2014 Lark Class GJW Direct National Championships – Runners and Riders
With just 4 days to go to the start of the champs, brought to you by the Lark Class Owners Association, the all-important runners and riders for this year’s championships…
In homage to the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, we’ve identified the 10 top tips for the title, and compared them to a Commonwealth Games competitor to assess their chances of winning.
In boat number order:
Ryan Crawford and Laura Lilly (Penzance SC) 2347
CG athlete(s): The Scotland Judo squad – the top performing team of the home nation are reflected in this local team aiming to trump the visiting competitors on their home turf. Can they get trusty Ermintrude going as well as this pair have been seen to go in recent years, and will their travels to all corners of the globe this year pay off?
Nigel Hufton and Will Kennedy (Frensham Pond SC) 2470
CG athlete: Jo Pavey – been competing in his chosen event for a long time, this being his 32nd nationals, with several podium finishes to show, but never cracked the holy grail of a gold medal. Maybe this year he has reached the prime of his life, after Pavey’s (aged 40) victorious European Championships today showed him there is still time...
Emma White and Matthew White (Waldringfield SC) 2471
CG athlete: Erraid Davies – the young pretender, albeit not quite as young as Davies (aged 13), but younger than the rest of the key players. Can she match Davies’ podium performance, or even go a step further? The Whites showed their potential with a strong performance at Carnac, can they repeat on another long journey away from the East Coast?
James Stewart and Millie Parsons (Netley and Stokes Bay SC) 2492
CG athlete: Ian Thorpe – athlete chosen to reflect the mighty stature of the helm, Stewart is this year’s wild card having only recently thrown his hat into the ring. Will his coming out of retirement be as successful as Thorpe’s recent efforts?
Stuart Hydon and Nick Hydon (Shustoke SC) 2495
CG athlete: Frankie Jones – the Hydon’s are renowned for their light areas gracefulness when racing on a flat surface (inland ponds), so are matched to the star of the graceful rhythmic gymnastics from Glasgow 2014. Can they reproduce their form from early season and match Jones’ starring role in the closing ceremony?
Charlie Roome and Jeremy Stephens (Ranelagh and Penzance SC) 2519
CG athlete: Alastair Brownlee – he the one with the succession of injuries who returned to peak form this summer. Can this pair keep 4 working legs for the course of a week long champs to match Brownlee’s medal winning performance? Local talent to guide them round but very much untested as a partnership.
Harry Pynn and Gemma Cook (Waldringfield SC) 2520
CG athlete(s): Chris and Gabby Adcock – the married couple amongst the contenders showing that they have it in them by sweeping the field at Carnac this year. Tendency to get lost en route due to Harry’s refusal to use SatNav, so we hope they make the start line on Sunday.
Mike Senior and Nicola Booth (South Staffs SC) 2529
CG athlete: Doreen Flanders – chosen for nothing but the helm’s name, she is England’s oldest competitor at 79! Can Staffordshire’s finest improve on the performance of recent years? Will also be working hard to fend off the other South Staffs contenders who might upstage them.
Peter Gray and Rachel Rhodes (Staunton Harold SC) 2531
CG athlete: Usain Bolt – renowned for being a bit of a loose cannon, but always manage to get their stuff together when it involves sailing after a big night out, a bit like the big man himself! Showed they’ve got what it takes at Lyme, can they repeat after a tough week battling Bertha at the Scorps and Rach’s marathon round trip?
Steve Hall and Ally Dart (Burnham SC) 2536
CGF athlete: Bradley Wiggins – can multiple title winner Hall return to a further victory in an event he has excelled at in the past? Came up just short last year, like Wiggins this summer, so can he go one better or will wedding planning prove too great a distraction?!
Unfortunately the Lark Class resident bookmaker is busy this week so no odds are available at the time of going to press.
Please note any likeness to professional athletes in this article is purely accidental and should not be construed as anything more.