ROWING: Grantham’s Graves and Mitchell compete at Royal Regatta

Newark Rowing Club compete at Henley Royal Regatta
Newark Rowing Club compete at Henley Royal Regatta
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Newark Rowing Club senior men’s squad last week took part in the prestigious 175th Henley Royal Regatta which is raced annually on the River Thames.

The crew, which included Chris Graves and George Mitchell from Grantham, was competing in the Thames Challenge Cup – knockout event for eights with crews from as far afield as Germany, USA and Melbourne Australia taking part. The crew, coached by Paul Fenoulhet, raced at regattas across the country in preparation for the event.

Chris and George’s crew was drawn against Royal Chester B in the first round of the event and an incredibly close race over the 2,112-metre long course led to Newark losing by a matter of millimetres in a photo finish.

The race between the two crews was umpired by four times Olympic champion Sir Matthew Pinsent who said it was the closest race he had ever umpired at the regatta.

l The club is looking to further strengthen its squad and is going to be running a learn-to-row course for interested athletes later in the summer.

If you are aged between 18 and 30 years of age, have a sporting background and would like a new challenge, contact vice-captain Andrew Hare at