On Saturday 24th April, fourteen Maidenhead Rowing Club junior squad members travelled to Nottingham to compete in the Junior Inter Regional Regatta representing the Thames Upriver region against the 11 other British Rowing regions.

The four Maidenhead crews had qualified to represent the region following tough selection trials held at Dorney Lake in March.

The event is run on a points basis with two six-boat heats in each age/boat category racing over 1500m. From the heats, crews qualified either for the 'A' or 'B' finals with 12 points awarded for the winners of the 'A' final all the way down to 1 point for last place in the 'B' final. In addition, medals were awarded for the first three places in the 'A' final.

Conditions were slow with a headwind blowing almost straight up the lake, causing rough conditions at the start end and making it difficult for boats to attach.

J15 Single Scull - Gold

The day started with J15 single sculler Victor Kleshnev dominating his heat, taking almost 30 seconds off the second placed Eastern sculler despite very difficult, windy conditions to race in. Kleshnev proceeded to win his final by a fine 11 second margin, continuing his streak from last year's win in the J14 singles.

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J15 Coxed Quad - Gold

Victor also later featured in the J15 coxed quad alongside Edoardo Marshall, Elliott Kemp and Harrison Rowe, coxed by Olivia O'Mahony. Kemp and Rowe have been rowing for less than a year and this has been a fantastic national debut for them. The quad won their heat in fine style as the challenging headwind persisted, and in their final they battled Thames London's Tideway Scullers in the first 250m, and simply left them behind for the rest of the race, Olivia's brilliant coxing urged them to win by an amazing 14 seconds, Maidenhead's second gold of the day.

WJ14 Coxed Quad - Gold

The girls WJ14 quad of Lola Harris, Olivia Webster, Immie Harding and Beth Sinnott, coxed by Toby Goodhew, had a difficult heat with bad water conditions near the start causing them to catch crabs. By the 500m mark they were well behind the lead in third position but gradually reeled in the two crews ahead of them from Trentham (North West) and Talkin Tarn (Northern) as the water improved to finish first with the fastest time out of the two heats. In the 'A' final, three hours later, conditions were slightly better and the girls had a much better start and had their bow ball marginally ahead of the second and third placed boats at the 500m point. From there they pulled away to a length but Trentham (North West) fought back to within two-thirds of a length before the Maidenhead crew held their charge and stretched away over the last 500m to win gold by a margin of 7 seconds. A fine performance by a young crew in difficult conditions, racing in the Mattel-sponsored Kanghua boat.

Girls boat

J16 Coxless Quad - Bronze

The J16 coxless quad of GB triallist Sean O'Mahony, Charlie Collins, James Leatherbarrow and Jordan Felstead had a difficult heat in again horrid conditions, with waves causing crew members to catch crabs and let go of blades. Despite this they came 3rd in their heat, securing them a place in the A final. In the final they again came against tough competition, and in the last 250m were in fourth place. With a huge finishing burst, the four pushed through the strong Kingston crew, securing a well deserved bronze medal behind Lea (Eastern) and Kings Worcester (West Midlands).

The result meant that every Maidenhead competitor won a medal and helped Thames Upriver to win both the Girls and Boys points events and the overall Victor Ludorum for the second year running.

               Boys Trophy WJ14 Girls Trophy