The 27th of October saw racing for the 2022 Wingfield Sculls on the Tideway Championship Course.
This is an event that is steeped in history, dating back to its first race in 1830, with many famous winners in British sculling folklore.
Today Seb Deveraux of Leander Club lined up against the best of club rowing in the UK. Deveraux showed what great form he was in to lead from the very start, extending to a large margin by the milepost. The Tideway conditions didn’t disappoint with rough and windy conditions that never allowed Deveraux to feel comfortable. Battling to keep opening up his lead, Deveraux won in wonderful style to take the overall Men’s Wingfield Sculls 2022. On the days racing Deveraux commented:
“Tough conditions and tough opponents meant that despite taking the lead early I never felt comfortable. I’m really pleased to come away with the win and couldn’t have done it without the support from Leander Club. Also a big thanks to Mark Chatwin and Imperial for hosting us over the past few days.”
The women’s race did not disappoint! Raced before the men, the women had slightly more favourable conditions. It was a fast start by all athletes with all still overlapping at Fulham Football Club. In a race that saw clashing and crashing, the eventual winner and current World Champion from Cambridge, Imogen Grant got in a slight collision that allowed Leander scullers Imogen Magner and Becky Wilde to take the lead. However, the grit and determination of Grant took her back to the front of the field with Magner finishing second and Wilde in third place at the finish line.
Congratulations to all athletes for providing exciting racing in challenging conditions. The full Leander team now prepares at home for the final run into November trials in Boston next week.