A small group of just 3 members of the senior women’s squad made the trip to Nottingham for the British Rowing Championships this weekend, and all came home with medals.

Due to changes in the way the British Rowing Championships are organised, only a limited number of events were available this weekend – singles, pairs, and coxed fours.

Rebekah Edgar and Lorna Brown won the gold medal and the award of National Club Champions in the lightweight women’s pair. They had originally intended to race in both the heavyweight and lightweight pairs events at the regatta, but due to Lorna being a bit under the weather they decided to withdraw from the heavyweight event to focus purely on the lightweight race. Despite poor health the duo dominated the race throughout, beating the nearest crew (from Oxford University Lightweight Boat Club) by 20 seconds, with plenty more gears to go had they been required. Lorna and Beks have now been selected to race at next weekend’s Home International Regatta in Cardiff, representing Wales, where they will both will race in the lwt 2- and the 8+. Beks will also race in the lwt 2x, so they will be kept very busy!

Fran Rawlins won bronze medal in the only other lightweight event of the Championships, the lightweight women’s single scull. Fran put in a strong performance in Saturday’s heats to progress straight to Sunday’s final, where she sculled very well and finished in third in a strong field which was particularly dominated by 3 top scullers. Fran has now been selected to represent England at next weekend’s Home international Regatta in Cardiff in the lwt 1x and the 4x.

Lorna and Beks on the podium – winners of WLwt 2-

Fran on the podium – bronze medallist in WLwt 1x