BUCKS athletes Louise Barnett, Cordelia Wilson and Zac Purchase wowed a crowd of more than 7,000 when they all won bronze medals at the 2005 British Indoor Rowing Championship the country's biggest indoor sporting event.

Thirty-year-old Barnett raced in the Women's 30-34 heavyweight category at the event at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham and finished in a time of seven minutes 11.3 seconds to claim her third place.

Fourteen-year-old Wilson's medal came in the Women's Junior 15 five-minute category where she covered 1328 metres to claim her third place.

Purchase was third in the Elite lightweight class. The 18-year-old was up against some hardened athletes but still notched a well-earned third place in six minutes and 14 seconds.

Marlow's Olympic rower Sarah Winkless, rowing under her home club of Walbrook, took the Elite Women's title for the first time, seeing off the best of the Great Britain Women's squad in a fast time of six minutes, 37 seconds.

In the elite mens event, Marlow Rowing Club's Richard Ainley finished 27th overall with clubmate John Tetley also in the top half of the field.

In the junior boys, Marlow Rowing Club's lightweight juniors James and David Loveday came sixth and 11th with Steven Evans 22nd.

The Royal Grammar School's Mark Snaith was 28th.

In the Junior 18 boys, Marlow's Sam Gost and Greg Symonds and Mark Taylor of RGS all set personal best scores finishing in the top 30.

In the Junior 15 Girls event, Great Marlow School pupils were close to the medals with Leigh Merrifield and Rachael Finnis putting in big scores to come sixth and 11th with clubmate Bridget Coles 15th.

In the Junior 14 girls event, Alice Denyer led the way with a superb row to come fifth overall, chased home by Great Marlow School's Kiri Ann Smith, who was tenth, Georgina Turner who was 26th and Vikki Child who was 50th out of 100 competitors.

In the Junior 13 girls, Great Marlow's Natasha Harding was 15th with Wycombe High School's Beth Cook in the top 40.

In the junior 15 boys Jason Turner for Great Marlow had a strong debut at the Birmingham event with 26th overall while Marlow RC's Jack Stokes was 33rd and Phil Shelley 44th out of more than 100.

At Junior 14 level, Liam Glausser and Kashev Sharma were making their debuts at this level for Great Marlow and raced superbly to finish 15th and 20th.