Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Leander's prospective Thames Cup crew set pace at head race

Leander's prospective Thames Cup crew set pace at head race

ALL three Henley-based rowing clubs picked up trophies at last Saturday’s annual Henley fours and eights head of the river race.

Leander put in the fastest time of the day as they won the elite eights while Henley picked up seven wins, six on their own and one as a composite crew with Upper Thames.

In all 201 crews competed in two divisions along the 3km course from Greenlands to the Royal Regatta finish. The racing took place in good conditions in contrast to last year when the event was cancelled due to high river levels and the fast flowing stream.

The Leander eight took the honours in the elite event as they crossed the line in 10 minutes 23 seconds, six seconds clear of Henley. The Leander crew, made up of Jonathan Jackson, Bertie Woodward-Fisher, Ricardo Clark, Callum Johnson, Harry Higginbottom, Fin Stevenson, Tom Wiblin, Paddy George and cox Sam Royston are aiming to compete together for the club in the Thames Cup at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Host club Henley secured six outright wins with four coming from their junior crews.

The juniors triumphed in the J14 coxed quads, WJ16 coxed fours, WJ18 eights and WJ14 coxed quads while the women’s intermediate three coxed four crew also triumphed. The men’s senior eight, being the only entry, won their event.

Upper Thames put in a strong showing with both the men’s and women’s senior crews finishing second in their categories to strong opposition with the women losing to Tideway Scullers by only a second and the men to Pembroke College by a slightly larger margin.

An Upper Thames/Henley composite Masters E coxed four won their event by more than a minute in a time that was faster than the majority of the senior crews racing. The crew consisted of John Ewans, Rob Wilson, Mike Jennings and Peter Jacobs coxed by Davina Guinness.

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