- Category: National team
For the first time in 3 years the GB Squad and its aspirants descended upon Boston, Lincolnshire for the annual December 5km Trial. The last two years have been cancelled due to snow and ice and this year nearly went the same way. However it was a balmy 1 degree C on the day and with a light tailwind conditions could actually be considered good for once!
Club Captain Andrew Hodge illustrated his dominance within the Men's Squad and won the trial with Alex Partridge from Leander Club after his regular partner, Pete Reed, withdrew. In 2nd place was Molesey's Mo Sbihi with Alex Gregory (Leander) both normally rowing with Molesey members James Foad and Tom James respectively. In 3rd place was Molesey's George Nash, with youngster Stan Louloudis, they pipped the all Molesey pair of Cam Nichol and Greg Searle by 0.3 of a second. Molesey also took 6th and 7th places with Ben Smith and Dan Ouseley finishing 6.5 seconds adrift of the 5th placed Langridge and Egington from the World Champion 4-which is encouraging after not racing in April due to illness and made them the fastest non-squad pair of the day. Their club mates, Phil Congdon and Ritchie Steele, had a good row to finish as the next fastest pair in 7th position. This means that out of 23 pairs, boats with Molesey athletes occupied 6 of the top 7 positions and had 9 out of those 14 athletes- not a bad day for the Club especially as the two fastest non-GB Squad pairs came from our ISPS and Skipton sponsored Club athletes.
In the Sculling, Matt Tatlock had a solid performance after missing the first two months of the season and finished 18th overall. Fred Gill improved on his October Trial and was 25th while Josh Tonnar, also a few months behind in his training, finished 30th. A good set of results for a young group and particularly encouraging for Matt who was the 4th fastest U23 sculler.
Ruth Walczak build on her October Trials win to finish 6th, at the back of a close pack of Senior and U23 medallists, and well ahead of 7th place. This is a good step on in her first season as a lightweight! Karen Bennett finished 28/44 in the Women's 1x with Ruth Carpenter 39/44 and Catie Sharrod 44th.
All told a pleasing day for Molesey and a good stepping stone for our younger athletes.
Molesey will next be seen in action at the Remenham Head in January on the Tideway.
M2- (23 total)
4th Nichol + Searle
6th Ouseley + Smith
7th Steele and Congdon