Leander athletes made a strong start to the racing season last weekend, when their eight and quad recorded the fastest times over the 2-mile course at the Reading University Head.
The Leander eight included athletes hoping to contest the Ladies Plate at Henley in four months’ time, while the lightweight quad had world championship contender Sam Mottram at stroke.
Despite recording a time seven seconds faster than Oxford Brookes University, it was Brookes who won the eights officially. GB duties meant that the Leander crews could not be confirmed until after the closing date for entries, so Leander raced for ‘time only’.
“It was a strong start to the Head season, but we’ve still got quite a lot of work to do before the Tideway Head in three weeks’ time so we’re looking forward to getting down to some harder training” said Barney Stentiford, who rowed in the 3 seat.
Conditions over the 2-mile course were bitterly cold, with an easterly breeze adding to cold temperatures for athletes and spectators alike.