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Harriet shines as Boston Rowing Club host the GB Rowing Junior Long Distance Trials
Boston hosted the National British Rowing Junior Long Distance Trials at the weekend with Boston’s Harriet Housam taking first place.
Over the weekend, the top one hundred and twenty 18 year old boys and top forty girls in Britain (selected from the November 2012 trials and January 2013 indoor rowing tests) as well as a further forty 16 year old rowers (for additional trials) rowed in either sculling doubles (one oar in each hand) or pairs (one oar each) downstream along the River Witham from Langrick, past Anton’s Gowt and into Boston, finishing the 5km race next to Boston Rowing Club.
Harriet (Boston RC) sat at stroke position, and was partnered with Katherine Maitland (Eton Excelsior RC) having practiced together for only two days previous at Eton Dorney, the Lake that hosted the London 2012 Olympic Games Rowing. The double held pace well in the first half and after pushing hard in the second half finished in a very respectable well achieved 4th place in 19:27.3 minutes. The British Rowing selectors then moved partners around for the Sunday, and with Katherine taking to a pair, Harriet doubled with Jess Leyden (Hollingworth Lake). Although the two girls had only ever competed against each other, but never trained or rowed together, they seemed to take to the water seamlessly. In one of the best performances of Harriet’s rowing career the double (Housam/stroke and Leyden/bow) finished in first place, 14 seconds ahead of their nearest rivals from Lea RC in 18:47.5 minutes.
Harriet’s Boston RC Rowing Coach Adam Berry commented: “this is a fantastic result, which reflects the hard work that Harriet is putting in. The GB team selection is a long process lasting many months and she is now selected for the Spring Assessments in March at Nottingham.”
British Rowing’s Richard Boulton expressed his thanks to the town of Boston and Boston Rowing Club for once again hosting the British Rowing Trials series which has brought hundreds of visitors into the town over the past couple of months.