Cheers to MK’s winning crews!

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SUNDAY’S Bedford Small Boats Head Race brought more success for city rowers, with Milton Keynes taking three high level wins.

The pick of those saw the women’s IM2 coxed four of Charlene Mills, Jo Heywood, Lou Rivett and Alice Draper, coxed by Andi Grossey – pictured above – beat top crews from Oxford City and Nottingham as they raced the 2km course in a time of seven minutes and 50 seconds, only three seconds off the fastest time of the day.

Only a few seconds behind the Women’s IM2 crew were the Women’s Masters C coxed four, with Paula Heywood, Karen Wilson, Lou Rivett and Heidi Towse, coxed by Liz Tatman.

Incredibly, Heidi Towse, who is a member of the Ladies England Tug of War squad, only learnt to row last summer and this was her second ever race.

Captain Tim Grossey said: “Heidi is a fantastic example of how competitive rowing is accessible to new comers to the sport and she is a real asset to the club.

There was also victory for Andi Grossey and Liz Tatman in their Women’s Masters A/B double scull race, with another MK crew, Helen Marshall and Jenny Searle, coming a close second.

Steve Lawson put in a strong performance in his single scull and came third against some strong opposition.

And Rowing in a double scull along with Rob Heywood, they also finished second in the Master’s D event despite being hit by another boat on the course and having to stop and restart.

As the time trial style of head racing draws to a close, MK Rowing Club are now preparing for the Regatta season where the excitement of side by side racing begins.

The club will be aiming to continue their winning streak into the new season, as well as participating in the London 2012 ‘Row for Gold’ scheme which is encouraging people to try the sport or to return to the sport.