Alex Gregory and Mohammed Sbihi, world champions in every year since the London Olympics, claimed the men’s pair title on an overcast day at Caversham. In a stacked field containing multiple Olympic gold medallists, Gregory and Sbihi took early control before establishing an unassailable mid-race pace. Constantine Louloudis and Pete Reed finished up in second, slightly ahead of London pairing Will Satch and George Nash.
Gregory was delighted with the win. “Mo is such a beast, he really turns it on for these races,” explained the 32 year old. “We’re delighted to take the win, and happy this period of training is over so we can turn to the summer.”
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning extended their unbeaten run in truly emphatic style, winning their trials by a large margin over an impressive field. Glover was relieved with her win. “We have a lot of respect for the people we train beside, so to be able to step back and look towards the common goal is a great relief.”
Alan Campbell took his ninth trials win in the single scull, seeing off keen interest from men’s quad member Graeme Thomas and December winner Angus Groom. Campbell, who has endured rough seas over the past few years, will now have a say on the boat he competes in at Rio.
Vicky Thornley, who partnered Katherine Grainger, the Olympic champion, last summer, took the women’s equivalent title by seven seconds with Grainger absent through illness.