With a smaller contingency than usual, Loughborough Boat Club sent its Juniors up to Bradford Autumn Regatta to battle it out with the northern clubs.
With only a handful of crews, some very new, they were cautiously optimistic and were delighted with three crews taking medals home at the end of the day.
The beautiful 600 metre course was set on the River Aire at Hirst Weir, Shipley. With favourable conditions, the first winning crew of Hannah Ferris and Isabelle Senior in their WJ14 double took to the water. With a bye in their first round, they beat their opposition easily in the semi-final to win the final by a huge margin. Hannah then took to the water again in her single scull to beat Doncaster in her first round with ease. The exciting final against a second Doncaster crew had Hannah leading by a good distance when her opposition capsized allowing her to claim a second medal. The third win of the day was in a composite crew with Hannah and Isabelle and Nottingham Union girls. They easily took the lead in their coxed quad beating York soundly in their first heat and Doncaster in the final. With three medals to her name and in every winning crew, it was definitely Hannah’s day.
Smaller successes came for Alex Abrahams and Matilda Haines in their WJ18 double where they beat their first heat opposition of Bradford quite easily to have the battle of the day in their semi-finals against Agecroft losing by a matter of mere feet at the finish line, and ironically Agecroft was in a borrowed Loughborough boat. Fellow juniors Becky Mills and Katie Ferris also competed in the same event but again were beaten by a second Agecroft crew who were the eventual overall winners.
Katie also had a fabulous race in her W.IM2 single, bravely rowing up a level to find competition, and also in a mixed IM3 double with dad Scott. Oisin McNally-Reilly and brother Cathal also put in tremendous efforts in their singles as did Matilda and Becky in their W.IM3 double.
A big thanks to all the supporters who made the long trip and to Charlie Henry for taking the trailer full of boats.