Ladies stand on podium at Trent Head

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Crews from MK Rowing Club hit the water Trent Head of the River Race in Nottingham last weekend.

The national competition along a grueling 5.8km stretch of the river Trent saw over 100 boats brave water made challenging by the very windy conditions.

While the sun shone in the morning the Men’s IM3 Eight took to the water, battling against the wind to the start line.

The crew of James Pototsky, Nick Hughes, Rod Bennett, Callum Holland, James Hughesman, Pete Cox, Phil Capp, and Chris Wilson, coxed by Karen Wilson, kept their form well in the testing conditions and raced an impressive time of 18mins and 8 seconds.

This saw the men place eighth out of 13 boats within the IM3 Eight category in a strong field, beating the likes of Leicester Rowing Club and Trent.

A little while later came the turn of the MK Women- with the winds still blowing and the sun replaced by rain clouds.

The experienced cox Chris Wilson, who had raced the course himself earlier that day, kept the crew focused and determined despite the choppy water.

The crew of Heidi Towse, Louise Rivett, Jayne Skeith, Louisa Briar, Abi Green, Lucy Millett, Karen Wilson and Paula Heywood pushed through the course in a time of 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

This was enough to place the women third out of five in their category, beaten only by crews from Agecroft and Grosvenor Rowing Club.