MK men celebrate regatta win treble

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It was the turn of the men from Milton Keynes Rowing Club to taste success when they competed at the recent Peterboorugh Spring Regatta.

Clubs and universities from all over the country were in action, but the men from MK recorded some outstanding results on the day.

In recent times the ladies of MK have been celebrating lots of regional success, but on this occasion the club’s men left Peterborough with three wins to be proud of.

Their novice coxed four crew, with Kevin Lilla, Chris Linn, James Pototski and Chris Wilson, coxed by Alice Draper, got through the first heat with ease, looking very comfortable as they passed three other boats to confirm a place in the final.

However, the final was a lot tougher though as they were neck and neck with a Bristol University crew throughout the race, ending in a finish so close that there was a lengthy nail biting pause before race control announced that MK had beaten Bristol by just 0.2 of a second.

The club’s next win came from Kevin Lilla again, this time with Mat Reeder in the novice double scull category, followed by another success in a double scull for John Smith and Alex Holbrook from the junior section.

Chris Linn, a new recruit to the Caldecotte-based club, only started to row last year but has made MK proud with his achievements after such a short period of time.

Lilla is also new to the club, having moved to MK recently from Switzerland, and with two wins under his belt in one weekend, he is proving to be a major asset already.

Men’s captain Chris Wilson said: “I’m extremely pleased with the results, especially as they beat so many other crews from well respected clubs and universities.

“The last few seasons have been dominated by wins from the ladies of the club, so this is a boost to the men who are reaping the rewards of their hard training together.”

MK Rowing Club are now making plans for their own regatta which will be held on September 14 at Caldecotte Lake.

This year’s event will focus on novice racing following the club’s recent acquisition of a fleet of stable boats courtesy of the British Rowing ‘explore rowing’ scheme.