THE Eton Excelsior Rowing Club Masters started the season in fine form with the women’s double skulls taking top position at the Pairs Head on the Tideway in London.

Kathy Johnson and Amy Hewitt took the gold medal, with the other pairs in the men’s and women’s categories placing well in their races.

The women’s Masters C2 crew of Erica Moon and Caroline Hague finished in third place, the same spot filled by Neil Wincomb and Tim Schofield in the men’s Masters C2.

Nicki Kelly and Fiona Brewer, in the Women’s D2 category took fourth position, with Alicia Allen and Sian Arion fifth in the E2 event. David Maitland joined Nick White for ninth place in the men’s E2 race.

Elsewhere, the squad also scooped up first and second place in the single sculls event at Weybridge Silver Sculls Heath, with Hewitt and Johnson taking first position in their category for a second time.

They were joined successfully by teammates Kelly and Brewer, who came second in their category.

Paul Franklin is Chief Coach at Eton Excelsior and collected the Pairs Head Pennant at Barnes Bridge Ladies Rowing Club. He said: “It’s been a good start to the season for our men’s and women’s masters squads, who compete regularly in races across the United Kingdom.

“The Pairs Head is the first Tideway event of the year. It’s always a challenging race so we’re delighted to have walked away with gold and achieved top positions across the board.”

The next major event for the Masters crews is the Veteran Fours Head which takes place on the Tideway on Sunday 24th November.