Rowers take regatta spoils

Rebecca Ward (15) Stantonbury Campus races for MK Juniors in the Milton Keynes regatta
Rebecca Ward (15) Stantonbury Campus races for MK Juniors in the Milton Keynes regatta

A record-breaking five teams took to the cold waters of Caldecote Lake on Saturday for MK Rowing Club’s annual regatta.

Now in its fourth year, the annual competition was the biggest yet, with crews from Oundle, Northampton, Bedford and Lea all joining the MK team to compete.

The rain in the morning didn’t dampen the spirits of the crews, many of which were made up of people racing for their first time in the Developmental category.

This year, MK Rowing Club has had a record number of learners signing up for the ‘Learn to Row’ courses as a result of the interest in rowing following the 2012 London Olympics.

Some of those rowers took the brave step of racing at the regatta and proved that it is not just the experienced crews who can enjoy the thrill of a race.

Last years winners Oundle were strong favourites to lift the Challenge Cup once again, but were stunned when the home team picked up more victories to take it for the first time.

Tim Grossey, captain of MK Rowing Club, said he was delighted to have won the Challenge and to have taken the cup back from Oundle who are regular rivals in events throughout the year.

The regatta marks the end of what has been a spectacular year for MK - including winning gold and silver medals at the National Masters Championship, a gold medal at Henley Masters Regatta, and a record breaking row across the English Channel.