Jenny Spencer Wins National Championships

Attended by Paul Hamblett, competing in Open Lightweight Single Sculls and Jenny Spencer in Women’s Junior 15 Single sculls. With 36 entrants Paul’s event was the largest in the Championship and provided a proper test of his progress this season. Having been narrowly beaten into second in his opening race Paul progressed from the Repechage into the Semi-Final on Sunday morning. The standard on the Sunday of National Championships is necessarily high and fifth place in the semi is a really good achievement.

Jenny was challenged to half way in her first round but made sure of progressing straight to the Final on Sunday by winning comfortably. The Final was a properly competitive event with nine seconds covering the field at half way, and only twelve at 1,500 metres. The fast starting Preston of Durham ARC was leading from Jenny by five seconds at 1,000m but Jenny’s power pushed her to the front, leading by two seconds at 1,500m and going on to win by five seconds in the end. This is a great achievement both for Jenny and for her Coach, Tony Moule.