THE Bideford Reds Rowing Club were in action at the weekend when a large group of the juniors raced at the Totnes Autumn Head Race.

The time trial race over a distance of 3000 metres, included three divisions and thus allowed competitors to race more than once over the picturesque part of the River Dart.

For a number of the club’s new Year 7 intake, it provided the 12-year-old youngsters with their first taste of competitive racing and saw all the three crews finish within a minute of each other.

The all-boys quad of Dan Crowther, Matt Harris, Jake Lang and Alfie Leitch just held off the challenge of an all girls’ crew of Abbie Lawson, Kirsty Snow, Jessica Cox and Libbie Willis by just eight seconds to record the fastest time in the Junior 13 age category.

Also racing for the first time was another all-girls four of Abby Jones, Rebekah Walter, Charlotte Berry and Mille Sutherland-O’Gara who covered the course in a time of 20 mins 36 secs.

Top juniors for the Reds in Division 1 were the crew of Miles Lemer. Drew MacKenzie and Adam Crowther. Along with cox Connor Allsop they were joined for the very first time by Kieron Grayson who made his race debut following the recent accident to Alex Ferriday and just missed out on the Junior 15 4X section winners medals by just four seconds.

It was again the home club who prevented the Reds double scull combination of Lemer and Mackenzie, from picking the trophies in that class.

Abbie Dunn, aged 14, was also drafted in to the Junior 16 quad and joined up with Alice Allin, April Marlow, Meegan MacCabe and cox Connor Allsop. They came home in second spot behind the West of England ARA Champions from Exeter.

In the Senior classes it was single sculler Alistair Peake who led the way with a series of impressive performances in all three divisions.

Peake came home in third spot in the Veteran B class in the first race, was second in Division 2 and was also second in the Veteran C section in the final division.