A quartet of Hercules Wimbledon athletes took to the water with some success when they won the men’s race in a rowing competition for the Franckeiss Cup on the River Thames at Teddington.
Father and son Christopher and Peter Riches were the rowers and daughter Rebekah the cox to make up the winning trio which saw off challenges from the Surbiton-based 26.2 Road Runners Club and Thames Hare & Hounds. Christopher and Peter then linked up with Vikki Filsell to finish runners-up in the mixed final in a tight finish.
The Franckeiss Cup dates back to 1929 and was traditionally a race between the oldest cross country clubs in the country. It is a reminder that the first cross country running club, Thames Hare & Hounds, was started by a group of rowers from Thames Rowing Club, who decided to use running to keep fit.