Leander athletes had a strong start to their spring season last weekend, with two first places at the Reading University Head.
Racing as Star and Arrow, the Leander Development Academy, Robbie Crowther, Tom Placidi, David Few and Tom Ballinger took a tight verdict ahead of Windsor Boys’ School to claim victory in J18 quads, with the field of nine including two more Leander crews.
Three of the athletes were able to claim a double victory when Cameron Forsyth climbed in to the 2 seat to replace David Few and the line-up took an even more convincing victory ahead of Marlow to win IM2 quads.
After their victory at the Henley Head the previous weekend the Leander Thames Cup group were expecting stronger opposition, and so it proved. Oxford Brookes, who boated 14 crews in various boat classes, took a ten second verdict ahead of Star and Arrow, who gained valuable experience as they progress towards the next major event – the Head of the River Race in London on March 25.
Brookes also pushed Leander back into second place in the elite event, where a depleted Ladies’ Plate group were making their first appearance on the water this season, after spending the closed season in small boats. Sickness and injury also played their part, with two members of the Thames cup crew having to step up to fill the vacancies, but Leander chief coach Mark Banks announced himself well-pleased with the result.