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Katie is one of the winning crew

Oxford Brookes score a double in Heads Race

Malcolm Howe



Katie is one of the winning crew

Katie Metalli

WOOLTON HILL’S Katie Metalli recorded a superb double win as part of the Oxford Brookes team at the Wallingford 4s and 8s Head Race on Sunday.

The race attracts world-class scullers from around the country to compete over a 4,250 metre course on the River Thames from the Moulsford Railway Bridge to the Oxford University boat house at Wallingford Marina, and is the main stretch of water used by Oxford University crews training for the boat race.

Despite conditions being slower than in previous years, the Brookes eight clocked the third fastest class time ever in the Division One race, breaking the 17 minute barrier and beaten only by Oxford University in 2011 and Exeter University's record-breaking time of 16:11.3 in 2015.

Last season the Exeter crew just pipped the Brookes' boat for victory after the Oxford-based crew had to make a major diversion to avoid a collision, so it was sweet revenge as they ran out clear winners in 16:39.8 ahead of Exeter’s 16:48.0. Nottingham University just sneaked under the 17 minute mark to finish third in 16:55.5 with Oxford University LW next in 17:01.

The crew stepped up to the W IM1 category in the afternoon and won that as well in a time of 16:43.5, just 3.5 seconds slower than their first outing and more than 1 minute 43 seconds ahead of runners-up Warwick University.

Newbury rowers Matthew Rossiter and Georgia Francis have been named in the Team GB squad for Saturday’s British Indoor Rowing Championships at Lea Valley.

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