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Successes galore for Cantabrigian Rowing Club members at Isle of Ely Head

Cantabrigian's Jeremy Austin and Jack Goode in action at the Isle of Ely Head race. Picture: Andy Johnson (21002656)
Cantabrigian's Jeremy Austin and Jack Goode in action at the Isle of Ely Head race. Picture: Andy Johnson (21002656)

Sue Hakenbeck and Christina Woolner were part of two fastest crews in a strong turn-out from Cantabrigian Rowing Club at the 2019 Isle of Ely Head.

The duo raced over the shorter 3km course in a quad with Carole Mills and Champion of the Thames Rowing Club’s Louise Affleck.

It was a reunion of the crew that raced in the World Rowing Masters Regatta in Budapest in September, and in Ely, they were the fastest women’s quad and the fifth fastest crew overall on the shorter course.

Hakenbeck and Woolner also raced with Gill Cooper and Debbie Morley in the coxless four over the 5km. Despite getting tangled in weed during the closing stages, they beat their Cambridge 99 opponents.

Cantabs’ Aquaphobes were the fastest Masters boat in any category, finishing 12th overall (eighth on adjustment) over the 5km course in 20min 6sec, giving them victory in the Masters C/D/E eights by two-and-a-half minutes from St Neots.

There were also good displays for their first times from the men’s eights Motley crew and women’s eights F&J boat.

Jeremy Austin and Jack Goode continued their run of successes.

Having won the Cambridge Small Boats Head and finishing second in the lightweight double sculls at the London Tideway Pairs, the duo were first in the double sculls at Ely over the 3km distance in 1min 13.8sec.

Cambridge 99 Rowing Club members were also out in force at the meeting.

Will Todd, Alex Shaw, Matt Moore, Karel Kabelik and cox Daniil Slavin won the open coxed fours by eight seconds.

Nick Thorn, William Young, Rob Colston and Romain Goncerut took the win in the open coxless quad category, finishing more than a minute and a half ahead of their closest competition.

Christina Champion, Karen Thomas, Gemma Douglas and Laura Bowden represented the women's squad in the Masters B coxless quad category; and a host of other club rowers and juniors raced at Ely.

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