Caversham lake was the venue for the invitation only December GB trials. Of the fifty eight competitors, thirty eight were Leander athletes.
Athletes gained invitations to this race by either being a member of last summer’s GB team or by impressing at the 1st assessment long distance trial in Boston last month.
It was a freezing cold morning at the Redgrave and Pinsent rowing lake for today’s time trials, but at least the water was flat for the rowers to show what they can do. The trial was raced over two separate runs of the 2000 metres course with one minute to turn the boats around in-between. The two run times are combined for the final results.
The men’s pairs kicked off the event. Tom Ford and Jacob Dawson from last summer’s world bronze medal four raced well and were the fastest pair of the day but followed closely by our current club-based athletes George Rossiter and Harry Glenister (coached by Matt Beechey), who raced superbly, posting the fastest time in the second 2000 metres. Twelve of the eighteen athletes were competing for Leander Club
The women’s pairs were won by a combined crew of Leander/Cambridge. Holly Norton of Leander was paired with Holly Hill from Cambridge University. Impressively of the sixteen women racing in pairs thirteen were from Leander Club.
The men’s single sculls were up next with Leander’s Tom Barras securing the win over a strong field of nine scullers in total. Seven of the scullers were from Leander Club. The lightweight men also raced in this race and Will Fletcher of Leander club impressed with a win after a long period out the boat with injury.
The women’s single scull was last to go, but in the absence of Vicky Thornley Jess Leyden was Leander’s top sculler coming a very close second place. Leander’s development athletes Georgie Brayshaw (coached by Ross Hunter), secured an impressive third place with Ruth Siddorn coming fifth.
Leander Club’s James Fox racing with his partner Oliver Stanhope did not have any opposition but raced well in their PR3M2- category posting a competitive time compared to the other events.
Mark Banks, Director of Rowing and Chief coach of Leander Club said “Our priority at Leander club is to provide as many athletes as possible to the Great Britain team and these performances today from our athletes is testament to this objective. Athletes and coaches alike will say job well done but still work to be done”