Stunning Win for Royals at Metropolitan
By rcrc1, Jul 7 2017 11:44AM
The Royal Chester Rowing Club senior men’s squad travelled to Buckinghamshire at the weekend to race at the Metropolitan Regatta. This is a multi-lane event held over 2 days on the Olympic Rowing Course at Eton Dorney and is seen as a key qualifying event for Henley Royal Regatta. Some of the strongest crews from the UK and Ireland were competing to lift the trophy for this prestigious event.
The Royals Intermediate 1 crew of Fraser Morgan, Harry McGarva, Peter Dean, Dan Wetherley, Harrison Hunter, Tom Rushton, Alex Constantinou, Jack McGarva raced on Saturday in the Metropolitan Challenge Cup. They won their semi final race in the fastest time of the day to progress to the final where they beat Nottingham Rowing Club by six seconds.
Sundays race was highly competitive with a final against local North West rivals Agecroft Rowing Club. At 750m the Royals crew were down by three seconds but hard winter training paid off as they rowed through Agecroft to win by two seconds.
The Metropolitan Regatta was first held in 1866 and is one of the most prestigious events to win in the UK rowing calendar. The Royals men’s squad is one of the strongest outside of London and is competing all over the UK and internationally.
The crew will be racing at Henley Royal Regatta, the most distinguished event in the racing calendar and held from 28th June - 2nd July. This is the pinnacle of club rowing and the squad is highly ranked to succeed at this international event.
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