GB rowers from Berkshire struck gold at the final World Cup in Germany in preparation for London 2012. Maidenhead's 2010 World Champion Rob Williams won his first gold of 2012 in the lightweight men's four.
Maidenhead-based Katherine Grainger, three-times Olympic silver medalist, won her third of the year in the women's double scull with Anna Watkins. Windsor's Adam Freeman-Pask triumphed again in the non Olympic class lightweight men's pair with Paul Mattick.
A Reading-based pawnbroker has revealed that a high street "gold rush" as households look to raise cash by selling jewellery has slowed sharply.
Albemarle & Bond, which has around 169 stores and 38 gold-buying "pop-up" shops, said it was too early to determine whether the "marked slowdown" in its gold buying operation reflected recent wet weather or was part of a developing trend.
Growth in the value of gold bought by the company has slowed from over 50% in the first half of its financial year to mid single digits in the last eight weeks. With the market price of gold falling, Albemarle said profits for the year will increase at a rate below current market forecasts.