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