GROSVENOR Rowing Club’s women’s four could be proud of their performance at the Henley Women’s Regatta.
The Thames showpiece is the highlight of the domestic calendar for women’s club rowing and attracts a large multinational entry.
Every year the standard of competition improves and this year was no exception, with Beijing Olympians Debbie Flood and Sarah Winckless competing, closely- fought races across all the events and a number of course records set.
The Grosvenor crew of Natalie Russell-Blackburn, Grace Neal, Laura Magee and Caroline Ealey, coxed by Alex Newton, put in strong display in qualifying to guarantee a place in the top half of the draw for The Lester Trophy.
A flying start and fast first half then ensured they won the first heat against a City of Oxford crew by a comprehensive four boat lengths, before dispatching Staines in the last eight in similar fashion.
They were eventually knocked out in the semi-finals on Sunday in a close race with the City of Oxford A crew.
Grosvenor’s senior men’s eight were in fine form at the Marlow Regatta, registering a fast time against international opposition from as far afield as Australia. That meant they were selected as one of the pre-qualified crews for the Thames Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, which began yesterday. Grosvenor will be hoping to equal or better their impressive quarter-final finish of last year.