Shrewsbury team win Gold at the English Indoor Rowing Championships

In an outstanding display of strength, speed and slick teamwork, Shrewsbury School’s J14 team of Tom Shepherd-Cross, Ed Lewis, Max Craik and Boris Kwok won gold at the English Indoor Rowing Championships, held in Manchester on Sunday 2nd March. This is the second successive year that Shrewsbury has won gold in this national competition.

In the individual event, both Tom Shepherd-Cross and Ed Lewis (both aged 14) recorded personal bests to finish in fifth and eight places respectively before being joined by Boris Kwok (13) and Max Craik (14) for the team event.  Needing to cover 3000m on just one ergo in the shortest possible time, this involved each athlete rowing flat-out for 20 strokes before being replaced by each of the three other members of the team in rotation.

Despite having exhausted himself in the individual four-minute event, Tom gave his squad the very best possible start by keeping abreast of both the J14 and J16 teams from Trentham Boat Club in between whom Shrewsbury were sandwiched.

Having spent most of the first half of term doing their rowing training on ergos because of the high water levels on the River Severn, Shrewsbury’s change-overs were very slick indeed. 

When the final results were published, it soon became clear that Shrewsbury’s time of 9'58" was a full 15" seconds quicker than the J14s from any other school or club. So Shrewsbury collected gold – for the second year in succession.

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