By Liam Moakes Monday 03 December 2012 Updated: 03/12 12:50
THIRTY-ONE Evesham Rowing Club athletes travelled to Oxford Brookes University for the annual South of England Indoor Rowing Championships on November 25 and came away with five gold medals and five silver medals.
The first gold came from the J14 team of Rob Davies, Matthew Roberts and Tom Woodward who raced as a team over 2,000m and, despite having only started rowing in September, beat their nearest rivals from The Langley Academy by nine seconds.
The next gold came from Flo Pickles in the WJ16 individual 2,000m event in a time of 7 minutes, 56 seconds, some 36 seconds ahead of Bessie Stelnicki who picked up the silver and ten seconds ahead of an athlete from Hinksey Sculling School who won bronze.
Pickles and Stelnicki were then joined by Lauren Caddy and Ellie Smith to compete in the WJ16 team 3,000m event.
They completed the 3,000m in 11 minutes, 14 seconds to take gold, 21 seconds ahead of Putney High School.
Next up was Zac Leavesley in the J18 individual 2,000m event and he finished in a time of 6 minutes, 46 seconds to take gold, 13 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Hamish Bott from Hinksey Sculling School.
Hattie Beech then competed in the equivalent women's event and took gold by just one-and-a-half seconds over her rival from Putney High School.
Beech was then joined by Caddy, Smith and Alice Morrey to compete in the WJ18 team 3,000m event and they came away with silver, 22 seconds behind Putney High School and 40 seconds ahead of another Putney High School team who claimed bronze.
The next event was the men's 23+ individual 2,000m in which Luke Grundy clocked 6 minutes, 55 seconds to gain the silver medal, 15 seconds behind gold and seven seconds ahead of bronze.
The final silver came from the WJ15 3,000m team of Rhia Woodford, Maddie Baker, Alice Clements and Rosie MacDonald in a time of 11 minutes, 16 seconds, just seven seconds behind gold and one second ahead of bronze.
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