The College 1st Four of George Pearce, Will Broom, Ben Maxwell and Lars Koenig produced an outstanding result at Wallingford Regatta on Sunday 5th May. This is the first multi-lane regatta UK of the year, with all the main National Schools Crews attending. Racing the high status IM1 coxless four – an adult category with 24 entries, they won their heat impressively, in the fastest time, though made harder work of the last 500m than they might have done, having had a length and a half of clear water mid-race. In the final they lined up with three club Wyfold fours, the Evesham Juniors, comprising two pairs which
had done well in the GB trials the previous weekend, and a stronger Eton four than we beat at Kingston Head. Vesta, the hot favourites by virtue of their significantly faster time to to half-way in their heat, duly led in the final but the Pangbourne four, stroked by Lars Koenig, found an awesome rhythm which kept them in contention. Although still a few feet behind at the 1000m mark, the gap was closing and a push gave Pangbourne a narrow lead which they stretched out and held at the best part of a length with 250m to go. The crew’s uniformity of fitness and determination ensured that this lead would not be surrendered and they duly won by 1 1/2 seconds in 6.26.3. This is a fantastic result, at a top notch event, and bodes well for the National Schools in three weeks time. The boys are full of confidence for their trip to Gent this coming weekend but also well aware that there is many a slip twixt cup and lip!