Milton Keynes rowers cruise to victory on the back of Olympic fever

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MEMBERS of Milton Keynes Rowing Club were out in force at the recent Peterborough Regatta, with crews racing over two days and bringing home three fantastic wins.

Crowds lined the banks of the rowing lake with Olympic rowing glory from Team GB still fresh in the mind, and the renewed enthusiasm for the sport was clear to see.

The ladies coxed four, racing in the Intermediate Two event on Saturday, with Liz Tatman, Andi Grossey, Alice Draper and Harriet Varney – coxed by Steve Lawson – won a hard fought race, just beating Furnivall Rowing Club by a fraction of a second.

Sunday saw a second win in another ladies coxed four Intermediate Two event – this time with Charlene Mills, Lindy Gray, Alice Draper and Harriet Varney, coxed by Andi Grossey, beating another Furnivall crew across the line.

There was a surprise victory for the Women’s Masters Double Scull crew when Lou Rivett stepped in to replace Jenny Searl who was unable to race, and sculled with Helen Marshall to a two round victory, beating crews including two from the home club of Peterborough City.

However, the biggest stars of the weekend were the Men’s Novice coxed four of Tom Rushton, Chris Wilson, Charlie Haynes and Ben Schellenberg – pictured above – who made the final on both days.

They beat 15 other crews on Saturday, coming second by just 0.4 seconds. The four, all students, have been training hard together over the summer and gave a fantastic performance to make their home club proud.

Milton Keynes will be holding their own regatta on Saturday, September 1 at Caldecotte Lake, and there will be a chance for those inspired by the rowing in the Olympics to come and watch some racing throughout the day, plus enjoy the hospitality of the club at the Boathouse on Monellan Grove.