Stratford upon Avon Boat Club members Simon Beard, Richard Nelson and Thomas Doherty rowing in a Bridgnorth composite eight won Masters E eights beating in the process all Masters C and D eights in the event in a time of 13 minutes and 22.18 seconds to finish eighth fastest crew on the day out of seventy entries at the Worcester Head.
Said Tom Doherty, “This was a positive start to our Vesta Masters’ eights head campaign which we are taking forward to Runcorn next Saturday for a stiff test over 6km against expected high quality opposition.”
Stratford’s Men’s Elite 4+ finished fastest coxed four of the day with a time of 13 minutes and 21.6 seconds. The Stratford’s Men’s Senior coxed four finished second in afternoon division with a time of 13 minutes and 39 seconds. Said Dr Ben Twiney, Men’s Seniors Vice Captain, “We were treating these as training pieces for upcoming heads and regattas and were rate capped but we were still pleased with our performances.”
The Junior Squad can report a win for the WJ18 coxless quad of Imogen North, Lucy Weston, Cassie Bird and Phoebe Winter. Opposition was limited to a crew from Evesham but the girls put in a good performance as the start of their preparation for the Schools Head on 17 March.
Stratford’s sister club, King Edward The Sixth Grammar School’s eight also competed at Worcester covering the 4.5km course in a very decent 14.02 minutes. Their final position was fourteenth overall in Division 1 and fourth in the Novice Eights.For meda coverage, seeStratford Herald p17 and Stratford Observer p31.