. With scores on the doors there were just 4 seconds separating 4 crews for the bronze medal position, making for a tantalising and exciting final.
Unfortunately afternon racing was cancelled leaving two rather despondent individuals only contemplating their 'potential' for the final.
A fantastic race day experience marred only by the weather. Thanks must go to Margaret Sayer and Pengwern for all their help with the occasion.