Kingston Rowing Club have enjoyed a successful month, setting the pace at the Marlow International Regatta at Eton Lake, the Thames Valley Park Regatta in Reading and the Henley Women's Regatta.

Several crews were in action on Eton Lake, the senior 2 coxed fours leading the way with an emphatic victory.

The regatta was the final build-up event for the Henley Royal Regatta, which started yesterday and continues until Sunday.

Kingston pre-qualified crews into three events - a composite crew in the Visitors Challenge Cup with former Olympian Kieron West, the senior 2 coxed fours in the Britannia Challenge Cup and a coxless four in the Wyfold Challenge Cup.

Henley is considered by most amateur rowers to be the premier regatta in the world.

Club captain Andy Hall said: "It's fantastic to be able to enter this many crews into Henley Regatta, particularly in our 150th year.

"The assistance of our club sponsors Laytons Solicitors has been instrumental in the recent development of the club, enabling us to buy new equipment, allowing our crews to be more competitive."

The club's senior group was also represented at Henley Women's Regatta by three crews - Ceri Jones in the elite single sculls; Emily Possnicker and Laura Newton in the elite lightweight coxless pairs; and the intermediate coxed four of Natalie Pilbeam, Caroline Ash, Moira Larkin, Sarah O'Hare and Michael Loweth (cox).

All crews raced well, with the lightweight coxless pair making it through to the final on the Sunday afternoon, where they were beaten by a crew from Loughborough University.

Aside from helping purchase a new coxed four boat for the top crew, the support from Laytons has enabled the club to purchase a double scull for the junior section, which was raced at the Thames Valley Park regatta, winning the women's junior 15 and the men's junior 18 double sculls events, with finalists also showing in the junior 18 coxless quads and the women's junior 16 coxless quads.

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