Rowers tame river Thames

MK Rowing Club
MK Rowing Club

Despite the pouring rain, nothing was going to dampen the spirits of four crews from Milton Keynes Rowing Club in the annual Pairs Head Race.

Taking on the Thames, the race took place between Chiswick Bridge and the formidable Hammersmith Bridge and the first of a total of 478 crews came down the course.

First to race for MK were veterans Rob Heywood and Steve Lawson in their Masters D double scull. Rob and Steve are no strangers to this event and this year saw them improve on their performance from last year, finishing with the fastest MK time of the day of 13 minutes 55 seconds.

The impressive Women’s Masters B crew comprising of Helen Marshall and Jenny Searle were on a mission to win in their class this year, and have a plan to improve their national rating at the Masters Championships next spring and Women’s Henley next summer. Helen and Jenny who are both lightweight rowers were pleased with their time of 14 minutes 14 seconds a personal best.

Lindy Gray and Heidi Towse were the first MK Rowers ever to enter the Women’s IM2 Pair category and they came an impressive eighth out of 12 crews.

Last to race from MK were Paula Heywood and Karen Wilson in the Women’s Masters D double scull category Both were familiar with the course but found it a very different experience in a less stable smaller boat. Karen steered the course for the first time and kept them on course all the way to finish in a very respectable fourth place.