The Junior Men and Junior Women were out in force at Hampton Head, as Chris Williams reports:
The race was nearly cancelled because of the high stream, and the J13s and J14s were taken out, but the organisers at Hampton School decided it was safe to go ahead and very good racing resulted on what became a lovely day. The new TSS tent, purchased with funds from the Jack Petchey Awards, provided shelter from the cold in the morning as well as being a fantastic focal point.
Hampton is a huge, multi-division head, and getting a top-three place is really good as so many good crews are there. Our results this year can be summarised as eight seconds (one time-only) and two thirds out of fifteen entries - that's truly epic!
From the Junior Men, pride of place goes to the J18 quad of Luke, Alex K, Laurence and Marcus who, although given second placed, tied on time (7:31.5) with the winners from the Lea, beating all of our other J18 rivals - and everyone was there. Laurence and Tyler from ASL were the second-fastest J18 double, but were time-only, and Marcus and Alex were third-fastest (but placed second) in the same event.
The J16 quad looked very good - very clean and sharp - but finished five seconds behind a racy Walton crew, while the J15 coxed quad (Albie, Julius, Will and Dylan, coxed by Seb) were second to Henley. Julius and Will were also second in J15 doubles, while Dom and Lenney showed huge improvement to finish ninth.
At WJ16, the double of Orla and Jess were second, the coxed four third and the quad fourth: all right up with the very good competition. There was also a third-place finish for the WJ15 quad, while the doubles were second and twelfth. Charley and India were tenth of thirty-three in WJ18.
So, all in all, a very pleasing day showing great strength across all the age groups for boys and girls. Well done to all athletes, and thanks to the coaches and other helpers, particularly our launch drivers and umpires, and to the helpers back at the club, as well as to SPGS who helped us with some equipment.