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Contact: Henley Veteran Regatta 2007.
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Seven Year Itch – Redgrave to Race Again

Redgrave joins Molesey Composite Coxless Four for Henley Veteran Regatta 13-14 July 2007. The crew’s first race is at 13.56 on Friday 13th July.

No one shot him after ‘96 and now, seven years after his fifth gold, Steve Redgrave is preparing to get back in the boat. This time Redgrave will be the young man making up a veteran race crew of silver and bronze medallists Martin Cross, Ian McNuff and John Beattie. The three all won silver in a junior coxless four in 1975, five years before Redgrave’s first serious win in a junior double in 1980, the same year the other three went on to win bronze at the Olympics. Since then it’s all been about playing catch up, and finally the perfect squad has come together for a show down at this years Henley Veteran Regatta. Making up a coxless four under the banner of Molesey Composite, Redgrave will call the race from the two seat, with Cross at stroke and Beattie steering on the foot.

Anyone up early enough recently might have seen the wrath like figures emerge from the morning mist as they put down deep even puddles along the regatta course in preparation for the challenge. They will compete as Vet-C, a classification with an average age of 43, when in reality they are closer to the older category Vet-D. As ever, the men are relishing the challenge, and are preparing to win. Competing in a field of 10 crews they will be hard to beat, and promise a great set of races for those who have missed seeing Redgrave’s focus and deliberation on the water.

First held in 1994 and now an internationally recognised event, the Henley Veteran Regatta follows the weekend immediately after the Henley Royal Regatta. This year, the Henley Veteran Regatta has attracted its highest ever number of entries. Eleven countries will be represented by 330 crews of which 86 are women’s.

The Molesey Composite Coxless Four (MC4-), guaranteeing a tremendous roar from the crowd, will put the pressure on for their first race at 13.56 on Friday 13th July. The clubs represented in the composite will be Molesey, (Cross and McNuff), Tideway Scullers, (Beattie) and Leander (Redgrave).

Redgrave said, “Veteran racing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the sport, not just because experienced elite athletes are extending their racing careers, but because rowing is now attracting huge numbers of older novice rowers. This has to be good news for clubs and the sport. I am genuinely very excited about this race. We’re taking it seriously, and we want to win.”


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