MK ladies feel the heat in Henley Reggata win

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The ladies of Milton Keynes Rowing Club once again showed their prowess by winning gold at the recent Henley Masters Regatta.

The event, held on the most prestigious stretch of water in the country for rowing, saw racing over two days in the blistering heat in Oxfordshire.

The MK ladies, racing in the Masters C coxed four category, are already the reigning National Masters champions. But they had a tough fight on their hands to add the Henley title to their achievements.

The crew of Lou Rivett, Heidi Towse, Karen Wilson and Paula Heywood, coxed by Liz Tatman, endured a gruelling race in the first heat against Bewdley, only narrowly beating them by half a boat length.

They faced an equally difficult final race against their rivals from Nottingham and Peterborough, but did enough to cross the finish line first and take the title.

Rivett, sitting in the stroke seat of the boat, said: “To win gold at Henley is what we came here to do and after so much training and preparation, we are overjoyed at the result.

“The races were hard, but at this level that is what we expected. Liz, our cox, did an amazing job in motivating us to find the strength and form to edge in front of the Nottingham crew in the final.

“We just kept our strokes long and strong and kept to our race plan despite being behind for the first 500 metres. She just kept making the calls for us to put the power on and once we edged past them we knew we could do it.”