The nation’s elite rowers were in Boston at the weekend for the first of the GB rowing team’s assessments in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
On Saturday, the rowers underwent 2k ergo tests at Princess Royal Sports Arena, before taking to the water on Sunday for race action.
With some of the leading rowers in the world on show, it was two of the biggest names, Alex Gregory and Mohamed Sbihi, who produced one of the best performances of the weekend.
They underlined their undoubted class to claim the GB Rowing Team men’s pair October 5km time trial to add to their growing roll of honour.
Both men, who are 2012 Olympic medallists and several times world champions in different boats, were six seconds ahead of Pete Reed and Constantine Louloudis in second place. All four were part of the 2015 world champion men’s eight, as were George Nash and Will Satch who came home third.
Later in the day another Olympian and world medallist, Reading’s Sam Townsend, won the men’s single scull title ahead of Leicester’s Jonny Walton and Twickenham’s John Collins.
In the lightweight men’s single scull, Richard Chambers from Coleraine, took the honours ahead of his younger brother, Peter, with his 2015 lightweight double scull partner Will Fletcher in third.
Wrexham’s Vicky Thornley gave the selectors a huge nudge by winning the open women’s single, with her double scull partner, Katherine Grainger, second and Melanine Wilson third.
It was also a good day for Imogen Walsh, who put the misery of missing much of last winter through illness behind her to win the lightweight women’s single scull. Katherine Copeland, of Tees RC, finished second and Emily Craig, of the University of London, was in third place.