Leander dominate wind-affected British Rowing Championships

19 October 2014 / 17:45

A host of Olympic and world champions took gold in the men’s eights after strong winds brought the British Rowing Champions to an early close in Nottingham.

Gusts of nearly 40mph at Holme Pierrepont meant the semi-finals and finals could not go ahead on Sunday, with the top three in each category presented with their medals.

In the men’s eights it was a Leander crew of Chris Bartley, Richard Chambers, Matthew Gotrel, Alex Gregory, Phelan Hill, Matt Langridge, Adam Neill, Peter Reed and William Satch who were top of the pile after clocking a time of 5:42.9.

Leander also took top spot in the women's eight as a crew featuring GB internationals Katie Greves, Louisa Reeve, Monica Relph, Polly Swann and cox Zoe de Toledo, along with Karen Bennett, Rosamund Bradbury, Katherine Douglas and Pippa Whittaker, completed the course in 6:23.6.

In the men's quad, Reading University's Sam Townsend – a World and European silver medalist in this category in 2014 – teamed up with Rufus Briggs, Christopher Lawrie and Zak Lee-Green to set the fastest time of 6:01.5.

And the composite London RC, Imperial College, Minerva Bath and Army crew of Jess Eddie, Helen Glover, Zoe Lee and Heather Stanning followed up yesterday's fours victory by clocking 7:04.5 for gold in the women's quad.

The Victor Lodorum, for most the successful club at the championships, went to Leander with 3,684 points, while Oxford Brookes and Molesey made up the top three on 1,516 and 1,499 respectively.

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