Bideford’s rowers were in action under the sun at the weekend in the West of England Championship Regatta in Exeter.

Bideford Reds' ladies J14 double of Tilly Tucker and Nell Davies.Bideford Reds' ladies J14 double of Tilly Tucker and Nell Davies.

Under glorious British skies Bideford Reds’ impressive performances glistened, coming away with four wins, and joining Bideford Blues with a host of second and third place finishes.

Excelling on the 400m sprint course on the River Exe, Men’s Senior C of Steve Povey, Theon Rogers, Glynn Brown and Chris Thorne, under cox Dave Copp, solidified their position at the top of the Championship table, heading off challenges from Exeter and Castledore.

There were also victories for Georgia Rivers, 15, who triumphed in the single sculling, and the Junior 14 double set of Tilly Tucker and Nell Davies won their fourth consecutive race in the event, followed home in second by Cassie Skene-Smith and Bethan Cooper.

The Reds had a one-two finish in the ladies novice double skulls, with the Grace Farrell and Emily Bracken duet finishing behind Keely Mills and Chloe Pennington.

Bideford Blues' Alistair Peake.Bideford Blues' Alistair Peake.

Meanwhile, the Blues were busy in the Men’s Junior 14 fours with Sean Sykes, Jamie Milsom, Harrison Beer, Barney Evans and cox Lorna Colwill gaining second.

Colwill also featured in the WSB4+ set, finishing second with Kirsty Andrew, Yasmin Tredell, Alice Jackson and Harry Fanson, and in the OJ13 fours, coxing the Blues to another second place with James Evans, Immy Paiano, Ned Pettifer and Harry Fanson.

The Reds’ Luis Wilkins and Ross Bennett placed second in the senior C double, going on to gain a Mixed Senior Fours silver finish in the quartet with Libbie Willis and Jesse Giddy. Willis also came home second later on in the Senior B single scull.

Three further Blues teams finished second: Men’s Junior 18 fours, Women’s Junior 16 fours and Men’s Junior 16 fours.

Third place finishes were awarded to the Reds’ Ross Bennett, Alex Rowland, Adam Bewes and Adam Curtis in the Men’s Senior B fours, narrowly edged from the top by two Exeter crews .

Blues rower Alastair Peake also travelled to the Henley Masters Regatta on Friday, losing out by two lengths in his heat, but going on to snatch victory the following day in the D Masters Single Scull race in Kingston.

Matt Colwill and Brian Andrew set, Ned Pettifer and Harry Fanson, and Martha Andrews and Sophie Evans all placed third for the Blues in the respective Men’s Novice, Men’s Junior 13, and Women’s Junior 14 sets.