ROWING: They're back

Three members of Oxfordshire’s Olympic gold medal winning men’s four will be back in action tomorrow at the GB Rowing Team’s second Winter Assessment trials.

Oxford’s Andrew Triggs Hodge, Henley’s Alex Gregory and Leander Club member Pete Reed are all competing at Boston, Lincs.

Tom James, the other member of their London 2012 boat, has yet to decide whether he will keep rowing.

Britain’s heavyweight men are contesting the grueling 5km time-trial in pairs or singles.

Triggs Hodge is rowing alongside London 2012 men’s eight bronze medallist Moe Sbihi, with Reed and Gregory together.

Oxford’s Cameron MacRitchie – who lit one sector of the Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony – is also competing.

Wheatley’s Frances Houghton, now 32, who made her Olympic debut in 2000, is back racing too.

She was a finalist in the women’s quadruple scull in London having taken silver in Beijing and Athens.

“I love the sport, so why wouldn’t I be back”, said Houghton.

“I had so many injuries last time round that I did not feel like I had, had an Olympiad. So this feels like starting afresh”.

Other local female rowers competing include Wallingford’s Katie Greves and Oxford’s Olivia Carnegie Brown.

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