27th February 2012
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St Neots sent a men’s and women’s crews to the Trent Head of the River Race at Nottingham on Sunday 26th Feb 


Competing against some of the top crews from across the country, the men’s eight of Huw Jarman, Clive Emmerson, Graham Mailer, Mick Staddon, Steve Sangster, Alistair Mackie, Kev Sadler, and Charles Kirchofer, coxed by Ellie Sadler, proved they were a force to be reckoned with. Whilst they were initially overtaken shortly after the start, by what proved to be the 2nd fastest crew of the entire event, thereafter they surged forward holding off a challenging attack by a crew that started behind them.


Having only really come together as a crew recently, the result of 7th in the IM2 event must be considered a success. With the London Head of the River Race in just a few weeks’ time, hopes and now expectations within the squad are rising all the time. With Ellie coxing her first major event, and acquitting herself well, the men’s eight came off the water pleased with their performance, though as always, with a few points that need to be improved for their next race.


The women’s eight of Ali Brown, Sarah Davies, Tash Wilson, Mia Hartwell, Lynne Taylor, Louise Rushworth, Charmian Flowerday and Angela DeStefano, coxed by Sarah Porteus, were placed tenth out of 16 crews in the IM3 event.  They put in a solid performance but were up against several younger university crews.  Like the men they had only come together in this crew very recently and this was a good test for some of the ladies in their first 6 kilometre race.


Club Captain Alistair Mackie said:

“Beautiful weather conditions played a big part in a successful race for both crews and a great day was had by all. These crews will now look to improve on their performance at the forthcoming Head of the River Races. 


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