HEAD OF THE RIVER FOURS - Tideway - 3 November 2007
posted by Roy Sinclair
- 1 Nov 2007
Report by Leander Press Officer Robert Treharne Jones
More details can be found on the Fullers' Fours Head website
All our crews will appreciate your support at the ARA boathouse and from all
the usual vantage points along the course!
The nine Leander crews entered for this year's Fours Head will be looking to
better last year's performance when our crews won the pennants for both men's
and women's elite coxless fours.
But the usual crop of autumn viruses and injuries among the squad means that
some familiar faces won't be taking part. They include Colin Smith and also
Olympic champion Steve Williams, whose crewmates Alex Partridge and Pete Reed
will team up with Rick Egington and Marcus Bateman in their attempt to regain
the coxed fours pennant they lost to Cambridge University in last year's
Racing as Leander I will be the club's top quad, a crew which includes
lightweight world medallist Mark Hunter in the bow seat, with former world
bronze medallists Matt Wells and Steve Rowbotham forming the stern pair.
Tideway Scullers beat Leander into second place in last year's race and in a
bid to retain the headship Scullers have once again gathered a cosmopolitan
crew, including Mahe Drysdale, the world champion from New Zealand, and
Slovenian Iztok Cop, world champion in double sculls, who will compete with GB
single sculler Alan Campbell.
Our top women's boat will be the quad, stroked by world champion Debbie Flood,
who had to miss last year's race due to injury. The crew also includes Lou
Reeve and Georgina Menheneott, bronze medallists in the GB women's eight at
this year's world championships in Munich, with world lightweight silver
medallist Jane Hall at bow. The crew face opposition from Debbie's fellow
world champions, all of whom have returned to their clubs for the event, while
Tideway Scullers have recruited world class scullers Sophie Balmary from
France and Frida Svensson of Sweden to help strengthen their challenge.
Among the three Senior 2 quads will be many of the development athletes who
joined the club on a trial basis in September and who will be looking to put
in a strong performance to retain their place in the Leander squad.
After an early morning outing at 7.00am all Leander crews will boat, starting
at about 9.30am from the ARA at Hammersmith.
The race itself starts at 10.30 am over the Championship course from Mortlake