Two Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School students part of the newly-formed Nottingham-based Becket Rowing Club eight that triumphed at the prestigious Hampton Head of the River event on the River Thames last Saturday.
As a new Open Club, members may come from anywhere, primarily in the East Midlands, to train at Nottingham Water Sports Centre and race nationally or internationally.
Racing in Division Two, the Becket WJ18 girls’ eight surpassed top Thames Valley crews in a field of 11 boats, on a day of fast flowing stream.
Nottingham Girls High School’s Eliza Cox ably steered the crew to a five second margin over rivals Henley School. Stern pair Aimee Richards (Carlton Academy) and Abi Clarke (East Leake Academy) took the crew over at 33-35 strokes/minute.
Backing them up in the middle of the boat, Grace Fielding of Becket School, Rachel Heap of Rushcliffe School, Sophie Eaves (KGGS) and Lucy Stokes (John Port School) put the power down, and lightweights Jess Eaves (KGGS) and Megan Pepper (St George’s Academy, Sleaford) provided the sharpness at the bows, enabling such a splendid result to be achieved.
The day provided an ideal insight into what level of training and racing is needed to be medal-competitive on the big stage.