Shoreham rowers win British medals

Charlotte Pigg (middle) celebrates winning the gold medal
Charlotte Pigg (middle) celebrates winning the gold medal

SHOREHAM Rowing Club competed at the British Rowing Indoor Championships at the weekend with outstanding success.

The national event was held for a second year at the iconic Lee Valley VeloPark, home to the Olympic cycling events. More than 1,000 competitors from across the country took part, including members of the GB rowing team, racing over a 2k distance on Concept2 indoor rowing machines.

Shoreham’s success started early in the day, with Charlotte Pigg, racing in the women’s 30-39 age group category, winning her event in a fantastic time of 7min 17sec, to win gold and a much-coveted British title.

Other medals came from Sarah Faith, with bronze in the women’s 30-39 lightweight category, after a nail-biting last push for the finish took her within 0.2 seconds of silver.

Max Huxtable also took bronze, in the men’s open lightweight competition. He had a storming start, matching the eventual winner Richard Chambers, from the GB rowing team, stroke for stroke over the first 500m. Unable to maintain the pace set by the full-time GB athlete, Huxtable eventually finished third.

Shoreham club captain Mike Hammond commented on the outstanding performances of the Shoreham athletes and said: “For us, as a small, volunteer-run club without paid coaches or high-tech facilities, to compete on the national stage and take home three medals is a huge achievement. It is real testament to the commitment our members have to the sport.

“We have a legacy of being one of the strongest clubs on the south coast, and have produced a number of GB junior athletes over the last ten years – we hope that events like the British Rowing Indoor Championships will continue to inspire us and our juniors to train and compete.”

Shoreham are grateful to the Adur East Lions Club, who recently donated funds to purchase a new indoor rowing machine.

It will help the club continue to train both its adult and junior members in preparation for the 2016 coastal season, as well as other national events, such as the British Rowing Indoor Championships and the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships.

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