WITH the Chester Regatta fast approaching, the Royal Chester and Grosvenor clubs warmed up in style by powering to major medal hauls at the sun-kissed Northwich Spring Head.
The Royals men’s squad won everything they entered with the IM1 eight, comprising Jamie Leighton, Miles McWilliam, Oliver Cocklin, Patrick Stephens, Jonathan Hardie, Ed Harden, Matt Jump, Richard Hawkins and cox Akash Kotecha, awarded the Walter Benyon Trophy for being the fastest boat of the day in 7.32:1mins.
There was single sculls success for Leighton in the elite category and Cocklin in the IM2 category. The two also combined for victory in the IM1 doubles.
Hawkins and Jump were the winners of the senior coxless pair as Stephens, Tom Bellis, McWilliam and Hardie triumphed in the IM1 coxless four.
There were also wins for Bernie Megan in the masters G singles, Gavin O’Dwyer in the J13 singles and the club’s WJ16 doubles crew.
Grosvenor also had a spectacular day on the River Weaver.
Mitch Hawkins, Liam Davoren, Alex Redman, John Pearson, Gary Graham, Gaz Thomas, Matt O’Connor, Paresh Deshpande and cox Gemma Walsh triumphed in the men’s novice eight before Hawkins, Pearson, Redman, Davoren and cox Walsh followed up by winning the novice coxed four.
The club’s novice women’s squad were also successful, with Tanith Allwood, Sarah Dutton, Cath Antrobus, Laura Antrobus, Anna Davies, Cathie McGuiness, Yvonne Wharton, Helen Reid and cox Jo Jones winning the novice eight and Allwood, Dutton, Cath Antrobus, Laura Antrobus and cox Jones taking the coxed four title.
Not to be left out, John McMahon won the masters F singles and was part of the winning masters E coxless four boat also containing Mike Allwood, Jeremy Lush and Steve Walker.