First, they rowed the Channel in record breaking time, and now, the ladies from Milton Keynes Rowing Club conquered the Henley Regatta.
The Henley Women’s Regatta is the premier rowing regatta for women in the UK with over 1,000 female athletes aiming to compete and win at the regatta annually.
The Milton Keynes Ladies made a splash in green and black, setting new club records and a high benchmark for the rest of the season.
The coxed four (Louise Rivett, Heidi Towse, Lindy Gray (Women’s Captain) and Alice Draper, coxed by Amelia Clow) raced in the club intermediates against 26 other crews from across the country smashed through the time trial to qualify for the heats on the Saturday morning session.
While they lost out to the Cambridge crew, it was still a fantastic achievement for the ladies, who only formed as the racing crew three weeks ago.
Racing in the Senior Lightweight Double Sculls, Helen Marshall and Jenny Searle made club history as they became the first boat to race on finals day. Sadly, despite head winds and a strong performance, last year’s winners Wallingford Boat Club deprived them of the victory eventually taking the race by 4.5 lengths in the final 500m.
MKRC Women’s Captain, Lindy Gray said: “I’m absolutely delighted be part of a Henley Crew. Competing at such an event is a privilege and a testament to the hours of training and dedication the girls put in, both to their own training but also in helping others learn and participate in the sport.”
For those not able to watch MKRC at Henley, the Club will be hosting their own regatta on Saturday September 14 at Caldecotte Lake.