Women show no mercy on the Bedford waters

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The ladies from MK Rowing Club showed took no prisoners in Bedford as they raced to victory in both four and eight boats.

First up the Women’s Masters Four crew, coxed by Chris Wilson and made up of Louise Rivett, Karen Wilson, Paula Heywood and Louisa Briar, sped to first place with an outstanding time- rowing just short of 2km in 8 minutes 5 seconds.

Next to go the Women’s IM2 Eight put down an impressive time of 7 minutes 27 seconds, despite a disruptive swan or two, to finish in an admirable second place behind a Cambridge college crew whilst setting the best women’s club time of the day.

The final ladies crew of the day, a Women’s Masters Eight, demolished the competition with a more than 30 second lead over their closest rival at 7 minutes 37 seconds.

In fact the Masters crew of Heidi Towse, Louise Rivett, Lisa Goodship, Louisa Briar, Patricia Rosewell, Liz Fryer, Karen Wilson and Paula Heywood rowed quick enough to place them as the 9th fastest women’s crew of the day across all age groups.

Competition was tough but the MK men held their own in their three races of the day. The Men’s Eight set a very impressive time of 7 minutes and 2 seconds which saw them race to 9th position, beaten only by university crews.

The Masters Four gave it their all and finished in a fantastic third place, only three seconds behind the boat in front.

Yet another fantastic row from the Men’s IM3 Four set an impressive time of 7 minutes 39 seconds and put them in the mix, finishing 8th in a competitive field, despite having never raced together.

Captain Chris Wilson said: “Being able to just jump in a crew and put in a race like that shows the quality of the squad we now have.”