HENLEY Rowing Club demonstrated that they are one of the leading junior women’s clubs in the country with three commanding performances at the School’s Head on Wednesday of last week.
In the annual major event to end the head season for juniors, the school’s head of the river sees more than 2,000 rowers and scullers from around the UK compete on the four-and-a-quarter mile course from Mortlake to Putney.
Henley entered races in all three age groups available, the WJ15 eights, WJ17 quads and women’s junior coxed fours.
For the first hour of the race, the conditions were relatively calm. However, as the Henley boats were marshalled to the start, a storm blew in from west London. This sudden change in weather hit the first Henley boat as it crossed the start line, giving the WJ17 quad of Lauren Edwards, Maddie Orr, Ellie Thompson and Hattie Orr a real challenge to face ahead.
With some crews having trouble steering in the strong wind, the Henley girls who normally race in their own age group as WJ16s, performed well against the 19 strong field of older girls.