Mortlake to Putney
19 March 2016
There was disappointment for Leander at the weekend, when their top club eight were beaten to the title at the Head of the River Race in London.
Oxford Brookes University took the top slot, a clear nine seconds ahead of Leander in second, while third place went to Putney-based Thames Rowing Club.
Following their defeat of the Oxford University Blue Boat a week previously, Leander were confident of holding on to the title which had been won by their internationals last year.
But the absence of the GB team, due to imminent Olympic trials, threw the door wide open for Club athletes to make their mark.
The Leander line-up included Chris Boddy, Tom Ford, Barney Stentiford, Adam Neill, Cameron Buchan, Phil Congdon, Tim Clarke, George Rossiter and their cox, Phelan Hill.
“I would say they paced it, and not raced it close enough to the red line – generally we were at rate 34 compared to Brookes at 36” said Leander director of rowing Mark Banks.
“We were very disappointed not to win, as this had been a major goal of ours this season, but credit must go to Brookes – we lost to a better crew” said their stroke George Rossiter.
“We will train harder and come back stronger and faster in the summer” he added. Leander’s second entry in the Head came seventh overall – a creditable performance for a group of scullers, who had switched to sweep for the event and had just one week’s practice together.