ROWERS from The King’s School, Chester, were in record-breaking form at the National Schools Regatta.

Students made a splash at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham, with three crews securing gold medals on day one of the competition.

David Blackham, director of rowing at The King’s School, said: “Winning three gold medals in the octuples is unique in the event’s history. It is a fantastic achievement for King’s and the 100 pupils involved in the competition.

“My congratulations go to all pupils, coaches and supporters.”

King’s pupils won a total of five medals, including four golds.

On day one, the gold rush started when King’s boys’ first eight rowed through Shrewsbury School in the final 100m to win their race. The boys’ second eight won their race by three-quarters-of-a-length and the girls’ first eight triumphed by a foot.

It was the first gold medal won by a female King’s crew in the competition.

On day two, the J16 first eight won bronze while the J15 second eight retained the Mariners Trophy – securing another gold medal for King’s.

Strong winds made competing on day three difficult and the racing was reduced to a 1,000 metre time trial.

The girls’ J15, racing up a year group, showed great ability by finishing fourth overall, missing out on a medal by just 0.2 seconds.

The senior coxless pair of Elizabeth Williams, 17, of Rossett, and Charlotte Seddon, 18, of Chester, also gave a terrific performance, finishing in fourth. They too were just 0.2 seconds away from a medal.