Men’s crews in pre-season racing warm-up

Great Britain’s men will enjoy a racing warm-up for the season when they take part in both Saturday’s FISA Team Cup and Sunday’s Andalucian International Regatta in  Seville, Spain, on shortened courses of 1,000m and 500m respectively.

Seven crews have been entered for each regatta as the GB squad are currently based in Seville for a two-week training camp. Racing for the GB crews will start at 11.15am (UK Time) and finish at 12.35 on both days.

Tom James and Colin Smith, who showed so well in the December Assessment trials, get a run-out on both days in the men’s pair as do Alan Campbell and Stephen Rowbotham who will race each other and the  opposition in the single scull event.

GB will also field two men’s four line-ups for each day. In the lead boat of the two, Richard Egington (pictured) joins Andy Hodge, Alex Partridge and Peter Reed on the opening day whilst Matt Langridge joins Hodge, Reed and Steve Williams on the second day.

Alastair Heathcote strokes the two different men’s eight  combinations with Phelan Hill as cox. Toby Garbett returns to the racing fold after a year plagued by injury in 2007. He competes in the second GB men’s four combination on both days.

"This regular annual fixture provides a very, welcome change of focus in the middle of winter training", said GB Performance Director David Tanner.

Britain’s other two squads – the women and lightweights –  depart for Italy this weekend for their next training camp in the lead-up to the GB Senior Rowing Trials due on March 9 and 10th.

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FISA Team Cup (Saturday 16th – 1,000m course).

M1x Alan Campbell
M1x Steve Rowbotham

M2- Tom James/Colin Smith
M2- Robin Bourne-Taylor/Tom Stallard

M4- Andy Triggs-Hodge/Alex Partridge/Peter Reed/Richard Egington
M4- James Orme/Ian Lawson/Cameron Nichol/Toby Garbett

M8+ Alastair Heathcote/Matthew Langridge/Steve Williams/Josh West/Tom Solesbury/Tom Lucy/Marcus Bateman/Tom Parker/Cox: Phelan Hill

Regatta International Andalucia (Sunday 17th 500m course)

M1x Alan Campbell
M1x Steve Rowbotham

M2- Tom James/Colin Smith
M2- Tom Solesbury/Tom Parker

M4- Andy Triggs-Hodge/Matt Langridge/Peter Reed/Steve Williams
M4- James Orme/Ian Lawson/Cameron Nichol/Toby Garbett

M8+ Alastair Heathcote/Robin Bourne-Taylor/Richard Egington/Josh West/Marcus Bateman/Tom Lucy/Tom Stallard/Alex Partridge/Cox: Phelan Hill

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