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Maidenhead Rowing Club's team of 13 juniors, six women and four senior/ veteran men returned from Sunday's inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships with an impressive haul of five medals.

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Mixing it with the GB rowing squad and Olympic medallists, and enjoying the atmosphere at the Olympic Velodrome in London, the younger categories raced over fixed times while the sixth form, senior and veteran categories were raced over the 2km international distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senior/Vet Men kicked off the day. Marcus Richards placed a commendable 9th in his category, with Charles Breen and Matthew Edmundson going up against each other later in the morning. It was a race right down to the finish, with Charles placing 15th, just 2.3secs ahead of Matthew in 16th place. Last but not least in the mens categories, David Downie raced to place 19th.

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The senior women's squad also showed that their new winter training programme is working by winning three medals from six competitors.

Maidenhead's first medal of the day came from Amaia Arregi, who produced a personal best and won a bronze medal in the masters category.

Sandwiched between the womens squad successes was Maidenhead's youngest medallist Alexandra Hollis who won a fine bronze medal in the year 8 category after rowing a 773 metres in three minutes. She also got a sneaky feature on the BRIC Round-up video!

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Spurred on by the mornings success, Catherine O'Riordan and Emma Peacock took to the ergs in the Senior Womens Lightweight category. Emma placed 5th, with Catherine powering through to clinch a Silver medal.

Mary Foley had a tough race up against Leanders Debbie Flood, producing a personal best and a 5th place ranking, whilst Zoe Broadbent took home a bronze medal in the U23 category.

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Raring to go, and inspired by the mornings events the Junior Girls stepped up to compete. Bethany Anderson took to the stage for her first indoor event, putting in a fantastic effort and finding inspiration from the GB Mens Four later in the day.

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Maddy Dobson, Millie Hyde and Sophie Tydeman all raced in the 6th Form Girls event. It was a tough 2k to get through whilst faced with many GB Junior triallists, the girls placed 16th, 33rd and 36th respectively with Maddy also recording a PB.

Smug that they didn't have to race a full 2k, the Year 11 girls stepped out to warm up together. Another exhilarating race saw 6 juniors compete against each other. Abbie Bird, Claudia Adams and Kate Woffinden took the front row, followed by Ella Holgate, Rav Rai and Eliza Bennett. Off the start, Abbie became a firm favourite for a medal, clawing back the metres stroke by stroke and taking home the Bronze. A final medal for Maidenhead.

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Finally, to finish the day Henry Taylor and Lewis Downie went head to head in the Year 9 Boys category. Both boys raced up a storm, with Lewis placing 9th, and Henry in 11th - a great effort from both!

Overall, it was a fantastic event for Maidenhead. A brilliant atmosphere and wonderful opportunity to compete at a world class & Olympic venue against some of our sporting greats. Thanks to all our athletes, parents, coaches and supporters for making it such a memorable day.

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