The weather may have been thunderbolts and lightning (very very frightening) but that didn’t put off the Llandaff Juniors as they achieved their best set of results ever at the British Junior Rowing Championships in Nottingham on the 18th and 19th July.
In Saturday’s 1.5k qualifiers, the first crew out was the WJ14 2x with Manon Jenkins and Lois Williams who came 14th of out 23 and missing the semi finals by just 1.5secs. They went on to come 3rd in their C final, narrowly beating Ross. Ben Roberts and Michael Thomas also put in a strong performance coming 13th and narrowly missed out on a semi-final place by just 0.2 of a second! They went on to come a very good 2nd in their C final – this time being narrowly beaten by Ross. It was both teams first British Championships and the boys fantastic row was greeted by a torrential down pour just as they came off the water.
The Open J14 Coxed Quad of John Davies, Robert Davies, Thomas Whiting, Luke Williams (stroke) and Thomas Evans (cox) put in a strong performance to qualify for the semi-finals as did Hetty Palmer in the WJ15 single, Alys Howells and Isabelle (Izzy) Peter in the WJ15 2x and Guto John & Dylan Palmer in the OJ15 2x. So Llandaff had 4 crews progressing to Sunday’s semi-finals.
The boys in the J14 Coxed Quad just missed the A final but won the B final in another exciting finish. The newly formed crew was expertly coxed by Thomas Evans who encouraged (very vocally!) the boys to put in a really impressive performance. All three J15 crews qualified for their respective A finals.
Guto and Dylan in the Open J15 Doubles were unable to follow up their fantastic performance in the semis due to illness.
The girls, Alys and Izzy in the WJ15 2x and Hetty in the WJ15 Single, came 5th in their respective A finals with both boats pushing for 4th place in very tight races.
Overall it was a superb show – prompting the race commentator to say: “It is very nice to see Llandaff athletes sculling so well”. A comment which we would all more than echo!