Captain leads rowers to wins

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Milton Keynes Rowing Club were once again on top form as they hit the water at Bedford for the annual Small Boots Head.

Conditions were ideal for the 800 competitors from clubs up and down the country, but MKRC were quickly into their stride out on the water.

Results instantly came flying in, with the Women’s Masters 4+ securing first place in their category.

Consisting of Lou Rivett, Heidi Towse, Paula Heywood and Karen Wilson, the ladies glided with ease across the water, giving the crowds a display of true talent and professionalism with their cox Charlotte Watts steering them cleanly across the line to an excellent victory.

These efforts were soon followed up by the Men’s IM3 4+ securing fourth position out of 11 crews and the Masters 4x achieving third place in their race.

As the day heated up and Calum Holland’s skin became redder, performance on the water was becoming increasing exhaustive.

Mustering together their maximum efforts, Lou Rivett and Heidi Towse returned to the boat, combining this time with Lindy Gray and Cath Keeling to form the Women’s IM2 4+.

Coxed by Charlotte Watts, they produced yet another fantastic execution of power resilience achieving taking MKRC’s second victory of the afternoon.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Novice 4+ boats produced what Club Captain Lou Rivett described as ‘impressive performances’ showing just how much progress these crews have made since many of them had began rowing only last year.