Henley gold for women’s four

MK Rowing Club's gold medal winners. Pic: Robert Heywood.
MK Rowing Club's gold medal winners. Pic: Robert Heywood.
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A spectacular performance from the women’s four saw MK Rowing Club come home from Henley Masters Regatta with gold around their necks.

The quartet of Heidi Towse, Louise Rivett, Jayne Skeith, Paula Heywood and their cox Charlotte Watts dominated the final to win the race by four boat lengths over Ardingly.

“We are so happy to have raced at Henley Masters as it is such an amazing feeling just to row along the famous course,” said Louise. “Winning against Ardingly and getting a gold medal was the icing on the cake!”

Earlier in the weekend, Rod Bennett and Steve Lawson battled hard against a Dutch crew in the quarter-finals of the Men’s E Pairs category, chasing them down to the line but sadly missing out on making it through to the next round.

Helen Marshall and Jenny Searle have had great success this season, winning a number of competitive local regattas in their pair, with Helen recently also claiming victory in her single at British Masters Championships. They too made it to the quarter-final of their Women’s B Double category but were beaten by an impressive Greenback Falmouth RC crew.

The Women’s C Eight of Heidi Towse, Louise Rivett, Jayne Skeith, Cath Keeling, Helen Smith, Karen Wilson, Paula Heywood and cox Charlotte Watts were unable to overcome the strong headwind and host club of Upper Thames RC in the final, missing out on a medal by two boat lengths.