Harriet claims fourth at National Indoor Rowing Championships

Harriet meets GB rower Mark Hunter, who was on hand to pass on tips
Harriet meets GB rower Mark Hunter, who was on hand to pass on tips

HARRIET Housam came within a whisker of claiming bronze at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships.

Competing at Enfield’s Lea Valley Athletics Stadium, she rowed 1,584m in her allocated six minutes, recording 500m splits averages of 1 min 53 secs.

Harriet looked on target for bronze but was pipped at the post as had to settle for fourth place out of 48 competitors.

Will Campion and Olivia Apletree both debuted in the 2,000m event.

Will recorded 7 mins 28.5 secs for 20th place, against 31 other boys.

Olivia finished in 17th place out of 25.

On Saturday, junior girls Nicole Hendy and Harriet travelled to Newark in preparation for representing the East Midlands at the National Junior Inter Regional Regatta in April.

The girls completed two tough sessions overseen by the expert eye of club coach Graham Panton.

On Sunday, club members Sue Banks and Sue Durrant co-ordinated a new event to the Boston Rowing Club calendar, the Pancake Day Family Fun Row.

Three quads (two coxed) and three doubles launched from the club house to row up to Anton’s Gowt and back, giving new and experienced membes of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy the sport of rowing.

Two of the boats used were new acquisitions to the club and termed as Explore Rowing boats.

These boats are more stable than the fine racing boats and allow members to gain confidence on the water and enhance their technique whether for recreational rowing or competing.