Metropolitan Regatta - Dorney Lake, Eton - 2nd and 3rd June

posted by Roy Sinclair - 5 Jun 2012, 11:47 a.m.

Three athletes with Inverness connections raced at the Metropolitan Regatta on the 2012 Olympic regatta course at Dorney Lake in Eton on 2nd and 3rd June.

Competing in Leander Club colours, Alan Sinclair in company with his crewmate John Collins raced in the Elite Double Sculls events on both days winning the Saturday event in a time of 7 minutes 12.27 seconds, 15 seconds ahead of the second placed crew whilst in the wet conditions on the Sunday produced an outstanding result in winning by a margin of 35 seconds over the second placed crew in a fast time of 7 minutes 01.15 seconds.

Fellow Leander Club member Jamie Fraser-MacKenzie from Zimbabwe (whose family have longstanding connections with the Inverness area and in particular Bunchrew House) raced in Elite Quadruple Sculls events on both days with his crew recording fine wins by comfortable margins against stiff opposition from other clubs.

Martha Kelly (daughter of Inverness Club President Paddy Walsh) raced in crews representing Vesta Rowing Club, recording an excellent 9 second win in Women's Senior Eights on the Sunday and was also in three crews which recorded good results in several Women's Coxless Fours events.

Meanwhile, Martha's sister Imogen, who was a member of the Gold Medal winning GB Women's Lightweight Quadruple Sculls crew at the 2011 World Rowing Championships, is expected to be included in the GB team which is to compete in the World Cup Regatta in Munich from 15th to 17th June.

Next weekend, Inverness crews will be competing in a variety of events at the Scottish Rowing Championships which take place over two days on the 2000 metre eight lane international regatta course at Strathclyde Park near Hamilton.

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