TEENAGERS will represent Northwich Rowing Club on the water at next week’s Henley Royal Regatta, one of the most prestigious events in the sport’s calendar.

Finn Lawton strokes a crew that also includes Harry Blake, Zac Trigg and Tom Asteriades in the Fawley Challenge Cup – a 24-strong class for the best junior men’s quad sculls.

The quartet, as a reward for their performances to date during the current regatta season, has avoided having to qualify.

“In the past few months, the boys have been racing down south to build up their profile,” said coach Jed Barlow.

“They did so successfully, so did not have to take part in qualifying races.”

The Northwich foursome placed third in the MJ18 quad scull final at Marlow Regatta earlier this month, racing on the same course used for last summer’s Olympic Games in London.

At the Metropolitan Regatta a fortnight earlier, it was fourth.
Lawton, Blake, Trigg and Asteriades also narrowly missed out last month on a place in the final at both the National Schools’ and Wallingford regattas.

They did though win in class at their home regatta.

Barlow added: “Their best result was at Marlow, although one or two of the top crews didn’t enter. I’d say the boat is still though among the quickest in class in the country.

“What’s more, the crew are all under 17s so they will be eligible to compete together at these events again next season.”

In Saturday’s draw, Northwich were paired with their counterparts from Weybridge in the first round.