Boston Rowing Club’s Housam and Ablard claim six trophies

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BOSTON Rowing Club’s Harriet Housam and Glen Ablard claimed six wins between them at the Peterborough City Rowing Club summer regatta.

Racing over distances of 1km on Saturday and 500m racing on Sunday at the Thorpe Meadows Rowing Lake, Harriet won four races and Glen two.

Harriet remains unbeaten this year in her single sculling boat (WJ18 1X) at junior level, recording wins over 1km (4.27-6) and 500m (2-02).

She then doubled up with Glen to enter the seniors’ intermediate second level mixed double sculls (Mx IM2 2X).

The duo won by half a second over their rivals over 1km and 500m.

Boston’s new line up for the men’s coxed four (IM3 4+) saw club captain Jeff Elms, Will Campion, Joshua Tipper and Alec Smithson-Whitehead produce a second-place finish in the heat to progress into the 1km semi final, but that’s as far as they reached.

Adam Berry, returning to racing after injury, raced the 1km and 500m courses in the IM2 1X single scull but found himself out of medal contention.

He also double sculled with Jeff Elms (IM1 2X) on both days.

Boston Rowing Club held an oversubscribed adult rowing taster day on Sunday, proving that the London Olympics 2012 are already inspiring a generation.

Now an additional free taster session has already been arranged for adults on Sunday, September 30, at 10am, and one for juniors aged 11-17 years on September 1 (for further details email

Rowing Club members arranged various types of sculling boats for people to try and demonstrated some of the skills required as well as the improved clubroom and gym/weight room facilities.

Meanwhile, one club member got the chance to see the Olympics up close.

Boatman and coach Paul Blackman has returned home briefly from the Olympics after volunteering as a helper at the Eton Dorney Rowing Lake,.

He will now returning again next week to assist with the Paralympics.

Paul spent the majority of his time rubbing shoulders with Olympic rowing athletes in the boathouse area having been designated the role of London 2012 Olympic Rowing Equipment Officer.

Paul spent time checking the safety of the lake, safety boats, first aid and safety equipment both for training and for the olympic event.

He said: “It has all been fantastic, I have lived in a tent for the past few weeks and even worked on my days off as it has beeen such an incredible atmosphere.”

Two other BRC members who worked at the Olympic games were Chris Berry (driving officials and VIPs) and James Housam (providing security via the Army at the Olympic Park).