New recruits, but same good results for city rowers

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LEA Valley was the latest venue for Milton Keynes Rowing Club to make their mark at the weekend as they returned home with further bragging rights.

This was the first regatta of the rowing season for the Caldecotte Lake-based club along the 600m course, and it was a first ever race for Helen Caskie, Winnie Bonja, Kelly Alexander and Rachael O’Neill in their coxed four – coxed by Karen Wilson.

They were racing in a ‘primary’ event aimed at people new to the sport to allow an introduction to competitive racing. They were racing an equally novice Lea crew for the best time over two races.

MK’s ladies got off to a flying start in the first race, pulling away comfortably from the Lea crew, then struggled to keep the pace in the middle section, losing some ground and resulting in Lea just beating them across the finish line.

However, the ladies learnt from that and following another good start in the second race, they kept the power on in the middle section, and despite struggling to keep the speed up as the Lea crew gained on them, they managed to cross the line as the overall winners.

Tim Grossey, captain of MK Rowing Club, who won his Masters A/B event in a single scull, said everyone at the club was proud of their latest race winners.

“This was a well deserved win by four of our new members,” he said. “The club is very proud of the ladies who have enthusiastically continued rowing throughout the winter after completing the Learn to Row course last summer. To come away with a win from your first ever race is a great achievement.’

As the regatta season gets under way, MK rowers continue to train hard and is looking forward to building on the success of last season.