City star Fox de­ter­mined to strike again at the big Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports -

CITY row­ing star James Fox is hop­ing light­ning will strike twice at Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta this week­end.

Fox, along with Peter­bor­ough City Row­ing Club pal, Adam Neill, be­came the first city row­ers to win at Hen­ley when tak­ing the Faw­ley Cup back in 2008. Now fan­tas­tic Fox hopes to re­peat the fab­u­lous four­man feat.

Last sea­son the 18-year-old was re­fused en­try to the cox­less quad event af­ter race of­fi­cials de­cided there was too much ex­pe­ri­ence in his crew, but this time round they have been granted en­try which has given the dou­ble Euro­pean cham­pion an­other crack at the ti­tle.

He will be joined in the boat by for­mer Peter­bor­ough City star Ed Rip­pon, Mar­cus Bowyer (Ex­eter RC) and Ja­cob Sob­stil (Le­an­der RC) to form a crew that should give Fox a great chance of re­peat­ing one of the finest mo­ments in his ca­reer.

He said: “I was up­set last year when told that we could not com­pete in the Faw­ley Cup but we are de­lighted to be back in this year and ob­vi­ously we will be in it to win it.

“We have a big, pow­er­ful crew and that should help us over the week­end as I think it is go­ing to be quite windy and if that is the case, our ex­tra weight and power will help us keep a bet­ter line and main­tain our pace. We have been down here all week train­ing and get­ting used to the con­di­tions and when we start on Fri­day we will be rar­ing to go.”

Hav­ing been given a bye in the first round, Fox and his crew must wait and see who they will face in their first race on Fri­day, but there is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity they could be up against some very fa­mil­iar faces.

“On Thurs­day there is a crew with Sam Tuck and Ol­lie Salerno from Peter­bor­ough City Row­ing Club go­ing up against York and if they win that they will be up against us in the sec­ond round,” added Fox.

“That should be a great race for all concerned and ob­vi­ously re­ally good for Peter­bor­ough City Row­ing Club.

“But the im­por­tant thing for me is just to stay fo­cused on win­ning re­gard­less of who is in the other boat and I am sure if they do get through then Ol­lie and Sam will be ap­proach­ing it in ex­actly the same way.”

PETER­BOR­OUGH City Row­ing Club’s scorch­ing sum­mer con­tin­ued at the week­end at the Iron­bridge Re­gatta in Shrop­shire.

De­spite soar­ing tem­per­a­tures, city crews kept their cool to stack up four wins at the event with the Open IM3 Eights crew lead­ing the way on Satur­day over the 1000 me­tre course.

Against De Mont­fort Uni­ver­sity in the fi­nal, the crew of Keith Black­man, Will Robert­son, Jamie Davis, Glyn Reed, James Bi­z­ley, Oliver Shelley, John Cameron, Matthew Bar­row and cox Gigi Florentin-Lee pow­ered their way to vic­tory.

Black­man, Reed and FlorentinLee, then climbed into the Masters D Coxed Four with club­mates Colin Roberts and Steve Fox to chalk up an­other win.

And the girls en­joyed the win­ning feel­ing too with a crew of Ericha Knowles, Annabel Pitcher, Ella Lam­ming, Megan Rogers and cox TraceyRush­ton-Thorpe tak­ing the hon­ours in the Wom­ens IM2 Coxed Four.

Round­ing off a good week­end for the club, the Masters C Coxed four of Keith Black­man, Glyn Reed, James Bi­z­ley, Matthews Bar­rows and cox Florentin-Lee beat Abing­don Row­ing Club to take top spot over the 500m course on Sun­day.

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