Harriet claims 16th at British rowing trials

Harriet Housam.
Harriet Housam.

BOSTON Rowing Club’s Harriet Housam is hoping to claim a place in the Great Britain Junior Rowing Squad.

The 16-year-old rowed on Boston’s Witham on Saturday, as part of the Great Britain Junior Rowing Trials - and reinforced her status as one of the fastest under 18 single scullers in Britain.

Harriet - who has already been selected for the GB talented rowing programme called World Class Start - finished the 5km course from Langrick Bridge to Boston in a superb 23 minutes 28.4 seconds.

That was enough to finish 16th out of the country’s top 85 junior girl competitors.

All competitors had to achieve national qualifying times on indoor rowing machines of under 7 mins 50 secs for 2km in order to take part, as well as a proven track record of high achievement and competence.

Harriet competed in her new Empacher racing boat, sponsored by QV Foods and Asda, for the first time since taking ownership three months ago, which has allowed her to make subtle technical advances all in the pursuit of faster times.

The banks of the River Witham saw hundreds of spectators watch the racing in some of the warmest November weather in recent years, and with low winds the conditions were near to perfect.

Harriet needed all the stamina and power required to make what could be a staked claim for a place at next year’s Junior European Championships in Spain.

Boston Rowing Club members will be travelling to Loughborough next weekend, where a dozen crews will be taking part in the Soar Head race.