Sadly no wins this weekend for the Masters Women, but lots of close and exciting racing in both sunshine and torrential downpours, and evidence of some real and pleasing progress.
Over the 1K Saturday course, our WMas D4+ of Julie Clarke, Lynne Taylor, Liz Appleton and Jo French coxed by Sarah, rowed hard and beat York by three feet, but then lost out to local nemesis Milton Keynes in the final of the WMas B/C/D coxed fours event.
On Sunday 500m course, we had no less than three crews all competing in the WMas C/D/E coxed Fours event. These were the previously mentioned WMas D4+ (coxed this time by Kat Morrell); another WMas D4+ of Jane Pooley, Carrie Rainbow, Deirdre Bennewith and Rhonda Lawrence, coxed by Ellie Bennewith; and a WMas E4+ of Sue Lamb, Sarah Russell, Alison Winder and Kim Taylor, coxed by Jill Edgerley. There was plenty of close and exciting racing. Ellie’s crew rowed well in what was Deirdre’s first ever Regatta race, initially leading the way but ultimately conceding to finalists Peterborough, verdict 1 3/4 lengths. Both Kat’s and Jill’s crews rowed fine races, and fought hard to keep the ultimate victors Milton Keynes at bay, with verdicts of just 3/4 and 1/2 length respectively.
Finally, two of our Fours then combined in the WMas B/C/D eights event. With Ellie at the helm and a bye to the final we had high hopes, but despite a spirited, strong and sustained row from the Star Masters Women, Lea edged ahead at the finish line, verdict just 3/4 length.
– Liz Appleton, Masters Women Captain