Fuller rows to silver at National Championships

James Fuller

James Fuller - Credit: Archant

Gittisham-based teenager Edward Fuller was in action at the national Junior Indoor Rowing Championships held at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, London.

Edward was joined at the championships by fellow Exeter Rowing Club member Phoebe Muir who was taking part in her first indoor rowing competition.

Edward raced in the Year 9 boys category, one of 210 youngsters contesting the top prize.

He won his heat, covering 1,178 metres in four minutes and he too then had to suffer a lengthy wait to see where his time left him placed overall.

It came down to the last heat where a Charter School rower just beat him to Gold rowing 1,181m.

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However, winning silver was quite an achievement for young Edward who also achieved a new personal best with his row.

A Silver medal was still a significant achievement considering that 1178m is a personal best distance for Edward.

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Phoebe, rowing in the Year 10 girls category that has a total of 150 competitors, covered 1,389 metres in five minutes to win her hear and, after a tense wait for everyone else to finish, she was to learn that she had actually won the event to land the Year 10 girl’s gold medal!

A few days later she also learnt that she had been awarded the Best Overall Female Rower from the competition organizers.

During their time at the championships both rowers got the chance to meet the Oxford University ladies eight as well as several medal winning Olympians.

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