Rowers make a splash in St Neots

(Back left to right) Abigail Green, Chris Wilson, Jayne Skeith, James Pototsky, Liam McLaughlin, (Front left to right) Robert Heywood, Louise Rivett, Louisa Briar, Paul Griffiiths.
(Back left to right) Abigail Green, Chris Wilson, Jayne Skeith, James Pototsky, Liam McLaughlin, (Front left to right) Robert Heywood, Louise Rivett, Louisa Briar, Paul Griffiiths.
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Milton Keynes Rowing Club celebrated great success on the water at St Neots Regatta last weekend as they returned home with plenty of new silverware for the mantle piece.

A beautifully sunny Saturday saw success first from the Women’s IM3 coxed 4+, made up of Harriett Varney, Louisa Briar, Abigail Green, Lucy Millett and their cox Jenny Searle.

Winning Women's Masters 4+ from Sunday- Karen Wilson, Paula Heywood, Jayne Skeith, Louise Rivett and their cox Abigail Green

Winning Women's Masters 4+ from Sunday- Karen Wilson, Paula Heywood, Jayne Skeith, Louise Rivett and their cox Abigail Green

The crew, who raced at Henley earlier this summer, showed their class by beating Bedford and Northampton in the early rounds to make it through to race Leeds in the final. Having rowed side by side the MK ladies pulled away towards the line to claim victory in a tense and exciting race across the 1k course.

The men showed their strength, with both the Novice Double of Paul Griffiths and Liam McLaughlin, and the Masters DE 4+ of Phil Capp, Pete Cox, Nick Hughes, Steve Boughton and their cox Chris Wilson, getting through to the semi finals but missing out to the eventual category winners.

The powerful Women’s Masters 4+ of Louise Rivett, Jayne Skeith, Paula Heywood, Karen Wilson and cox Lucy Millett outclassed their competition in the semi final, overcoming adversity when an incident stopped their boat mid race, forcing them to chase down and row through the unsuspecting Star RC crew. From here the ladies were unstoppable, meeting the other MK crew of Louisa Briar, Kelly Alexander, Liz Fryer and Suzanne De Maine, who fought bravely but were unable to beat them to the gold.

Sunday saw the weather turn- with a deluge of MK victories to match. Still buoyed from their win the previous day the Women’s Masters 4+ of Louise Rivett, Jayne Skeith, Paula Heywood, Karen Wilson were back, once again claiming gold, this time coxed by Abigail Green over the shorter 500m course. Success was soon to follow for the men, with Liam McLaughlin, Chris Wilson, James Pototsky, and Paul Griffiiths claiming an impressive victory in the IM3 4x category.

Winning Women's IM3 4+ from Saturday - Harriett Varney, Louisa Briar, Jenny Searle, Abigail Green, Lucy Millett

Winning Women's IM3 4+ from Saturday - Harriett Varney, Louisa Briar, Jenny Searle, Abigail Green, Lucy Millett

A mixed 4+ crew of James Hughesman, Gavin Creech, Katharine Billingham, Suzanne De Maine and their cox Lucy Millett, battled the rain and Northampton RC to make it to the final. A thrilling contest ensued in the final against the Mixed 4+ from Lea RC, with the MK crew pulling away but just unable to maintain their lead until the line.

The weekend was brought to an emphatic close by the Mixed IM3 8+ final. Facing tough competition from London RC the crew of James Pototsky, Chris Wilson, Jayne Skieth, Louise Rivett, Paul Griffiiths, Liam McLaughlin, Abigail Green, Louisa Briar, and cox Robert Heywood, gave it their all to come out on top.

Club Captain Benn Klewpatinond said: “It was a great weekend of racing at St Neots Regatta, and is brilliant to see that with both our development and now established squads, we can mix it up and produce these fantastic results.

“All eyes are on Peterborough Regatta in two weeks to replicate this success!”