Ardingly rowers showed they are a force to be reckoned with on the national rowing scene, taking two second places in the prestigious Vesta Veteranís Head of the River Race on Saturday.
The race, rowed over the Boat Race course, attracts the best of Masters rowers from across the UK and Continental Europe in age categories from 27 year old and upwards.
Ardingly entered a Menís F crew (average age 60yrs) and a Womenís D crew (average age 50yrs).
Both were hotly contested age groups and a second place in both is a major achievement for a provincial Club.
To add to the challenge, the race is rowed in 8 oared boats and Ardingly has none of these at the Reservoir in which to train.
Club Captain, David Reed, said, 'This is an extraordinarily good result for our Masters Section and sets a benchmark for the 9 Ardingly Junior athletes selected to represent the South East region at the National Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in April.
The whole Club is very proud of them all.
A hard winterís training is certainly paying off and this is a great way for rowers to reward the time their Coaches have put in too.'
On Sunday, in appalling wind and sideways rain which meant the race / no race decision was taken just 30 minutes before the start, our Menís Eight in the international Head of the River Race on the same course finished 123rd. This is the Clubís best result so far at this event.
Strong performances across the Club in March as the Head race season (or processional time trials) ends leave the Club in great shape for Regatta season.