Harriet claims top spot at British trials

Harriet (left) in action.
Harriet (left) in action.

Boston Rowing Club’s Harriet Housam finished in first place in the GB rowing trials.

Competing on familiar waters as the Carlton Road Boathouse hosted the National British Rowing Junior Long Distance Trials, she stormed to success.

Two hundred of the nation’s top juniors took part.

On Saturday, Harriet (pictured) teamed up with Katherine Maitland (Eton Excelsior RC).

The pair had only previously practised together for two days at Eton Dorney, but they finished the 5k course in 19 mins 27.3 secs, enough for fourth place.

The British Rowing selectors switched partners around for Sunday’s event.

Harriet doubled with Jess Leyden (Hollingworth Lake) and, although the two girls had only ever competed against each other, they took to the water seamlessly.

In one of the best performances of Harriet’s career, the pair finished in first place, 14 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals in 18 mins 47.5 secs.

Harriet’s coach Adam Berry said: “This is a fantastic result.

“The GB team selection is a long process lasting many months, and she is now selected for the spring assessments in March at Nottingham.”

Boston are hosting a Learn-To-Row course on March 3 for adults, and a junior event on March 16.

For details, log on to www.bostonrowingclub.co.uk or email bostonrowingclub@gmail.com