Bideford rowers tested at Plymouth

Joseph Bulmer

BIDEFORD rowing clubs competed in the second West of England regatta of the season at Plymouth on Saturday.

In testing conditions they were not able to repeat their successes of the previous week at Wimbleball, but the Blues came away with two wins, their ladies novice four of Hannah and Jessica Myers, Megan Harty and Zoe Robertson and women’s junior 18 double Annie Cook and Alice Jackson maintaining their good early form with second successive victories.

Alice Jackson, the Blues’ hopeful for a Great British vest in the juniors, went looking for stronger opposition in the ladies senior A sculls race and managed a creditable second place.

The Blues also took second place in the men’s junior 16 quad and third in the women’s junior 18 scull

The Reds came away with four second places and six thirds.

Top performers were single scullers Leigh Dancer and Ali Peake, who both just missed out in the senior B and veteran events.

Dancer led off the start of his race but was unable to hold off the challenge of a young GB squad member from Plymouth and missed out by one length. There was similar verdict for Peake in the veteran handicap race

There were also good performances by the Reds’ junior 16 double scull combinations. Both the men’s and ladies crews had to battle through a series of elimination heats to reach the final. Alice Allin and Meegan McCabe finished behind two Exeter crews, while Miles Lemmer and Drew Mackenzie failed by just a canvas to squeeze home ahead of Dart Totnes.