MILTON Keynes Rowing Club had more high profile success at the weekend when Tim Grossey and Benn Klewpatinond won in the coxless pairs at the Henley Masters Regatta.
The duo were racing in the Masters ‘A’ category and were up against a crew from Radley College, who were awarded a very generous two-second handicap at the start of the race which gave them a significant lead from the off, and they looked strong from the outset.
But Grossey and Klewpatinond kept pace with them throughout and gradually drew closer to the Radley crew until they were going at it neck-and-neck for the last 200 metres.
Both crews were determined to keep ahead and after an epic battle – in which blades were clashing at one point – the MK crew wound up the stroke rate enough for a photo finish victory across the line.
The men’s success at Henley, following on from their silver medal win at the National Masters Championships, has proved them to be top of their league in the Masters Pairs category.
And the win has further raised the profile of the club in a year which has seen record numbers of new members taking up rowing on Caldecotte Lake.
Grossey, who is also the club captain, said: “It’s been a great year for us so far – in terms of the numbers of people enjoying racing, and the quality of the wins at all levels.
“What is particularly noticeable when competing at events such as those at Henley, is the stark contrast between the facilities available to most other clubs in comparison to ours at MK.
“We have managed to attract a lot of new people to the sport, but are now struggling to raise money to increase our equipment to meet with the growing needs of our members.
“We will shortly be launching a sponsorship package aimed at local businesses who may be interested in supporting us in return for good quality coverage as we travel to events to race throughout the year.”