MK’s rowers taking wins in Warwick

Liam McLaughlin who won in the Single Sculls category, and Steve Lawson and Rod Bennett who won in the Masters Pairs category.
Liam McLaughlin who won in the Single Sculls category, and Steve Lawson and Rod Bennett who won in the Masters Pairs category.

Milton Keynes Rowing Club boasted two new champions at the Warwick Regatta last weekend.

Taking on some of the best crews the country has to offer, MKRC more than held their own on the water, just a stone’s throw from Warwick Castle.

Liam McLoughlin took an emphatic win in the IM3 single skulls, putting in strong displays throughout the qualifying rounds and cruising to victory in the final.

MKRC were celebrating again in the men’s masters D/E pairs as Rod Bennett and Steve Lawson managed to break away, leading from the start and storming down the course to an impressive win over Stratford.

In the Mens fours, Chris Wilson, Liam McLaughlin, Nick Hughes and James Hughesman were competing in the open championship cup.

After powering through against Worcester and Penarth, they earned a place in the final.

With their cox Cath Keeling urging them on in an exciting final later that day they were narrowly beaten by Worcester’s top crew.

New rowers Dan Hicks, Shaun Turner, Greig Fensome, Matt Heggie, and their cox Cherry Kemp were racing in the Primary 4 category.

Having taken up the sport earlier this year, an unfortunate draw saw them up against a more experienced crew, and despite their best efforts they were beaten.

Cath Keeling, who runs the learn to row course at Milton Keynes Rowing Club, said: “Despite the mismatch in experience level, they had a great race, looking strong and confident throughout and doing themselves proud.”

Another great performance came from Ian Graney in the novice single sculls category.

After a hesitant start in his first race, growing confidence in his second outing rewarded him with a win. Intricacies with the scoring however meant he narrowly missed out on the final.

After the weekend’s successes all eyes are now on the Milton Keynes Regatta taking place at Caldecotte Lake on Saturday September 19.

The regatta offers a fun family day out, with local clubs coming together for exciting side by side rowing races, and great places for spectators to watch along the bank.

If you’re interested in taking up rowing or joining Milton Keynes Rowing Club, visit www.mkrowing.org