2010 Prospace Billy Webb Challenge

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Bad water conditions on the 500m course downstream of the City Bridge forced the Sprints to be staged upstream, and reversing the race direction, with those races finishing at the Union Boat Club.
Two heats were raced for each gender. The winner of each heat went into the final and they, along with the next fastest timed rower, made up the three boat final.

 World Champs silver medalist in the lightweight single, Louise Ayling, held off a stern challenge from Harriet Austin in the women’s race and Ursula Grobler finished third. 

British sculler Alan Campbell who finished with the bronze at the recent world championships dominated the men’s race beating Mahe Drysdale by a length and Ben Hammond into second and third respectively.




The women’s race was held in warm conditions, and into a light head wind.  Harriet Austin blazed out to a lead from the start but was overhauled after the race had travelled 1500 metres by Emma Feathery who looked strong.  At that point it appeared the result was a forgone conclusion but for the American lightweight sculler Ursula Grobler who pushed through the field from 2-3 lengths down to draw even with Feathery.  At the 2.5km half way mark Grobler pushed on and created nearly a full length lead on Feathery.  The challenge was laid down and Feathery responded with a big move less than 1km from the City Bridge.  She overhauled the plucky American, gained clear water in choppy conditions and finished with a couple of lengths clear water.  Louise Ayling finished third, Harriet Austin fourth and Rebecca Scown fifth.



The stage was set for a great race for the men, with Alan Cambell victorious in the sprints of the previous night, and Mahe Drysdale having got the better of his British opponent at the World championships the week before.  Campbell, traditionally a fast starter was true to form, but Robbie Manson challenged that status in the first 2km.  Then Drysdale with his long powerful strokes overhauled Manson.  Campbell tried to hold off the four times world champion, but Drysdale’s strength and technical application through the middle stages of the race was undeniable and he moved away from Campbell, winning by about 5 lengths. Campbell finished a strong second and triple world lightweight single sculls champion Duncan Grant a close third, Manson fourth, and the American Jon Winter fifth.

2010 Athletes