Avon County Rowing Club's Vets keep their crown
Avon County Rowing Club's Veteran F coxless four retained their Veteran Fours Head title in Putney on Sunday.
The crew of Derek Walker, Jim Dawson, Antony Constantinidi and Chris Brigden first won the race in 2009 and scored an emphatic triumph for their fourth straight success.
Coached by Jeremy Cheek, the quartet were racing for the first time in 2012-13 and showed they had lost no pace when they returned to action after the summer off-season.
The event attracted 220 crews to the iconic 4.5-mile long Boat Race course from Mortlake to Putney on the tidal Thames and they enjoyed ideal conditions.
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Avon won the F class event for coxless fours by a margin of 52 seconds over runners-up Weybridge and Reading RC, who were a further 43 seconds behind.
"This was another very well-paced row from the Avon County RC F coxless four," said Cheek afterwards.
"They trained hard for this race in a concentrated period and clearly showed their combat readiness by dominating their category. This will stand them in good stead for their next race at Wallingford in December."
Avon County's novice veteran coxed four, rowing for the first time on the Tideway, performed well in a tightly fought encounter to claim third place in their class by six seconds.
The Bradford on Avon D coxless four, meanwhile, won their class by an impressive 26 seconds.