ROWING: Awesome Brookes are just too good

Oxford Brookes amassed a sensational 12 wins at the Wallingford Winter Head for eights and fours.

Brookes won six eights classes, including the elite, senior, intermediate 1 and intermediate 2, while their elite crew also triumphed.

Not to be left out, their women won the intermediate 2 eights, just missing a place in the top 100 finishers.

Their novices were also on the winners’ list.

Host club Wallingford won five divisions, four of which came from the powerful womens’ squad.

They were successful in the elite coxless fours, the masters C and novice eights and the intermediate 1 coxless fours.

The only men’s win came for their veteran masters F eight.

A total 262 crews were involved in a two division 4,250-metre course from Moulsford railway bridge to the OUBC boathouse.

Conditions were good, a relief to the organisers who were forced to cancel the event in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012 due to stream conditions.

This year, most competitors had to suffer the stream of Oxford Brookes winss.

City of Oxford had success with their women’s intermediate 2 coxed four.

l THE potential full Great Britain squad – including a host of local rowers – will be off to Boston, Lincs, this weekend to participate in the final winter assessment trials.

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