Harriet rows to a national junior silver

Harriet shows off her medal, pictured with club coach Jeff Elms.
Harriet shows off her medal, pictured with club coach Jeff Elms.

BOSTON Rowing Club’s Harriet Housam won silver at the National Junior Inter-Regional Rowing Regatta on Saturday.

Competing at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, she claimed her gong in the junior girls’ 16 years category, representing the East Midlands.

Harriet sculled her way to a podium finish after having to battle from behind in the 2km race final at Holme Pierpont.

“My start wasn’t the best, I wobbled a bit and hit a buoy within the first 50m, which must have cost me a couple of seconds,” Harriet said.

“With about 500m left I was back up to third, and at about 250m left it was neck-and-neck with the outside lane.

“The lead boat was quite a way ahead, but I knew I was in the chance of a medal if I kept going. I pushed as hard as I could in the last 100m which was agony, but it was worth it.”

Harriet had already made the A final via an earlier morning heat.

Rowing for the first time at the regatta was Boston’s Nicole Hendy.

Her heat in the double scull finished prematurely due to equipment failure, however Nicole and her partner from Burton made amends by winning the B final and earning valuable points for the East Midlands.

Boston Rowing Club excelled themselves in the Head of the River Race in London.

The HORR is one of the largest rowing events in the country and is a processional rowing race held annually on the River Thames along the reverse route of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

On the 4.25-mile championship course, the Boston eight of Tom Ladlow, Mitchell Fordham, Will Campion, Adrian Apletree, Tyler, Ablard, Jeff Elms and Adam Berry - who were - coxed by Ella Willot finished 170th out of nearly 400 boats. They clocked 18 mins 55 secs.