Rowers make solid start

Pic: Robert Heywood
Pic: Robert Heywood

The summer regatta season started in style for Milton Keynes Rowing club at Nottingham City Regatta and Nottingham Masters and Club Regatta last weekend.

On Saturday, windy conditions made for difficult rowing but the women’s IM2 four and Men’s IM3 four put down a strong performance in the morning to finish 5th and 4th respectively in their heats.

In the Women’s IM3 four gave it their best, to finish 3rd in their heat in the 3rd fastest time of 14 boats.

A day later the MastersC Novice four powered across the course to finish 3rd in 4 minutes 18 seconds. Not satisfied with one race the crew competed again in the Men’s Novice category, finishing 3rd in a straight final.

The second crew to take to the water, the Women’s IM3 who had recovered from their race the previous day, put in a great performance to finish 2nd in a straight final in a time of 4:49.

Helen Marshall and Jenny Searle were next to compete, narrowly beaten to second place in the Women’s MastersC doubles by a crew from Reading. In the Men’s MastersF category Robert Heywood and Steve Lawson raced admirably in the tricky conditions to place 5th in the final.

The women from MK saw gold in the form of their Women Master’s C and D four crews.

Rod Bennett and Steve Lawson, racing to victory in the Men’s MastersE pair’s category, won yet another medal for the Club in a time of 4:42, fiercely battling with a crew from Peterborough City to the line.

This was made even more impressive by the fact that Steve Lawson had already competed in the MastersF single scull event just an hour earlier to finish 3rd.