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Success on the Tees for trio

THERE were four more victories for three Thorp Academy rowers when they competed at the Tees Regatta.

THERE were four more victories for three of Thorp Academy?s rowers when they competed at the Tees Regatta.

Erin Temple, pictured with Jessie Rickelton, put the first silverware on the table with a very impressive morning victory in the Junior 14s double scull.

A convincing lead of three lengths at the Tees Infinity Bridge was stretched even further in the second half of the race with the eventual winning margin being around seven. It was an emphatic victory made all the more remarkable given the fact Erin is yet to turn 13.

Rickelton and Charlie Charlton formed part of the winning Junior 16s quad.

The final was marred by strong cross-winds across the River Tees which made rowing conditions very difficult.

After witnessing one crew fail to start the race and another suffer a breakdown as they veered off course, the Rickelton-Charlton crew skillfully steered a course through the early race hazards.

A safe passage under the bridge brought the sanctuary of more sheltered waters with the crew powering through the latter half of the race with no competitors in sight.

The afternoon?s racing saw Rickelton stretch her winning streak in the Junior 15s double scull to seven straight races.

A very determined Leeds crew, beaten only by the Rickelton double in Durham last week, made this one of the hardest fought finals of the day.

A deficit of nearly a full length at the Infinity Bridge was pulled back by Rickelton as they reached the spectator quay with 200m to go. The rival crews then battled alongside each other neck and neck over the next 100m much to the excitement of the crowds gathered on the quayside.

Finally, in the last 100m of the race, the stamina and sheer determination of the Rickelton crew broke the resistance of their Yorkshire rivals and they edged over the finish line half a length ahead.

The last event of the day saw 16-year-old Charlton step up from the Junior ranks and compete in an Intermediate Women?s double against seven crews from Tees, Yarm, Hexham, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street.

After easing through the heats, the Charlton double had enough left in the tank to cruise to victory in the final by a considerable margin.

That left Charlton with a quick dash to join Temple and Rickelton at the winners ceremony where the Lord Mayor presented them with their latest trophies from what is proving to be a very successful 2017 season.