Oar-some display as LBC win seven regatta titles

Loughborough Boat Club were in seventh heaven on the river Severn at the Stourport Regatta last weekend.

Despite several cancelled events this summer, the event went ahead, as did several members of Loughborough Boat Club.

Saturday’s 1100m downstream course saw eight crews entered from Loughborough, with every one reaching the finals.

Beth Henry and Lucy Agar secured the first of the Loughborough victories with a convincing win in the WIM3 double sculls.

A few minutes later the bank side cheers continued as super sculler Tom Scholefield bought home an easy result in the J18 single scull.

Nine very happy Loughborough members notched up the third win of the day when in a thrilling race Tom Scholefield, Shane Frear, Chris Smith, Rob Parks, Jonny Frear, Keith Hudson, Zoe Poyner and Jonny Day coxed by Oisin Mcnally-Rielly beat local rivals Bewdley RC in the IM3 8+.

 

Sunday’s shorter 650m sprint contained twelve LBC crews, seven of which reached their finals, four of which passed the finish line first.

Super sculler Tom Scholefield proved unbeatable in the J18 single scull.

Nikola Stoilov raced in the novice single scull category, he powered through two rounds to reach the final in which he had an easy victory to claim his first sculling point.

Juniors Matilda Haines and Emily Senior also claimed their first victory in the WJ14 double sculls.

Another Loughborough eight provided the last of the wins with a fabulous race in the mixed masters eight.

Determined Coxwain Nick Maker steered the victorious crew of Ian Hepworth, Andy Hill, Jerry Heygate, Mike Targett, Jenny Smith, Emma Heygate, Sandra Martin and Di Hope-Cokayne over the line.

It topped an excellent weekend rowing for Loughborough who just managed to find room in the trailer on the journey home for the 25 pot tankards the winners received.