A heady few weekends of racing was capped off with the British Rowing Indoor Championships. Curlew’s most enthusiastic sadists ergers entered, Karin Kraemer, Jon Cole, Felix Hemsted, John Adcock, Steve Matthews and Ben Mitchell. Curlew RC showed well with some respectable placing across the board and some PBs. Mentions of note go to Steve Matthews who placed third in his category (55-59) and plaudits to the mighty Men’s Captain Ben Mitchell who came first in the Open Men’s 2k with an impressive 6:14.3! Following his victory he had this to say: ‘I had hoped to race in the lightweight category to reclaim a title won in 2012. Unsurprisingly, nine years on, it is harder to lose weight. I couldn’t shift the final 2kg. I wanted to record a time so entered the Open 2k instead. I knew from the lineup I might have a chance of a medal. The race was extremely tight throughout and I was behind for the first half. I managed to spin things up enough in the final few hundred metres to hold off a comeback and win!’.

Curlew RC is naturally immensely proud, but also a little terrified of Ben’s power to weight ratio. We plan to dine out on his achievements for several months to come.

Curlew has never won first place in the british indoor championships, Ben has already claimed the Club’s 5km record this season! Well done BEN!

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