Milton Keynes’ rowers claim Northampton as their own

Women's 8. Pic: Robert Heywood
Women's 8. Pic: Robert Heywood

Milton Keynes Rowing Club made winning look easy as they cleaned up on the Nene at Northampton Head of the Nene this weekend.

The day’s success started early on the bright Saturday morning as the Women’s IM2 8 set off as the very first boat down the river, racing in a time that saw them as the fastest women’s boat of the day.

Heidi Towse, Louise Rivett, Jayne Skeith, Louisa Briar, Abi Green, Lucy Millett, Karen Wilson, Paula Heywood, and their cox Jenny Searle completed the 1.8km course in 6 minutes 55 seconds.

A winning time for Helen Marshall was quick to follow in the Women’s Single Scull category. Not satisfied with just one gold, later in the day Helen went on to win the Women’s Double Scull alongside Jenny Searle.

The duo, winners of the National Masters Championships last year, showed great style by beating the competition by over a minute.

The Milton Keynes men also dominated the competition, with Phil Capp, Peter Cox, Steve Boughton, Nick Hughs, and their cox Chris Wilson racing to victory in the Men’s Masters D 4 category.

As the sun was starting to set the club rounded off a great day’s racing with yet another win, this time by the Novice 4 Women.

Coxed to victory by Paula Heywood the crew, Abi Green, Lucy Millett, Jayne Skeith, and Katherine Billingham, belied their novice status by putting in a strong performance and setting a time 40 seconds faster than their competition.