Members of Milton Keynes Rowing Club attempted to master the Thames on Sunday as they competed in the Veteran Fours Head of the River.
First off was the Men’s D4+ crew of Phil Capp, Pete Cox, Nick Hughes and Steve Boughton, helped by their cox Chris Wilson who used his experience of the Tideway to expertly steer the course.
The MK men rowed well, finishing 7th out of 8 in their category in an impressive time of 23 minutes 56 seconds.
Next down the course were Jayne Skeith, Katharine Billingham, Kelly Alexander, Claire Lawson and their cox Lucy Millett.
The crew worked well together, but they faced tough competition from Wallingford and Evesham to finish 3rd out of 3 in the Women’s Masters C4+ category.
Glory struck for the masterful crew of Heidi Towse, Louise Rivett, Karen Wilson, Paula Heywood and their able cox Kelly Duffy.
The crew, who count British Masters Champs and Masters Henley titles amongst their silverware, again put the club on the map by securing the first ever win for Milton Keynes RC on the tideway.
A grueling race alongside Weybridge spurred the ladies on to an incredible time of 23 minutes 28 seconds – a full 14 seconds ahead of Weybridge with the rest of the field well over a minute behind.
“Our multi-medal winning Women’s D 4+ crew of Heidi, Lou, Karen and Paula have broken new ground again,” said Club Captain Chris Wilson.
“Not only did they win their category they were also the 3rd fastest women’s four overall, beating a lot of younger crews.
“Kelly also deserves a special mention, coxing the crew brilliantly in only her second race.”